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    No Princess Alone button

New look blog

I decided to make my blog reflect me a little more and so changed the ‘theme’ to one where I could customise the photo at the top.  I hope no one is offended by me using my t-shirt slogan but I felt that summed up the blog more than any other picture I could have put up. 

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Christchurch to visit MD, also caught up with Bro and his family( in their native habitat, LOL so to speak) all of the times I have caught up with him in the last 30 years have been when he has been up here.

I felt really tired towards the end of it and on Thursday after we arrived home I just succumbed to the weariness.  I wouldn’t have done things any different – had a really busy stay down there but I had forgotten how tiring being with YD 24/7 is.  You have to be constantly “on”. 

When MD and Bro etc were busy YD and I got round the city using a metro bus card.  Good way of seeing the city and if  I fly down again I will probably keep using it and top it up rather than getting myself around by hire car.  Certainly if I am down there with YD – it would be the preferred mode of transport as it allowed me to discuss what we were seeing out the windows of the bus and help her discover Christchurch rather than me getting frazzled by trying to drive myself around unfamiliar streets and talk to her at the same time. 

Armed with a Christchurch street map book and bus time tables we got everywhere we wanted to go.

punting on the Avon

punting on the Avon

We did all the touristy things – punting on the Avon, riding the tram, going up the Port Hills in the Gondola.  MD also shared her favourite beaches and the weather was really lovely while we were down there.

Taylors Mistake beach

Taylors Mistake beach

Lyttleton harbor from the top of the Gondola

Lyttleton harbor from the top of the Gondola

Southern Alps out the back of Burnham
Southern Alps out the back of Burnham

I found the mountains (Southern Alps) an awesome sight to behold and it reinforced for me how much I love Nature’s beauty (mountains, water, or native bush).  I intend to spend more time out and about enjoying it. 

There is just something about being by the sea or gazing at a mountain that centres me

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  1. BRO

     /  September 26, 2009

    We tried to behave in our native habitat – loved seeing you !!

  2. ning

     /  September 26, 2009

    nice work aunty, i like the personal touches to the blog.. hehe native habitat, sounds like we are a bunch of monkeys!!!

  3. Jenny

     /  September 27, 2009

    love your blog pic, suits you


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