Fit for a queen

Legend is that Queenstown got it's name by being so pretty it was 'fit for a queen' and it's hard to argue with that. It has to be one of the most beautiful places I have been. The mountain range is called 'The Remarkables' and that sums it up!      I saw a full rainbow today for the first time I'd say - it was beautiful. You can see part of it in the photo, alongside my grinning mug. (Bought a new rasta coloured hat today - a treat for the next lot of photos.)…

New Zealand 

Well I am less than a week in NZ and I love it already. I must be the most enthusiastic traveller ever. So far the landscape is very familiar, and would remind you of home. It actually feels like autumn here while it didn't in Australia. It's colder than Oz but nothing I can't handle - no snow or anything like that which I was half expecting.  Christchurch is a lovely city still recovering from the bad earthquake four years ago. There are an awful lot of blank spaces in the city centre and a…

Great Southern Land

Marianne and I are partial to a bit of Icehouse (Australian band who had their heyday in the 80's - like many of us), and I have used the name of their great song -which is now an Australian classic - for my title. Am attaching the link because it sums up my feelings on Australia as I prepare myself to leave it. (Mar check out the mullet on Iva - this is the 1989 version, it was originally released in 1982) http://youtu.be/uPvIH1XQ-uk I have had the most fantastic holiday here and am so lucky to…