Category Archives: Away

Can’t decide…

You choose. Not even Not Nelson. Pacific coastline south of Kaikoura. iPhone 7. Looking at the feather image, I sometimes ask myself why I bother hauling a Nikon D7000 around…. Advertisements

Posted in Away, Nature, Nowhere near Not Nelson, Sea, Water | 1 Comment

On a clear day….

…you can see forever. On a crap day, you can’t see further than your nose….. Hawkes Lookout on the Takaka “It’s only a hill – get over it” Hill on the way to Golden Bay

Posted in Away, Views, Weather | 1 Comment

What???! No beetroot???!!!

Hamish’s cafe on Mapua wharf is now serving burgers. They charge an extra dollar for beetroot. That’s because Tracey, the owner, is a Pom. You would have thought that by now she’d know that beetroot is a core component of … Continue reading

Posted in Away, Country, Food, Mapua | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Customer loyalty

Air New Zealand’s done this as long as I can remember. They don’t give you a lot on domestic flights – a smile, some water, coffee or tea and a biscuit reminiscent of the hard tack that Captain Cook’s sailors … Continue reading

Posted in Away, Cool stuff, Fun, People | Tagged | 2 Comments


Cross the Motueka river in a westerly direction and stuff starts getting weird. Not as weird as Golden Bay, but this seating area at the Ginger Dynamite cafe in Riwaka is like entering a time machine. We used to have … Continue reading

Posted in Away, Classic stuff, Country | 2 Comments

Ancient and Modern

The current exhibition at the Neshnl Gellry of Victoria is quite stunning. Titled Past Legacy, Present Tense it displays recent works by aboriginal artists, drawing strongly on traditional themes and patterns. That would be the bottom image, one from the … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Away | 2 Comments

Christmas in Australia

Where they knit socks for trees and have kangaroos towing Santa’s sleigh. (They’re traditionally named Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen, but down here it appears they’re all called “Heyskippyyerbastardgetafuckinmoveon”….)

Posted in Away | 2 Comments