Calling All Angels

That’s what I’m listening to right now (thank you Pandora and Train).


To celebrate October 1, I opened this beautiful Pinot.  (I could have said to celebrate Tuesday, or 8pm, or the fact it was 21C today….., but I went with the first of October).   I was just a bit skeptical, since it was a little young, but I had been reassured by those in the know in Central Otago the wine would be ready.  They were right.  A deep crimson red, it had a subtle but intriguing bouquet as I swirled it in the glass and let it breathe.  And it was wonderful.  Complex with hints of berries, smoke….and that peppery aftertaste that makes me want always just a bit more than I’ve poured.  Wow.  I’m liking this place.

And what’s not to like on a day like today.  I left the hospital and walked outside, and was stunned, and I mean stunned, to find it was warm.  Not just on the warmer side of cool (which I have experienced here), but just plain and simply warm.  I checked the thermometer in the car on the way home…..sure enough, it was 21 C.  Amazing.  I got home and opened the windows (unthinkable just a few days ago).  There is freesia growing along the driveway, and the warm air drew out their wonderfully sweet fragrance.  I talked with my family (Skype; it’s just the best), and then looked out at the sky, knowing I had over two more hours of sunlight.  I was gone, off to the beach.


I decided to drive to Taeri Mouth, about 25 km away and try some evening fishing.  Twenty of the 25km are along the coast, and this was my first stop along the way.  There were about 10 surfers out in the water (about 10 minutes from my house), and the waves just slowly rolled in, as if in no hurry.  It was rad.


My second stop was at a beach another 15km down the road.  It’s easily a mile in each direction.  No one in sight.  Just fantastic, with the warm sea breeze and sinking sun.


And yet another beach.  Just one beautiful beach after another…

I fished for about 45 minutes.  I caught some clams (I would have thought the first was an accident, but I caught four more, and a crab).  It was an outgoing tide, which I knew meant I wouldn’t likely be into any fish, but you can’t really complain on a (work) day like this.  So then, I headed back to Dunedin.


The city limits.  Yea, it’s soooo crowded here.  On the way back, the sun sank low on the horizon and I had to stop at just one more beach.


What a day.  What a place.  What a wine….

This was a great day to be in Dunedin.  Tomorrow, we’re on call at the hospital, so there should be plenty of stories for Thursday.  Until then,


Published by dave clarke

I am different things to different people. Husband, father, doctor, teacher, friend, or if you're a fish, a fly fisherman. But really, I'm just a guy trying to learn about life, and if I'm lucky, maybe teach a little bit along the way. If I were a golfer (I'm not) I would be on the back nine of my life, or if I were a book, there would be more pages turned than not. Any yet, I'm far from finished creating chapters of my life. The goal of Next Chapters is inspiration, and I'm hopeful the traffic goes in both directions.

3 thoughts on “Calling All Angels

  1. Loved Otago for lots of reasons – the wine, the people, the lack of people :), sights, sounds and smells. Have fun!

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