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In the absence of current travel options, this is a rework of our 2014 trip Down Under, previously posted on a private blog site.
Today, it was starting to hit home. The newspaper headlines are shouting it. It is the Christmas Season.
Wait, what? Perhaps, if we walk out in the yard, we will see more obvious signs of Christmas all around us. Yeah, that looks right.
We were supposed to be headed to Kapiti Island today, but the winds were too strong for the boats to cross to the island. So, we set off to explore Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. Our first stop is at the Wellington Botanical Gardens and we are confused at all the roses and begonias in bloom. Is it really Christmas time?
No visit is ever complete without a look inside the show house, where more delicate plants thrive.
Back outside for a wander through the gardens. In the one shot, P points to the building he works in. Imagine this view from the office window.
Our garden tour complete, we are off on a short drive to look at the Christmas trees that M and P have placed in businesses around the area and then a wander around downtown to absorb a bit more festive spirit.
And then we see the beautiful Pahutakawa blooms (NZ Christmas tree) and then the ocean and unique art in the area and we are still so confused. We again wonder, is it really almost Christmas?
On our way back home, we stop at Twin Lakes Lookout for a scenic view of the local water reservoir. There is no snow to be seen, the sun is shining warmly , the grass is green and we ask ourselves, How can this be December?
But, we are getting used to the thought that a warm Christmas, while different from a White Christmas is still a Christmas and then P comes in from the yard with a bowl of fresh picked strawberries.
We are so confused……