Dannevirke to Wellington

We spent two nights with my niece her husband and three delightful teenage children at Dannevirke. During the day we took a trip up to Takapau where Judy’s parents lived for a few years and found their old place. Had a talk with the new owner. We also called into the Norsewood and into the Norsewear shop. Came out with some lovely gear and a much lightened wallet.

Leaving Dannevirke we headed towards the Manawatu Gorge which I think is now permanently closed and so we went over the Saddle Road and through the wind farm.

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There are dozens of these huge incredible structures standing proudly in the wind their blades slowly rotating like something out of H G Wells book The war of the Worlds. I could just see Don Quixote galloping over the hills on his trusted steed, lance at the ready.

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Through Palmerston North we stopped at a layby just north of Otaki for lunch. Then on to Plimmerton where we stopped in the NZMCA Park.

On the Thursday after 0900 hrs it was a train trip into Wellington to the Te Rapa Museum. The war section is definitely a must see. The following pictures are of representations of actual events and real people in the Gallipoli campaign. I’m sorry I didn’t write down the names of the people represented.

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This chap was wounded in the arm and had to use his pistol in his left hand.

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The detail was incredible even down to the flies. Only thing missing was the stench of rotting bodies lying out in no man’s land.

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This poor guy was sentenced to death for sleeping at his post. Taking into consideration his past courage and that he was recovering from a bout of disentry the sentence was revoked.

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This last is of the doctor with another dead soldier. To get an idea of the size of these larger than life representations Judy is standing beside the doctor.

I came away from the whole display quite moved by the horror and deprivation of war. Turkey is now a country to visit on holiday, as is Germany, Japan, Ķorea, Vietnam etc. The futility of it all.

Also in another part of the museum I nearly fell over backward when I saw this. Remember a similar sculpture from our previous blog on New Plymouth.

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I fail to see the link but it has something to do with Maui. Maybe you dear reader can enlighten me.

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And the one seen on our trip down to NP.

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Judy in the Wellington wind. Hard to walk into and we saw a lady nearly blown over. She was clinging to a lamp post. Judy had to go see if she was OK. Come Friday and our trip to the South Island the wind dropped during the night and it was a calm crossing. We are now in Blenheim, No wind and also no sun. Judy has got the washing done though and its outside drying.

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