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20th June 2010

Fernhill Road - hmmmmmmmm?
sounds like a place right out of Lord of the Rings. It is really a cute place and cooking should be the order of the day after living for four months in a hotel (sigh). Oh well, you can't have everything - but looks as if you two are close to it. Glad you are having such a great time (along with freezing, only occasionaly though) - you'll look back on this as a really wonderful adventure. Miss you two - love, Mom
20th June 2010

CCCCCCooold house!!
Amy (and Jeremy): Well, I sort of laughed. I've railroaded at minus 42 degrees celcius out in the railyard and at minus 35 degrees celcius in snow up to my armpits at a derailment site. So, you ain't seen anything so far. Having said that, it is bloody miserable when it's cold in a home. There is no escaping that fact and it isn't funny to live with. Just be careful your water pipes don't freeze up on you. If that happens, then you WILL find out what what trouble can be!! You might try leaving a candle lit at night, someplace where it is safe and guaranteed not to fall over and set things alight. You'd be surprised how much a slow burning candle can help sometimes. I don't know what it is about the English (be they NZ, OZ or Limey), but the concept of proper insulation and central heating seems to have escaped them. One trick to keeping warm at all times is to learn to dress in layers. A good undershirt, a good shirt and a good sweater are the traditional English answer to cold habitats and because this is an effective way of keeping warm, perhaps that's why they never figured out how to keep places warm. Warm socks don't hurt either. Even here in Vancouver, when the weather is cold, I routinely wear socks to bed. The other trick is to learn the ancient routine of rural Americans and Canadians in winter country ... about 3.30-4 a.m., you get up and stoke the fire. I grew up with a wood burning furnace in our old farm house. Every night when it was cold, dad was out of bed and downstairs around 4 a.m. You'll probably have to learn to do likewise. It's really not good for the house to get minus 10 below inside. I can see that husband of yours is going to have to be trained some more!!! :>) Still ... what an education and adventure you kids are having. Your photos, as usual, are wonderful. Can't wait to see how your winter progresses. So far it's as tame (in terms of weather severity) as it is picturesque. Just be careful with those snow boards. Busted bones are no joke. What a beautiful little home. Can nothing be done about that hot water supply??? cheers and hugs from Vancouver Joe
19th June 2010

nice to read blog/miss them
So I know I am responding quite late to this blog. I had to find one and hopefully you will read it. I have missed your updates, but got one from Chelsea B. So nice to hear you are having such great WEATHER!!! LOL\Jean
1st June 2010

I love you Canadians!
Hi Joe and Matt, glad we could provide you with such a great laugh!! Jeremy is feeling better, Joe, thanks for asking...unfortunately he's not the healthiest guy to begin with so he always looks a little "peaky." Not to worry, though, I'm taking good care of him.
31st May 2010

Amy; I hadn't seen your photos when I sent my last comment. As usual, they are stunning. What continues to amaze me is the similarities there to certain parts of the country up here. By the way, how is your good husband feeling? He still looks a bit peaky if you ask me. cheers, Joe Vancouver, Canada
31st May 2010

Winter driving and the uninitiated!!
Amy: You were right. I was killing myself laughing, on two counts. First of all, was your cluelessness as to what you were getting yourselves into. Second, it was your feeling that only the nubies get caught like that. Don't believe it! We experienced winter drivers can get caught just as fast (sometimes) as you did. We've all been there and done that!! I slid a four wheel drive pickup backwards down a similar sort of place for about 50 yards, one time. Another time it was my wife's car up on a hillside in mud. Tell me, please. Do the Kiwis not have proper winter tread tires?? Loved the ads from the paper. cheers, Joe Vancouver, Canada
31st May 2010

You're right
You were right, I did crack up.... literally, a tear came to my eye... That was a priceless one. Hope you guys are having a blast. Miss you lots.
29th May 2010

that's "xin chao" vietnam
the formal greeting is "xin chao," not "xie chao." "xie" is like something from mandarin chinese. ex. "xiexie" (thank you) i saw a map with a line connecting hanoi to nanning, so maybe you wanted to do a hybrid title? if i could answer my own question by reading the rest of the post, then i guess i'm guilty of laziness.
19th May 2010

Love it!
Love the new hair! Looks great on you Amy.
19th May 2010

Hey, you look great as a brunette! :o) The pictures (inc the mountains, of course lol), are stunning.
19th May 2010

More warbirds.
How amazing to see the Russian equipment ... flying no less. Wish I'd been with you that day!!! Joe
19th May 2010

War birds.
That must have been a great show. It would have been worth the price of the plane ticket to NZ just to see that Spit and Zero get put through their paces. We had a Spit, Hurricane and Lancaster do a flyby together at the Abbotsford Air Show near here a few years ago. The old vets had tears in their eyes. cheers, Joe
19th May 2010

