Travel Theme: Pink

On The Perils of Over Preparation; Or, A Case Study in Over Excitement. In the life of an officer worker, especially during winter, black suits, black handbags, black brief cases, black laptop sleeves, and black wallets predominate. The colour conveys a certain I-expect-to-be-taken-seriously image, I suppose. But it can all […]

Travel Theme: Gardens

Earlier this week I came across the travel blog WheresMyBackpack.com.  The post I read is a tribute to gardens. And it got me thinking about the gardens I’ve visited – there’s been a few. Especially if I count all those visits to my grandparents as a kid. Without […]

Steaming to Otane

Four o’clock last Saturday afternoon, the temperature was thirty plus, and on the platform at Napier Station we and everyone else  sizzled from the heat and the anticipation. This was no ordinary train service. There isn’t one any more for passengers on the Napier line. We were there […]

Otane Outing

Some might think that Otane, in Central Hawkes Bay, is about as off the beaten track as it’s possible to get. Wikipedia seems to think so. But Otane does have a school, a café, a town hall, a country pub and, on Sundays, a market. Once a year, on Waitangi Day, […]