*Yawn* Arrrr what a brill sleep. Morning Bro, morning Sis!
Had to leave real early this morning, and take Diane’s hubby to work then on to a garage as the car was due for a warrant, so we waited and chatted with people there who are real nice. The owner of the garage and the woman behind the counter thought I was real choice!
We drove into the city to the Auckland Museum, its HUGE and there are some awesome stuff in there. But first I met a very sweet, shy, fury friend who had been waiting ever so patiently for me to arrive…. “Tamie” the Kiwi. We hit it off right away, soon chatting nineteen to the dozen. We ran riot in the gift shop…. until we got caught!
The best part was meeting up with some kids after the Maori concert. We had some laughs, I told them my super April Fool tricks, and they told me some jokes and funny sayings…. Like; If someone throws a goose at you, duck. One plate said to the other, “Dinner’s on me”….hehe. And… When Dumbo’s mother asked if he was listening, he replied, “I’m all ears.”…. lol. It was great having Tamie with me.
Met some really unusual friends inside like this one. TekoTeko designs like these represent ancestors, and with protruding tongue is representing a war dance, like the Haka. Diane tried to show me a Haka…. Just so funny and definitely not fit to be shown…*giggles*. The huge carvings like these again representing ancestors and line of power, are often carved on beams of meeting houses with paua eyes, to ward of evil spirits. After being caught climbing into a waka, totally forbidden in the museum, seeing lots of Maori artware and meeting lots of other huge beasts.
We raced home to pick up Ian and while they were changing, Tamie and I played Tag, up and down the deck, and around the pot plants….hehe. They don’t call me mischief groundhog for nothing!
At the Sky Tower, the view is amazing, looking straight out at Rangitoto Island, a volcano you can walk over, sitting in the middle of their harbour…. How cool is that! Did you know that Auckland city alone is built on thirteen volcanoes… Diane said we should whisper so as not to awaken them…. I think she was kidding…. I HOPE she was kidding! They even have one viewing platform floor made only of glass….. that was real creepy at first, seeing all those cars down there looking like ants…. I laughed at Tamie trying to peck the glass… he must have been hungry! We had a wonderful meal up here, all you can eat I heard that you can bungy jump off the sky tower and also walk around the outside, we didn’t! But we watched others doing it… Way Cool! Diane was just scared I would slip and fall. Then how would she explain to Susanne what happened to me….Gulp!
It was getting late when we left, but not before we played in a playground and sand box under the Sky Tower. This place is really cool, if we had had more time we could have gone out on the harbour in a sail boat. On the drive home under the bright lights of the city Diane told us of a beautiful mystical place about five hours drive out where there were blue and green lakes, and another the colour and shape of a champagne glass that you could walk over, see steam rising from the ground , cover ourselves in hot mud… (suppose to be good for the complexion) and go white water and black water rafting, and see where the Twin Towers and the Hobbits was made…. Gosh so much to see and no time to do it in…
I asked Diane if she would tell us more about it in her travel stories on her blog and she has promised me she would, soon. We had to say goodbye to Tamie and that was real sad, I so loved him, he’s my bestest, bestest…friend ever! As I crawled into my pretty bed Diane whispered that there would be a surprise for me when I got back home to Susanna. What could that be…… could Tamie ….. be coming to the USA…. *yawns*…. Oh I would love that……. I had such a blast….. *yawns*…. Wish I could stay…… longer….ZZZzzzzzzzzzzz
Phyllis was having such a great time our here that Forecast Extraordinair forgot to tell you the weather forecast which was exactly as they predicted…. Warm sunny day 22degC and light winds. It is now midnight, tomorrow will be another fine day, and Phyllis comes with me to work where she will say good-bye and head by Express Mail to Nicky in Victoria Australia. I loved having this crazy groundhog visiting with me… so short a time, but loads of fun. Thank you Susanna for allowing me to be a part of Phyllis’s World Tour.