Local Heart, Global Soul

December 9, 2018

Heading Back Towards Reefton…

Filed under: GREYMOUTH,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,West Coast /Westland Province — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Still struggling with files in my New Zealand series of photographs, I keep getting a message that they are “CR2 files that need an image converter” but can’t find anything that will successfully do the job. Clearly I need a computer expert but ours is unavailable due to work constraints at the moment. Therefore I need to break off our New Zealand tour until I can find a solution for the rest of the photographs. I hope I can recover them because I have some very new photos from some very special and unusual trips in these folders. these in the meantime are scenic photographs as we make our way back from Greymouth heading towards Hanmer Springs.

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December 7, 2018

Sometimes You Need To Trust Your Gut…

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The next morning we prepared to leave Greymouth.

It’s an early start partly because we want be to able  to take our time, especially through the really winding stretches of road.

It’s also an early start because no one slept well. I have been without everything except my strongest pain medication for several days now and my asthma in particular has been bad at night, with me  blocked up and emitting either a loud wheeze or snore at turns.

It’s been so bad that I kept up every other family member in our small, shared room. Even though they said I kept them awake “all night” and I know I was guilty of this, I was also kept awake by himself snoring as well for at least part of the night so no-one woke rested.

I take a low dose antibiotic daily in order to keep my lungs clear of fluid,  it also helps to replace large doses of Prednison which of course have made my bones thin. Without the lower doses Prednison and the antibiotic I still take, I find it hard to get comfortable at night, so the wheezing and snoring were always a problem were suddenly back with a vengeance.

I knew my chest felt tight and that I woke over again but didn’t realise how bad things were for Kiwi Daughter, Little Mr and Himself because of it. The next morning I felt decidedly off colour but chalked it up to two bad night’s sleep and a desperate need to get back to the asthma and foot medications we had accidently left back in Hanmer Springs.

Breakfast found us finishing off bits and bobs from what we had bought in recent days.

Little Mr could not finish the rest of the bottle of chocolate milk and not wanting to see it go to waste I poured it onto cornflakes to eat and use it up.

Breakfast is not usually something I eat until I have been up for quite some hours and definitely not when I’m due a long road trip or boat trip. On this occasion though I was tired, out of sorts and just wanted to get back to Hanmer.

Even though it was early morning the temperature was already rising steadily and it was promising to nudge thirty degrees again. We hit the road directly after breakfast and we were not many kilometres into the journey when I found myself feeling as green as grass.

Again, we chalked it up to a bad night, but we were not too far out of Greymouth when a layby with a historic monument came into view and I got Himself to pull over, telling him I REALLY needed some fresh air. The historic place is the Brunner mine and I stagger out with the camera hoping for some distraction from the horrible feeling in my stomach. Photographs taken, I go to go back to the car but suddenly green becomes even greener and  I had just enough time to duck behind the little memorial building where I promptly lost breakfast in unceremonious fashion. Luckily I’d taken my water bottle with me and could clean up before heading back to the car.

I should have trusted instinct and a lifetime of travels with motion sickness but it seem that in the absence of sleep, common sense  and trusting your instincts goes out of the window. Even back in the car, although I felt better, the green nagging feeling persisted so the kilometres rolled by in less than enjoyable fashion and it seemed that I needed one rest stop after another with ever increasing regularity. It might “only” have been 213 km’s but it’s a three hour journey that started to feel like it was going to become a ten hour one. It’s by far the worst car journey I’ve had since I was a kid. (Ok, there was one Portugal trip where Kiwi Daughter and I threw up in ditches on opposite sides of the road but that was more than ten years back).  One thing is sure about learning lessons from the past, I should never let those lessons get crowded out by something as stupid as not wanting to waste two cups of chocolate milk. Sometimes you are better to trust your gut.

(Grrr i’m having troubles with my photos *again*  they repeatedly refuse to load) I will keep trying, as I have been for the past week. Apologies again. – kiwi.

December 5, 2018

The Painterly Effect Still Came Out Photographically…

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Himself and I arrived back at our “South of The Barber” accommodation in Greymouth just as the sun was getting low in the sky.

Being too tired to attempt the stairs to our room, I decided to take a seat in the living room at the front of the hostel.

I walked in and was taken aback at how the light coming into the room made it look more like a painting than a real room.

I instantly grabbed my camera and tried hard to capture the effect before it disappeared.

In my opinion I completely failed but some of the original features of the room like the built-in glass-fronted library cupboards and the light switches were also beautiful objects to be admired.

Artworks of course also featured, as I moved around the room trying to capture the light from every angle.

Time flew and the light got darker quicker than I expected.  When I moved close to the window I saw that there were several people on the entrance balcony next door, one of which was my daughter. She saw me and called for me to join them quickly…

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December 4, 2018

History On The Wall… Part Two.

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This is a continuation of yesterday’s post where I am trying to showcase the detail of a large mural in Greymouth, New Zealand.

The mural is a compilation of many of the “Coasts” biggest events, famous people and “characters”.

The artwork is amazing and I have tried hard not to miss any of the individual pieces.

That said, I only realised after we had left that there were some that I could have done better a few small snippets that got left out (the war memorial part on the top row, mentioned in yesterday’s post.)

It’s a case of having information overload when you are standing looking at such a large, detailed work.

