Monthly Archives: October 2014

October 31, 2014 … and fair as these green foreign hills may be*

Home is best. Of course I loved every moment of the visit to the South Island and the precious time with family. All five of our children were there to celebrate Andrew’s 40th birthday, and I like to think it … Continue reading

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October 30, 2014 … homeward bound

Our booking to cross the strait is for today, so yesterday we drove from Queenstown to Windwhistle. As we pulled out of Queenstown in drifting drizzling rain, we caught glimpses of the Remarkables and they clearly had a fresh coat … Continue reading

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October 29, 2014 … wait a minute, it will change

I swear that all of the photos in today’s edition were made on the same day. As they say, if you don’t like the climate, hang around a little and it will all change. I began the day on a … Continue reading

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October 28, 2014 … amid the mountains

Back to Glenorchy yesterday. As the rest of the country seemed to suffer wind and rain, the Southern Lakes seemed to bask in a patch of bright sun and calm. We arrived before the clouds around the nearby peaks had … Continue reading

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October 27, 2014 … in the back country

Well, I found the grebes. Sadly they were in Queenstown town basin and I didn’t have my long lens with me so no useful photos were made. Never mind, later in the afternoon, with two of my sons who had … Continue reading

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26 October, 2014 … getting the bird

Most people come to Queenstown for adventure. I tend to enjoy the scenery and birds that I can’t find nearer to home. Yesterday I hoped to find crested grebes, but was unsuccessful. Nevertheless, around Lake Hayes I found New Zealand … Continue reading

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October 25, 2014 … a stranger in a strange land

On the road again, this time we were driving from Rolleston to Queenstown. It’s a wonderful landscape all the way, though the necessity to be somewhere at a certain time is the enemy of any landscape enthusiast. I passed a … Continue reading

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October 24, 2014 … from one coast to the other

Yesterday I ticked a long outstanding box. Mary and I did a return train trip on the Tranz Alpine from Rolleston (near Christchurch) to Greymouth. Hauled by two big DXC class locomotives, it rumbled into the station on time. The … Continue reading

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October 23, 2014 … speed bonnie boat*

The adventure on the other island begins. At seven am we were waiting for the gates to open to admit us to the marshalling yard to board the Interislander. Unfortunately, there was some sort of tangle in the yard which … Continue reading

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October 22, 2014 … on the Esplanade

A new windshield was being fitted to my car, so I found myself filling in time on the Petone foreshore while they waited for the adhesive to cure. I began at the Hikoikoi end of the beach and from the … Continue reading

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