Cee’s-Hunt4Joy-Dance-It-Out

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Some farewell entertainment at

Sausage Tree Safari Camp…

…near the end of our first

African Safari, 2013.

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Dubai fire dancer.

 

 

Whakarewarewa Maori Village dancers,

Rotorua,

New Zealand.

 

Belly Dancer,

Dubai.

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Cee’s-Hunt-for-Joy-Challenge: Dance-It-Out

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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Bucolic

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bucolic

relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life.
“the church is lovely for its bucolic setting”
synonyms :rusticruralpastoralcountrycountryside

agriculturalagrarianoutdooridyllicunspoiled

 

I am not sure if Hamurana Lodge fits

the bucolic theme of today.

However it is location on the

outskirts of Rotorua is ideal.

If this scene is not bucolic,

then I am not sure what is.

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Word of the Day Challenge:   Bucolic

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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Applaud

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While not necessarily applauding…

…the girls in this African Dance Troupe

are clapping their hands.

 

Both the African and the

New Zealand entertainers had us…

…on our feet dancing along.

All entertainers were warmly applauded

at the conclusion of their performances.

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Word of the Day Challenge:  Applaud

Tuesday-PC-Wk162-Tower

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Towers from all over.

Eiffel Tower.

A Leaning Tower at Pisa

Dubai’s,

Burj Khalifa

 

Towering Redwoods in Rotorua

New Zealand

Light house towers.

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Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk187-Red

 

I shall commence with an image

which may not quite fit.

Part of the Californian Redwood Forest

on the outskirts of Rotorua

in New Zealand.

Bicycles in Lille sporting lots  of red.

 

A specimen from the Dahlia Farm

near Geelong in 2018.

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Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk187_Red

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Steps

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Below is an area of The Great Ocean Road,

near The Twelve Apostles,

known as Gibsons Steps.

I don’t recall seeing steps but people who were

on the sand materialised in the car park

in a short space of time.

Vatican steps.

 

Viennese steps.

These steps are near the beginning of

the Orakei Korako Geothermal walk…

1.8 kilometres and nearly 666 steps later

(there was some more around the corner)

we were nearly there.

My knees were protesting and they

screamed even louder when they saw we had

several flights of these stairs to and from our room.

That was the night we were offered a ground floor room.

And took it.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Roads

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Before our visit to New Zealand last year

we booked all accommodation

long before leaving Australia.

Therefore it was a bit of a surprise to discover

we had booked a place so far out of Rotorua.

But what a wonderful entrance to

Hamurana Lodge.

We were given a local welcome

shortly after entering the drive.

 

Just wish we had more time

at this beautiful accommodation.

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SUNDAY-STILLS-PC-Reflect

 

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We had probably the busiest year we will ever have in 2018.Late February we spent a weekend in Auckland

to celebrate the engagement of

our eldest son to his bride to be.

 

In June we were blessed with falling snow while

visiting the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier.

Most of us had not seen falling snow ever,

so a real delight.

A week or so later while cruising the Inside Passage

during  our stop at Juneau we flew

onto the Mendenhall Glacier to visit the huskies

and have a rife in a sled.

Another highlight.

 

 

  

We hardly seemed to be home

before preparations needed…

to be made for our road trip in New Zealand

prior to our son’s wedding.

A Māori Hāngī at the

Whakarewarewa Māori Village in Rotorua…

 

…and a visit to the Hobbit Movie Set at Matamata,

 

…were preludes to the big day.

 

 

The next morning back at

Auckland International Airport

for our flight home.

 

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SUNDAY STILLS PHOTOS: Reflect

LIGHT WORDS: Reflect

Hugh’s Views & News: Reflect

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Lights

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New Zealand lights.

The Stratosfare Restaurant at Rotorua.

Or maybe better to say  that guests need to

take the Skyline Gondola up to the restaurant.

Definitely worth a visit.

The last two were captured in the… 

Auckland Airport.

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image

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Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk160_Contemplation

Toy
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Our Rotorua accommodation had about this many steps outside the building.

Our host met us and offered to carry our cases in.

Great.

We had just completed a 1.8 kilometre walk,

over a geothermal area where handrails were few and far between.

I was also told, by the builder, that there are 666 steps in the walk.

Presumably 333 steps up and  333 steps down.

An hour or so driving and my knees were begging for mercy.

 

 

Sans luggage, I almost bounded up the outside steps

only to be greeted by this staircase inside.

AND at the top of this staircase was another…as long and steep.

Finally our room door.

It was opened and there was another staircase,

only 4 steps into the room.

At this point our host, seeing my struggles with the stairs

asked if we would like a ground floor room.

My knees were doing cartwheels…in their imagination!

Why in the name of fortune had he not made the offer

prior to scaling these steps.

The resident donkey came over to bid us farewell.

Although I really think it was contemplating one of

the apples we were told we could feed it.

As much as I like large dogs it took me about three seconds,

on the shore of Lake Taupo, to decide his Newfoundland,

as nice as it was, was not my type of dog.

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Pic and Word Challenge: Contemplation