Following the Sun

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More flying in wee planes over NZ national parks
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Abel Tasman NP in NW of SI.

fly over Abel Tas NP

The East St vege café (under Accents on the Park backpackers) in Nelson is also an awesome place, wonderful food.
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Milford Fjord - south island
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By bus, cruise and fly back to Queenstown on a cloudless day. Pretty amazing and very lucky!

milford fjord 1
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Exit thru the vegie patch
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Hobbiton lake towards Green Dragon

Went to Hobbiton, did the touristy thing. They are watering the grass to keep it green, during the day!!! (should only do it at night). They have gardeners who grow real veg and put it around the place on wee tables to make it all look twee. Nice. The FAKE TREE above Bag End is still standing and looking a strange bluey/green. The beer in the Green Dragon pub is pretty good. It was an ok 2hr visit, but kinda steep at NZ$75 with no YHA or BBH discount. But the weather was good for us.
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Moonintroll
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My dad read Moonintroll books to me as bedtime stories. They were a huge part of my childhood and probably a connection to his childhood and Scandinavian ancestry.

Favourite strangest volcano
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One of my favourite volcanoes - yes some of us have such things - is Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania, east Africa. It erupts a Calcium rich lava (dark in colour) which 'dries' and erodes to white.

These Carbonatite lava deposits are associated with REE's and diamonds. This is a nice article:
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2014/03/strangest-magma-earth-carbonatites-oldoinyo-lengai/

Mmmm, I wonder if the white peak I saw in land from Arlie Beach, Oz, was one of these...

Another gem of a kiwi beach
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A 45min walk along a bush track at height around a few headlands to a lovely beach backed by nothing more than Pohutukawa trees, BIG ones. This is the sort of beach which epitomises North Island NZ, and I love it. If there was a road then this place would have been destroyed like all the others. Thankfully this seems to be in the trust of DoC. Long may it last. And to think I was supposed to be at a folk festival in Oz this past week. Thankfully I found somewhere nice to take my mind off that.

beach wave reduced

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Dopios - showing ppl around
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Thanks to the BBC, I found http://www.dopios.com/ today. Seems right up my street :)
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Fashion
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Fashion is something that doesn't usually trouble many of my brain cycles. Reading an article online recently I saw something that looked more up my street.... Marc Jacobs winter 2012 collection really got my attention. No it wasn't the hats which seem to distract others, but rather the colours and robust chunkiness of things. Yes, it's taken me 2 years to discover this, but these actually look like they might keep the wearer warm! Fit for purpose did you say? Surely not, this is fashion we're talking about here!



My favourite is the light grey jacket with the colourful koru design on the shoulder wrap bit. I'd love one :) If you can ignore the silly walks, the ugly bags and the strange choice of uncomplimentary music, well... Even the shoes look like you could actually wear them in winter weather. Furthermore, dresses even have room for womanly hips! It all goes to show we can still be pleasantly surprised amazed.

the Answer to the Itch?
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Maybe this almost answers my long running chicken and egg question about mozzie bites and scratch/itching :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTTLkEazzQg

Gorrilla Upholstering
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Most excellent :)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24273738
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