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Thread: Some pictures of my beautiful country (New Zealand).

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    Yesterday I took my son (age 11) and four of his classmates on a school trip to a place called Staglands. It's an hour's drive along a very narrow and very windy horrible road that leads from the town we live in, over a huge hill and into a remote valley called the Akatarawa Valley. It's a stunning place of native bush and wildlife, and Staglands itself is a kind of animal park, set in the bush, with animals you can pat and feed, as well as protected native birds.

    We had a great day, when we left in the morning it was overcast and grey, the hills were hidden in mist, and when we stopped at the top of the mountain we couldn't see home or the coast anymore. But by the time we arrived the sun had come out, the cloud burned off, and it was a stunning day. On the way home we stopped at the top again (as much to ward of car sickness as well as take in the view! lol) and we could clearly see our home town and the coast.

    I thought I'd share some of the photos with you guys. :-)


    From the top of the mountain, in the morning, looking down to the coast.
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    From the top of the mountain later in the day, told you the coast was there! :-)
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    Maximum zoom on my camera, that's Waikanae, our town by the coast.
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    In the valley next to an old logging hut and rail. The kids were playing on a "dolly" that runs on rails like train tracks.
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    The view from the cafe down to a small lake.
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    Just beautiful photo's. I would love to visit New Zealand one day.
    Cheers jackie

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    One of our native birds, the Kea. Known as a cheeky bird, loves shiny things and will steal keys, coins, jewellery, etc.
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    Another native bird, I can't remember it's name sorry!
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    Some finches having a bath in a small waterfall.
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    The kids. :-)
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    One of the early settlers buildings.
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    And the church. I loved the vines growing down and through the window. Couldn't help wondering how to work that into a quilt! ;-)
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    Oops... one more! :-)



    This tree was at the top of a steep section of bank, and looked like it would topple any second. Again, I couldn't help but wonder how to work that into a quilt! ;-)
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    Just beautiful, NZ is definitely on my family's "to do" list. Friends of ours went over in September and loved the place. It looks so green, everything here is brown already from the heat.

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    Beautiful Blue! The difference between the first 2 pics is amazing! I'd love to visit NZ one day.

    Re the quilt ideas - would it work with appliqué bias tape? like Celtic but free form? :D

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    Absolutely beautiful!
    I told the family that NZ should have been the place to go, but nooooo. lol
    I'll get there one of these days, I hope.

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    OH SO BEAUTIFUL...ty for sharing. I keep telling my hubby that NZ and Aust are the places to visit lol

    Margie

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    Beautiful pictures. Wish I could come and visit.

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    Thank you for sharing your outing with us!!! That looks like such a fun place to visit, and the smiles on the kids faces tell it all :D :D :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Beautiful Blue! The difference between the first 2 pics is amazing! I'd love to visit NZ one day.

    Re the quilt ideas - would it work with appliqué bias tape? like Celtic but free form? :D
    The church is really doing it for me.... I'm not religious but the symbolism is really sticking in my mind. I wish I'd taken a straight on shot, but there were some people standing in front of it and I didn't want to get in their way. And I couldn't wait, it was the kid's day after all, not mine. ;-)

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    How beautiful! It all looks so lush!

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    Thanks for sharing your photos the photos are beautiful. Are you on the north or south island?

    I would love to take Liam there one day, as a single parent I am tempted to do one of those north and south island tours but they are so expensive in comparision to the fly - drive yourself deals... maybe I could convince someone to come with us to help with the driving. My mum and dad want to go but they are into those retirees travel group tours and we couldnt tag along LOL Maybe I could convince them to come with us. Hardly though... mum and dad look after my son and my nephews before and after school and when they go away, they enjoy the peace from the grandkids LOL


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    I went to New Zealand on my honeymoon 24 yrs ago, from Christchurch to Auckland then then the bay of islands.. very pretty all over. Lovely pictures you took and beautiful birds.. I must have been too much in love I dont recall the birds at all! The rhodedenrums (spell check) and the azaleas yes but birds.. ah how nice it would be to see it through mature eyes when your looking at the world so much clearer. I loved your Country. Thanks for the photos and the trip down memory lane.

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    Beautiful pictures !

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    Blue, thank you for the wonderful pictures. Want to visit there someday...... always someday!!!

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    Beautiful! The cabins and that "tree house" are like something out of a storybook.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Beautiful country. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

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    Thanks so much Blue for sharing the pics.....your country is beautiful! I've always heard that but haven't done much checking up on it. I sure would love love love to visit it someday! Looks like ya'll had a fabulous day, the kids are really smiling anyway..so its all good!

    How far are you actually from the coast? I loved those 2 pics...

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    WOW...........

    I don't think that I had better show these photos to my hubby. He will want to make reservations right here and now.

    Thanks for sharing..........MaryJane

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    Very beautiful, BC! I was in NZ three times back in the 1990s on business and absolutely loved it. One of those times I got to take my wife and daughters (who were 1 and 6 at the time) with me, and we stayed a month. It's one of the best memories we have as a family. We stayed in Wellington and got a rental car on the weekends and drove around, it was so much fun.

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    Oh Blue - you have a most beautiful place to live! I am :mrgreen: of living so close to the ocean. Great Pics!!!

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    Such a beautiful country! Thanks for sharing the pics. I'll bet all the kids had a great day!

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