Waitin' fer winter!
The one thing Americans (especially from comfortable backgrounds) who are amazed by the price of consumer goods abroad tend to forget is that in places like NZ (to the best of my knowledge) the social support systems and health care systems give the average citizen a level of support unknown in the United States. I doubt that anybody in New Zealand loses their home to pay for medical treatment. As for the bland food ... oh to be able to go into a restaurant and get food that isn't spiced to the point that it makes your nose bleed!! Up here in Canada, we don't have the same percentage of Hispanics as in the United States, but the huge Asian population here can match the Hispanics for hot spices - bite for bite. They don't have those wonderful dark eyes and tans because of their ethnic backgrounds ... it's because their insides are burned to charcoal from the hot spices they eat virtually from birth. As for your photos - what amazing pictures!!! What a beautiful country!!! We trust that your good husband is feeling MUCH better. He still looks a little peaky in those photos. cheers, Joe
24th April 2010

Milford Sound.
Amy, what amazing photos. First, I'm surprised by how similar the area is to parts of the coastal areas of British Columbia between Washington State and Alaska. However, there is no disputing the beauty of the country you've shown us a glimpse of. Mirror Lake was great. I think some of my favourites were those late afternoon shots of the mountains in line with varying degree of shadow. The sunset shots were awesome too. I've looked at all this from the Google Earth Maps, seeing it all as an aerial map, but your on-the-ground photography is just the strawberries. Puts it all into proper perspective. Wish I was in the car behind, following you kids. cheers, Joe
21st April 2010

Thank you and a quick up -date.
Hi, I am the owner of High Country Horses and thank you for a great story. We think you captured your day well. Just on a up-date "ALMO" the horse who slipped into the creek was retreaved from the creek, and rubbed down until he was dry. After you left for your big adventure ALMO recieved a home brewed warm meal and was wrapped up in blankets. He re-covered well and didn't even have a sniffle :). It is great to read other comments on our new ride as we can taken in all the suggestions to help improve our products. Oh and by the way our lunches are beautiful even the breads and cookies are hand made daily.
10th April 2010

How inspiring.
I loved reading about your horseback riding adventure. I am so glad you are getting to do all those adventures. We miss you, and say hi to Jeremy.
9th April 2010

I enjoyed your NZ post. I have always wanted to go there. My blog is looking for travel photos, stories, accommodation reviews, and food reviews. If you have the time and have some to share, email us at or check us out at Continued fun on your travels, Eric
9th April 2010

You've commented on the what seems to you to be less than gourmet food in NZ. When you see the unspoiled beauty of this land and this ride you've taken us on today, perhaps mediocre food is the NZ way of ensuring that the world doesn't move in and spoil the place as has happened in so many other beautiful places. One almost has to hope that this place doesn't become 'discovered.'
9th April 2010

I am so so so jealous!
7th April 2010

Hiiiii !!! miss u guys and i just wanna say I hate you both for leaving me here but oh well. Maybe.... next time... ;) lol Love ya guys and hope to talk to soon - have fun. Take tons of pictures :D
6th April 2010

Response to Janet
Hi Janet, believe it or not, that river valley is about 100 feet from the main runs right alongside it, so no major hiking required! And yes, thank you, I have dropped quite a bit of weight since we've been traveling...Jeremy has, too, poor skinny guy, even though he didn't have much to lose...but we're settling in and feeling great! Hope you and Don are well.
6th April 2010

What a trek!!
Great photos!! What a lovely place and those that are not afraid to hike are the fortunate ones that get to see that beautiful valley with the stream running through it!! I assume there are no roads or path for a motorcycle? Anyway, you got to see it and we did too!! Hope you both are doing well-----Amy, it looks like you have lost some weight. Am I correct? You both look great even though you are somewhat homesick. We miss you too!!
5th April 2010

Good to Know!!
Thanks for the advice guys! And have fun in Key Largo. We're missing home so much by now. :-)
5th April 2010

Grass is greener on the snowy side
Beautiful pics. I can't wait to see some snowboarding pics. Be careful of what Jeremy is asking for. Ski resorts I've been at in the past are always trying to find snow makers. It's very tough work and can be late night hours (when it's coldest). Lugging around heavy hoses and equipment in below freezing weather is a character builder. To find some snowboarding or skiing equipment, maybe there is a second hand store where people sell their used equipment. Mark Yes! Buy second hand! Its way cheaper and your not going to be using it for long anyway. Sometimes you can consign it back and get your money back too. Have fun! Wish we were there! But its not so bad here in Key Largo, its about 80 degrees and goin on a sunset cruise on the boat later. Jeana
5th April 2010

Hi Amy, Glad to see you found a new restaurant to frequent and have the housing situation settled for now. But WOW! The pictures and talk of winter sports have made me homesick for Colorado. A lot of the shots you took look very similar to the area I grew up in. I am finding myself actually missing the skies, woolies, boots, thermals and layers of clothing to survive the winter. I look forward to the snow and icicle shots you will be able to find down there! Have fun exploring new territory. LOL Miss you both! Denise

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