Category Archives: My Place

Public Service Announcement: Number … something!!

Now — I know you’re out there. So please feel welcome to comment, even if you’ve never commented on my blog before. Heck, even if I don’t know you!!! Even if it’s the first time you’ve read this blog.  Those ‘other people’ who DO comment never knew me before I started this blog either. Does that make sense?

And Robert – yes, you may comment, even thought you knew me before I started the blog…… LOL!

Other places I may be found these days include:

Geocaching.com  – 0ur profile

GoodReads   – my profile

Twitter – my profile

Dailymile – my profile

Postcrossing – my ‘official’ profile

NZ GPS Society – the geocaching forum

My blog is the main place you can get to know me and be known so if you haven’t commented here a bit, I’m not likely to recognise you or ‘friend’ you elsewhere.

So if I have turned down anyone’s requests, my apologies – you are most welcome to come & chat here & make yourself known!!

Postcard people – would you be interested in getting a bunch of New Zealand postcards – written or unwritten as you prefer?? Let me know. I’m thinking of putting together a set & having a lucky draw soon.

Love, Annie

West Coast Sunset

What to do on a Friday night when you don’t actually have anything that you HAVE to do? Why, caching of course! We don’t often have a Friday night to ourselves it seemed, but we did this week – and the weather was beautiful too.

We had a little circuit out into the countryside planned. Our intention was to pick up four caches – including two puzzles that we’d had solved for awhile. However we got sidetracked by the amazing sunset …. and by the neighbour of one of the caches. He’d been getting curious about what people were doing across from his house, so he came out to have a look. So now he has a bit more of an idea about geocaching, and thinks that a scavenger hunt around the whole world sounds like a bit of fun!!

So now we’ve still go two caches for another weekend, and saw a really vivid sunset. This would have been amazing  to watch down at the beach.  Our photos don’t really do it justice. These are from three slightly different locations.

Machines ‘Upsized’!

I now have really big diggers & trucks tearing up the road outside my house.
My water went off this morning & when I looked out the window they seemed to be doing stuff in an ever widening pool, then a pump started up. I bet THAT little episode wasn’t on their plans.

From the spare room window

From my back gate

I’m beginning to understand why the Christchurch residents have had enough of aftershocks!!

Road Works!

THIS is why my house feels like it has a permanent earthquake at the moment. The council are laying a new sewerage system in our neighbourhood. We get four months of noise, mess, shaking & road closed –  this week will be the worst as they are right outside our house.  We are at an intersection, so we will have the noise & machines for twice as long as most people. The whole house is juddering & shaking. The poor dogs look quite surprised from time to time when there is a particularly big judder.

 

I just hope my poor postie can still get through.

Lakeside Weekend

 We are road trip kind of people – kind of a ‘vacational’ hazard of being  geocachers. However this past weekend we went to the lake with a bunch of people that we know from another club that we are in.  Admittedly we are somewhat pretenders to this particular group. We consider a 4-5 hour tramp (hike) a hard day’s exercise, and to them it would just be a short stroll. But never mind, we can all aspire to something!!

And we had a really fun time actually staying in one spot, for two whole days!!! We only found two caches, but we may have inspired a couple of families with young children to take up caching, so it’s all good. J

We went to a place called Hans Bay on Lake Kaniere. It was a really busy spot right on the lake front, but there was a quieter spot or two up in the camping area and some other bays & walks where it was possible to be the only people there. 

We did a reasonable amount of walking – 10 kilometres that I measured, and lots of other incidental stuff (it was quite a trek from our camping spot to the toilets in the middle of the night!!)

A really beautiful walk in this area that we did part of is the Kaniere Water Race Walkway . There’s one cache on this part of the walkway and the children we were with had fun finding it (and I’m pretty sure some of the adults had a bit of fun too!!)

Earlier in the day PB and I canoed out to this cache:  The Floating Ball of Memories.   We have no idea about the cache name, but it was a wee adventure for us to get out there! We borrowed an inflatable double canoe from one of the families, and showed our novice skills be going around & round several times before we made it out to the island.

This is the view back to the ‘mainland’ from our landing spot.

PB scouting out the way forward on top of the island.

