Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
we have locals fishing off the back beach at Tahunanui, whilst tourist stride on by……
taking in the vistas and scenery, enjoying the fresh sea air….
and occasionally stopping to take momentos of the scene and happenings.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
…time for cricket to be played somewhere? In this case at Greenmeadows in central Stoke, Songer St & Main Rd Stoke intersection is just about centre of photo, with the 2 storey Turf Hotel just other side of the lights.
Photo taken from residence up on Panorama Drive, one of Nelsons newer elevated sub-divisions with great views.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
seen from a slightly different angle. Fifeshire Rock is infamous as it nearby is the site of a famous shipwreck.
Back in 1842, the Fifeshire entered the Haven, not through “The Cut” because that wasn’t blasted through with dynamite until much later, but via a passageway very close to this rock pictured, then called Arrow Rock.
Sadly after travelling all the way from England, this first of the New Zealand Company vessels to arrive, didn’t even make it out to open sea on the return voyage.
The Prow has the full story over here.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
and wouldn’t you know…..
this aqua, this H2O, it too is in Nelson. And its world record stuff.
Previously Pupu Springs, over in Golden Bay, held the record at 63m “black” visibility……
but it seems there is a new chap on the block, and this new chap measures in at between 70 ~ 80m visibility.
In case you are a science geek….this number is approaching the max in theory, lab wise, for freshwater.
Full story over at Nelsonians.com.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
….was pretty much encapsulated by yesterdays Front Page of the Nelson Mail.
The flooding in Nelson has caused over 160 slips and because the hills are so saturated with water, we might not have seen the end of them yet.
CREDIT – The Nelson Mail Thursday 15th December 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
just a few days after I talked about us winning the Sunshine Stakes for NZ.
For those that know the region where the Ridgeway drops down to the
Marsden Rd intersection this is how it looks tonight.
heres a bit of video where you can see the creek across the road from
the Stoke Fire Station ready to cross the road. Now…..wow, that’s high.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
in a North – North Westerly direction out to Tasman Bay. Prime real estate territory around here as you can tell from the views.
Further around the point is the Queens Rd Reserve, which was the topic of a prior post here.
Friday, December 9, 2011
….this big red fellow showed up…
…..then entered the school grounds….
but parked on the playing field behind the school……
Apparently this is all completely normal in December,
for pupils who are seeing out their last year at Primary School,
Year 6 I think it was……
then the fun started….(I’m thinking even the fire-fighters had fun too)
this “shower” was at Nayland Primary on Nayland Road in Stoke, Nelson.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
….. under those steep slopes a yonder, at Glenduan.
Unofficially, locals refer to this area as just “The Glen.”
Its about a 13km drive north from the centre of town, but much of that is at open road speeds so its actually quite a short trip really…
….and second to this fantastic local natural formation, is one of the other most recognisable….
….you could say……almost “iconic” landmarks of Nelson…
……that of the Boulder Bank Lighthouse.
Ok, ok ….but before we move on what is the Boulder Bank?
Boulder Bank Lighthouse
In New Zealand, only Wellington’s Pencarrow Lighthouse is older than the British-made, cast-iron tower which was erected on Nelson’s Boulder Bank in 1861-62. On the Boulder Bank too are interesting old baches used by holidaymakers in years past.
This is the longest natural boulder bank in the southern hemisphere.
At the Port end a man made channel, the Cut provides the entrance to the port .
Members of the public can visit this spot and climb to the top to enjoy a fabulous vista of Nelson,
although you need to visit the Nelson City Council office first….
….and go thru some formalities. ("”…like….you’ll need a key?”)
Boulder Bank Lighthouse - a day out
Boulder Bank history – local legend
Making the Cut - “breaking the bank” history
Argillite or Pakohe – what the heck is this