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Sunday, 18 October 2020

Photographing Big Things

 

We were all packed up and on the road at 9am this morning!  Our first stop was at the small village of Tirau (well-known for its supply of antiques stores) to photograph the corrugated iron ram and ewe.




Down a side street we found the Tirau Outhouse, a public facility full of character!




A lunch stop was made at Taupo but as the place was exceedingly busy it was a bit of a hassle and I was glad when we were back on the road (although we stopped to photograph the Big Bike first! – Taupo is known as a racing bike destination).




When we stopped at Major Jones Bridge in Turangi (named after a guy who used to go trout fishing here) I was not game enough to cross over.  I am NOT a fan of swing bridges!




As we came through the central part of the North Island we made a long detour to see the Big Carrot at Ohakune.  It was originally used in an advertising campaign and is now a popular place for tourists to stop.




Our final stop for the day is Taihape with its large corrugated iron Gumboot.




Our motel was a short walk from a Steak House restaurant and I had a most delicious Belly Pork dinner.




It has been a good day to start our trip.  There has been some light rain this evening, but we remain optimistic that the weather will continue to be nice to us.

Until next time,

Margaret 😊


 

20 comments:

  1. Wow, everything is a little bigger there, what a fun post!!

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  2. Fantastic pictures and very interesting for me,greetings from anna

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  3. What a wonderful trip - and it's a long time since I have seen the 'carrot'! Yes, Taupo can be a pain to eat at with the weekend travelers... even ten days ago we had quite a wait to be served for a 1p.m. lunch.
    Thanks for the heads up about the Steak House - was down that way a three weeks ago, and we heard good reviews about it then, so may make it a stop on the next time through.
    We had some light drizzle here about 7 p.m.
    Save and enjoyable travels
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  4. Interesting 1st day, love the huge sheep sheds.

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  5. Nothing like enjoying travels from the comfort of an armchair. Enjoy your holiday.B x

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  6. What memories all those place names bring back but how the places have changed! Giant carrot, corrugated gumboot? Keep taking photos!

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  7. Hello,

    I love all these extra large sights you saw, the ram and ewe are cute. Love the big bike, carrot and the large gumboot. Your meal looks delicious. I am glad your trip is off to a great start. Take care, enjoy your day! Have a great day week ahead!

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  8. There seems to be a bit if a theme here with different municipalities havIng huge tourist type renditions of the feature of their town. I am just glad that the place where you had dinner didn't have a giant belly pork! Seems like you got off to a good start to your vacation.

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  9. I love those symbols of places, the sheep and carrot especially. Supper looks delicious. Hope day 2 is just as fun.

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  10. So many BIG things, and I love them all. Love that boot...but they are all great. Can't wait to see what else you see. Your meal looks delicious.

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  11. Oh I absolutely LOVE "big things" and I always wonder what actually inspired someone to make a "big thing". There are lots of them in the USA, the craziest I've seen was the "big ball of string". Some "big things" here in Canada too!
    Your dinner looked very good. Delicious and beautifully presented.

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  12. Fun to see all the things you are enjoying along the way...the closest thing to a vacation I will see this year:)

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  13. What an amusing collection of "big" things. I hope your trip has lots of interesting and also beautiful sights. And that the weather turns sunny.

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  14. So many unusual things! Once again, I can't believe how many of your posts I've missed. I've simply got to spend more time at the computer. Your posts are so fun and interesting. Hope you have lots of fun on your vacation. Oh, no way would I have walked across that swinging bridge either.

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  15. Oh my gooooodness! These BIG things are amaaaaaazing! I LOVE the big ram and ewe! And that boot is super cool! What a fun first day you guys have had already. There is a swing bring at a lake about 50 miles to our east that I'm not a fan of either, but it sure is interesting to look at -- and that is all I do is look at it lol. Our 2½ year old grandson would love that big carrot lol. Looking forward to seeing more of your adventures! Blessings, Margaret!

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  16. Sounds like a good trip. The meal looks nice.

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  17. There is nothing like a vacation. Enjoy yourself, but keep sending us the pictures.

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  18. Been quite a few years since I've been in Tirau, definitely remember the sheep cafe etc. We are due to stop in there again next year so I'll make sure I get some more photos.

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  19. Loving the collection of 'welcome to our unique pice of country...'sculptures and signs. I've loved those things dince they started zppearing in my youth. Enjoy your trip and we await more

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  20. I love the photos from your vacation! So much to see. Enjoy!

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