Wednesday, July 21, 2004

New York, New York: We left on this day... (13 June 2004)

Well, the day after actually... but you can spread the news anyway.

When Rochelle and Kieran moved to NZ we decided to leave from New York's JFK airport, as this was the major place on the US east coast that Kieran hadn't seen. So the day before we flew out, we spent a day sight seeing around New York City with Will Keogh, an old friend from Canberra.

Kieran and Rochelle atop the Empire State Building

Will and Rochelle

Wall Street

Outside the New York, New York central post office

A famous old lady and a grinning idiot

Rochelle on the Staaten Island Ferry

It's a surprisingly nice city. We were there on a summer Sunday, so the city was pretty quiet. New Yorkers were out sunbaking in Madison Garden, it's easy to get around and there's masses of stuff to see. And so much is vaguely recognisable - all of a sudden you'll find yourself somewhere you're almost certain you've seen before...

Anyway, there's a few more photos at

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Dunedin: So where exactly are we anyway?

Well, we're in the Pacific Ocean

In New Zealand

On the South Island

In beautiful Dunedin!

Macandrew Bay: Where we live...

So this is Macandrew Bay, on the Otago Harbour in Dunedin, New Zealand.  Nice, huh? 

 This is our place, with our Subie "Caz", in the driveway.    

Here's the view back to Dunedin from our deck - Pretty much the view from our kitchen window. Sailing anyone?
A quick view into our backyard, for anyone who cares, looking over the greenhouse, past the creek, to the orchard.  We think there are apples, pistachios and walnuts in there, as well as some mystery trees.    
And finally, here's a nice sunset a few days ago... 

Where we live is known as the Otago Peninsula.  It's a 30km long spit of land that separates the fairly shallow and protected Otago Harbour from the fairly wild South Pacific ocean on the other side.  Macandrew Bay is about 10km along the peninsula from the centre of Dunedin.  At the far end of the Penisula is Tairoa Head - home to the world's only mainland albatross breeding colony.  Also at Tairoa Head is a colony of Hoiho - the endangered Yellow-Eyed Penguin.  Adding to the wildlife extravaganza there are fur seals in the harbour and on the pacific beaches, as well as a sea-lions and dolphins.  Oh, and sheep.  Lots of sheep.