Monday, February 13, 2006

Not just round the block!

The photo here shows the kind of terrain we visited today - high above Lake Wakatipu. The mountain is Ben Lomond - 1748m - set back from the lakeside town of Queenstown. I didn't take to the town - far too busy with tourists (like us!) in a way that Cromwell is not. However, once we left the gondola which scooshed us up the first part of the hillside, we found ourselves in just our kind of country - a wee path, wonderful golden grasses, grasshoppers making guiro noises and jumping on our hats, and this mountain. The mountains look so young compared to ours in Scotland - none of the jaggy bits have been weathered off yet: just look at the outlines of these gullies.

Another thing I've noticed: the moon last night was brighter than I've ever seen before - almost enough to dazzle. Presumably something to do with the clarity of the air here - the stars are pretty spectacular too, and the sun is seriously fierce.

And I've just been terrified by a strange insect on the floor of the study ... this is not like blogging in Dunoon!

3 comments:

  1. Now you're really in your element!
    hugs etc.

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  2. Trust you have plenty S.P.F.30! You should have photographed the insect. I love all your pictures etc. We steered Hilary on to your Blog so she can find out about where Aiison is going.

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  3. Walter6:12 AM

    Christ, Jane and I have been following your adventures with pleasure, albeit mingled with a bit of jealousy. We hope you had a wonderful visit with Edgar.
    Walter

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