New Zealand Over and Out

Six months ago I sat in the Heathrow departures lounge writing my first blog and asked myself a few questions about the adventure on which I was about to embark. Fast forward six months to the present and I find myself sat in Wellington airport trying to answer those same questions and sum up what... Continue Reading →

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Seeing the Sounds 

Arguably one of the best things about living in Blenheim is the fact the Marlborough Sounds sit right on my doorstep. Sounds, as a geographical landscape, are an extensive network of sea-drowned valleys where forest meets the ocean, rising steeply to create an intricate coastline of sandy bays and sheltered inlets. In Maori tradition it... Continue Reading →

Planes, Trains and Automobiles 

By late Sunday afternoon I felt like I had just been through my very own sequel to Planes, Trains and Automobiles only rather than trying to make it back in time for Thanksgiving I was trying to make it to Auckland in time for the Lions third and final deciding Test against the All Blacks.... Continue Reading →

South Island revisited

"Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost From stumbling across seal colonies to walking among the trees, the past week of travelling around the south island has only fostered my fondness for this country. My folks who, for some reason, decided... Continue Reading →

Adversity on and off the field

The Oxford English dictionary defines the vicious circle as 'a sequence of reciprocal cause and effect in which two or more elements intensify and aggravate each other, leading inexorably to a worsening of the situation.’ At the beginning of the season we had a small playing squad but it was enough, last weekend we couldn’t even muster a starting... Continue Reading →

Aotearoa

As John Snow would say “winter is coming”. The mornings are getting cold, windscreens are freezing over and the nights are drawing in but thankfully the sun still shines during the day. Blenheim remains largely in a high pressure zone, meaning relatively clear skies, lots of sun but variable temperatures. In fact last year it... Continue Reading →

Tongan Time 

Tongan time could be defined as anytime after (never before) the arranged meet time. As someone who believes in being punctual to the point of being early I think I am going to have to get used to waiting. Having said that I’m living a lifestyle where time is merely a guideline in most cases... Continue Reading →

The Great Escape

“It is the sworn duty of all officers to try to escape. If they cannot escape, then it is their sworn duty to cause the enemy to use an inordinate number of troops to guard them” My housemate’s dog (Bruce) seems to live by Captain Ramsey’s words, opting to play the part of the Allied troops... Continue Reading →

Wither Hills

A word of advice, if long walks and stunning landscapes are your thing and you haven’t visited New Zealand, book a flight! Parts of this country are simply breathtaking. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, Blenheim sits on the Wairau Plain shadowed by the Wither hills. At their highest point (Mount Vernon) the hills reach... Continue Reading →

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