We were on our way to Adelaide when I discovered that an old friend who lives close to us at home was due to sail into the port while we were there.
Rita Brad is a writer from East Lothian in Scotland who had been researching the story of the cutter 'The Carrick' other wise known as 'The City of Adelaide'.
This is Rita, with Peter Christopher who was director in charge of getting the clipper back to Australia
This old lady of the sea had been in Glasgow but funds were raised to return it to Adelaide. Rita travelled on the container ship transporting the cutter, all the way from Rotterdam, across to the USA and then on to Australia.
They had been due in the same day as we arrived there but due to a quite dangerous storm just off Port Hedland Australia, they were delayed.
But thankfully they arrived safely into Adelaide Port.
It was lovely to catch up with Rita and hear all about her amazing journey and also to see the clipper up close.
Sadly it was all too soon time to leave Adelaide and head off to New Zealand, where it was a little cooler!
IN Auckland the skies were blue and the weather was a very pleasant 25-26degrees. Perfect!
We went to stay with friends in their lovely house in the north
and arrived just in time to help celebrate their little one's second birthday! She just loves Elmo!
We had a great time there and also went a little further up the coast and had a walk along wide deserted beaches.
After a bit we headed off towards Mount Maunganui, but on the way there I was interested to see this decoration of what could so easily have been just an eyesore!