From a Feudal Isle to Aotearoa

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
In 1972 Chris, Ken and young son Roy left their guest house on the tiny feudal Island of Sark and took ship for New Zealand. They bought a Bedford van and spent two years working and touring in both Islands.
This is the true story of the trip out; the many places visited and jobs taken,from Matron of a small Auckland hospital to running a motel and giving horse and carriage rides to guests. More

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About Christine Davies Curtis

Chris Davies Curtis now lives in the north of Aucklsnd, in Whangaparaoa, Auckland, New Zealand to be near son Roy and family. Much of her very adventurous life has been spent as a community nurse, in London, the tiny feudal Island of Sark in the British Channel Isles, and New Zealand. She also ran a guest house and smallholding in Sark and toured New Zealand for two years in a Bedford van. She has travelled extensively, and now is writing about her experiences, self-illustrating her books.

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Review by: David Atkinson on May 20, 2011 :
This is the second book by this author, and again it is a great joy to read. About the first book (entitled "So you want to live on Sark") I wrote that it "is a must for anyone who toys with the idea of beginning a guest house". About this second book I would say that it is a must for any young adventurous couple that considers to take a break and plans to tour around in a foreign country. Chris Curtis talks from experience and she writes with humour about the pitfalls and snags that she encountered when, many years ago, she travelled through New Zealand with her husband, Ken, and their four-year-old son. Aside from that, the book gives a fine impression of New Zealand, as it was –and, in some places, still is.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Roy Davies on May 18, 2011 :
I had fun reading about events and places that are on the edge of my memory. I recall sitting in the middle seat in the van, long roads, wild, rocky rivers, sandflies. Even now, I still find the gentle hum of a motor reassuring when sleeping (like on a ship), or the drumming of rain on a metal roof.

I hope others will enjoy reading this as much as I did, and some of those sketches are pretty good too...

/Roy (yes, the one in the book)
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)

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