Category Archives: New Zealand

A year in review

It’s January 1, 2015.  A new year has dawned this morning, blue skies, heavy frost and -5 degrees here on Bowen Island.  There is an air of quiet excitement on my part for the year ahead. I’ve not felt that … Continue reading

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Christchurch, some 4 years after the quakes

I had been to visit Christchurch about 9 or 10 years ago, before Anne Marie ever moved there and remember the city to be a vibrant one with lots of older stone buildings like in Ireland, something not really plentiful … Continue reading

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A walk on the beach in Sumner

Sumner is a suburb of Christchurch that was seriously damaged by the 2011 earthquakes.  Many of the iconic cliffs disintegrated which caused many of the million-dollar homes to slide down the cliffs or be so damaged, all that could be … Continue reading

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Great hike today

it’s the Bridle Path Walk.  it’s real easy to get to, just two city buses from Riccarton to the Christchurch Gondola base on Mt Cavendish.  And really all it is, is a walk up and over to the town of … Continue reading

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It had to be done …..

This ice bucket challenge for ALS ( a noble cause) has taken hold in Ireland and I could not escape being nominated, as was Anne Marie.  So we decided to get it over and done with and with the help … Continue reading

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Farewell to Gippsland ….

…. and a quick visit to Melbourne, then I’ll be on the road again to Christchurch, NZ.  The time is just flying. I said a rather sad ‘slan agus beannacht’ to Uncle Jerry just now but we emigrants have tough … Continue reading

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