Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Me & a big bird, a royal albatross who have about a 3metre wing span.
Although there were 32 nests when we visited the Royal Albatross Centre at the end of the Otago Peninsula we were only able to see 3 chicks (yes that is a chick) but no adults as they were all away at sea fishing.
This fort was established in 1885 as a result of a threat of war between Russia and Britain and used right up until the 2nd World War.
A soldiers view from the observation post.
Looking for the enemy.
The way to all the action which never really happened. Although there were over 500 firings from the fort all were for practice only.
One of the gun racks in the series of tunnels in the fort.
A one minute cycle between rounds.
Saturday, 22 August 2009
We recently had a couple of outings to enjoy the North Otago winter sunshine and environment by going up to the lookout overlooking Oamaru and then the following day going down to the foreshore to watch the waves crashing over the harbour breakwater. This was a relatively calm day so goodness knows what it would be like when the sea is up!
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Our house for a month. Note the blossom on the trees.
Path up to gate, garage is on road frontage to right.
View from bottom of section.
View from our room, Town Hall clock & St Lukes Steeple can be seen.
Monday, 17 August 2009
The Cantabrians are the ones looking apprehensive.
Home for dozens of Spotted Shags.
Nest building Spotted Shags.
Winter sun over the port breakwater.
Historic precinct, Oamaru
Wool & Grain Store
Wool & Grain Store
Whisky Bar & Cafe in the old Wool & Grain Store.
St Luke's Anglican Church from the top floor of the Wool & Grain Store.
The top (3rd) floor of the old Wool & Grain store.
A very appropriate mode of transport.
Coffee break with two very welcome weekend visitors from Christchurch. Their Red Cross parcels are top rate!
Union Bank of Australia
Looking North down the West side of Thames St.