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Published: July 18th 2010
OMG, LTSA has a sense of humour!
Our trip back from Queenstown was stunning with lots of snow; and a heavy frost through the Gibbiston Valley.
A car seemed necessary, so we bought a Galant. This means that I have transport, as Dave is working for the Taieri Gorge Railway in their workshop as an engineer’s assistant He is learning different skills and enjoying meeting a bunch of new people. I have caught up with old friends and enjoying doing a bit of distance learning in computing, via the Otago Polytech, just to brush up on some forgotton skills.
Thanks to Steve, we were lucky to get tickets for the All Blacks test against Wales at Carisbrook. It was an awesome atmosphere as it was the last international to be held at the old grounds. We joined the “march” from the city, following two Scottish pipers, with many people joining up as we neared the stadium. I don’t think many people were watching the last 10 minutes of the game, there was more interest in the Mexican waves and empty (and some not so empty) plastic beer bottles being thrown in the air. The noise was phenomenal. That day we were also able to look
Moeraki boulders, south of Oamaru
at the new Forsyth Barr stadium as they had an open day. It was a nice surprise to meet Mike and Ros Clent in the crowd.
We took a drive up to Mt Florence Station, near Cattle Creek in the Hakataramea Valley to pick up some merino mutton for the freezers, returning via Elephant Rocks near Duntroon.
The Toyota gearbox noise was getting to us so we took the gearbox out and had the bearings done in town.
The mid-winter lantern festival in the Octogan was lovely. It was able to be held early, the sky being nearly dark by 5.30pm.
We have discovered a great spot to relax and listen to a bit of live jazz on a Saturday afternoon. Swell Café at St Clair has an amazing view of the surf and the hardy mid-winter surfers straight out from the dining room. They serve nice food too!
It was great to have Clare and Jim stay for a few days last week, and we are looking forward to Dad staying for a week.
I enjoyed a coffee with David on Friday at the university. It is such a lovely university, with the
Troopy and us in the Maniototo, Pigroot Road east of Ranfurly.
old buildings and the Leith flowing through the grounds.
Last night we enjoyed Madeline’s family celebration for her 8th birthday. Both girls have been enjoying their soccer and taking home the “player of the day” trophy.
Today Dave is replacing the shocks on the car.
All in all, we are very happy here and in many ways will be reluctant to leave in the spring, as family and friends have been so welcoming and generous.
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