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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Okay, cannot resist it  Gotta tell you about Friday first.

Whilst down in Boomrock (set up to earn extra revenue by the farmer who has about 5,000 sheep on a massive sheep station) near Wellington, we basically had a play day, - no, not with the sheep, though one was spoilt for choice, but a bit like a luxury version of the Kilworth Challenge.  As well as knife throwing, clay pigeon shooting, golf, quiz, we got to ride in these amazing Mercedes an off road vehicle and the lates on road model (180?) but with all the latest gissmos (EBS).  Now, even as a non car guy, I found it amazing.  The stuff these cars can do.  We got to do a couple of laps throwing the car into all sorts of corners and skids, and this Electronic Braking System is awsome.  Then we had a race around a skid pan, 3 laps.  Brill.  I was first off and beat Jeremy Clarksons time - except I reckon they sent him around on a push bike.  Roger, of course won the race 6 seconds faster than me and 10 fasater than Jez!  He got to have his name on the leader board and won a bottle of wine.

We then had really memorable meal in lodge overlooking the Tasman and South Island; the weather could not have been bettter.  Venison pie, Angus fillet steak and sticky toffee pudding -= eat your heart out Ellie!  It was a really brilliant meal.  And then the chance to win $1 - 2,000 dollars for a hole in one!  No body did!

Any how, Roger,s team won finished first and their  prize was a helicopter ride back to Wellington, stead of 45 mins in a bus.  Anyway, he pushed me into the chopper.  Bless him.

The rest of the weekend has been a bit mundane by comparison; cleaning out the camper van and doing some jobs around the farm.  Last night went to a 21st birthday party and have been invited out shooting and sea fishing on Wednesday - should be fun - by a guy who runs a 1,000 acre farm with about 500 cattle.  First need of paracetamol in the morning though!
Anyhow, this morning I did get to go for a run in the Hunua Ranges.  A clear, crisp sunny winters day and running through this awsome hilly bush country.  Giuli, you will love it.  We will do a walk through the forest here - it is breathtaking.and no poisonous animals!

Luke, and you other geographers, you will love the environemental stuff here.  They are so aware.  I did not take my camera this mornign but will do next time.
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Nextdoorneighbourkeith on

Fossey sounds like you are having a great time, not difficult by the sound of the place. Not much to report from Lutterworth although I am sure that Guili will keep you updated on the exploits of the community service merchants!!
I hvae one piece of advice you will be away for a long time so make sure you do not go completely native. So pleased to hear that all thgings are now synchronised!!! regards and enjoy

CaroinBermuda on

Hi Neil ... Richard and I are so envious of your fun adventures but you well deserve it ! These days our adventures are limited to running after two toddlers who are determined to find trouble being such curious little rascals. I had a great time in NZ back in 2000 for the Americas Cup and tour with two girlfriends. Fantastic country, and we had a spectacular time, there is so much to do there. I'm having a good giggle reading your blog, keep it coming.

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