Thursday, 20 July 2017

Still here

I don't want to delete this Blogger site, there may come a time when it's just what I need. In the meantime, you'll need to follow me on Facebook.

Brief update for the curious: Heather and I are both retired, but we're both still doing a few days' work here and there. I'm doing 3 days a week until Xmas at Lincoln University, in their e-learning unit, doing staff support for their Blended Learning Project. Heather is going to spend August being the front office receptionist for Shirley Boys High School.

Physically, we're well - Heather swims a couple of times a week, I walk our mini schnauzer Lotte in the mornings (Heather does afternoons) and bike a bit - plus sailing in the summer. We still ski occasionally, but I'm slowed down after a ruptured knee tendon accident in 2014, so my skiing is a bit limited. I have an e-bike to get around town, and a mountain bike for dog exercising in Bottle Lake Forest. Cycle touring and tramping have been relegated to the list of Things I Used To Do...

In summer we intend to do lots of camping trips, usually 3 or 4 days in duration - we have a really comfortable two-room tent, plus tables chairs stove etc, so we can quickly set up a temporary base (with dog, of course). We also have a 12ft Sunburst yacht on a trailer, which is a great way to carry tents, tables, etc - and to go rowing, motoring, or sailing when we get to a destination. That lets us explore all sorts of places - watch this space.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Reciprocal links

I've been posting links to this site on Facebook, now I'll do vice versa. I posted this to FB tonight.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Grey in Christchurch

It's very grey in Christchurch, and may remain like this for a week. Don't bother clicking, it's just pine trees and clouds.


Friday, 23 September 2016

Found in the forest

What is the significance of these three plywood panels in Bottle Lake Forest? They are arranged like an arrow, are they a guide for some higher being? Or just rubbish?


Lotte didn't know either.



Thursday, 22 September 2016

Make my day

I went to the local vege shop, and saw this old Mark III Zephyr outside. It's a bit rusty, but it goes. The passenger was a real old-school bogan, about 60 with a bottle of beer between his legs, black beanie, rollie smoke in hand - it's his girlfriend's car, it's been laid up for 17 years, it's going to be restored. Then the girlfriend appeared, and she was as non-bogan as they come - and about 20 years younger than him. So I dunno...

Anyway, it made my day seeing the old Zephyr, it reminded me of Friday nights in Dee St Invercargill in the 60s - all the boys with Zephyrs and Valiants and PA Vauxhalls lined up outside the Post Office, then rumbling off to do a circuit of the main streets.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Wait! It's breathing...

I should update this blog more often, so I've made a sort of resolution: I'll try to post a daily photo or two with a brief note about something semi-relevant. Hopefully I won't descend to "What I had for lunch", but there are no guarantees.

More seriously, brief blog posts allow more freedom than Twitter, and possibly more than Facebook. (Though I'll do a Facebook link/post each time, as hardly anyone drops by this site nowadays.) Anyway, here are a few phone pics taken on recent dog walking expeditions.


In Fleete St, Dallington. The power and phone lines will probably go once someone comes up with a plan for the Red Zone.
Dallington is a lovely park-like area, with the best trees preserved.
Chestnuts (I think) on the fringes of Bottle Lake Forest Park.
Blossom at Bottle Lake.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Back to earth

First - our trip was fantastic, though memories fade very quickly. Still, it was a great thing to do. A large collection of photos, though not with captions, can be seen on Google Photos.

We returned from Europe in early May, and immediately became dog owners - we have Lotte, a 5 month old Miniature Schnauzer.