OAMARU, SOUTH ISLAND
Trip Start Dec 03, 2008
73Trip End Oct 14, 2009
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So for the next 4 nights we hung out with Elaine and Merv. They live on 5 archers and have an amazing home. They grow apples, pears, lemons, all kinds of berries, a whole field of cherry trees, an entire garden filled with everything you could think of and they even have a neighbor pig that comes around and eats leftovers
They were so inviting and wonderful to us. We cant thank them enough. Elaine showed us all around town. We went down to the ocean and got to see one blue penguin (which is really rare to see them during the day). We also got to see a handful of yellow eyed penguins. We've been waiting and waiting to be able to see any type of penguin! We even saw one really up close when we were leaving the yellow eyed area. On the way out, Elaine noticed him in the bushes just a few feet from where we stood. Unbelievable!
While we were there they made us a roast of lamb, or hoget as they called it. So another night Brian and I made them Mulligan Stew, a recipe from my family. Merv took me mushroom hunting. When we got back we saw their neighbors pig hanging around. It is this huge ugly old pig that always wonders up to their fence in hopes of getting leftovers, and of course she always does.
Some of our best experiences so far on our trip are when people invite us into their home, like Elaine and Merv did. That's when we really get to see what the people are like and how they live. So, thank you Elaine and Merv for making our stay unforgettable.