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Family holiday on Tiritiri Matangi 2017 pt 1

I have just spent an amazing 6 days on the scientific reserve of Tiritiri Maitangi with the entire family. I have fond memories as a kid going with my parents to Piha for our summer holidays, with only the beach and a couple of games for entertainment – and I loved it. So I wanted to recreate the same thing but with rare and endangered birds thrown into the mix.

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Navy 75 years

As part of the Royal New Zealand Navy 75 years celebration, there is a massive open day in the city. Over 10 ships from Navies from a whole range of counties are here in Auckland, and most of the ships are open for the general public to visit which is great. 

This was to great an opportunity to miss, so by 10am I was parked up in the city and walking down to Queen's Walk with the family to see what was going. 

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KCC Camp - Miranda shorebirds

During the first weekend in November the whole family journeyed down to Miranda to spend two days with the Forest & Bird Southern Kiwi Conservation Club - for kids. 

Robin has been going to KCC events for several years now but has never been overnight with them, and I have been keen to visit Miranda shorebirds for a while.

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Dome valley walk & Doc Brown

Labour weekend was the same weekend as my birthday, so lot's of Adam orientated stuff happened over the long weekend; Meeting Doc Brown from Back to the Future, the amazing nice Nichelle Nichols, going for a 13 km walk through the bush and watching several movies at the cinema. 

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Luke is now 3

On the morning of September the 5th, when Luke woke up he was taken into my bedroom and was told it was his birthday - and boy was he so excited! It was really lovely and cute to see. As he started opening his presents he was almost shaking in excitement and had the biggest smile I have ever seen on his face

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KCC - traps and dead possums

Robins final South Auckland KCC event, as from now on he will be attending the West Auckland KCC events. 

And what an exciting event - a visit to a Forest & Bird forest (who knew F&B actually owned forests, but they do) to do some pest control. The forest is called Olive Davis Reserve and yes there was a dead possum involved! 

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Robin turns 7

On the 25th of August Robin turned 7, incredible to think he is seven already. He is so helpful and fun to have round - through he does have his father temper on occasion. Robin was of course up early, and his presents were opened on my bed so I didn't even have to get up. 

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Hamlins Hill with KCC

The story as written by Robin Weller, aged 6:

“I went to KCC. First we got under a tree because it was raining and we went on a hill and it is called Hamlin Hill. It is half farm, half park, half forest and we planted lots of trees and we walked in the forest and I had fun and I did lots and lots of holes for the trees and there was lots of old trees and the walk was long” .....

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Waikato Museum & motoways

While living here in Pukekohe, Hamilton City is not far away and visiting the Waikato museum has been on the cards for several years but has never really been a top priority - but with only several weeks left in Pukekohe I took the chance to head down for a visit. 

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Turkey Day 25 - The Grand Bazaar & Topkapi Palace

Today is the final full day in Turkey, and I made a decision in that I wouldn’t make any decisions today!

So today Julianne and Grandma are in complete charge.

First up it is the Grand Bazaar, a key place Julianne wanted to visit before we left as she has fond memories from the last visit with Nadia. And instead of walking there as I would have done Grandma made the decision to take the tram, she really likes trams and trains.

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Turkey day 24 - Worse drive of my life - Into Istanbul

Luke & I resting by Iznik Lake in the early morning.

This was the day which was supposed to have the easiest drive, about 3 hours. So I was really looking forward to spending the afternoon relaxing in Istanbul after dropping off the car and maybe heading out to the Grand Bazaar. Well that didn’t work - the gentle 3 hour drive became a very unpleasant 7 hour nightmare.

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Turkey Day 23 - Nicaea - Iznik

Robin and I inside the Aya Sofia in Iznik– at the end with the seats for the bishops.

After five really good & emotional full on days here in Canakkale beside the Gallipoli peninsula it is time to move on, and to get back in the car. Today was the latest start on the holiday and we were not away until 11am!

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Turkey Day 18 - Troy!

Last time visited Troy I was on a tour group and it felt very rushed and I promised Julianne & Nadia that I would arrange for us to come back – and today I fulfilled that promise, unfortunately Nadia was not able to make the trip.

Not only was it more fun going through at my own speed, and I was there for about 3 and a half hours but there are lots of Bronze Age ruins – which are just amazing.

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Turkey Day 16 - Sardis & the Red Basilica in Bergama

Today is a short drive, with only a single stop at Sardis and we arrived at around 11am. The Lonely Planet guide talked about the Lydian civilisation that founded Sardis – but there was only Greek, Roman and Byzantine ruins to look at which was disappointing – especially as the visit added several hours to the drive today.

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Turkey Day 15 - Exploring around Ephesus

I found the ruins of a Roman aqueduct which had storks nesting in. This I found really brilliant and very cool – Storks nesting in the centre of a town in the ruins of a Roman aqueduct – you couldn’t invent this stuff – brilliant to see.

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