Pictures of the Week 21

I’ve been back on Great Barrier Island since last Tuesday after experiencing a great off-Island trip with the youth from Youth Group 2013. There were many laughs, memorable moments and experiences, and the trip turned out to be a bit of a holiday for myself as well.

It’s good to be back home though, there is plenty of work to be done on BENIsLAND and I’m still moving (slowly) forward. Yeah, one could call it even progress. I haven’t done any fishing for a long, long time and haven’t been writing articles frequently either.

The biggest project on BENIsLAND so far is taking more than just shape and I’ll soon write comprehensively about what I learned in regards to building a small home. I’ll be moving into my new place by the end of the month.  It appears that I didn’t take many pictures of the scenery whilst on the Youth Trip on the South Island. Yeah, what can I say?, was the train ride from Christchurch to Greymouth via Arthur’s Pass better than a train ride in Germany or Switzerland? I don’t know, it’s all about perception anyway, if you’re blown away by New Zealand’s scenery, you probably haven’t seen much, or you’ll be ‘blown away’ by lots of things…

A few pics to follow:

Heading toward Greymouth on the Transscenic train from Christchurch via Arthur's Pass.
Heading toward Greymouth on the Transscenic train from Christchurch via Arthur’s Pass.
I believe this is a Weka.
I believe this is a Weka.
In Shantytown by Greymouth. Did some gold panning and looked at some older things.
In Shantytown by Greymouth. Did some gold panning and looked at some older things.
Steam train. A sure sign that you're old, when you get fascinated by a steam engine...
Steam train. A sure sign that you’re old, when you get fascinated by a steam engine…
Of course, not really sure why though, a picture of Port Jackson on the way back home.
Of course, not really sure why though, a picture of Port Jackson on the way back home.
It will probably never happen, but, man, wouldn't it be great to do some land based fishing from Channel Island?
It will probably never happen, but, man, wouldn’t it be great to do some land based fishing from Channel Island?
Back home, relaxing in the bush.
Back home, relaxing in the bush.

 

I love my land.
I love my land.

 

Some dense stuff.
Some dense stuff.

 

Don't know the name, but this wood is used to make walking sticks. Bend the plant and in 10 years you'll have a great walking stick...
Don’t know the name, but this wood is used to make walking sticks. Bend the plant and in 10 years you’ll have a great walking stick…

 

2 thoughts on “Pictures of the Week 21”

  1. The picture of PJ is for me of course, and for anyone else who fallen under the spell. Because I love it and have spent so much time getting to know every bit of that coast. Because I have had so many great times there and met such an interesting cross section of mankind over the years. And because you have shared in the action. And hooked bigger Kahawai!

    Yeah I’d love to landbase Channel, or more specifically “The Dog”. It can be done, and Bill always promised me a ride out one day when we decided conditions were calm enough. Sadly I never took him up on it and that will never happen now, but hopefully I will have access to it before I’m too old to give it death….

    NZ scenery does blow me away. But that’s because I’m blown away by nature – by sweeping views of a tough country with preferably no hint of man in sight.

    Keep at it mate! How’s the veggies? Paul xxxxx

    1. Haven’t been to PJ for a while now. Enjoyed my time there and boy did I hook big Kahawai.

      There’ll be kingis around Channel Island all year round… So yeah, worth looking into.

      Yeah, NZ scenery is great. It’s just when you live here, you often hear people saying that this is the best place to live in (some in Dunedin, many on Great Barrier Island), and yeah, why not, but when I ask why, the answers are certainly not convincing. Most of us live somewhere on this planet which we haven’t chosen explicitly. Formulating loose arguments to ‘prove’ that this specific place is the best is just slightly disturbing.

      I often wondered – after moving to Great Barrier Island – why I never looked into relocating to for instance Samoa. Somewhere tropical, with heaps more game fish, cheap produce, land and the people will be as good or even better; better because people don’t have much monetary wealth, for instance.

      And I stand by my argument, NZ is great but could be so much more. Instead of pointing at the beaches, the forests and the landscapes and comfortably saying that they are beautiful and thus implying that all is good here, we should seriously start thinking about why NZ is not the richest place in the world. Why things like food, shelter, work etc. is so expensive here?

      Cheers, B

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