Friday Night (Southern) Lights.

When my two youngest boys, Ryan and Matt, signed up for ‘summer sports’ teams at Bayfield High School at the beginning of the academic year in January, I was proud of their choices.  Matt, who is a year nine (or freshman) in the high school signed up for softball (they don’t have hardball baseball here)Continue reading “Friday Night (Southern) Lights.”

A Weekend in Wanaka

It is autumn.  Though it is still light at 8pm, the sun has set half an hour before, and if you wake before seven o’clock in the morning night still rules the sky.  We have sensed winter closing in, and with that, fewer opportunities for outdoor pursuits.  Our weekends have become a frenzy of ‘let’sContinue reading “A Weekend in Wanaka”

If your sons jumped off a bridge, would you?

You’ve all been there.  Your child (or you, perhaps) did something of questionable judgement, and the rationale for the action was “Well, everyone else was doing it!”  Then you say, or hear, those words, “So, if they jumped off a bridge, would you?”  (You’re SUPPOSED to say NO, by the way). So, there we wereContinue reading “If your sons jumped off a bridge, would you?”

We ain’t got no stinkin bananas!

Here’s the deal.  We have a normal size (for New Zealand) refrigerator.  We have two teenage boys, who consume on average 8 to 10,000 calories a day.  Our day basically revolves around keeping the boys fed.  For breakfast, Deb stands at the refrigerator and passes me food (eggs, English muffins, crumpets, bacon) and I cookContinue reading “We ain’t got no stinkin bananas!”

Technically still summer……

Welcome back to Dunedin! I was intrigued to hear that people here consider March 1st to be the start of autumn.  And then I experienced the first of March…and the second….and the third…..and the fourth.   Now I get it.  Yes, technically it is still summer, but you would never know that by the weather we’veContinue reading “Technically still summer……”

And so what’s life like, in Dunedin?

My last post ended with the finish of our vacation.  That was about one month ago, and since then our boys have started school, our Dunedin summer finally arrived (mid-January), and now we are noticing leaves beginning to fall from the trees.  That can’t mean Autumn is near, I hope.  We are beginning to getContinue reading “And so what’s life like, in Dunedin?”

Saving the best? for last.

We arose early Monday morning in Wellington and caught the 9am Interisland Ferry back to Picton on the South Island.  Our destination that day was Kaiteriteri, virtually the last town before New Zealand’s smallest, but very popular, Abel Tasman National Park.  It was about a 3 hour drive from Picton to the house we rented,Continue reading “Saving the best? for last.”

Places you just have to see…..

This blue green water was is a in a cove in the Marlborough Sounds at the Northeastern end of the South Island.  This was our destination after leaving the wildlife paradise of Kaikoura. But to get there, were had to (I mean we just had to) travel through the wine country around Blenheim. Our first stop wasContinue reading “Places you just have to see…..”

If Alaska and Hawaii married, this would be their baby.

And so the road trip continued… We left Christchurch early Monday morning heading to Kaikoura, a town known for its amazing connection with the sea.  There is a 6000 feet deep trench just offshore and the diversity of wildlife in the seas around Kaikoura is unparalleled in New Zealand.  The road to Kaikoura just happensContinue reading “If Alaska and Hawaii married, this would be their baby.”

I expected zombies around every corner.

After we left Omaru, and the Riverstone Kitchen, we drove North for about 3 hours to Christchurch, the site of the massively destructive February 2011 earthquake.  A bigger earthquake occurred in Christchurch in September of 2010 (about 7.1), and technically the February 2011 earthquake (6.3 on the scale) was an aftershock, but is was moreContinue reading “I expected zombies around every corner.”