Sunday, December 26, 2010

Moon over Featherston

Glad I'm not working on the Ambulance or the prison anymore.

Full-moon madness ain't a myth!

Saturday, December 25, 2010


IN past years, hits have dropped at this time of year. You would expect that to happen as people get busy stockpiling cheap wine and crap from the warehouse.

THIS year, my site hits have more than doubled the usual rate.

Probably means something- like papers are now almost three bucks...

Sorry about the lack of pictures

I DID do a trip into new country with the young fellow, but due to heavy rain (as soon as we got out of the ute) the camera stayed in its ziploc bag!

Which was a shame, as we walked through some great and rarely traveled county.

I won't say where, as i want it to remain so.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday fry-up

I was asked where the greens are.

The bottle is green...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

All four seasons in a day

Friday night- summer to winter in a couple of seconds. The white spots are very big hail stones.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A rare NZ mistletoe

The bit that sticks out of the side of the trunk. The ONLY one that is easy to access for seeds.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

And the inside

Yes- it IS a hut (and it has a shower and inside toilet!)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

Jan's Hut

The first hut I have encountered with a back door- to say nothing of an inside toilet and a shower!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Second chance

I have to go back in tomorrow to try and retrieve a pair of shoes left at the hut.

THIS time I will take the camera!

Saturday, September 25, 2010


I hoped to have lots of new pictures of the Tararuas but:

the weather was foul
the wife forgot to pack the camera- having said she would.

So I will paste some pictures from government websites, as I have already paid for them!

The top one is the Mitre Flats hut- about 4 hours up the valley from where we stayed. The track is classic Tararuas tramping (absolute ankle-twisting shit)

The second is Jumbo Hut- an uphill grunt of 2-4 hours depending on your fitness and ability to take pain.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Going back next week

Hopefully without the white stuff!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

X-file from the outback

The instrument package from the weather balloon

Mystery object found in the sticks

It's the radar reflector and the remains of a met balloon found about 900 meters up a mountain.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Heatpump in the hills

The new alterations at Holdsworth Lodge. Note the new heatpump!