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13 Types of Swimsuits

Thursday Thirteen

It’s summer here in New Zealand. The weather is hot and sunny, and it’s time to break out the swimsuits.

Thirteen Different Types of Swimwear

1. Bikini

2. Maillot

3. One piece

4. String bikini

5. Trunks

6. Wetsuit

7. Tank suit

8. Tankini

9. Burqini (covers entire body)

10. Speedos

11. Thongs

12. Jammer (worn by professional athletes and are like bicycle shorts)

13. Birthday suit (sorry – couldn’t resist)

I’m a bikini girl and these days I like boyshorts briefs and a tanktop. Very comfortable.

What type of swimwear do you favor?

The Chef’s Table

Thursday Thirteen

During our recent cruise we were lucky enough to dine at the Chef’s Table. My husband has always wanted to attend a chef’s table and was really excited when we were able to book our places.

Our dining experience started when we met the rest of the guests and donned white coats for our trip the ship’s galley. After washing our hands (they take hygiene very seriously) we were introduced to the Head chef and given glasses of French Champagne, which went nicely with our canapés.

After a quick galley visit we were escorted to our dining table and enjoyed lots of delicious food and wine.

Chefs Table_Chef

This is the chef and a shot of our table and fellow diners.

Thirteen Things on Our Chef’s Table Menu

1. Canapés: Ceviche of Chilean Sea Bass and Ginger

2. Foie Gras Terrine on Brioche, Stone Fruit Jam

3. Bistro Mini Quiche Provencale

4. Steamed New Potatoes with Sour Cream and Caviar

5. Entree: Porcini Mushroom Risotto

6. Strawberry and Cracked Pepper Sorbet

7. Main course: “Double Impact” Surf and Turf

8. Lobster Tail, Diver Scallops, Beef Filet Mignon and Lamb Rib Chops

Chefs Table_Main

Chefs Table_Shelleys Meal

This is my dinner since I don’t eat meat. I had this huge fish steak. Very yummy!

9. Rosemary Juice, Lemon Butter Fondue, Mustard Hollandaise Sauce

10. Market Fresh Vegetables, Roasted Chateau Potato

11. Cheese: Potted Stilton with Port Wine and Walnut Bread

12. Dessert: White Chocolate Mousse with Mix Berries

Chefs Table_Dessert

13. Coffee or Tea with Homemade Amaretti and Biscotti

The dinner was delicious and hubby and I went for a walk afterwards!

Have you ever been to a chef’s table or a degustation dinner?

Omaka Aviation Heritage Center, New Zealand

Earlier this year hubby and I visited the Marlborough region in the South Island of New Zealand. I took the opportunity to drag hubby to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Center. Sir Peter Jackson donated his collection of WW1 planes and memorabilia to the center and they’re displayed in dioramas, which make the exhibits come alive. I loved this museum, and we spent a couple of hours wandering through and taking photos. I believe Weta Workshops made the models, and they’ve done a wonderful job.

Omaka Museum

Omaka Museum

Omaka Museum

Omaka Museum

This is a selection of photos from the museum. I wasn’t clever enough to take notes of which plane was which, but the scenes looked so real, right down to the mud, snow and tire marks.

After visiting the museum, we drove to Havelock. Hubby has always wanted to dine at The Mussel Pot Cafe and we made a point of having lunch there. The green lip mussels are world renowned and very healthy. I’m not a fan but hubby always enjoys eating a mussel pot.


The scenery was gorgeous as we drove along the coast and back to Picton, the town at the very top of the South Island.

Coastal Scenery Between Havelock and Picton

I love visiting the South Island. Álthough I live in the North Island, the South has a special place in my heart.

Don’t forget to enter the draw to win a copy of The Spurned Viscountess

Do you have a favorite place to visit?