At the Beach

Moody and introverted, that’s coastal Otago.  Summer or winter, seasons can be indistinguishable when the wind blows up from the sea. Down on the coast the autumn air has absorbed it’s fill of the Pacific Ocean.  Gutsy rivers unwind and relax into lazy estuaries where the flow meets resistance from an incoming tide. We are…

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The Gold of Ophir

King Solomon’s gold came from Ophir.  Today historians cannot agree upon where exactly this gold-rich location was.  Rider Haggard, in his classic novel, King Solomon’s Mines, placed Ophir in Africa. Perhaps it was in Africa, although some think India, others Burma and still others believe Ophir was in the Philippines. We are in Ophir, New…

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The Trapper’s Rest

On the West Coast of the South Island we take a much needed break from driving.  Distances do not look much on the map but roads in New Zealand can be torturous. With earthquake damage on one side of the island and cyclone damage on the other we negotiate many roadworks where top speed is…

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Tea On The Road

Have I packed everything?  Too bad if I haven’t. E noho ra North Island!  (Spot the bikes.) After  3 1/2 hours on the ferry we have a long drive to Greymouth on the West Coast ahead of us.  In Murchison people are walking about in gumboots and there is even a Tea Room!  (Most Tea…

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Yours to Keep!

Waiting Rooms.  We avoid them.  Some waiting rooms are like tiny motel units – minimalist. Other waiting rooms are business-classy, meaning they have a rare palm parked in one corner, or an indoor water feature and the magazines will appear unread. I was not in that kind of waiting room.  The magazines in the waiting…

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Ti Ora

Ora means health or well-being.  He reka te ti ora nei.  Translation: Is delicious the healthy tea this.  I am not just saying that.  I have found a flavoured green tea I love.  Top shelf.  Price on request. Ti Ora tastes healthy, looks pretty and I’m feeling very good about my life choices right now…

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