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”

If you can’t be with the wine you love, love the wine you’re with.

I feel like such a Nz wine slut.  Last week I had my team over for dinner.  We first opened the 2009 Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels cab blend.  Wow, I thought.  Sure, it’s a higher awarded wine (no secret), but still it lived up the hype.  A big wine, loads of fruit, but also complexContinue reading “If you can’t be with the wine you love, love the wine you’re with.”

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)”

A good day to be a fish in New Zealand

After my success last weekend, I was sure the New Zealand trout were fearful to hear I had this Sunday off work and plans to fish.  In truth, I had the whole weekend off, but my ambitious Friday night dictated a slower pace on Saturday.  I also drank sufficient coffee Saturday morning that I wouldContinue reading “A good day to be a fish in New Zealand”

This is like Fight Club

“Look, Dr. Clarke, this is like Fight Club.  What happens at the reg dinners stays at the reg dinners.” Gulp.  What did I get myself into? But, I’m getting ahead of myself.  This was the first week here in Dunedin that has had the feeling of a routine.  Get up early, get dressed, drive intoContinue reading “This is like Fight Club”

If you teach a man to fish….

There is an old saying.  If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day.  If you teach a man to fish, he’s gone for the weekend. I was gone for the weekend. For those of you who don’t fish much, this is a brown trout.  It weighed in at about 5 1/2Continue reading “If you teach a man to fish….”

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”

Spring Forward

I didn’t know this about New Zealand (well, that’s a long list).  They have daylight savings time, and it ended early this morning.  Which meant we all (those of us who remembered) put our clocks one hour forward when we woke up this morning.  Seems like I just did this in March…… I was offContinue reading “Spring Forward”

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…..”