It was Christmas afternoon, and we’d just got off our Three Gorges Cruise. Three days of utter confusion, and it wasn’t over yet. Included in our itinerary was a bus to Yichang, where we hoped we’d be sitting down to … Continue reading It’s beginning to feel a lot like Chinsemos
I have the feeling that my understanding of the world shifted while we were in China, that just spending time there re-aligned my perspective. As well as a chance to see China, the experience was a chance to see the … Continue reading What Lies Beneath? Above the Three Gorges Dam
We had the pleasure today, of sharing the summit of Avalanche Peak with a pack of kea. Arthur made friends with one, his name is Wade. Kea are native New Zealand parrots, and the world’s only alpine parrot. They’re only found … Continue reading Don’t Feed the Kea
Yesterday afternoon I cycled past a man on a playing field, jumping and lunging alone. Training. Maybe for football, probably for rugby. What would induce somebody to spend their afternoon hopping in a windswept field, I wondered. I couldn’t imagine … Continue reading Hopping mad
When we woke up bright and early the hut was convivial chaos again, with everybody making breakfast and coffee and plans, all on top of one another. Salisbury Lodge is definitely the busiest hut I’ve ever stayed in, and … 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