Category Archives: Canterbury

May 2, 2018 … A South Island Ramble

For the last two weeks, more or less, Mary and I spent time in the South Island. We visited the family in Queenstown, though I also had the ulterior motive of the Photographic Society of New Zealand’s  annual convention in … Continue reading

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April 6, 2017 … in chilly Southern parts

Prematurely, it seems to be winter. And here in Karitane where Mary and I are currently staying in a borrowed “crib” (Southern word for a small holiday home), it is especially bleak as the remnants of a tropical storm cause … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Birds, Canterbury, Cook Strait, flowers, Kaikoura, Lakes, Landscapes, Rivers | 1 Comment

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 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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December 4, 2013 … homeward bound

The last day of a visit is always a bit clunky. There are bags to be packed, and insufficient time to do any of the great things  that are on offer in the adventure capital of the country. On the … Continue reading

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