The War Memorial

We did a wandering tour through Aukland this morning while avoiding the occasional raindrop, looking at buildings, trees and whatever else caught our interest.


And found ourselves at the Fernery prior to going spending time at the War Memorial Museum,

The first floor of which is devoted to the history of both the Maori and the European Colonization of New Zealand.  There are the obligate inclusions of carvings, replicates of housing & boats, ornaments and household items.

The top floor is the actual military portion of the museum chronicling the New Zealand participation in various English Colonial Endeavors, the two World Wars, Viet Nam and the entry of the country into an extensive support of UN peacekeeping.  I spent most of my time here while our tour guides spent a significant amount of time on the first floor with the rest of the group. The military history interested me a bit more and allowed me to become a slight bit more familiar with the Pacific theater of operations – especially as it relates to WWII.

There was a bit of rain threatening, so most of the group (well, all but George and I) elected to take the bus back. Since it was easy to see both the harbor and the highest tower, it wasn’t hard to navigate back. As it turned out, we all arrived at the grocery store about the same time. We had change left for drinks…..

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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