Trip Start Jul 19, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
Paihia Bay of Islands,
What I did
Kauri viewing and almost swam with Dolphins

Flag of New Zealand  , Auckland,
Monday, October 17, 2011

Not Pattern Matched.  Things are starting to get back to normal!  Can you believe it; As we sat chewing the fat one night in Tallulha, Giuli examined the curtains and complained "You haven't pattern matched the curtains"  Cheek; I bloody washed them, ironed them - can you beleive, and hung them back in the same place.  I am offended!!  Anyway two weeks under our belt and not killed each other despite living in a small van!(just edited to read in the negative)
Neutral Fans.  I am getting used to the idea of not having a team to support and it does have it's advantages.  Firstly, I managed to sell three tickets for the France Wales semi and got back $1000.  (Still ran a loss of $900 on the purchase price.)  This  is the one thing RWC got massivley wrong, the ticket prices.  All the quarter finals, and both semis had empy seats; and all the empty seats were in the expensive categories.  One newspaper has made a bit of it, but I am surprised there has not been more; there were even some final tickets still on sale on Saturday from RWC; I reckon they misjudged the corporate/hospitality demand for which they double the prices.  eg. $1600 a head.  The Black market here consists of fans who have been ripped off trying to get some of their money back.  Second advantage is: You can change sides half way though a game.  I started off supporting France, but they were so dire, and Wales so unlucky and full of fight (Bugger that was hard to say) I had to start shouting for Wales.  Anyway, they have probably been the team of the tournament in many ways; but I will get over it and shout for the wallabiews on Friday.  I will have to go for the ABs in the final; NZ have put on a great tournament and Kiwis have been fantastic.
Dophins.  Last week saw us travel through Northland and look at the Kauri forest - amazing trees - and stay in the Bay of Islands.  We booked to swim with Dolphins, but unfortunately, they were not up for playing, though we did get a 4 hour boat ride and saw them swimming around.
Great Barrier.  Giuli and I are going ovewr to the Great Barrier Island this after noon which is where Roger has his patch of land, and stay with Bruce and Cilla his neigbours.  Magical place and exciting flight over there.  Mum might need her pink pills!
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Ellie on

Can't believe you didn't pattern match! Are you crazy!? Just take them down and replace them all with england flags!

giuliana foster on

the comment about the pattern matching was just a joke. i know you can't pattern match as i've seen your wallpapering skills foster!

Dave Thomas on

I never thought I would live to see the dya that Neil Foster cheered or Wales

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