 

We did do a bit better on the way back though. Not quite so many circles!

One of our new young friends & her ‘mom’ came & found it too, after they figured out who the strange people were shouting at them from the island. We could see them – but they couldn’t see us!  

We also picked up the cache: Moneydork’s Launching Pad, and hid a cache of our own: Rose Creek, at a peaceful little spot we found, on our first evening walk, just a little further around the lakeside. There is also a couple of caches near the beautiful Dorothy Falls 

We’d found these one on a previous trip, but we still drove round to look at the waterfall & the lake views. The lake was very high this weekend – usually it is possible to walk on a little white sandy beach at the lake’s edge here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also got in a bit of swimming (you won’t catch me putting any pictures of that on here!!)  – you didn’t notice how cold the water was once you were numb, and a bit of reading,

and provided support to the eeling party. 

Most of the rest of the group were too squeamish to tie the meat onto the string, but I have done way more gross things in biology labs, so it was no big deal. We saw two big eels – we didn’t actual ‘catch’ them as such, but they sure were attracted to the meat, and the junior scientist amongst us was delighted and would have stayed there all night trying to get them to come to the surface!! So, an awesome weekend, beautiful weather, interesting new friends of all ages, and fun activities.    

Let’s do it again next year!

Hometown Failure!

Our second cache hunt in town for the year was a definite failure. Our percentage looks pretty bad so far. LOL!  It was the sort of cache that you just drive past & scoop up – apart from the 2.5 difficulty rating should have given us a little warning. We made it into a little walk by parking along the beach a bit so we could do a loop along the beach & back through the cemetery.  So at least we got a nice little walk & our bit of exercise for the day. Here are a couple of pics, but not a triumphant one of PB holding a cache after his 15 minute plus searching.  Oh well, maybe next time.

 

We’ve had little adventures for our first two hunts around town so far this year.

The first – fortunately – was a success. Just as well, as we’d bashed our way up a small hillside through the trees, vines, ferns and nasty prickly gorse bushes, just on dusk. It was a mighty crazy idea to decide to go cache hunting at 9:00pm – even in summer, as it was pretty gloomy under the trees – and practically dark on the homeward journey.   Just makes for more fun though. We never really saw the ’view’  this cache is supposedly about though. The cache owner is a bit taller than us, so I guess we were at a height disadvantage.  Plus the semi-darkness didn’t help!   PB found this one – in a place I’d already looked.  So this photo gives an entirely false impression. LOL!

Diva Dog Walking

Last week I was working on the ‘other side of town’ near to PB’s Mum’s place.  The hours I was working left me plenty of time to take Diva the dog for a few walks. She’s been missing out on her walks since MIL had surgery. I really enjoyed walking in a different area of town too.  Diva is a Border collie so she’s pretty energetic , but she seems to be well behaved on walks – more so than the canine rascals at this house!!  MIL lives nearer to the river

and the beach, so there’s lots of great places to walk.  We got in some walks on the streets,

 along the flood wall

and a newish track through a reclaimed area that used to be a rubbish (garbage) dump.

I saw two White Herons, which was a most amazing thing. I’ve only ever seen one in any particular place before. There was one on each side of the flood wall. Unfortunately they are never close enough to get a decent photo with our little point & shoot camera – so look at the links for better photos.  We also saw swans & ducks and a White-Faced Heron.

Let's play spot the white heron!!

 

The White Heron  (Egretta alba modesta) or Kotuku  is quite a rare bird in New Zealand. They breed in only one place near Okarito in South Westland, which you can only see by going on the one tour  which has Department of Conservation permission to go into the area.  PB & I did the tour a few years back and it’s something I’d like to do again one day.  Outside the breeding season solitary kotuku can sometimes be seen throughout New Zealand in estuaries and other waterways.

And spot the Other white heron!!

It is thought that Kotuku were never particularly common in New Zealand but they became endangered as their beautiful plumes were very desirable for decorating ladies’ hats later in the  1800’s. There are perhaps only a couple of hundred at most in New Zealand, although the E. Alba modesta has a wide range including Australia & parts of Asia.  A closely related subspecies may be known to my Northern hemisphere readers as the Great Egret.