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Dec 31, 2006 - Pictures and thoughts

It's all nearly over. I'm back in Christchurch, a bit like Townsville really, uni students, mainly flat with a couple of hills and about the same size (but colder). Last night was at Timaru. I'll put a few more photos up for those who are looking. Overall the places we got to were where very few other people will ever go, and we had so much freedom to suck up teh surrounds on the sub antarctic islands and around the Mawson's hut site. The gang on board the boat, the tour organisers and chefs being Kiwi, Ozzy and German, and the Russian crew...

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Dec 26, 2006 - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

It's boxing day today...and funnily enough we have been packing boxes. Tomorrow we leave our wee flat at Claremont to head further South and explore a bit more of New Zealand. It is the start of our travels home so there is lots of stuff we won't need any more and we are shipping it back to the UK. The girls have just unwrapped their presents and we are taking them away to pack them up again. It has been a busy few weeks. Not only is it Christmas, but the end of term too, so there have been school prize-givings and concerts etc. The girls...

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Gilmour Four on Tour

Dec 5, 2006 - Winding down .....or winding up?

Winding down? Mairi and Shona only have 2 weeks left at school and Ruth is doing the last of 4 locums! Winding up? Colin is busy organising the next part of our trip! It really doesn't feel like Christmas is approaching. It is light until 9.30 at night and although the Kiwi's are all moaning about the terrible weather it seems pretty good to us. The girls are great. They only have a couple of weeks before the end of term and the start of the long summer holidays here. Classes are pretty relaxed and they seem to be spending a lot of time in...

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Gilmour Four on Tour

Nov 14, 2006 - Claremont News

Hello again! we can't believe we are now more than half way through our time in New Zealand...there is still so much that we want to see and do while we are here. The weather is starting to warm up, although we had an unseasonal hail and sleet shower last week. There hasn't been much rain at all and all the farmers are moaning about the lack of grass...they need some good Scottish downpours to get them sorted. Talking of which, we saw the photos of flooding in Ross-shire on the BBC News web-site recently. Hope no-one back home was affected...

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Oct 19, 2006 - Turning Into Kiwis

We have been here for 5 weeks now and life is starting to settle into some kind of family routine. We are staying in a lovely spot. Castle Claremont is an old(by NZ standards) country house about 15Km from Timaru. It is at the bottom of a beautiful ridge which is called Mt Horrible( which it isn't). We can walk up it in 15 mins and get fantastic views of snow clad hills and rolling green fields. Sharon, our landlady has lent us an old car so Ruth can add another skill to her CV...Handling an old Merc with automatic transmission! The girls...

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Gilmour Four on Tour

Sep 20, 2006 - We have arrived!

Well, we have made it half way round the world! Have had a FAB trip so far and arrived in NZ 12 days ago. Already it feels as if we have been here for much longer. We have settled in to our new home, a wee flat in the grounds of a big house. Our Address is: C/O Castle Claremont, Mt Horrible Rd, RD2, Timaru, South Island, New Zealand. Unfortunately we have no phone and therefore no internet access, but Col has being logging on at the local library and I can use the internet at work. Mairi and Shona started school last week and have settled...

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Gilmour Four on Tour

Feb 12, 2006 - Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo, and Ohau

Well, the two girls I went out with this morning ended up being on a different bus so that was too bad. But the bus that I got on is the nicest one I have been on since arriving in Australia, it is a proper coach with leg room, amazing the little things you take forgranted. The coach left at 8am and the first thing that we had to do was wak up to the microphne and state our names, where we were from, where we were headed next, and our most embarrasing moment, FIVE MINUTES INTO THE TRIP!!!!!! Since nothing has managed to top this in the...

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Nadia's Travels...

Feb 2, 2006 - Timaru

Wow, what a lovely place this is! We decided to have a couple of relaxing days by the sea in a quiet place before spending the last 2 days in Christchurch prior to flying to Oz. After leaving Dunedin, Timaru was pretty much a central point between there and Christchurch. When we got there the weather was grey, raining and generally quite miserable. We got here at dusk and the hostel seemed dingy, cold and unwelcoming! However, the next day the sun was shining and it was a whole different story! Suddenly the place looked inviting and the...

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She's On Her Way!

Jan 11, 2006 - Orks and Queens.

So, this morning on our way out of Twizel and on our way to Queenstown, we decided to go in search of the Battle ground that was in town! We went to the tourist information place fully expecting him to say he wasn't allowed to tell us and we'd have to pay to go on a tour...but no, the kindly Orc even drew the directions on a map! You see the man from the tourist info place, and his wife both played Orc's in the battle scene!! Wow, I got to talk to an Orc. He was actually very nice, and had quite nice skin in real life. We went down to...

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Gone Gallivanting

Dec 12, 2005 - Geraldine

We got dropped off the bus in Geraldine so we could go white water rafting along one of the longest stretches of raftable rivers in New Zealand. It's also the place they filmed a few scenes from Lord of the Rings (the part with the castle where the mad king was cured in the 2nd film) if you've seen them. Quite a few places advertise that they're Grade 5 in order to attract more people, but due to the lack of rain round here lately they're barely Grade 3. Our river was definitely grade 5 in places though, with huge rocks and 8 foot falls...

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Apr 23, 2005 - slack me

hi just to let you know I am still alive but feel slack for the time being a there is so little time left before I get home, and I may update it depenidng how busy I am kept with weddings and friends over the next month, But just to say since the last little update I ahve done a bit more walking (blah blah) some canoeing in a fiord, white water rafting, just got back from a super 12 rugby match Christchurch Vs Johnnasberg (crusaders Vs the cats) I have also booked myself in for a cultured play the night before I leave , and am planning...

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Feb 9, 2005 - Timaru

Proceeding back up the east coast towards our start point of Christchurch we take a quick stop to see the strange spherical boulders on the beach at Moeraki before stopping for the night at Timaru. We arrive early enough to take a trip to the beach which is fine until a strong wind suddenly blows up and turns the beach into a Saharan sandstorm which Laurence of Arabia would have struggled with - excellent for the complexion though, a good sandblasting !

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