Later back at our accommodation on the computer, came the moment that I could really appreciate the artwork, information and detail of this amazing mural. There is even a tiny inclusion of part of the modern day skyline of the town that includes a miniature depiction of the advertising bucket from a certain well known American fried chicken chain. Product placement, or a small nod to the/one of the sponsor(s) of this mural? Greymouth residents of course have the luxury of being able to visit this mural as many times as they want… and in this case that’s a luxury indeed.

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I was rather horrified to see an inclusion of someone in blackface in this mural, the gun they are holding becomes a secondary concern. I also have a question as to why the men appear to be named but not the women?

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December 3, 2018

History On The Wall… Part One.

The mural behind the Greymouth Evening Star car park is far bigger than I first thought.  Upon closer inspection I found that it’s a tapestry of historical events and people of special note (or notoriety) in Greymouth and the West Coast. Some very big events took place here, and there are too many photographs for one post, so I’ll do this in two parts. This part attempts to follow the top row of elements in the mural from left to right…

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(I missed photographing the next one, on the top row, it’s fuzzy because of the distance I took the photograph from (first photo in this post). Even zooming in with “Paint”, all I can make out is the headline of the caption: “Runanga Payroll Robbery” and the rest of the text is blurry. What I don’t understand is why there seems to be a picture of a War Memorial next to this caption (missed getting that photo too) and I’m no too sure how the two are connected.

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this one above goes below the following photo

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There are plenty more of these amazing pictures and their accompanying stories… they will be posted tomorrow.

December 2, 2018

History In The Working Of Coal…

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The town’s murals and statues leave absolutely no doubt that Greymouth is a town with a deep history in the working of coal.

Murals around any town are a fabulous way to liven up a built up area and Greymouth is no exception.

Himself and I continue our drive around until suddenly I spot another mural, this time on the side wall of the Greymouth Evening Star offices.

Naturally Himself pulls over and I go to get photographs.

There is a car parked along the opposite wall so I had to get a slightly more side-on view but this is another clear tribute to the coal industry that was massive on the West Coast. In fact it dawns on me that as a kid we had a playground game where we would take turns trying to say “West Coast Coal” as fast as possible twenty times. It’s harder than you think, especially when you are trying to beat the speed of the friend who’s turn it was before you. Added to the impressiveness of this mural is the yet another one I spy just a few metres away behind it that has me waving and pointing to Himself in the car that I’m off on a very short detour…

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December 1, 2018

Shantytown’s Kaitangata Steams Ahead… Kind of.

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Greymouth’s next mural is a very striking one of a large steam train.

The name on the name plate is “KAITANGATA” and it is resident in the local tourist attraction; Shantytown.

Located 10 km south of Greymouth, Shantytown is more or less an open air museum, with thirty shops, gold panning possibilities, train rides and all sorts of things to delight visitors.

Their website;   Shantytown / Kaitangata steam train starts with th technical aspects: “KAITANGATA – Sharp Stewart & Co. Glasgow, Scotland. Makers # 4270 built 1896. 22 ton, 10.5 x 18 cylinders, 160lb BP, 36 inch wheels TE 7000lb.

The main stay of the railway at Shantytown since its opening in 1972 has been the ‘Improved F-Class Kaitangata’.

This engine is based on the N.Z.R. (New Zealand Railways) ‘F’ class, and was built for the Kaitangata Coal & Railway Co. to work the 8 kilometre line from the coal mine at Kaitangata to the N.Z.R. exchange sidings at Stirling.
The coal company and railway were taken over by the State Mines Department in the 1950’s with the locomotive continuing to operate the railway until the mine closed in 1969. In February 1971 the locomotive was donated to Shantytown.”

I remember going to Shantytown once as a kid, but so long ago that I can’t remember if it was a school trip or a family one. What I remember was attempting to do some gold panning in a long trough. My biggest memory?: That the water was freezing cold! (the things that kids remember from trips when they were young!). My later visits included the area, but not Shantytown, and on this particular visit with my own family we didn’t have time for any extra excursions because we have appointments to meet up with friends in Hanmer Springs in a few days.

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November 30, 2018

Parking Up For The Night…

Todays Greymouth mural is one that is just around the corner from a business I featured on my blog a little earlier but it took us a little while to make the connection between the mural and which business it belonged to. The “Central Park Camping” business is located tucked behind the Challenge petrol station on street in front of it. It’s a budget campsite that provides coin operated showers and laundromat and also fast wi-fi internet. It sounds from the reviews to be a safe, central spot for visitors in vehicles who just want to park up somewhere cheap for the night as they travel around New Zealand.

Central Park Camping // 119 Tainui St, Greymouth 7805  // New Zealand

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November 28, 2018

Speeding Past The Beauty Of The Bay…

The next of Greymouth’s murals was one that I sadly only got a fleeting glimpse of.  I also only got one photograph but I’ve put this here because I liked it a lot, and to remind me to take a better photo of it if we are able to return here in the near future.

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November 27, 2018

Café Wall Art…

Driving around Greymouth in the South Island’s West Coast, Himself and I get the chance to enjoy some of the local artworks. This mural was on the wall of a local café. I think that the styalized bird is a white heron, a beautiful bird found in various parts of the South Island, but especially on the West Coast.

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