Re-entry

When a space capsule returns to the Earth, it has a heat shield to protect it from burning up in the atmosphere.  As I walked into our newly renovated house in Los Gatos I wondered, where is my heat shield? Boxes and boxes everywhere!  I, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, wanted to tapContinue reading “Re-entry”

From the heart…

Today is my last full in Dunedin.  The words, so matter-of-factly written, belie a deep sadness in my heart. This is the store Wine Freedom; hands down the best wine store I know.  Yes, the wines there are outstanding, but more importantly it’s run by Paul Williams, who is just the most knowledgeable (wine) personContinue reading “From the heart…”

Perspective….and more of the bucket list.

This is a GT (if you fish, you are salivating right now).  A giant trevally.  30 kg of pure muscle.  This GT was photographed by my niece, Christine, on the Great Barrier Reef.  And if you dive, and if you dive and have a bucket list I would be bet the Great Barrier Reef isContinue reading “Perspective….and more of the bucket list.”

What’s Different about Dunedin

I’ve been here eight weeks.  Long enough to wake up some mornings and wish I didn’t have to put on a tie.  Long enough to, within a single day, both feel as if I belong here and then long for home.  Long enough for my colleagues to think I’m pretty funny….for an American.  Long enoughContinue reading “What’s Different about Dunedin”

TGIM (Thank God It’s Monday)

I wondered if this would happen.  In a place as magical as Dunedin, could the honeymoon ever be over? Yes, and no. When I last left you, it was a magical Sunday evening (sans fish) with calm seas and temperatures hovering near balmy.  And then it was Monday, and rain. This a a photo takenContinue reading “TGIM (Thank God It’s Monday)”

On the fringe

Dunedin is on the fringe.  Such a vibrant city and so far south.  Keep heading south and your next stop is Antarctica.  The Central Otago wine region is on the fringe, said to be the southernmost wine region in the world.  And today’s offering from Central Otago is the 2009 Clyde Village Pinot Noir.  It’sContinue reading “On the fringe”

What a difference a day makes

Remember beautiful yesterday? Today, it rained all day and when I drove home it was 13C.  There is a fire in the wood stove tonight as I’m heating up some tomato and basil risotto.  It was just a tease yesterday after all.  As they say, welcome to Dunedin. Sometimes, if I’m housebound (I’m on callContinue reading “What a difference a day makes”

You Know You’re in Dunedin When…..

You come home from work, and find 2 cubic meters of wood to stack. Yesterday I ordered 2 cubic meters of wood to be delivered to my house.  I figured out I needed this when the prior night I froze my bu– off on a particularly cold night.  To be fair, the property agent saidContinue reading “You Know You’re in Dunedin When…..”

One month in Dunedin

One month already gone by.  I vividly remember writing a post about my first week in Dunedin, and now that seems so long ago…. and just like yesterday. Today is the perfect anniversary of being in Dunedin one month.  This morning I walked to the hospital, surprised it was so warm outside.  I had worn,Continue reading “One month in Dunedin”

A little something for everyone….

The wines of New Zealand….. If you buy your wines in the US, there is probably a small section of your favorite wine store which has New Zealand wines.  This photo was not taken at a wine store, but rather at the supermarket.  I haven’t counted all the wines (yet) or tasted them all (yet),Continue reading “A little something for everyone….”