Category Archives: Christchurch

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

Posted in Adventure, Balloons, Birds, Camera club, Canterbury, Christchurch, Cook Strait, Dunedin, Family, insects, Lakes, Landscapes, Machinery, mountains, Museum, Queenstown, Weather | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Adventure, Canterbury, Christchurch, Cook Strait, Family, Landscapes, Maritime, mountains, Picton, Retirement, Wellington | 1 Comment

July 27, 2015 … darkness and hope

Yesterday we came home passing through Christchurch. Since the devastating earthquake on 22 February, 2011, 1,616 days have passed. Human expectations vary, but for those who don’t live there, it comes as a shock to see how much, and how … Continue reading

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July 26, 2015 … South and North

I am just back from a flying visit to Christchurch. My brother-in-law’s 70th birthday was the occasion, so we went down yesterday morning and returned this afternoon. I use the term Christchurch somewhat loosely since we stayed in Rolleston, 23km … 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

Posted in Christchurch, Greymouth, Lakes, Landscapes, Light, mountains, Railway | 1 Comment

October 18, 2014 … passing the time

My car was back in the shop yesterday. Something was not installed correctly last visit, so that they had to remove and reinstall the rear bumper. This would take an hour, so I wandered around the back streets of Lower … Continue reading

Posted in Birds, Cars, Christchurch, flowers, Lower Hutt, Rivers, Wellington | 1 Comment

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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