Saturday, January 13, 2007

Going green!

We came to NZ on Tuesday and absolutely love its beautiful landscapes. I haven't seen so much greenery and so many stunning European and antipodean trees and plants in as long as I can remember.

Christchurch is an extraordinarily pretty town, and the road to Dunedin is lined with all sorts of wildflowers. The fields are bordered by well-trimmed hedgerows and windbreaks, and the sea views and inlets around Dunedin reflect the emerald green of the surrounding rolling hills. We really got a sense of driving in Scotland as we made our way up through the mist to see the gardens at Larnach castle, having spent a spectacular afternoon trudging in the sand dunes and watching sea lions up close at Sandfly Bay.

Our first three days were rather cool and drizzly but the sun is now shining brilliantly. People here have been very friendly so far and I'm really looking forward to the next stage of our trip. Onward now to Lake Manapouri and then Arrowtown.....

1 comment:

Altissima said...

Sounds as though you are having a wonderful time! It's as dry as ever in Melbourne - Dad and I went for a 46km ride yesterday from Eltham back to the city. A lovely ride along the Yarra, but distressingly dry all the way. At Birrarung Marr, the usually green hill behind the Federation Bells are dull beige, no contrast at all to the sandy gravel down by the river. Another couple of very hot windy days are forecast and already the city is blanketed in smoke again today.

Hope your back is holding up (and holding you up!) Enjoy the rest of your trip.

(PS did you realize that you have posted the photo of the the sheep sideways?)

Love Kirky

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