The Old Tank

Heading for the Countdown supermarket at Kilburnie after a quick trip down from Paekaekareki was easy. There was plenty of parking over two car parks and I got heaps of stuff for us both for a few days. After nearly two weeks of unsupervised travel, I’d spent the previous two days tidying up the van, washing the linen and getting things shipshape for Fiona  🙂

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In Evans Bay
In Evans Bay

It was time to head for the airport and pick her up from the flight from Auckland. I hadn’t been to Wellington airport for a while so I was a bit unsure of how Motorhome friendly it might or might not be!  Wee bit stressful !
After getting a fright at how low the canopy was for the pick up area, I opted for the departure ramp and all was fine !
We made it safely to Evans Bay after that and it was nice to be able to switch off, open the vents and have a cup of tea and work out what we were doing.

WW1 DisplayAfter we’d had lunch in a French Cafe in town by David Jones, we walked to the main War memorial museum to see the Peter Jackson display of World War 1.  It was amazing with the usual high quality displays. The realism was quite something.

Tank tracks above
Tank tracks above

It was interesting as my Grandfather drove one of these old Tanks in the Somme in the First World War. I remember as a 4 year old him telling me stories of how they used to cross the German trenches with these monsters.  I won’t spill all the gory details but it’s interesting that now that I’m nearly 60, I can still remember exactly what he described 🙂
I used to love listening to his stories and he loved telling them.  He was a real character.
Apparently he turned up to his own funeral after the war at his home town in Little Downham, Ely. He saw someone in the street and asked where they were.. “Oh Bert, they’re all at your funeral down at the church!”  His mother was so pleased to see him that she scraped the mud of his coat and put it in a little tin. My son Alex has got that tin with the dirt today along with medals and other important family stuff. … Great stuff for a 4 yr old 🙂 .. And his peppermints in the old Mark 1 Zephyr were good too !

Back to the show.. I didn’t realise the scale and how big they were compared to infantry soldiers and the crews.

Poignant Memorial
Poignant Memorial

The display was stunning and I reckon it’s a must do if you’re in Wellington. The very last display is quite poignant too of an older chap in a field of poppies with a young boy.. Fantastic display.

3 thoughts on “The Old Tank”

  1. Hi Chris, Glad you are enjoying our old stomping ground. Great pics. We have re visited the memorial several times. The man and boy at the end are Peter Jackson and his Grandad. Happy travels Ron

    On 15 September 2016 at 00:08, Bugger It, we are off – http://www.buggeritweareoff.com wrote:

    > chrismpix posted: “Heading for the Countdown supermarket at Kilburnie > after a quick trip down from Paekaekareki was easy. There was plenty of > parking over two car parks and I got heaps of stuff for us both for a few > days. After nearly two weeks of unsupervised travel, I’d s” >

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    1. I lived in the city and went to school at Clifton school for a while and later Eastbourne .. Primary school age. It’s a nice city and great that you can walk almost anywhere around the cbd. Interesting place and lots to see and do.
      Cheers

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