The last post

After writing 61,500 words spread across 89 posts, my job is finally done. This will be my last post on the Platypus Man in New Zealand.

If you’re reading this it’s probably because you’ve been following our journey for some time, and I’d like to thank you for your company. I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride.

My blogging career continues. My weekly blog Now I’m 64 covers UK travel and wildlife, along with bits of history, social commentary and moans about the injustice of ageing. I can guarantee a few laughs, and also the occasional rant. Some of it’s quite well written (I don’t do modesty, life’s too short!) and Mrs P’s wonderful photos continue to feature prominently. Click here to visit Now I’m 64.

Speaking of Mrs P, she’s started putting her photos of the New Zealand trip on to Flickr. She took over 10,000, so there’s a lot of editing and a good deal of cursing going on. So far so good, but it’ll be months before she’s finished. Click here to visit Mrs P’s New Zealand album on Flickr.

If, having experienced New Zealand vicariously through this blog, you fancy seeing the real thing I can thoroughly recommend it. Our tailor-made tour was arranged for us by New Zealand in Depth, the Telegraph’s Specialist Tour Operator for 2019. They’re based in the UK but know New Zealand inside out, and are a very professional organisation whose expertise played a big part in the success of our adventure. Click here to visit New Zealand in Depth’s website.

And with that I think it’s time for me to sign off for the final time: I’ve got countless hours of video to edit! Thank you again for joining me on our amazing expedition. I wish you a safe, healthy and happy journey, wherever your own road may take you.

With best wishes from the venerable Platypus Man:

15 thoughts on “The last post

  1. Ms. Liz January 17, 2020 / 10:54 am

    I’m hoping over time to catch up on some of your posts that I’ve missed. Glad you enjoyed your visit so much and I hope you’ll return again soon!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Platypus Man January 17, 2020 / 2:12 pm

      Thank you for taking an interest in my humble blog! I shall continue to enjoy reading yours and admiring the photos you post, to be reminded a wonderful visit to your lovely country. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Jane Dougherty January 17, 2020 / 11:30 am

    I hope the NZ tourist board paid you for all this 🙂 You certainly did a wonderful job.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Platypus Man January 17, 2020 / 2:02 pm

      Thank you 🙂. Sadly no money changed hands … I did it all for my art, and to stave off intellectual and creative atrophy following my retirement! 😀


      • Platypus Man January 18, 2020 / 7:26 am

        We’ve no plans to travel overseas this year, but will visit Cornwall, Norfolk and Orkney. The latter is our favourite place, we’ve been around a dozen times and it feels like a second home.


      • Jane Dougherty January 18, 2020 / 2:17 pm

        Beautiful in the summer, I bet. I’d be anxious in the winter though.

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      • Platypus Man January 19, 2020 / 8:18 am

        Never been in winter. Probably wild one day and dreich the next. Wonderful word, dreich, all of Scotland reduced to a mere six letters.


      • Jane Dougherty January 19, 2020 / 8:27 am

        I have a Scottish friend who uses that word quite often. Says a lot about the climate…

        Liked by 1 person

      • Platypus Man January 21, 2020 / 10:38 am

        Sorry Jane, this is the only way I can think of contacting you. I saw your “testing” post and tried to respond. It failed, so I think there’s still; a problem with your site … i.e. not currently possible to post comments


  3. T Ibara Photo January 19, 2020 / 2:35 am

    Hello Mr. P,
    I joined this journey towards the end, so I consider myself fortunate to be able to back and read from the beginning. Thank you and Mrs. P for documenting this trip so thoughtfully and with beautiful photos. I look forward to “following” you on your main site.

    All best,

    Liked by 1 person

    • Platypus Man January 19, 2020 / 7:58 am

      Thank you Takami. I’m so pleased you enjoyed travelling to New Zealand with us. I will try hard to make my other site just as interesting! With best wishes to you and your husband from Mr and Mrs P


  4. tanjabrittonwriter January 19, 2020 / 9:28 pm

    Thank you for taking us along to this journey of a lifetime with words and images, Mr. and Mrs. P. I definitely enjoyed traveling along vicariously and would love to visit N.Z. on of these days. Maybe it will happen, maybe it won’t, but it was great being an armchair tourist.

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    • Platypus Man January 20, 2020 / 7:15 am

      Thank you so much for your interest throughout our adventure. Your comments were consistently encouraging and helpful. I do hope you make it to NZ one day; I’m sure you would love it.

      Liked by 1 person

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