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Old Nov 17th 2013, 6:35 pm
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you would love to show a loved one or best friend.

I would love to show my mum the evening sky. It amazes me most nights on my evening dog walk and I get a bit choked up that my mum would never see how jaw dropping it is. getting a bit teary eyed just typing this
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I'd love to show my Dad around the town as some of the buildings are old and historical. We could get coffee in a funky coffee bar such as Jolt or Cracked Pepper then walk along the boardwalk and take a trip on the antique steamboat. Followed by lunch in an old pub overlooking the river.

Unfortunately his doctor has told him not to fly long haul because of the health risks due to his age, 71, and he's overweight. He's also got a funny attitude about spending most days in the pub if he came to visit

However, some days I remember when he can be in a good mood and taking an interest in things around him. That makes me sigh when I remember the old days, i.e. anytime when mum was still alive prior to her death in 2005.

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I have to go with the stars too. When we went camping I needed to go to the loo. It was 3.30am. I couldnt believe what I was seeing in the sky. The stars were I have never seen anything like that in my life and probably never will again.
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Sodium light pollution is a problem but you will see great stars again Pippalonghorn.
Just go looking.
We used to go out about 20 minutes to a place called Cranbourne Chase just to star gaze . The Milky Way was the right way round too.

Not sure if MrsF means the night sky or the evening sky. UK sunsets tend to be gentle hues of pinks and blues , whereas here the colours are far more marked.

I know what you mean SnapShot. My Dad was never quite the same after Mum died in '96. Still miss them both and would have liked my Dad to have been able to come see where we are for himself. Not anything specific. Just that he shared the same space.
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I would probably go for Lake Tekapo day and night when the mountains are snowy. Looking out across Lake Tekapo and Pukaki at the snow capped mountains is just beautiful. I've never seen water that colour before! Night time star gazing as above at Tekapo is apparently one of the best places in the world to star gaze
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both really, the sun setting over the hills sometimes makes it look like they are on fire and the stars and milky way at night is just amazing.
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Not so much see, more experience The silence.........
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The silence.........
We would love that.

Ah ! See what you mean Mrs F.

A mackerel sky at sunset would be one then. So very typical of the South Pacific.

The night sky, we personally had in the UK , as we did blue pools.

Perhaps thermal hot pools whilst snow is on the ground. Hanmer Springs.
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I would show my mum my own garden (2.5 acres). She wasn't really "allowed" spend much on hers before dad died, and now she is gone too, I just wish she could see where we ended up; she died before we emigrated so never knew.....

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We would love that.

Ah ! See what you mean Mrs F.

A mackerel sky at sunset would be one then. So very typical of the South Pacific.

The night sky, we personally had in the UK , as we did blue pools.

Perhaps thermal hot pools whilst snow is on the ground. Hanmer Springs.
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I would show my mum my own garden (2.5 acres). She wasn't really "allowed" spend much on hers before dad died, and now she is gone too, I just wish she could see where we ended up; she died before we emigrated so never knew.....

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I like to think my mum and dad "somehow" know where I ended up
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So true.
They will never see for themselves but I like to think they are all right here with us, as they are, in our hearts.
My MIL included. She is still alive but her mind is only just with us still.
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Hard to choose, pretty much too hard. Perhaps one of the following:

Arthur's Pass
Tongariro/Ngauruhoe and the surrounding deep red colours from Red Ridge on the crossing
Wellington Harbour

I could go on.
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My old Dad, now long gone, was a great bird watcher (or 'twitcher'). He would have loved to see some of the varieties we have here - especially the Tui, Rosellas and Fantails.
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It would have to be a road trip purely for the clearness of the air. To look many ks into the distance & pick out individual things, to look ahead to where the sky & land are as crisp as plants etc are on a walk.

I read lots of books from early settlers here & one remark from a lady who came over 1856 seems just as pertinent today. She wrote ' that the joy of looking at trees in the distance & almost picking out individual leaves..."

I used to regularly do the M25 run from Kent to Heathrow & that brown haze (always in the distance) was something that I hated.
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