Monthly Archives: October 2013

October 31, 2013 … in domestic captivity

For reasons already discussed I stayed at home yesterday. That left me in desperate straits as I sought material for my daily photographic commitment. Perhaps the hedge outside the window might yield something if a suitable bait could be found. … Continue reading

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October 30, 2013 … hobbled and handicapped

Crippled and in considerable discomfort, I could not really get out and about yesterday, nor indeed today. The blisters from the unaccustomed walking over the previous two days have forced me to walk on the balls of my feet, unable … Continue reading

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October 29, 2013 … a Good Keen Man*

The parking lot at the bottom of the hill should have warned us. Yesterday was Labour Day in New Zealand, a public holiday. I had suggested to Mary that our next walk should be the Rimutaka Incline. This is a … Continue reading

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October 28, 2013 … fond memories revived

In years long gone, we went there quite often. Not that we were ever tramping people (US = hiking), but the Catchpool Valley in the Rimutaka Forest Park has always offered easy walking access to some wonderful bush country. The … Continue reading

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October 27, 2013 … expect little, avoid disappointment

With the wind gusting in excess of 100 km/h I expected interesting surf on the South coast. Alas, all I found was flattened waves, though there was sign of watery disturbances too far offshore to be useful. Coming back up … Continue reading

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October 26, 2013 … and just like that, it all changed

Promise little, deliver much. It’s a recipe for customer satisfaction. The day was promising nothing at all. The wind was still howling and shrieking, and the rain, though intermittent, was quite heavy when it came. Having arrived early in the … Continue reading

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October 25, 2013 … smile, they said, things could be worse*

It’s allegedly spring. We expect spring to be quirky and unpredictable. We expect the odd gale or two. ┬áSustained bad weather is outside the normal pattern. Yesterday’s Nor’Wester was fairly vigorous, and the ponga tree on the front lawn was … Continue reading

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