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There is a surreality about existence in a time of civil crisis. We lived through the Canterbury earthquakes, moving through a dream that was a nightmare, and the feelings were vivid but then so quickly forgotten. The events, so meaningful at the time, blurred together and, afterwards, I wished I had kept a coherent narrative of my state and how our world changed, that would have pinned down my thoughts at each point in time and explained them to my future self. So now, in the face of COVID-19, I am going to set myself the task of documenting my experience, and forcing myself to keep on track through putting it out there for others to see, if my thoughts are relevant or interesting to them. In the words of our Prime Minister…let’s do this…

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Hope & reality

In the New Year I suddenly realised how long it is likely to be until we see Sarah again, given that she currently lives in the UK. This shouldn’t have come as a startling revelation, but her Christmas card expressing the hope that we might meet up somewhere in the world in 2021 brought itContinue reading “Hope & reality”

The crevasses open

When you are mountaineering or ski touring on a glacier, you need to be prepared for the inevitable crevasses. Crevasses form as the result of differential rates of movement in the ice – such as when the glacier goes over an edge and falls down a steep section of the valley. When you look downContinue reading “The crevasses open”

Hijabs and hair

Its summer time and summer is for swimming (amongst a few other things). We were at Lake Wanaka the other day and many people were lying and playing on the edge of the lake, including two young women who were paddle boarding in hijabs. They looked like they were having a great time, wobbling aroundContinue reading “Hijabs and hair”

A meaning of ‘whanāu’

We got to do my favourite thing on Christmas day – ride our bicycles. We rode our bicycles from home over the Crown Range to Wanaka to have lunch with some of our extended whānau. Our ‘whānau’ is quite extensive, that’s the way we like it. There are many people who come and stay withContinue reading “A meaning of ‘whanāu’”

It’s the little things

Our toilet cistern was running continuously the other day, which reminded me of the Hubble Space Telescope. While you might find it a stretch to compare our malfunctioning toilet cistern with a telescope located in low earth orbit (about 540km above the earth), there is a relationship between the performance of the two. The HubbleContinue reading “It’s the little things”

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