This blog is my Diary. I can’t keep up as it is all go here. Since I arrived in Palmerston North less than a week ago I have revisited Victoria Park, been swimming at the Lido, got out my NZ bicycle, done “magnificent mummy making” at Te Manawa (the museum of art science and culture), created umpteen Lego thingys, read Spiderman and Tin Tin, etc etc and I have been dreaming in Chinese. How incredible is that last one?
You will realise that being in Palmy means being with my twin grandsons, age 6, and this is the chinese branch of the family. Besides Louis and Ali, the other members of the household at the moment are Cindy (that is Xin Yan, their mother) her parents, Bo the lodger. My son is still in China. I am sleeping over at my friend Julie’s house and I am so very grateful to her. So far it is all good and all go.
At the weekend, Cindy organised a ‘little holiday’ and we went to Taupo. This is the town at the tip of the huge lake Taupo surrounded by volcanic mountains and hot springs. We had a three hour drive through some of the most wonderful scenery there can be on this planet, lots of stops on the way for coffee and driver change and boys moving around, and always, taking photos. I will put in a plug for the great motel we stayed in – the Chelmsford – so friendly staff and just what we needed with the hot plunge pools and all that which are part of Taupo.