Postcard from New Zealand

I spent a couple of weeks in New Zealand at the start of the month. It was a sad, special time in a beautiful country. I thought I would share some of the photos with you.

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Black Estate Wines. The wind blew hot through the open dining room.

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Sunbathing seals

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Grapefruit for breakfast

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View from the breakfast table

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View from above the house

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Lemons from the lemon tree were pressed into service for a Shrove Tuesday brunch. Those are wild passionfruit on the left. Also a shiso leaf – I found a plant in the garden.

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Passionfruit for dessert

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Beach at low tide…

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… which happened to be the right time to collect oysters. These are Pacific oysters and were the tastiest I have ever eaten (they taste better if you shuck them yourself)

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Christchurch was a very different place from the last time I saw it. $2 per hour to park your car here.

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The “pallet pavilion”, a temporary event space.

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Some great public art around the place

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Queen Victoria gets a visit from a construction worker

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This is an iced chocolate. London, you need to learn this.

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