the knitting ref

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Insert Witty Title Here

We didn’t have much time in either Wellington or Christchurch, but that’s no big deal as the weather wasn’t conducive to much outdoor site-seeing. But it wasn’t a total loss as we toured the Christchurch Museum (fascinating) and I got to feed a 3-week-old lamb.

We left gloomy Christchurch and traveled down to Dunedin (pronounced Dun-Eden). The countryside along the way was very pretty. The further south we’ve traveled the more Bavarian the scenery has become. I wish we had had more time to tour Oamaru. The town is very quaint, with lots of Victorian architecture.

I think the trip finally got up with both of us as once we reached Dunedin, we napped before going to dinner. Dunedin is the San Francisco of the southern hemisphere. Not as big as SF of course, but the geography and the architecture. Right down to claiming that they have the steepest street in all of New Zealand. I believe it.

We spent the next day touring the Otago Pennisula. It seems like around every corner was another postcard-worthy vista. We took the high road on our way out and ran into lots of iceberg watchers. I don’t know if the news has reached you all but there are currently 3 very, very large icebergs about 45 kms. off the coast of Dunedin. It’s been huge news here. People have been taking helicopter trips (at NZ$500 a pop) to go out to the icebergs. Some have been foolish enough to try walking on them. Fortunately no one’s been hurt, but still. No views from land yet, but many aren’t ready to give up.

We spent considerable time on Victory Beach. I don’t know why, there’s nothing much to look at:

Beach attire is not exactly what you see on So. Cal. beaches. So what do you wear at Victory Beach? Well, when we were there, this was the height of beach fashion:

(Cause it was about 65 degrees with a wind that tended to cut right through your clothing.)

I have run into plenty of New Zealand wool, but I won't share my haul until I get home.



At 6:27 PM, Blogger Pat K said...

What a sweetie little lamb! Is he part of your wool haul? ;-)

At 8:45 AM, Blogger Abigail 1870 pearl said...

The pic of you is great.

I can't wait to see your haul.

Happy vacation.

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