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My Recent Holiday: Ghosthand Update

Well, I'm back from a wonderful Kiwi bach in Queen Charlotte Sound. We went away for a week. We were right on the edge of Ngakuta Bay with this kind of view.

There was no internet. No computers. No earthquakes or aftershocks. In fact, we missed a big 5.3 in Christchurch on Saturday, for which we were very thankful. Speaking of thankful, a huge thanks to the Daines family of Blenheim who let us stay at their bach free of charge. And another huge thanks to Richard the live-aboard sailor and his pug Sophie who took us for a day tour across the waters of the sound and let us ask them all manner of silly questions.

Other things enjoyed by us all- steak dinners, fishing, Pete drooling over boats at the many marinas, The weta in Soren's bedroom (and the way he screamed like a little girl:), miniature golf, hiking the snout, Bob's Bay, a tour of the Edwin Fox (the ninth oldest boat in existence), and the Picton aquarium at feeding time.

For those of you not familiar- a weta looks like this-

and Soren wasn't the only one screaming. Wetapunga, as the Maori named them, means "God of the ugly things." And so they are.

As for Ghosthand, I am halfway through chapter 28 with the intention of getting right back into the thick of things when the kids go back to school next Monday. I believe chapter 30 shall be "THE END". So, not long now for those of you waiting in the queue as first readers.


Apr. 27th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC)
wow and oh my gosh I would have screamed like a little girl too

you know we don't have those here. I had no idea they existed.
Apr. 27th, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
You thought they made things big in Texas? Hehe. New Zealand makes really big things. No major natural predators will do that to a place.
Apr. 27th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
That top photo really made me want to be there. I'd look out for petroglyphs.
Apr. 27th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
No petroglyphs on that beach, though NZ does have a petroglyph beach very much like the ones in Alaska somewhere else.