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Te Miro

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    • Day 68

      The Garden Party and Variety Show

      February 16, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      This is our last day in lovely Te Miro. Donna had arranged for all of us to contribute to a variety show in the afternoon, followed by a potluck dinner. It was a lot of fun.

      In the morning, the three MacQueen kids came to the cottage and we made sock puppets for our part in the show. We practiced before lunch and things were working out. Everyone listened and had a lot of fun. Then Chris worked with Liam, the mini engineer to make a chess/checker board that turned out great!

      Donna and I prepared some food for the potluck - chicken, corn on the cob, salads etc. and at 3:30, everyone who was coming, arrived with food and instruments, ready to go.

      Chris had set up our puppet stage in the garden and had arranged chairs for the audience. We were ready.

      It was a super show with all 13 people contributing an act - a Shakespeare reading, storytelling, puppets, clarinet solo, guitar playing, and singing. It was all fun.

      Our potluck dinner turned out well and we had a delightful afternoon with the wonderful MacQueen family!
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    • Day 64

      Anita & Bob’s Amazing House in Cambridge

      February 12, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Anita and Bob used to live in Guelph. Bob worked at the university and Anita was a teacher and worked with Donna. Bob was offered a job in New Zealand and moved with his family there. Eventually they decided to settle there and bought a lovely property in the tiny area known as Te Miro.

      The land here is made up of gently rolling hills, and is primarily used for pastures and dairy farming. There are some areas of native bush and reserves, and also a few small pine forestry plantations. There are many streams that twist through the hills of the area, thus the name Te Miro which means The Twist.

      An interesting story in a nutshell. After Bob and Anita bought the property, they had a decision to make - build a new house or buy an old character house, move it and renovate it. Well, Bob is an engineer so you have already guessed what he decided to do. And what a gorgeous house on a hill it is.

      The amazing part to this story is that the house had to be cut in half before it could be loaded on a flatbed truck and moved to its new site. And then, they had the incredible job of bringing the halves up a very, very long and steep dirt road to the top of the hill and finally, put the house back together again. Can you imagine!!!

      We saw the three photo books full of photos from this endeavour and it was mind blowing.

      Donna, Chris and I stayed in their “cottage”, a holiday home that can sleep at least 20 people. We were so

      Donna, Anita, Bob and the McQueen family were all super kind to us and we had a wonderful 5 nights in this beautiful part of New Zealand. We won’t be forgetting much about our stay here. It was awesome!
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