Local Heart, Global Soul

October 14, 2018

Heading North West Towards The Pass…

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The Kiwidutch kids have come up with a joint request, (something they both agree on? I think we may have to take a few temperatures!) and this is go make a side trip so that they can tick a destination off their travel wish-list.

Then came some quick calculations to figure out when we could make this happen.

We had several friends and relatives coming to Hanmer expressly to visit us so when the calendar came out we realised that the next few days would be the only time a detour trip could be squeezed in.

In spite of her tired arms, back and blistered hands from stacking firewood, Kiwi Daughter swiftly got to work packing her suitcase.

Little Mr. did the same, without the tired arms etc. I packed what Himself and I would need into one small suitcase, put my laptop into my backpack with my pain medication and in no time at all we were ready for an early morning start the next day.

There were other suitcases and our stuff in the little house but since there would be people coming from an outside company to fix the malfunctioning Wi-Fi, we decided to leave the key to the house and stack our other clothes and valuables in the little shed at the back of the property out of the way and under separate lock and key.

We couldn’t bring the car up the drive because of the firewood pile in front of the garage, so it was parked on the street for the night.

Early the next morning we were busy getting cases and foodstuffs into the car and rousing sleepy teenagers into enough action to pack them into the vehicle too. Tasks completed we set out bright and early and soon came across a hitch-hiker. His name was Issac and he was going to walk park of the famous Saint James Walkway. We were going his way and had a bigger vehicle so he and his backpack were soon on board. We would our way towards the Lewis Pass, one of only three road passes to traverse the Southern Alps.  The river valleys are beautiful scenery and Himself loves the quiet, winding roads in the South Island, it’s a “proper drive” compares to the motorways of Europe he always says. We set out, a mountain pass is calling…

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July 22, 2018

Kaikoura Heading South…

A Photographic post today. It was the end of December 2017, Kaikoura heading south…

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Photographs of the sea whilst in the queue waiting our turn on one of the single lane stretches…

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July 9, 2018

Ugly Or Beautiful?

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Following yesterday’s post: the first part of our trip south from Blenheim, New Zealand at the end of December 2017 was generally smooth.

Large scale on-going road works after the massive quake here back in November 2016 of course in many places necessitating waiting our turn in single lane sections and driving slowly past repairs of all varieties.

The Marlbourgh vineyards are all around us in this area so bare hills for grazing mix with patches of vines.

We pass by the historic bridge, and yet again tell each other that one day we will stop and find out what makes it special.

Needless to say we haven’t actually done it so far. Traffic is light and we like to take our time.

I have fond memories of bare golden tussock-covered hills just like these from Otago, so for me these hills are amazingly beautiful, and not “ew ugly” as my children so kindly expressed their opinions.

Our appreciation of the landscape may differ but for me at least, hills like these with glimpses of the towering Southern Alps behind them, are a true sign that I am “home”.

Ugly Or Beautiful? You decide.

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July 5, 2018

Picton And Blenheim For New Overnight Stays…

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Family Kiwidutch disembarked the Wellington to Picton ferry at the very end of 2017.

The earlier sailing had been fully booked and now we have no time to start the journey south.

It’s not just daylight and tiredness we are up against though, it is literally the clock.

All accommodation along the inland route is fully booked, even tiny places like Ward.

The main reason for this is because there have been work crews renting accommodation all through Marlborough after the massive November 2016 earthquake which had it’s epicenter close to Seddon.

Over 21 large landslips blocked State Highway 1 alone, the main highway that runs along the northern east coast of the South Island.

Further inland there was a lot of damage too, not just smaller slips but also large cracks in roads, damage to the rail line, edges sheered away on hillside section of the highways and damage to bridges, all of which need repair. Therefore this section of State Highway 1 has been closed for just over a year, and opened just days before we headed up to Wellington for Christmas. The work is however far from finished and since a lot of the heavy work is being done at night (freeing the road to the new car traffic during the day) the highway is closed to the public from seven in the evening until eight the following morning. This means it is impossible for vehicles coming off the later ferries to get past the damaged section of the road before its curfew. This is also why we could not find accommodation in Picton and why we only got lucky in Blenheim after one of the many places we tried had a last minute cancellation. Luckily Blenheim is only about a half hour drive south…

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January 17, 2018

Bus Pass ? … Check!

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I am not sure if this might be a reminder to bring your Bus Pass… but this sight in Singapore made me smile. I have never seen such an ornate display to advertise a bus company: most make do with just a painted logo on the sides, this one literally goes over the top and tries to tick all of the boxes!

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January 16, 2018

Sightseeing Singapore Style…

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Getting out and about in Singapore is easy, just order a taxi or get one from a taxi rank. Public transport is cheaper, but since my mobility is limited, not so helpful in our situation. We also save time using taxi’s too. Our Singaporean friend “Velvetine” uses public transport most of the time but also picks up a local variety of Uber, called “Grab”. Apparently these can be shared for people going in the same neighbourhood or along the same route. Even though it is our sixth or seventh time in Singapore, the landscape always surprises, with new buildings abounding, alongside traditional ones. Architecture is often cutting edge, no one can say this this is a city without style. These are just a few of the views from our taxi windows…

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December 22, 2017

Meerle: Beautiful Bricks In Stunning Architecture Continue…

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These photos were loaded already resized via Windows Resizer and loaded via USB memory stick from the old computer, (which I don’t have with me at the moment) I will work on getting to know the Apple Resizer as soon as possible.

After making a morning walking tour of Baarle-Nassau / Baarle Hertog , (well at least Himself walked, I was pushed in the wheelchair) we decided to check out the surrounding area.

The border is not a straight line between Belgium and The Netherlands, so within a twelve kilometer radius we found ourselves in both countries several times.

This is how we suddenly found ourselves in the small but exceedingly interesting village of Meerle.

The church and the buildings around it are architectural jewels in my opinion so of course we stopped for a pause and a closer look.

Even the school has some lighter brick accents and nice patterns. We have a good idea that the large free-standing red building with the stepped gables was probably the former Stadhuis (City Council / City hall), there are so many beautiful features to enjoy.

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December 11, 2017

Architectural Detail All Over Town…

Himself and I continue our car tour of the area around Baarle-Nassau / Baarle-Hertog. I take lots of photographs for my “architectural detail” archive files.

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December 10, 2017

Charm, Character And Differences…

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During our driving tour around the district of Baarle-Nassau / Baarle-Hertog, I spotted quite a few interesting looking churches.

Traffic in some areas prevented us pulling over so that I could get some more agreeable compositions, so I did my best from out of the window.

A strange sort of canopy adorned the bottom section of one of the town churches, I can’t quite make out if it’s temporary and there whilst renovations are done or if it’s been added to the tower as a permanent safety measure (falling bits??).

It certainly makes for an interesting and memorable feature.

The brickwork and styles of the churches I saw were many and varied: the steeples different and each with a charm and character of their own.

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December 9, 2017

Lazy Sight-seeing Around The District…

After doing a small “tour” of Baarle-Nassau / Baarle-Hertog with the wheelchair, it was time to take a rest and take a look around the district by car. The weather was also rather threatening so it was nice to sit comfortably and sight-see in comfort, (read “lazily”)…

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