Author Archives: Ross

Old Haunts Become New Hangouts – Dunedin’s Exchange

These days I catch my bus home from work outside what I still think of as the old Chief Post Office. It’s a long long time since it was a post office. But it was. Now that I remember, one … Continue reading

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The Big Red Part 4 – Leaving Tom Price

Once upon a time, in the faraway part of a land nearby, I spent six months working as a TA (Trades Assistant) with a fine and very diverse bunch of fitters near a town called Tom Price in the North … Continue reading

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Sunrise of the Week – Red Sky in the Morning …

We’re parked up again at the A&P Showgrounds at Mosgiel, with dog obedience classes and horse activities to watch. And always with a view of the hills, Flagstaff and Swampy. As I write this there’s a dramatic light show playing … Continue reading

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On Our Bikes – Up the Waipori Gorge

We enjoyed a lovely bike ride on Saturday; from the Berwick School up the Waipori Gorge. Wyn had signed up to ride with a group along the West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail in a couple of weeks. Saturday was a … Continue reading

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The Sun Goes Down and the Sun Comes Up – From Burnside

We’ve been house sitting around several different parts of Dunedin this year. It’s been fun trying out different suburbs. Different aspects and different views. Different houses and different pets. Burnside is just over the ridge of hills that rings the … Continue reading

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Ko Whanaupaki Tōku Māunga – Flagstaff is my Mountain

For Māori, whakapapa (genealogy) is not just about the family tree. It is about a wider context, including linking us to our land and waterways. I think it is something we can all take something from as we lose touch more … Continue reading

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Voting for a Great Leap Backwards

I used to like elections; well loved them really. Although I’m thinking more of the local government ones which most people find extremely uninteresting. But not me. I enjoyed them, especially being a candidate for something. Elections for the community … Continue reading

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Well We Woke Up This Morning ….

We finished another house sitting gig yesterday near Mosgiel, and moved out in the rain. We were heading for our usual hanging-out place just out of Mosgiel, in the gathering gloom. The rain had been persistent all day, and we … Continue reading

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The Evening Before and the Morning After – On Waikouaiti Beach

The last two posts have been about our weekend away to Moeraki earlier in the year. It’s not much more than an hour from Dunedin to Moeraki, but we broke our journey on the Friday night at Waikouaiti where we … Continue reading

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The Night Before the Morning After – Moeraki Remembered

Time goes forward; faster or slower, but always forward. But sometimes my memory goes backwards, and certainly my photo sorting is all over the shop. My previous post about the morning and day after our lovely meal at Fleur’s restaurant … Continue reading

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