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Penny Garnsworthy
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Change of Pace
I am rather a creature of habit when it comes to reading. I love mysteries, murders, detective stories, sci-fi and a variety of non-fiction, but I rarely read what I would categorise as 'women's fiction'. Recently a friend recommended big little lies by Aus...

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New beginnings
We recently had new carpet laid in the majority of our home. After years of walking on the hard, unyielding type we now have the most beautiful soft, luxurious carpet that I could, literally, sleep on. Of course, installing new carpet meant moving the entir...

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How things change...
We recently spent a couple of nights in the beautiful Blue Mountains region of NSW. As a kid, I spent many school holidays at Katoomba Falls in our caravan and have fond memories of great times with family and friends, as well as long bush walks including t...

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Cruising Highlights
Now in Sydney for a few days, we have time to reminisce about our cruise on the beautiful Celebrity Solstice, which departed Auckland on 17 February. And apart from the wonderful food and entertainment on board, we met great people from all around the world...

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Invercargill to Christchurch
Our first stop in Invercargill was to the E Hayes Hardware
Store which has an excellent display of historic motor bikes. Of course the
most famous is the Burt Munro Indian motorcycle as seen in the 2005 movie The World’s Fastest Indian , starring Sir

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Christchurch to Invercargill
Before leaving Christchurch we took a drive up the earthquake ravaged highway to Kaikoura. Surprisingly we were able to get through, apart from the occasional detour, and what really impressed us is the work that's been completed to clean up the various lan...

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We arrived in Christchurch not knowing what to expect. Its our first visit to the city so we have no real idea of what it used to be. All we know is that the CBD in particular was devastated by the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes and as a result some 70% of the b...

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New Zealand here we come...
This time next week we will be on our way to Christchurch where we will embark on several weeks of driving around both the south and the north islands of New Zealand. When researching for this trip I looked for attractions and activities that would be diffe...

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From Shanghai to Taiwan... and beyond
Our arrival into Shanghai was
delayed by hours. The port had been closed overnight due to high winds but
finally we were allowed to sail into the port of Baoshan. We caught a shuttle
bus into Shanghai and walked the famous Bund along the Huangpu River with

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All at Sea
We are now aboard the Celebrity Millennium! After two weeks of constant activity its great to have the odd sea day and just 'chill'. Our first port of call was Shimizu and our shore excursion took in the remains of Sumpu Castle which burned to the ground in...
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