Posted by: stelladuffy | February 9, 2013

Traveller’s Log, Wellington to Cape Palliser to Napier

hello bloggerees,

writing from an art deco street in art deco Napier …. so far in the past 9 days in NZ I have … swum, beached, swum, eaten fresh terakihi, swum, loved Wellington, eaten with old friends, coffeed with old friends, wined with old friends, swum, visited the old house in Martinborough, wondered again what Nana would make of her pub now being the fancy Martinborough Hotel, wedding guested and danced my feet and knees broken, been to the bach built by my grandfather and kept lovely by the uncle & cousins (in a very wild def NOT ‘beach home’ kind of way), swum, sung, watched one cousin teach my wife to shoot (target practice only!) and another couple of cousins teach her ukelele, eaten fresh crays, climbed to the Cape Palliser lighthouse, swum, eaten more fresh caught fish, swum, fetched sea water for cooking the crays (not an easy carry), loved being with cousins, watched the sun set behind the Southern Alps (from Cape Palliser), loved being with more cousins, remembered being the baby cousin still (at almost 50) involves getting the piss taken quite a lot, swum, beered, wined, swum. Now we’re in Napier before Gisborne and the East Cape, then Tokoroa and more old friends, old family, and no doubt a little more wining.

I guess if you don’t have a proper holiday for a decade or so, it’s good to really do it when you’re doing it. We’re really doing it.

the view from the aforementioned bach


  1. Jealous – we’re battling sleet, snow showers and sub zero temperatures. Still, at least it’s light at 5pm now!

  2. Sounds utterly blissfull …..I’ve absorbed some of it by osmosis….. ahhhhhh….exhales!

  3. It was awesome to meet you both at Cape Palliser – great memories (the paua were yummy the next day as well). Hope you enjoyed Hawkes Bay and the Art Deco Scene – then you’ll come back! Go hard the rest of your trip x

  4. we totally loved it Sharyn, vital for my soul and my heart. Shelley has been practicing her chords and bought a chromatic tuner in Napier – you have made her a musicican! we are in Tokoroa now and gearing up for the big girls’ weekend – eek!! xx

  5. Jealousy, girls – ladies – doesn’t come into it. You KNOW how much Molly, Sarah & I loved the time we spent in NZ,so much so that we’re already planning to go back for as long as we can in three and half years time, once Molly has finished her A levels. Whether she’ll want to come with us then, of course, is a moot point. Maybe she’ll fit it in as part of her gap year world tour. Meantime, we’re off to see her tonight as part of the Year 10 Drama & Performing Arts Showcase. And looking forward to sitting down to lunch with you and Shelley once you’re back. (Will she bring along her chromatic tuner??) xxx

  6. brilliant idea to come back with the New Model Molly. good luck for the showcase, see you all soon, xx

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