This is the second part of our two day tramp, you might like to read day one of the Mount Arthur Tablelands Circuit before getting stuck in. When we woke up bright and early the hut was convivial chaos again, with … Continue reading Tramping the Mount Arthur Tableland Circuit: Day 2
The Mount Arthur Tableland Circuit is a fairly easy, fairly popular tramp in Kahurangi National Park, in the north-west corner of New Zealand’s South Island. This was our first trip to Kahurangi, and it was brilliant introduction. I’m itching to … Continue reading Tramping the Mount Arthur Tableland Circuit: Day 1
When I first heard about the zero-waste movement, years ago now, my reaction was a little scornful. It was an article in the newspaper. (Yes, a real newspaper, it was that long ago.) A lady in a tasteful (expensive) house … Continue reading Is this zero flight living?
I write less on here than I’d like about not flying. Which is, after all, ostensibly the focus of this blog. I suspect that this is not least because it’s hard for me to talk about something that’s so confronting … Continue reading Will you join me?
Taking the ferry between the North and South Islands of New Zealand is a really pleasant way to travel, on a calm day at least. We’ve taken the trip a few times, and always enjoyed flat seas and beautiful views … Continue reading Bluebridge or Interislander Cook Strait Ferry
This evening after work we went climbing at Cattlestop. It’s one of the easiest crags to get to on the Port hills in terms of access from car to rock. There are options closer to town, but nothing with a … Continue reading Climbing Cattlestop
Arthur is downstairs fiddling about with the washing machine, after he decided to clean it, and it decided to respond by ebbing foam onto the garage floor. I don’t think it would ever occur to me to clean a washing … Continue reading It’ll all come out in the wash
New Zealand has a reputation for beautiful landscapes and untouched wilderness, but nature-schmature. This stuff is the real gold. 1) National pie obsession. If you like pies, you will love New Zealand. Petrol stations sell them, corner-shops (they call them … Continue reading Ten weird things I love about New Zealand
Tonight we had a houseful for dinner. More people than plates or chairs. Luckily somebody had put some plates out on the street, free to a good home. Arthur ran out to scoop them up, while I loaded up the … Continue reading The Lonely Road
I think an acceptable time has passed since September’s update. Long enough for us all to pretend it’s been roughly a month. What’s 20 days between friends? Life In October I mowed the lawn. For the first time in my … Continue reading Month in Review: October 2017
I have much more respect for religion when I’m away from home. I suppose I feel permitted to treat English Christianity a little roughly, because it’s part of the culture I was raised in. It’s mine to ignore the customs … Continue reading New Ideas in Penang
We’ve been in New Zealand nearly a year now. It seems every week I uncover something else I didn’t know about it. They celebrate Guy Fawkes night here, which is strange to me. Guy Fawkes always seemed the most fiercely … Continue reading A Foreign Country