Saturday, October 27, 2012

Home and away

Last weekend we went to Matiu/Somes Island, staying the night in one of the houses there and returning to the mainland the next morning. We went with Make tea not war, who came up with the idea in the first place.

TLM and DOTH (Make tea's Daughter Of The House) get along like a house doused in petrol and set alight by an unsuspecting male model. I could tell because they didn't go to sleep until about midnight and and were running about like an elephant stampede well before dawn. Well before dawn...

On the Saturday, we went for a walk around the Island, visiting the lighthouse (now automated), the animal internment building (sort of an Alcatraz for cows and sheep, except they were mostly innocent), and the tiny cave to where an unfortunate Chinese man was exiled because they thought he had leprosy (and the white lepers refused to have him).

It's also where Germans, Italians and Japanese people were interned during World War II.

So yeah, a lot of history on that bit of rock and kind of a best kept secret around these parts.

And two days later I had to go to Rotovegas for work, for three days. Ah, the smell of Rotorua...

3 comments:

thelongdarkteatimeofthesoul said...

It was a lovely trip and a lot of fun. It was great you guys could come.

I also had to go away for three nights just after it- so I'm quite enjoying having a peaceful time at home today.

donnasoowho said...

Ahhh matiu island. A lady in my honors year wrote her dissertation about it. Learned so many more things than I ever wanted to know of course have now forgotten. Sounds like fun tho!

Violet said...

yeah it was great, except perhaps for when the kids were stampeding around in the early hours of Sunday morning!