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June 2, 2011

We took the ferry to Rangitoto. It was one of those super-sparkly, washed-clean days that you could only squint into. The boys were excited that we were climbing up a volcano. ‘Will it erupt?’ they asked.

‘No, no,’ we said. If there was another volcano in Auckland, it would erupt elsewhere. ‘But we will be climbing up the lava flow.’

We packed a picnic lunch of peanut butter sandwiches, afghan biscuits and lots of Braeburns. Violet had a new tooth coming through. ‘Apple? Apple?’ she said. We gave her one on the ferry over, another at a platform halfway up the volcanic cone. We stood at the top, admiring the lush green crater, the sea and cityscape behind us. Violet chewed a third apple while the boys explored the lava caves. She finished it off beside the mangroves at the bay.

‘Where’s our apple?’ said the boys, as we took the ferry back to the city.

‘All gone, I’m sorry.’

Their faces fell.

‘But there’s icecream at the port.’ Italian gelato – pistachio, stracciatella, chocolate, strawberry, hazelnut, apple.

‘I scream for icecream!’

All good adventures must end like this.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. William permalink
    June 3, 2011 5:35 am

    What wonderful (grand)children

  2. June 4, 2011 5:51 am

    We had a view of Rangitoto from one of the houses we lived in when we lived in Auckland. It is one of the defining memories of my time there. I took a zillion photos of those plants and now I can’t even remember what they’re called!

    • Sarah Laing permalink
      June 6, 2011 9:28 pm

      It’s very iconic, isn’t it? We went to Mission Bay on Sunday and I’m always surprised by it. A beautiful, unsettling reminder that Auckland is sitting on top of a super-volcano.

  3. Helen Lehndorf permalink
    June 6, 2011 10:41 pm

    Life porn! 😉 I love Gus’s hat. It looks like you had a yummy, beautiful day. Idyllic.

    I had the apple gelato at Eiss Cafe in Wellington – it smelled like that green apple shampoo from the 1970s, but tasted better than shampoo.

    x Helen

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