Page 6 of Ferdi and Talita Travel Blog Posts

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Karamea January 6th 2010

Monday, January 4th The weather in Karamea has gone completely mad. It’s hot and sunny one moment, and the next it’s raining like there’s a Biblical flood on the way. A few minutes later it’s sunny again! This cycle repeated over and over during the course of the day and John has taken to calling us Noah, because if the weather continues the way it does, we might just need to row out of here in our canoe! After breakfast we drove out to Gary and Rose’s place to say hi and pick up Ferdi’s sunglasses. He’d left them there on Christmas day and has been suffering ever since. We had some tea and a chat, then drove to Guppy’s to pick up the last of our wood. Back at the holiday park we had lunch ... read more
Sanding away all Ferdi's glitches
Ready to be laminated
Going fishing

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Karamea January 3rd 2010

Friday, January 1st Happy New Year everyone! May God our Father bless you this year and may happiness and peace be with you all. As the New Year arrived we popped a bottle of bubbly and shared a kiss. 2009 had been a life altering year. We’ve seen much, and through all our adventures and experiences we’ve grown much too. It’s an amazing thing to look back on a year spent travelling a small part of our beautiful planet, and if not for the blog and the photos we’d be tempted to believe that it was all a dream. Our quest for a new life has borne much fruit, and we feel close to finding what we are looking for. God has blessed us immensely and continues to do so every day. It’s amazing (and scary) ... read more
A shallow grave in the jungle
Mr Bus Rat meets his maker
"Mr Bus Rat had a good life..."

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Karamea December 31st 2009

Tuesday, December 29th At 2am Talita woke Ferdi. There was a familiar gnawing sound coming from behind the fridge. After more than two peaceful weeks Mr Bus Rat was at it again. The game was a-foot, but we were ill prepared for his sudden return, all of our well laid plans forgotten during the quiet weeks just past. While Ferdi was still rubbing sleep from his eyes Talita got a thick plastic bag and a canvas bag. The idea was that when Mr Rat flies into the plastic bag and chews through it he’ll end up in the canvas bag and we’d have a chance to smash him against the floor, hopefully terminating him. Grizzly and brutal, but our options were limited. If given half a chance he’d chew his way to freedom through the canvas ... read more
Talita scouting the water depth
Enjoying the sunshine with Paddy

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Karamea December 28th 2009

Saturday, December 26th We hadn’t had rain for a while and Ferdi had been watering the garden every morning. This morning, just after he’d watered the whole garden, it started to rain. It was the weekend, so it shouldn’t have been a big surprise. After breakfast Paddy came by with a gift for Tony; one of his flutes. Tony had mentioned that he used to play the tin whistle, so Paddy thought it a good idea to give Tony a flute. That’s Paddy for you; a little rough around the edges with a heart of gold. We headed to the holiday park for our cleaning duties and to continue working on the canoe. The joints for the bottom and middle panels were ready to be fibreglassed, but this would be our first time using fibreglass. It ... read more
Talita's first attempt at playing the flute
Talita and Tony practicing their flutes
Fiberglassing  the seams in our canoe

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Karamea December 27th 2009

Wednesday, December 23rd We continued working on phone booth, gluing the remaining battens in and pulling the back of the structure tight with the big clamps. Talita helped Margaret clean seven cabins while Ferdi helped John replace a rotten back panel on the booth. During a clumsy moment (and with John watching) Ferdi hit his index finger with the hammer. Smooth move! John said nothing and Ferdi pretended it didn’t hurt like crazy, but blood immediately started gathering underneath his nail. Ouch! The local electrician came by to fix a broken power point. He must be well into his 50’s and has a huge beard, having not shaved since he was 17 years old. His whiskers is so long it wraps around his waist! Now that’s what we’d call a proper beard! In the afternoon we ... read more
It's either a very brave rat or a very sick one
Second attempt at gluing the panels
We're on the way to Christmas dinner with our friends Tony and Siubhan

