Thursday, 30 September 2010

Day 3 - Auckland Field Trip

Right-oh, time for the final instalment of the Romankids Homeschool Academy's Auckland Field Trip...

With a jolly good breakfast in our tummies, we packed up the van and headed off to rendezvous with Craig and Aunty Adelaide at the Auckland Museum.

And it's just as well we had that decent breakfast because we were there for SIX hours !!!! That's what I said - six!!

Yet -- as expected, we didn't see nearly enough of it. Even though we covered each floor, and tried to look at everything it's practically impossible. Ah well, we shall simply have to return eh!
Everybody enjoyed the Victorian house !!! A certain little girl REEEAAALLLLYYYYY wanted the toys she spied inside !!!! Thank goodness everything is behind glass panels !!!

It was fantastic to see tamāhine 2 enjoy herself so much. Her little face just beamed with delight. She didn't know which way to turn. What a perfect "dolls house!"
We headed to the war memorial which was a good idea because we had a lot to cover and with Aunty Adelaide being with us, there was a lot of reminiscing, discussion and learning. This is an area where Craig and I thought of our mum, our tūpuna and the stories and photos mum would always share with us. Our Uncles names are on the walls you see here, and to me, there are some photos that don't need writing about. A simple moment of silence and thought is all you need here...
The kids were rather awestruck when walking through the bunker. Although it didn't sound loud at all, the kids were slightly unnerved by the experience.
I can barely imagine what it could possibly have been like in real life. The smell, the noise of fighting, being cold or wet, in the dark etc ...
I was so impressed with the following memorial. It depicts an RAF Lancaster Bomber Crew after returning from a night operation.
Of particular interest was the Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary. [ If you're interested to learn more about the significance of the event, then please click on the photo to take you there directly. ]
The Spitfire engine was a fantastic learning tool. As you can see, whaiāipo is explaining what he told the kids is called a "cut-away motor." By turning the handle you see all the internal parts moving showing how the motor operates.
The plaque explains it like this: Uncle Craig also pointed out that the Hurricane we saw at MOTAT the other week and this Spitfire were the main aircraft used in the defence of Britain. Sir Keith Park was the brains behind the winning of that battle.
Could you imagine sitting at attention on these seats at a very young age?! No thanks.
Check out the size of the moa...
It seems hard to believe that penguins of ancient times were twice the height they are today, eh?! Apparently the Emperor penguin weren't as good looking though.
The pre-historic penguins may have been large in their day, but check out the size of this pine cone!! Imagine throwing that one on your fire!! A few of these would get us through winter quite comfortably I'd say!
The following photo is from a totara tree and rimu after that. Unfortunately we can't remember how old they are. Oh well, you can always start counting the rings if you want!! :-
And as for the size of this rimu. We need that size for our dining table. Quick! Throw it on the back of the trailer!!
Everybody look for crayfish ... quick! Throw those on the back of the trailer! Dang, that's right! we didn't bring a trailer!! ...
The kids had run off ahead to the Volcanic display area. Next second, tama 1 comes running back to tell me I just "had" to see the vulcanologist suit...
Craig and I tried getting decent photos of the Volcanoes display; especially the Puia Street, St Heliers house. The following, by Craig, is best.
In the end I've decided to use this photo and link from the Auckland Museum website itself to better illustrate the display area. In New Zealand the chances of a volcanic eruption are very real indeed ...
Check out these humongous things. They're called Basalt Chimes and if memory serves me they're on loan from someone in the Coromandel. They are soooo neat. They're made from a kind of basalt called ... um ... phonolite ?? ... and it's known for the sounds it makes when it is struck, apparently. Be neat to have them at home. I could dong the chimes to get the kids attention when they're playing down the back!!! Then again they might be neat as a door chime eh?
As we sat and enjoyed a much deserved cuppa and bite to eat, we looked up at the atrium (see next two photos) where Craig and I wanted to head for the Coffee Festival. Now, I don't wanna moan, but to us it wasn't very good. On their FB page they reckon it was a total success. Well, I guess you had to get there earlier in the day perhaps because we didn't get to attempt any of the different flavoured coffees that were advertised. We still scored free coffee, but the only thing we came away having learned was that we should've gone earlier. Oh well, too bad ...
There is so much to see, do, and photograph, but you just can't cover everything. Even in the six hours we were there, we hardly covered the surface eh?!
It was an incredibly long, exciting day. Everybody enjoyed themselves and by the time we said our goodbyes to Aunty Adelaide and Craig, it was getting very late in the afternoon.
The drive home was made more pleasant with all the conversation we had.

Overall, our weekend away was fantastic. Nobody cared it had rained on and off. We'd taken the weather into account when planning our field trip, hence everything we chose was an indoors activity.

I hope you enjoyed the pictorial tour.

Thanks for dropping by
ka kite ano

1 comment:

  1. Awesome looking place..you have a great family..I look forward to reading more!!

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