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CFFC: In the parking lot

At Milford Sound in New Zealand’s South Island, travellers sometimes come back to find bits of their vehicle missing, particularly the rubber on the windscreen wipers or around the windows, thanks to the keas that patrol the parking area.

This highly intelligent but destructive parrot is known as the clown of the mountains.

We saw this one on our holiday in 2012.

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The view through the gap

At the end of our walk to Lake Reid in New Zealand’s beautiful South Island we sat for a while enjoying the view through the gap in the mountains.

We loved this area around Glenorchy and Kinloch and intended to go back. Little did we know that just 2 years later our son would be working in this area and we’d take this same walk again while visiting him.

Perhaps we’ll get back there again one day.

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Sweet! Before and After

At Easter, Hugh has challenged us to be sweet. Some would say that really is a challenge for me 🙂

Here is a picture of one of the most delicious crème brûlées I think I’ve ever eaten … and the aftermath.

It was a cold and wet day on our first trip to New Zealand and we chose a random place for lunch – mainly because it was warm.

The main meal was nice but the lavender and honey crème brûlée, with the piece of shortbread and Turkish Delight was truly spectacular.

My mouth is watering at the memory.

Don’t worry – despite them still being in the “after” photo I did finish the shortbread and the Turkish Delight.

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Harmony in Paradise

This week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is “Harmony”.

At Paradise in New Zealand’s South Island – yes, that really is the name of this beautiful place – nature and tourism exist in harmony. Preservation of the environment is a priority. So much so that there’s now no sign that parts of Lord of the Rings was filmed here.

We first visited this area in 2012. In 2014 our son was working as a tour guide leading horseback tours around some of the filming locations. This was the perfect excuse – as if we needed one – for a return visit.

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