One thing I missed from the earlier blog. The guide was showing us one of the Victorian houses and was saying that in the early days most of the trees in the area were from Australia and New Zealand because of San Francisco’s ‘Mediterranean Climate’. Over there he said is a good example, a New Zealand Christmas Tree. Two voices pipe up – It’s a Pohutukawa! One was me; the other was a woman who lives at Hauraki Corner (just outside Devonport for all you non-NZ’ers). A town planner for the Auckland Regional Council. I can’t escape that small world.