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daily parcels * tied up in string *

daily musings of a vintage addict * I am totally obsessed with all things vintage * trying to keep up with my past...and sometimes ordinary everyday life

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Location: Katoomba, NSW, Australia

here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

Plan ahead and dream of all the beautiful things that life has to offer

January 27, 2006

all ashore ! !

I will never be able to tell you just how much we did see * but here are some of the highlights. I have also downloaded some more pictures * with more still to come * go here: the cruise

we sailed from Sydney to Melbourne then onto Burnie in Tasmania. Had a great time in Burnie - what a friendly little town that was. Then we sailed across to Milford Sound in New Zealand. That has to be one of THE most stunning areas in the world. Our ship sailed around the sound for an hour or so then we set sail up the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. A gorgeous gorgeous place. Ports we called into included
Dundedin - a gorgeous town similar they say to Edinburgh although alot smaller, gorgeous homes & gardens.
Christchurch - lovely place & we went to some terrific markets.
Picton - probably one of my favourite ports of call and we went to a farm where we saw sheepdogs in action. The farmer had actually broken his leg a few weeks before and was in a wheelchair. He controlled the dog with a small whistle, that's all and the dog obeyed each blast, knowing just what to do.
Napier - a wonderful art-deco sea-side town * I bought some great pottery & in the afternoon we did a tour of wineries.
Then onto Tauranga where we took a tour to Rotorua - this is where the hot springs & guysers are. Amazing place. We also saw a Maori performance - they are gorgeous people.

One thing I did love was a shop I found in New Zealand called Trade Aid. They sell lots of gorgeous things from developing countries. These are all manufactured with out child labour. Fair trade coffee and cocoa are two of the things I bought as well as a gorgeous rug and a set of salad servers.
Oh, I know I saw lots more but it is so hard to put it into words ...so this little post plus the pictures will give you an idea of my holiday.


Blogger Garden girl said...

one word to say about it....WOW!!! oh what a wonderful looking trip.I love that mud and the people look so nice.
Thelittle picton dog....he reminded me of our dog Snowy who died this time last year....it made me so sad.
what a great holiday I love cruises and ships. Are you planning on going on another one next year?

10:55 pm  
Blogger Garden girl said...

oh robyn - just found this quote for you, and cos cruises are the topic of the mo I thought you may appreciate this...lol

Nature Quote of the Day

A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree.
Spike Milligan

10:59 pm  
Blogger HomemakerAng said...

the cruise looks fun! I love the one of your hubby next to the dancer in the grass skirt. i died laughing!

11:44 pm  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Lovely photos, Robyn! Ken and I have talked for years about visiting New Zealand, and you have just whetted my appetite. But we would be flying...no seasickness for me - lol!

12:26 am  
Blogger my vintage days said...

Those mountains are amazing. Looks like there was alot to do.

1:20 am  
Blogger Flossy said...

Great photos Robyn! All my relatives come from Rotorua - there are pictures of them all over the place, in fact my great-great grandmother was the first guide at Whaka (the village). Big pic of her in the souvenir shop apparently! I haven't seen it though :)
And I spent my childhood on the beaches at Tauranga - reading your post brought back lots of memories for me...

6:28 am  
Blogger Amy said...

sSo glad you enjoyed New Zealand, isn't it a lovely place to be?

6:36 am  
Blogger Alice said...

Thanks for the 'tour', Robyn. What fun you would have had roaming around the markets and little shops. Such brief stopovers will surely have made you want to go back for a longer visit? Really enjoying the travelogue so please keep it coming.

7:17 am  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks for the glimpse into your adventure. I can imagine that the sights were even more magnificent than pictured.

9:27 am  
Blogger Shell said...

It sounds and looks awesome. I love New Zealand (though I have only been to the South Island), and I absolutely adored Milford Sound. How beautiful is the landscape, how pristine the environment? It looks as though you had a wonderful time - and I'm so glad for you!

10:23 am  

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