In New Zealand we arrived in Auckland, the capital, where we stayed with my cousins, Roy and Sue Good. Sue, who is my cousin, is married to Roy, who is one of the leading pioneers of abstact art in New Zealand. They live in fantastic modern house, built in 1970 on the outskirts of Auckland in the foothills of the Waitakere ranges, which form the western rim of the huge extinct volcano in the crater of which Auckland is situated.
They have wonderful views out over Auckland.
And this is the view from Sue’s kitchen, looking out over her garden, which consists essentially of trees, and blending in with the woodlands beyond, and then further views over Auckland and its harbour in the far distance.
Finally we also went swimming, and this is Piha Bay with the Lion rock at the centre. This is the best known surfing beach in New Zealand, at least partly because it is the site of a well-known New Zealand television programme Piha Rescue in which volunteer lifeguards rescue those who get into difficulty on the beach. Did we go swimming ourselves? Well, wait and see!