On safari in Beach Haven

The lockdown bears (and friends) of Beach Haven

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this bear can be found somewhere in Beach Haven

The bear hunt was on.

Beach Haven was rife with bears (and monkeys and tigers, giraffes and chickens) though they were safely locked down in their own bubbles during the Covid-19 level 4 alert.  Walking the neighbourhood was an allowable activity and that is what photographer Brian did.  Carefully scanning the streets within 2km of the Beach Haven shops he spotted and photographed many of the soft creatures.

Check them out on his Facebook page … see if you can spot your Beach Haven lockdown critter.

the final resting place for the Red Baron?

Why has Manfred von Richthofen been buried four times?

It was 1975 when his brother, Balko, obtained permission from the East German government to take Manfred’s remains back to the von Richthofen family burial plot in Wiesbaden, Germany.

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The official portrait of Manfred von Richthofen (taken 1917 by C. J. van Dühren)

Manfred’s first burial was in the village churchyard of Bertangles neat Amiens, France in 1918. Continue reading “the final resting place for the Red Baron?”

The Mountain of de Bueren

374 steps over 260 m with a altitude climb of 50 m

Montagne de BuerenI huffed and puffed my way up these stairs along with the other tourists. I was surprised how this ‘tourist attraction’ encouraged people who would normally take the lift to tackle the stair challenge.

Three hundred and seventy-four Continue reading “The Mountain of de Bueren”

Just another autumn

Where do all the autumn leaves go?

Snow fell gently as I walked home. I realised autumn was coming to an end.  This autumn was different to my previous autumn experiences – it was more obvious.  Now I understand why Anne of Green Gables said: “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”. Continue reading “Just another autumn”

Hier wohnte Karl Baum (here lived Karl Baum)

Karl Baum, the butcher, has one of the 60,000 Stumbling Stones placed in 22 countries.

Karl Baum, his wife Toni, daughter Gerti and brother Leo lived at Mauergasse-8, Wiesbaden, Germany in the 1930’s.

Karl was the second oldest of six children.  He was a butcher and originally the family lived in the apartment above his shop in Schulgasse-2.  Business was good until 1934 when the Sturmabteilung (Nazi Paramilitary) prohibited the Jewish butchers from using the town’s slaughterhouse Continue reading “Hier wohnte Karl Baum (here lived Karl Baum)”

Reading again and a serendipitous gift (the best kind)

the perfect gift does not need to wait to gift giving time

Copies of Joey and the Jet boat are travelling with me just in case I find the right person for them.  I was thinking a young child rather than the Swiss primary school teacher who shared her collection of German children’s books with me and I was able to add Joey and the Jet boat to her collection of English children’s books.  That is the kind of gift-giving I like: a children’s book lover who was familiar with the Queenstown setting of the book. Continue reading “Reading again and a serendipitous gift (the best kind)”

on my book shelf is “Dear World, how are you?”

This is an amazing story of a small boy’s quest “to write to somebody in every country in the world, to learn about the world, help people understand each other and make the world a better place”

I first saw “Dear World, How are you? in the Nelson library (libraries are good places to visit when you’re new to an area.  They are abundant on local information).  Displayed with the new books, the byline read “The true story of a little boy on a big quest” – how could I resist? Continue reading “on my book shelf is “Dear World, how are you?””

top of the stairs are Fine Arts in Oamaru

the historic precinct in Oamaru is home to some fine old buildings which are now a home to Home Gallery Fine Art

The building was made of Oamaru stone.  It was impressive on the corner of Harbour and Wansbeck St.
this picture shows the stairs and the barrel at the top of the Home Gallery Fine Arts.The stairs were well trodden in the 134-year-old building.  The 25 steps indicated the generous height of each level.  A smooth handrail confirmed that many people had ventured up these stairs.

The room at the top of the stairs was empty and capacious except for the desk.  In the middle of the space was the grain elevator from the years when Wool and Grain were stored in this warehouse.  The wooden structure of the building was obvious and expansive.  The tall arched windows looked out to the bay. Continue reading “top of the stairs are Fine Arts in Oamaru”

I leave the South Island … for now

Farewell Te Wai Pounamu, it is with sadness that I leave

Yesterday morning I left.  I had followed the Picton detour signs, a reminder of an earthquakes capability, and was on the 0215 ferry to Wellington and then homeward(?) bound to Auckland.  I have spent most of 2016 with you and have grown to love who you are. Continue reading “I leave the South Island … for now”