We had a great time, lots of bubbles, strawberries and delicious nibbles. “it’s All About The Hat” was the theme and I was pleased to be placed third in the women’s competition. Didn’t win any sweepstakes but we had a great time. Took one photo in the mirror to show off my hat, I am rubbish at selfies so this was the best I could do.
Gibbs Farm November 21, 2015
We were invited to join the gym senior group on their Mystery bus trip on Friday 20 November. After leaving Brows Bay at 9 am we drove West to Soljan’s vineyard for morning tea, very nice but did mean less time at Gibbs Farm which was another 45 minutes away. This place is 1000 acres with mammoth sculptures scattered stop hills and in valleys. It has stunning views of the Kaipara Harbour, is only open one day a month, you have to book on their website and it is booked out until next spring! It was fantastic but we didn’t have time to see everything and have our picnic lunch. They have ostriches roaming around and have three giraffe, four zebra, numerous alpaca as well as highland cattle and buffalo! The photos following are surf explanatory – note the sheer size of some exhibits.
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nz Singapore – Gardens by the Bay. September 29, 2015
There is thick smoke haze covering Singspore, it is from the Indonesian fires and is really bad, like thick fog. Long day yesterday from Frankfurt with a drama at the airport because there was no stamp in our passports to show we had entered Europe. Supposed to happen when we disembarked in Rome but they just waved everyone through – I guess they thought we didn’t look too much like refugees! Eventually ok, then had to sit last row in plane, handy for the toilet but little else. However the Singapore AIrline cabin crew were very attentive. Photos from our room here and the Gardens, I went on the Cloud Walk which was out of my comfort zone but okay. Back to 5 + 2 diet next week, we have both put on a few kilos!
Frankfurt September 26, 2015
we have found Frankfurt city quite an easy place to walk around, lots of nice sidewalk cafes, restaurants, river walks, historic restoration (a large part of the city destroyed in WWII) previous rebuilding was just that but now in many areas they are focusing on restoring some of the historic sites to their pre-war design, results so far very nice. Then there is the contrast of modern buildings and very modern shopping areas with new paved pedestrian areas and all the well known shops. Long wait until we fly out at 10 pm tomorrow but Singapore will be different again.
Rome Day Two and Three September 25, 2015
We had a good time but we all agreed that often you cannot recapture the magic of that first visit. The hop on hop off bus was good, especially as it made us realise that The Vatican and The Spanish Steps were within easy walking distance of our hotel. So we walked to them both through the crowds – so many people. Hotel was very good but our last day was stressful. Shuttle arrived early as I had requested, I thought check in would close 2 hrs before the flight, but we soon ran into heavy traffic in a tunnel, it was hot and claustrophobic. Our driver didn’t speak English but a young man we collected did speak English ( he worked for Foreign Affairs and was flying to Brussels). He said check in closed 45 minutes prior to flight so we were more relaxed even though the trip took an hour and a half. We checked in at a machine then had to drop off our luggage – we were misdirected three times before we eventually went through X-ray etc with an hour before take off. Bussed to plane, then sat on Tarmac for 30 minutes but arrived on time and our luggage was first off. But no waiting driver – he did not turn up until 35 minutes later. Frankfurt is quite cool, 8-18 today so had to wear my rain jacket to add that extra layer. Some Rome snaps attached.
Rome September 22, 2015
lovely and warm, quickly tired after walking around for a few hours, going to do Hop on Hop Off bus tomorrow to refresh our minds. So far noticed a deterioration in tidiness, lots of graffiti, rubbish bins overflowing, beggars everywhere – but still has those magnificent buildings.