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Roaring Girl
The adventures of the yacht Roaring Girl wandering the seas.
All dressed up

The thoroughbreds and racehorses have very fine skins, easily affected by the heat and dust of a Hawkes Bay summer. They live out all the time, and wear full fig while in the fields. This is Willy investigating the quad, which he had last seen taking half a bale of hay to the sheep. Even his tail is kept covered.

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One pony tail to another

But his little chat with Pip is sweet.

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Really, it's horses

The main work on the farm, now, is horses. Noni is a successful show-jumper, and has also recently gained her trainer's licence. There are about sixteen horses on the farm at the moment, including this gorgeous foal, born on Guy Fawkes day.
He's a very curious little lad, with a soft nose and still with his baby fur giving his flanks and face a chesnut flush.
He kept following whoever was taking the picture, making it quite hard to get a really nice view of him. This one isn't very flattering.

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Sausages this autumn

Nowadays, there's a few sheep, kept for the lambs, wool and the meat. Here's the little flock, with Arthur in the background and Sarah showing off on the farm's quad.

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Greedy birds
18/02/2008, Dannevirk

There is a little Council-owned site here, on the town Domain, of which Pip has fond memories, so we stopped for the night. It's full of birds, mostly introduced, including peahens, mallards and a very noisy rooster who woke Sarah up with his optimistic crowing at 0430. (It gets light about 0630 at the moment.)
In the morning we found ourselves surrounded by these geese and fowl, including the rooster, who begged shamelessly until Pip gave them some old bread.

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More steam
17/02/2008, Dannevirk

Our first stop for the night was Dannevirk, a small town on the central plateau in Hawke's Bay. This area was settled primarily by Scandinavians (the next town is Norsewood), and the local line is that it was considered too cold for the English. (The Scottish, by contrast, are said to have agreed to leave the boats only on arriving at the horizantal sleet of Dunedin!)
We arrived as another steam train was coming through. This one runs from Wellington to Napier, as part of the latter town's Art Deco festival. As you can tell, it was pretty dark by then, but there was a steam train there. Honest!

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Winching away

There were lots of safety demonstrations going on, including this 'rescue' by helicopter. We were very interested, as this is the way casualties are taken off yachts at sea. Something we hope never to experience, but we're always interested to see how it works.
After all this excitement, we visited the Marine Education Centre at Island Bay, a valiant volunteer effort which was extremely busy. Ice creams revived us and we headed back to Upper Hutt. About 5.30 in the afternoon we set off on our travels again.

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Crowned boats

The reason for all the furore was the arrival of the Queen Victoria cruise liner, a Cunard ship registered in Southampton. She is the newest liner in the world, 294m long, with 1000 crew supporting 2000 passengers.

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Harbour tours

The Port was giving rides in the two older tugs, Toia and Kupe. Pip had gone on Kupe on the equivalent occasion of that tug's launch. In 1971!
We queued (Beryl, Betty and us) for about 90 minutes to get on the trip around the harbour, and got on to Toia about lunchtime. This gave us a splendid view of Wellington from the sea.

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Dancing tug

As well as being an excellent fire hydrant, Taiki can stop or turn in her own length. When she really claps her anchors on, the bow digs deep into her own turbulence.

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Ferries, helicopters; what a day
Dry, not too windy but cool
17/02/2008, Wellington

The next day was also very busy in central Wellington. A new tug, the Taiki, has been bought by the Port and they were showing it off. We went to see.

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Pacifika Wellington
16/02/2008, Waterfront Wellington

On Saturday morning we met up at Te Papa, the splendid national museum in central Wellington. It was a very busy day; Te Papa is 10 and had organised a massive cultural fiesta. Just along the waterfront, the Council was also holding the first Pasifika Arts festival in Wellington. (There is a big one in Aukland, which we are aiming to get to in a couple of weeks.)
These are singers from Tuvalu. Unfortunately we hadn't got the camera; we used the 'phone, but the colourful pictures of the Fijian dancers are all blurred. They were moving very fast! These Tuvalu singers were beautiful, graceful as they sang a lovely song. Despite the rain, we watched for ages.

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