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Auckland New Zealand

2 summers in 2011 will be good. This year I am kick starting my usual winter down under in New Zealand where it is their summer. I am staying in a suburb called Birkenhead  a stones throw from the beach. This morning I took the kayak out for a paddle. Went for a swim at a secluded beach & came back to have a chat with some of the neighbours. It is summer here so the few people that are in town are on vacation so have lots of time to visit. As it turns out one of the neighbours is heading off to Whistler BC in 2 weeks so I will go over to have a visit with them & give them the inside track on what to do when they are skiing. They can fill me in on what I need to take in in Auckland so I am sure we will have a great visit. Perhaps I will take over a bottle of Saint Clair 2010 Chardonay. Great wine from the Marlborough region in NZ.