'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Thursday, 24 June 2010

Beauty in Unexpected Places

Auckland - rushing through after our trip to Northland. I do have 'stiller' shots, but this one captures the feeling I had - 'let's get home and relax.'


  1. That's pretty much how I feel when I travel through Auckland or Sydney or London or...!

  2. Evidence that LSD has finally reached the Land of the Long White Cloud.

  3. GB, yes, I'm not much of a city person.

    YP. So, while we're on the subject of altered minds, do you have an itinerararary for your visit yet?

  4. Speaking of irony, consider your message and picture under the heading of "Beauty in Unexpected Places."

  5. Yes Judy - I'm always surprised to find anything beautiful in a city. Well, that's a bit unfair, but I do have a preference for things not man-made.

  6. KATHERINE Our NZ itinerary (Xmas 2011> ?)will be sorted out by the Honourable John Key - your Minister for Tourism. I have specifically asked that he includes the Bay of Plenty in our route plan as well as a banquet of lamb chops, fresh kiwi fruit and seasoned kiwi burgers.

  7. John Key25.6.10

    Mr. Y. Pudding.
    Pudding Towers

    Please be advised that New Zealand welcomes you and your wife Mrs Shirley Pudding. Entry stipulations are as follows: Because we are a small, cute but rather backward and insecure collection of island thousands of kilometres from anywhere very important, The Ministry for Tourism expects nothing less than expressions of delight and pleasure at all experiences within New Zealand, and for the entire duration of stay, from all temporary visitors, even while being bitten alive by sandflies at Milford Sound, caught by Tataramoa while walking in the bush, or suffocated by toxic sulphurous gasses from fumeroles at Whakarewarewa. The Ministry expects you to exclaim with delight at the clanky grinding song of Tuis, shriek with joy at your first sight of the large fibreglass fake kiwifruit at Te Puke, and be breathless with reverential hush on seeing a Kauri tree for the first time.
    Given your signed undertaking of fulfilment of the aforementioned requirements (below), We hereby issue Tourist Visas for two (2) persons as stated. Any breach of these stipulations will result in instant revocation of these visas and immediate deportation to Australia. Where you'll really have something to complain about.

    Sign here: Shirley Pudding (Mrs) ............... Dated this day ........... Month............. Year

    Sign here: Yorkshire Pudding (Mr) ................Dated this day ..................Month ................Year.

  8. HONOURABLE AND MIGHTY JOHN KEY Of course we will abide by these stipulations. I trust you have arranged dinner for us with Dame Kiri Janette Te Kanawa and Sir Peter Jackson. We would also like to inspect a typical bush house occupied by settlers - for example the home of a struggling artist in the Bay of Plenty area. We would bring ballpoint pens and noodles to express our gratitude.
    Yours etc. Lord & Lady Pudding of Yotrkshire.

  9. John Key30.6.10

    Y pud.
    Can't do Kiri or Pete but probably can wrangle some unsuspecting poor artist.


  10. Well YP, seems you have your entry visas. Good-oh. If John doesn't find any suitable struggling artists, you can always come here to 'Atelier Mansion'. The pens will come in handy when you sign the guest book and the large 'Koha' cheque.
    There will be a large pot set aside for you in the kitchen with which you can cook up your noodles.


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