Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Holidays and heat

The visitors are starting to thin out, and work increases, as will no doubt the heat - we seem ahead of schedule this year, and it won't be long before I'm finishing work at 4 pm and heading to the lake for swims. I've not done many this summer so far despite hot trips like the one below.

The route to Calhouns beach on a remote part of Lake Wanaka - West Wanaka in fact...

From the beach looking across at the prettiest island on the lake [the name escapes me spelling wise as it's now Maori - I knew it as a child as Pigeon, and then Harwich. It has a small lake on it half way to it's high point - the track and landing beach being on the other side]...

All we'd need in this shady spot would be a vulture in the tree and we could dream we're in Africa...

Apart from all this sweaty stuff, yesterday was Anton's funeral. Quite a wonderful event celebrating a loving and gentle person, and as one eulogiser mentioned we [mt people in Wanaka - many of us], do these events well, and too often! Consequently I found all the emotions in the air quite exhausting. Today is chill out day, and speaking of which, although the white dry heat I love is all about the sky the mornings are quite chilly.

And lastly off to do the Kepler track tomorrow with Dougal's mates, and back on Sat. hopefully
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Blogger Shirley Goodwin said...

I wish I could start to thin out like the visitors!

This is a bad time of year for mountain and water mishaps - maybe being in holiday mode makes people more off their guard? Sad that you have had so many people die that way. Yes, they may have been doing something they loved, but I'm sure that, given the chance, they'd still want to be alive.

January 10, 2008 at 7:36 AM  

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