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Good luck for Weds. Hope all goes well. I saw some of your messages yesterday and wondered where you were.
We visited South Island last time - Christchurch, Queenstown (Dart River jetboat), Milford Sound(cruise and flight back to Queenstown), West coast and agree it is very beautiful and very different from North Island. Did most of the Touristy things then including all the geothermal parks in North Island and my husband did the Tongariro Crossing. That was 2 years ago when my husband was obviously just starting the pc as he had back pain but it wasn't diagnosed until 4 months after we got back. My husband is from Derbyshire but he now has 2 sisters living in New Zealand, one on Kapiti coast where her husband is a GP, and another in Christchurch. He has inoperable PC - standard adenocarcinoma - and so far responded well to treatment of chemotherapy and 5-Fu plus radiotherapy.
Don't you guys ever get any rain? We have spent a total of 7 weeks there now and only had about 2 or 3 days rain and both times there were drought concerns!
You seem to export a lot of good nurses and other medical professionals to England so I hope you have kept the best for yourselves! My husband got through one of his first scans when he was still in a lot of pain by reminiscing about our first trip to NZ with the radiographer and many of the Cancer Centre nurses were from NZ or Oz.
Pity about the America's Cup! We missed the early races as we were touring and didn't see TV and then the racing was cancelled. Air New Zealand passed on the latest sad news on the flight.
Sue (and John)
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