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January 17, 2017

Just In Case Things Go Down Hill…

Filed under: Canterbury & Region,Hamner Springs & Region,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Himself & Kiwidutch kids)

Three years ago we spent Christmas and the early New Year in New Zealand.

It was a fairly short trip with just over half of the time spent visiting friends and family and the rest of the time spent in our favourite little bolt hole in Hanmer Springs.

Located roughly an hour and a half’s drive from Christchurch, the largest city in New Zealand’s South Island, Hanmer Springs is famous for it’s natural hot springs in the foot hills of the Southern Alps.

A series of mountain ranges get steadily higher behind the town, but oddly enough one of the most famous walks is to a low hill, set directly at the end of the village, called “Conical Hill”.

I have taken the short but medium stiff walk to the summit of Conical Hill many times as a kid, and three years ago it was the turn of my own children. They too have done the trip several times already, one of the most infamous was when Little Mr was a toddler and it all went wrong.

Kiwi Daughter was roughly six or seven at the time, the start of the walking track is located at the end of a steep street that runs into the centre of the Hanmer village. Himself had put Little Mr into a pushchair, and checked that the brakes were on but had not calculated on the fact that our inquisitive little boy was intrigued that the ground on one side of the  pushchair was a lot higher than on the other.

Our little man learned about slopes the hard way by leaning over the side that had a biggest drop, toppling the pushchair over sideways. Since he was well strapped in, his head made contact with the pavement along with the buggy and he opened up a gash above his eyebrow. Himself, who had only left him for less than thirty seconds as he helped Kiwi Daughter out of her car seat belt and locked the car as she scrambled out, was instantly alerted by the screams of panic and tears.

Himself quickly realised that the wound was small but that the blood flow was not. Bundling both kids back into the car he abandoned the walk and headed to the local doctor’s surgery. There, the kindly GP calmed down two frightened kids, Kiwi Daughter being alarmed not only by her little brother’s crying but also by the amounts of blood running down his face and into his clothes.

Both children were impressed with the technique used to patch up Little Mr… luckily stitches were not needed, just some special glue to seal the wound closed and several tiny strips of tape to keep it shut.

(photograph © Himself & Kiwidutch kids)

I had been busy cooking dinner back at our accommodation and they were late getting back so I was at the point of worry where I was regularly looking out of the window, expecting them any moment.

After that stage came the more urgent ” I hope that nothing has happened to them” stage of worry, as dinner started to dry out in the oven.

Of course those initial worries were not eased by the fact that Himself let Kiwi Daughter out of the car first when they arrived home, and she came bounding inside with stories of how her bother had been gushing blood.

We were to watch him for signs of concussion, but for the rest it soon became apparent that he was fine, it just looked far worse than it was.

Of course getting the blood stains out of the clothes was another issue, because we had a limited amount of clothes packed for the trip, but eventually that came good too.

During later trips Himself and the kids made certain to make a trip to the top of Conical Hill, each time of course this story about Little Mr’s accident would be recalled.

This trip was thankfully without incident, the kids taking the pocket camera up to the lookout point at the top because this is no longer possible for me since my accident.   One point that did shock me when I dug out these photographs: how much taller Little Mr was grown in the last three years since these photographs were taken, he is almost unrecognisable now. Both children my have changed and grown, the one thing in common was that Little Mr is never in charge of navigation, … just in case it all goes down hill.

(photograph © Himself & Kiwidutch kids)

(photograph © Himself & Kiwidutch kids)

(photograph © Himself & Kiwidutch kids)

(photograph © Himself & Kiwidutch kids)

(photograph © Himself & Kiwidutch kids)

(photograph © Himself & Kiwidutch kids)

(photograph © Himself & Kiwidutch kids)

(photograph © Himself & Kiwidutch kids)

(photograph © Himself & Kiwidutch kids)

(photograph © Himself & Kiwidutch kids)

(photograph © Himself & Kiwidutch kids)

(photograph © Himself & Kiwidutch kids)

(photograph © Himself & Kiwidutch kids)

(photograph © Himself & Kiwidutch kids)

(photograph © Himself & Kiwidutch kids)

(photograph © Himself & Kiwidutch kids)

(photograph © Himself & Kiwidutch kids)

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