Local Heart, Global Soul

October 11, 2018

Library WiFi And Local Botanicals…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Family Kiwidutch arrived in Hanmer Springs in January 2018 on some of the hottest days of the summer.

After dinner in the alpine village we tried once again to hook up to the internet at our accommodation.

As per our attempts in the afternoon we met with no success, much to the dismay of our offspring.

The little house we are staying in is supposed to have Wi-Fi (which by the way is pronounced a “Why Fy” in English but “Wee Fee” in Dutch and many other European countries) and not only is it a luxury, on this trip it is also a necessity.

Our kids are out of school (with special permission) during the school term, but one of the provisos is that, as much as is possible they need to not get behind with homework.

Kiwi Daughter in particular, nearing the end of her penultimate year, is anxious to not fall behind, none of us really realising how much work she covers in school in a week until she had to catch it up on her own during this trip.

Himself needs to keep an eye on clients and work emails for anything out of the ordinary, I have most of my blog ticking over on the WordPress Schedule, but some posts need fine tuning and I’m trying to not get too behind with replies to comments.

The luxury part is of course that kids today feel that even if they swim, walk, bike and what-ever during the day, that the world will probably collapse if they can not watch their favourite You Tuber’s latest post or movie in the evening.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Trust me, if you have a teenage and near teenage kid feeling this way then as parents you want to find Wi-Fi a.s.a.p. for the sake of your own sanity, especially if you have several rainy days in a row.

Of course kids should not be melded to their devices, but in reality going cold turkey does not make for a relaxing, peaceful holiday. 

Whilst Hanmer Holiday Homes were trying to sort out the source of the Wi-Fi problem at the house, we went in search of a place to log on.

The local library provides a free Wi-Fi hot-spot which is well advertised at various accommodation and information spots so we were not the only ones finding a spot to sit in front of the building.

I took photos when a family group left, but others quickly came to claim the empty seats. The temperatures have been above 30 C during the day so even at eight thirty the temperatures is a balmy 25 degrees or so.

After checking my stuff I turn my attention to a plant nearby, but not being botanically inclined, I can’t name it.  

I love the idea that whilst we sit in this heat, this plant has a pattern on it that makes it look the edges of its leaves are rimmed with ice crystals and frost. The silver under-sides of the leaves contrast wonderfully with the various shades of green on the top and the leaves have a lovely texture to them. These are beautiful examples of leaves that I may well like to draw so I’m saving these photos here on my blog for my arty reference library files. There is nothing icy about this beautiful plant, in fact it heats up many ideas about how I might draw these in the future.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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