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Karamea December 22nd 2009

Sunday, December 20th We woke to another wet morning. Like we’ve mentioned before, it seems to rain mostly on the weekends. On a doccie we saw they said that it’s because of the way we humans pollute the air during the work week that causes rain on the weekends. Apparently the water molecules attach themselves to dust and pollutants and then fall as rain when they become heavy enough. Thus, the more dust or pollutants, the more easily it rains. Duhhhh… Anyway, before we knew it the sun was out, then gone, then out again, and Ferdi decided to install the “reclining seats” in our van. It’s not as fancy as it sounds; the back two lids got some supports so that we can recline comfortably at roughly a 45 degree angle if we should choose ... read more
Should be very comfy when we sort out the glitches
John watching Ferdi tightening some bolts
Window battens getting glued in

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Karamea December 19th 2009

Thursday, December 17th We realized that we’ve not given much detail about John and Margaret from the Karamea Holiday Park. Well, John is about 64 years old and Margaret seems to be in her late 50’s. They’ve run the entire park on their own for the last eighteen years. About three years ago John suffered a heart attack. Luckily he was at the medical centre when it happened, otherwise he wouldn’t have survived. They’re some of the kindest people we’ve met and we really like spending time with them. We’ve also fell in love with the park. It’s beautiful and charming, even though it needs a lot of work. It’s almost like home for us. After breakfast we headed to the holiday park to start working on their telephone booth. It is in a terrible state ... read more
A first; using the heat-gun
Lots and lots still to do
It's starting to look a little better already

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Karamea December 16th 2009

Monday, December 14th It seemed that in our absence the Bus Rat had invited some friends to come live in the bus as well. During the night there was a lot of squeaking and the pitter-patter of more than one set of little paws. We were in for a bigger battle than we had expected. Catching one rat might be possible, but trying to catch many seemed nuts, so we decided to use the cowards way; poison. After breakfast we borrowed Dave’s chainsaw and drove down to the building site to finish clearing the building area and to cut firewood for the owner as promised by Bruce. There were a lot of wood to be cut into 10 inch pieces. There was also a felled tree that was still hung up in the branches of its ... read more
The building site: After
Lots and lots of firewood
Ferdi's saw-horses

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Karamea December 14th 2009

Friday, December 11th After performing our regular cleaning duties we decided to clean all the windows in the park. The West Coast of New Zealand has these spiders that just cover everything with their webs. If you park your car for an hour you’ll have a web by the lights, another by the window and another by the mirror by the time you return. These spiders also cover any structure they find, and the buildings in the holiday park were no exception. While we cleaned the windows we also took a broom to the buildings in an attempt to clean off some webs. The whole thing was a big job, but working together we got it done by 4pm. After a shower we spent some time reading and did some more research online. The results of ... read more
The town all dressed up
They wear the colours of the Gordon Clan
Scottish music in the courtyard

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Karamea December 10th 2009

Tuesday, December 8th After breakfast we found Margaret and Morris (a very nice older guy who also stays here at the camp and help where he can) cleaning up a fallen tree behind the house. We pitched in and helped remove the cuts while Morris used the chainsaw. The chain needed sharpening and Ferdi quickly sharpened it. Talita had asked Margaret if we could take over the duties of cleaning the toilets, showers and kitchen every day, as these are the parts of the park we use most frequently. She happily agreed so we set about our cleaning duties. It’s great to feel like we’re giving something back, because the Mansell’s had been very kind to us. While cleaning, Talita found a cute spider in the bathroom. It was very curious and aggressive, and when Talita ... read more
Cutting the aluminium trim
The trim, cut, bent and ready to be fitted
The trim completed

Tot: 1.616s; Tpl: 0.026s; cc: 14; qc: 179; dbt: 1.4083s; 1; m:jupiter w:www (; sld: 2; ; mem: 2.3mb