Thursday, January 24, 2008
Remnants of Christmas
Took a trip to Invercargill, about 100km away the other day to see what it was like. Just as described in the guide books - a service town for the large rural community with few attractions other than those needed by the surrounding population. I guess they don't spend their time drinking coffee or eating out when they go into town, more like buying essentials for their farms and robust clothing to protect themselves from the harsh climate. Though the town did go to the expense of putting out the Christmas decorations last December. They look so strange and out of place on this side of the world in the sunshine. There were a couple of pieces of interesting architecture and a wonderful park, but i shan't be visiting again without good reason.
Am still busy on the farm, harvesting garlic and preparing again for the market - a bit of everything that is ready, all cleaned and bagged up ready for sale on Saturday. Looking forward to the 4.30 start to get it all set out before the crowds arrive, take away tea and another bacon buttie to get the day off to a good start.
Spent yesterday afternoon planning the next part of my journey, booking accomodation and transport and working out the most exciting places to go. Suffice to say i have a good fortnight of adventure coming up in the Catlins, Doubtful Sound, Queenstown and beyond. keep watching or get your atlas out to see where i get to and what it's all like.