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.

Monday, 28 March 2016

On our way

28th March, two days before our departure for France, Switzerland, and Italy. I'll do updates on Facebook. We'll do our best to have fun. 

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Still here

Just to confirm that this blog is still alive, though not exactly active, here's an update.

Heather is back at work at Shirley Boys High - for how long we don't know at this point. I'm at home doing odd jobs, errands, and daily housekeeping.

I've been to Alexandra to meet a real estate agent about putting our Omakau section on the market; details aren't certain yet, but it will be a bargain. I've also done some preliminary dog-proofing around gates and fences, and made a drop-down barrier for the single bedroom's door so Vida can have a dog proof space.

We're now counting down to a 30 March departure for France, Switzerland, and Italy, then home via Hong Kong, back on 5 May. Nearly all bookings are sorted but we need to book for the Eiffel Tower, Uffizi, Colosseum, etc. I hope April in Europe isn't too cold - at least Sorrento should be warm. We'll need boots and sandals, fleece tops and swimsuits - a bit of a packing challenge!

For news of our travels, try Facebook first;