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Where has July gone? Well it went to New Zealand and what a wonderful time we’ve had. I thought you would like the colours of these tree fruits although I have made a note to myself to try to find out the names of the trees. We loved our trips to gardens and parks to see the very different exotic plants that grow so easily there, indigenous plants. I especially enjoyed our trip to a very special garden in New Plymouth that I had seen featured on a Monty Don programme, ‘Around the World in 80 Gardens’and I will post some photos of the close ups I took there.

Another highlight was the trip to Gisborne from Auckland just before we came home. The road was long and twisty but amazing. We drove through a gorge at speeds of no more than 30-40mph with walls of tree ferns and other trees going straight up from the side of the road. Gisborne, and indeed New Plymouth, is largely ignored by visitors to New Zealand but if you plan to visit NZ then they are both worth a look. One of Gisborne’s claims to fame is that it is the first city in the world to see the new day. It is also the place that Captain Cook first set foot on New Zealand soil.

My plan is to show more photographs here but in the meantime I’m off to enjoy some sun in the garden!