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06 April 2016 @ 07:00 pm
Travelling north  
No, not the movie, the NZ trip still....

Stopped at the most amazing glass garden - also bought a beautiful tree trunk wine glass, hand blown by the craftsman there. I stressed about that bloody thing all the way home, worrying that it would be broken, although you could have wrapped an elephant in the bubble wrap that they used to pack it.

 photo Lava glass gardens outside Tirau  tree_zps0a004g4s.jpg

Glass trees-within-a-globe took two months to cool down completely after firing.

 photo Lava glass gardens outside Tirau flowers_zpswoxodufq.jpg

Amazing glass flowers.

 photo Lava glass gardens outside Tirau waterfall_zpsqjph1b67.jpg


From glass to corrogated iron; a little town called Tirau, just south of Matamata - we had to stop, just to take photos of the buildings and signs.

 photo Shepherd and dog Tirau_zpslxqvemu7.jpg

Shepherd and sheepdog! Lucky there was a church next door or else this wouldn't have happened.

 photo Sheep tourist centre Tirau_zpsurbdb7oe.jpg

And sheep, of course. For it is New Zealand.

 photo Alley Cats cafe Tirau_zps4aj2gbdz.jpg

They were really brilliant signs, such a creative use of corrogated iron.

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Spent the night just north of Auckland in a little, run-down caravan park which had onsite cabins. It was clean, and cheap, and they were the two important things as we were arriving late and leaving early.

Went to a steakhouse for dinner where I had peri peri chicken livers for entree and man did I feel it, both that night and the next morning.
Current Mood: goodgood
byslantedlight: MagicWorld-LivingstoneDaisies (magicfly-byslantedlight on April 6th, 2016 10:25 am (UTC)
Oh I love the glass garden! Your pics are making me wish I could hurry up and get to NZ to do the trip I've been lusting after for ages. Its such a gorgeous, creative place... Loved the plane yesterday too (though grr that it's a McDonald's, but I suppose we should encourage them actually having a bit of imagination... *g*)

I'm not supposed to be here right now, cos I'm dashing to get work done before I head up north myself - but I couldn't resist sight of a glass garden... *g*
miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on April 7th, 2016 11:02 am (UTC)
I am quite in love with New Zealand - to the point of reading up on immigration laws last night - although I know that the first hint of cold weather would have me heading Australia-bound.
It's funny, we call NZ the Eighth State and I learned last week that they call us the West Island.

The glass garden was like nothing I've ever seen before, it really was quite lovely and so very creative.
mrua7: Tartanmrua7 on April 6th, 2016 01:31 pm (UTC)
Great photos! Such wonderful whimsy. It's on my bucket list to visit New Zealand and Australia but I seriously doubt it will ever happen unless I win a huge lottery. It's good to have pipe dreams though.

Edited at 2016-04-06 01:32 pm (UTC)
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on April 7th, 2016 11:03 am (UTC)
Well if you ever do win that lottery, and head down under, look me up please!

I do love New Zealand, it's such a beautiful country.
mrua7mrua7 on April 7th, 2016 12:09 pm (UTC)
Oh definitely would look you up and Laurose in New Zealand. Sigh...dreams are good.
Spencer's Journalspencer5460 on April 6th, 2016 04:12 pm (UTC)
How fun! (and exotic)
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on April 7th, 2016 11:03 am (UTC)
It was a fun trip for sure. I do love NZ and would like to spend more time there.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on April 6th, 2016 06:48 pm (UTC)
The glass work reminds me somewhat of Dale Chihuly's work which has always fascinated me.
miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on April 7th, 2016 11:28 am (UTC)
I have to confess my ignorance, but have just spent the last 20 minutes googling Dale Chihuly and now I can see what you mean. His work appears so much more complex than anything I saw though - real artistry. I can see why you're fascinated.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on April 7th, 2016 11:33 am (UTC)
He's done some utterly amazing installations one of which looks like an undersea world. There's something about the way glass catches the light that just adds an ethereal element.
miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on April 8th, 2016 05:00 am (UTC)
I have a whole new appreciation for glass, after watching the glass blower at work.