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The Giant’s House, Akaroa, New Zealand #travel

The Giant’s House was build in 1880 and is made of native totara and kauri timber. The house was originally owned by a bank manager. Artist and sculptor Josie Martin purchased the house and has used the gardens as her artist canvas and created a wonderland—a fun place for both children and adults to explore. It is also a bed and breakfast. Here are a few photos of the gardens and sculptors. The...

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It’s All in A Smile

Thirteen Things about SMILES 1. Definition of a smile - to have or take on a facial expression showing usually pleasure, amusement, affection, friendliness, etc., or, sometimes, irony, derision, etc. and characterized by an upward curving of the corners of the mouth...

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The World’s Greatest Navigator

Thirteen Things about CAPTAIN JAMES COOK There's a really good documentary playing on our TV at the moment about the life of James Cook. It's fascinating and these are some of the things I've learned during the last two weeks of viewing. 1. 1728: Born at Marton (near...

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The Care and Feeding of Candles

Thirteen Things about CANDLES In case people haven't guessed I visited my local candle shop in the weekend. It's called RETREAT and for those who live in New Zealand, they have stores in Glenfield, Newmarket, Sylvia Park and Manukau. 1. Candles convey messages of...

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Absolutely, Positively Wellington

In honor of my recent visit to Wellington, THIRTEEN THINGS about WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND. 1. Wellington is the captial of New Zealand. 2. It is VERY hilly, even more so than Auckland and San Francisco. After a day spent exploring, I woke up the next day with sore...

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Inland Island: Karori Wildlife Sanctuary

During our recent trip to Wellington we visited the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary. As the name suggests, it's a special sanctuary for some of our endangered native birds. The 225 hectare site includes two dams that used to supply the city of Wellington with water. It was...

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Windy Wellington

I'm off for a long weekend. Hubby and I are hitting Wellington, the capital of New Zealand and also Martinborough. Some of you might recall Lily and Alex from Never Send a Dog to do a Woman's Job visited both places... ...which, leads in nicely to the fact that I'm...

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