October 2009

a delightful mannequin

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i was worried we’d find no frightening kid sized mannequins in NZ.  but we did.  and here it is. hoorah.  or should i say, ooooooo.

not the most hygienic sign ever

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(just as an update to anyone who recently tuned in, we’ve just
emigrated to New Zealand and the blog is running on auto for a while
just in case I don’t have Internet access or time to blog when we get there !)

i suspect however, that i’ve not been able to help myself and have slotted some NZ updates in amongst the preloaded pictures to completely confuse the chronology

crabbing

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a grab with a baton and spooky eyes

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Corrieshalloch Gorge

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when we were in scotland we went to the gorgeous (sorry) but treachorous corrieshalloch gorge.  how can a gorge turn against someone like that ?

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and it appeared from some of the signs that people were jauntily running off the side.  it loked fun, but we decided against it

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there’s a lovely walk round the perimeter (or periyard for all you old school imperialists)

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but there was danger everywhere

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and of course the highlight of the visit is a walk across the wobbly suspension bridge to look down at the gorge

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kezia was of course fearless

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and just to add to the danger we posed for some hideous photos.

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things happen here first

here’s a bonus entry from New Zealand where we’re settling in just fine thanks to huge kindness from everyone we meet.

i’ll start blogging properly in a few days, but for now, here’s a picture of the windows 7 launch in auckland this morning.   things happen here first because of the time difference.

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looks like they were suffering from slippery letter syndrome as the LA broke away

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they are also a little short of Ds so have been making do with backwards Cs.  Good.

extreme signage

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i was delighted by this electrical shop in dunoon town

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dead midges bought and sold.  excellent stuff

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come and browse the cash machine

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it’s air conditioned.  you should come in and cool down.  and look around.

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there’s never been a cashpoint like it.  except the ones in the street which are pretty well air conditioned by the natural convection of air (the wind)

poolewe

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the sun was just right to see the marking s on the ancient poolewe pictish stone

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read a little more about it here

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and look at all these giant numbered nails

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isle of ewe (i love you)

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do you find it difficult to show your emotions and tell people you love them ?  well use this handy tip.  show them this picture which is of the Isle of Ewe.  Put it on the table and say “Isle of Ewe” and you’re sorted.

seal search

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whilst we were in scotland we went on a walk organised by the national trust to see some seals

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we asked whether it was suitable for kids and they said “yes, it’s meant for kids”

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so we thought they’d be no problems for our walk-loving youngsters

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but the walk itself took us over an exposed hill in the pouring rain

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and there wasn’t even a path so we had to stomp through heather

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which of course was very hole-y and a bit of a death trap

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but onwards we trod

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and it was jolly good.

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we definately wouldn’t have gone on it if we realised how tricky/wet/hard work it was going to be.  but we really enjoyed it so we were glad we didn’t know in advance !

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and the views when we got to the other side were stunning (it even stopped raining for a moment or two)

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we did see a seal when we got there

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liverwort (not worms)

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these are carnivorous plants.  quite rare i think

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it was very wet

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here’s our intrepid guide showing us some mushrooms

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here are signs of a pine marten

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so, i think i’d advise it.  but not for those with youngish kids.

after 20 years or so, we’ve now cancelled our national trust membership.  we’ll have to see if NZ offers us something similar.

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