Friday, 21 December 2012
21.12.2012 - 21.12.2012
A few brisk partial laps to start the morning. Sections of Deck 7 were blocked to enable the launching of the tenders when we arrive. By 0700 we were at the Buffet along with a good number of other passengers and by 0800 we had collected out tender passes.
At 0815 we were escorted to the little jetty that services the tenders. We were the first to make the 10 minute crossing to the wharf. On the wharf were were welcomed by a virtual army of volunteers who handed out copious information leaflets. Further along the wharf were representatives of the dozens of tour operators keen to sign us up for a tour. Bus tours, wine tours, dolphin tours and even walking tours.
We walked around the little village and took photos of some of the quant cottages and their beautiful gardens. Jenny spotted the "Woolshed Gallery" and sent me off to take some photos. After a while I decided to check up on her and found her enthralled by the lush knitted and woven garments. Wool, fur and silk combined to make soft, light and beautiful articles. She settled for a multifunction cape/jacket thing and I found an amazing warm cap.
On the advice of the storekeeper we had the items "exported" to our home address saving the GST. The cost of postage was only about one third of what we saved in GST and we were talking Kiwi dollars so the price was another 20% better.
Just before 1000 we returned to the wharf where we'd arranged to meet up with a lady from the 365 Project. I'd sent Kitti a photo of me and she found us without any trouble. Back down the wharf and we found a coffee shop. Kitti had brought along Raewin, a good friend. Jenny and Raewin talked of many things while Kitti showed me what she had wrapped in some bubble wrap. Some while back I had sent her one of my photos of a pelican, she'd had this printed on canvas and mounted. She wanted me to see it and sign it for her. I was gobsmacked, the printing and enlargement were breathtaking. She says it hangs 'pride of place' in her home. It really touched me.
To finish off my embarrassment she presented me with a mounted canvas print of one of her images I'd admired. Such a generous gesture from an unknown person. We talked for quite a while and compared our shooting equipment. I shot off a couple of random shots to demonstrate the flexibility of the super-zoom.
Kitti and Reawin wanted to wander off and take some shots and Jenny and I begged off and returned to the wharf to line up for the tender. It was an interesting experience to put a face to a "virtual person" only ever "seen" by what she had written.
The tender trip back to the ship was worthy of any amusement park, the wind and sea tossed the little craft from side to side. Nothing dangerous but a bit of a thrill.
We were back aboard just after 1300 and we were both looking forward to lunch. The Buffet on Deck 14 didn't disappoint. Watched an old B&W movie on the TV (and dozed off a bit.) Watched the retrieval of the tenders and had dinner. Back to the cabin for a confusing, fast paced movie "The Bourne Legacy". that certainly kept us awake.
Realised I hadn't completed this blog so it is now after 2200.
Wellington tomorrow. See you then.