Thursday we stopped at Picton, on the South Island of New Zealand. I joined an excursion that started with a short ride on a train pulled by the “Passchendaele,” a steam locomotive built in 1915 and named in honor of New Zealanders who gave their lives in a World War I battle in 1917 at Passchendaele. We journeyed through Marlborough, New Zealand’s prime winery region known especially for Sauvignon Blanc.
Our one stop was in Blenheim, a lovely small town with shops, restaurants, a beautiful memorial square, and a river park. The day was bookended by a beautiful sunrise as we sailed into Picton and an even more glorious sunset as we began our final leg towards Sydney, Australia.
The Rev. Gary J. Meade is an Episcopal priest currently serving as the rector of Saint Mary's Episcopal Church in Dyersburg, Tennessee. This blog will host photos and reflections from Gary's sabbatical from September through December, 2019. (Dig deeper and you'll find material from his first sabbatical in 2014.)
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