Monthly Archives: July 2013

July 31, 2013 … lofty mountain grandeur*

It’s not every day you can say you crossed the River Jordan and entered Paradise. Yesterday I did exactly that, but we’ll get to that later. The family lent me their little car yesterday and turned me loose. After a … Continue reading

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July 30, 2013 … in a land of enchantment

This place just can’t help itself. Regardless of my occasionally curmudgeonly view of resort towns everywhere, Queenstown is magically situated. It can be bleak when the cloud is low and the wind blows. When the sun shines, it just can’t … Continue reading

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July 29, 2013 … promise of better things to come

Yesterday, a gateway opened to another dimension. Here in Queenstown, it was suddenly spring. With my son and his family, I was a guest at a friend’s barbecue at a house in Kelvin Heights, close to the golf course. This … Continue reading

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July 28, 2013 … Southern sanctuary

Queenstown is undeniably a beautiful part of the world. Local businesses are a bit sad that there is, as yet, little snow, and as a consequence, the visitor numbers are lower than they would like. I just enjoy whatever comes. … Continue reading

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July 27, 2013 … in transit to Queenstown

On the move yesterday, I left home far earlier than was really necessary. Unfortunately, I then received a notification of a two-hour delay on my flight. Hmmm … what to do with the spare time. First, some coffee was required, … Continue reading

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July 26, 2013 … a golden day

Desperation says go back to where you are comfortable. Pauatahanui rewarded me with an amazing variety of bird life. It began with the screeching of a flock of spur-winged plovers who never go anywhere quietly. They led me to a … Continue reading

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July 25, 2013 … disappointment is to be expected now and then

 Some days it would be better to remain silent. Today might be such a day. As I often do, I left my run very late, and the light was flat to begin with.  Takapu road runs up a narrow valley … Continue reading

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