Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year's Honours in NZ

Congratulations to Alison Broad, honoured for the second time, today made a
Member of the NZ Order of Merit. Alison has been a leading Southland thinker
and do-er all her professional life, and has contributed at a
national/international level in many aspects of community development.
Alison you are a taonga!

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christine's daily diary of Kenya trip - first episode: getting there -

Christine's daily diary: Kenya trip 2010

18 Nov Thursday
Colin and I went to say a Hello to Dee, TM and baby James, two weeks old.
He's peaceful after yelling all night. We were in good time for the plane. I am pretty negative about the
discomforts ahead - 19 Nov
- and indeed feeling them in Dubai airport 29 hours later. 4 hours in Chch
and 3 in Sydney and 14 hours in an airbus across Australia and Indian Ocean.
Altogether so fantastic that we can do this. I couldn't cope with a middle
seat and found an aisle one. Packed plane - 480 passengers?
I'm watching a bank of five wide lifts go up and down. It's cool and tiled
and not too noisy in Arrivals Hall. My flight has gone, all the people have
gone through. ......

Carolyn finally arrived nearly 0730 and almost skipped past me.. thank
goodness we met after all the waiting. She's come from Oslo via Heathrow.
Everything's fine now, even better when we sat down at Pearl Apartments and
could relax- the room was fine - plain but OK - and it was great to shower
and stretch out in bed. I dozed, Carolyn slept pretty well.

We had a brief walk round the block and ate local food at another apartment
hotel. It was 31 C not too bad because of breezes from the highrises. There
is a pool at the top of ours but no time to use it as we booked to take a
desert drive - had to wait an hour in hotel lobby. Carolyn got front seat which was great as she asked good questions. It was
quite a drive out of town, endlessly expanding miles of pylons and new
developments. Palm farms, a deer herd, palace fences that went for
kilometres with concrete walls 2.5m high.

Osman the driver did his stuff over the dunes, Carolyn thought it fun for a
start. I just gritted my teeth and put up with it. The two Cape Town Indian
ladies screamed a bit, as did the Indian lady in the back. He was fairly
safe I thought but I hated the episode. Well! We got discharged from the vehicle and told he'd come for us at
9.30pm. 9.30! It was barely 5pm. The main attraction was three camels giving
rides - in a ring at most 20m diameter! Poor things were up and down every
three minutes. Carolyn got on one for the sake of it, even though it was
groaning each time it had to sit and stand.. They were wearing quite tight
muzzles. So I waited at the tea and coffee stand, the boy was boiling up, he
indicated Just a minute, so I waited and waited and there was finally no
coffee just boiling water, and a teabag. Tea and I and Carolyn climbed the
nearest sand dune and sat down to watch the sunset. No moment of glancing up
at the sky was empty of a big jet lumbering in or out. ~15 ATVs roared round
and round a small arena, 2 aboard each, women screaming, bounce, bounce. In
the enclosure crowds were gathering as the Toyotas disgorged more
passengers. We were both completely disgusted at the noisy, dusty scene and hung around
as the vehicles came in, asking if we could get back to town. (Excuse for
party-pooping- both been travelling for days!) No way, unless by taxi from
the bus dropoff.

OK so we decided to join in - I felt much better as we realised it was a
special party night Eid al-Adha after the Hajj. We sat on benches over
carpets on the sand with heavy pillows for bottoms and feet.
People danced freely under the stars - a lot of men with men, a surprise for
Carolyn. We were well-entertained. One cameo was a tent where men tried on
traditional garb and posed for a photo. Another was henna-painting of hands
and feet. There was a circle of hubble-bubble pipes - anyone could take a
turn but I don't think it was a women's thing.

The event of the night for us was a whirler with several coloured skirts -
it was his stamina that got us - he whirled fast for ? 15 minutes? his
skirts lit up brightly as a highlight. The final event was a single belly
dancer. We queued to leave, but no good, we had to wait until they had
ferried all the others back to buses - finally safe home, driver Osman
chatting Carolyn up quietly.

20 Nov
Mum (Effie)'s 96th birthday. She died on 17 Nov 1992.

I was up about 6 and tested out the roof pool but it was all locked up. We
had relaxed b'fast and drive to airport, walked the length of the very long
terminal 3, gently. Lovely hazlenut latte and couch right by our gate.
Feeling very well after a zopiclone sleep. Somewhat giggly now and then,
dancing down the plane 'I'm going to Kenya'. Last evening's outing was a
good start to breaking us into novelty.

Sitting beside Carolyn on the plane is so different from the long journey to
get here, when I just had to grin and bear it, wait for the time to pass.
Now I'm enjoying every minute! She has seven weeks of travel to tell me
about, she's seen all the rellies and lots of friends. Great excitement at Nairobi airport. A big change from the gleaming spaces
of Dubai. Manny astonishingly youthful looking. Traffic very tight, hectic.
A big road into town, all built up tho' we saw giraffe and zebra on left
through a big fence. The main impression was the amazing traffic and people
walking across the road. We even saw a cyclist heading the wrong way down
the fast lane of a 4-lane divided highway - be prepared for simply anything
if you drive here! It was thrilling to be driven with skill and local
knowledge. The house is four storeys, with magnificent furniture and Musa's carvings
everywhere. He does wood and also taxidermied fish in imaginative settings.
CA and I especially like a brown wooden varnished fish with copper reeds
floating over it. Wonderful persian rugs everywhere. All overlooking the
lake - 3 or 4 terraces of immaculate hedging and noisy peacocks and geese
and two dogs. A full moon arose over the lake; I was entranced - sat in my
corner bedroom awhile and watched.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Brother Tom is on the move! My distinguished brother Tom Mackay is about to leave the world of London
commuting and practise his law from a new log cabin at the bottom of his
garden. I imagine it is a bit like jumping off a cliff, the parachute being the
three gorgeous girls in his life, and all his friends and colleagues.

Tom we wish you lots and lots of happy clients and some very busy but more
relaxed years to come!

Love from your sis in NZ

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injuries while active!

Just wondrin' if I should stay in my lazy chair as two - no - three friends
have sore bits after strenuously active Christmases!

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Boxing Day has come and gone

Perfect evening fun with Thomas, Dee and baby James and Carolyn all here, and neighbours David and Barbara, Amy, Mike and baby Jessica. .. Amy and  Carolyn on the trampoline as thousands of times before, over the thirty years they have played together  - the difference being Jessica bouncing between them, yes the next generation is here! 

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Picture from Maralal 1975

This is Liena and Paavo Farm, Finn Anderson, Margaret Hampson, and another
LWF worker --- Margaret and I were heading from Juba to Khartoum with Finn
and his driver. That was quite a journey....

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

When you are travelling in Kenya...

My note to
says it all..

Carolyn and I are safely home in New Zealand from magic three weeks'
travelling with Phoenix. Would like to congratulate you on the teamwork we
have seen - from agent Dipa to drivers Raphael and Evans, to staff at Siria
Camp, to the extra effort made to replace vehicles as we broke them (!).

We had not come across Phoenix in our internet searches but couldn't be more
pleased that we did find you on our first day on the ground in Nairobi.

We feel very happy to have sampled a variety of Kenya's delights with
Phoenix Safaris, and will spend the next weeks singing the praises of the
country and your company team.

Thanks again to all your special people.

Christine McKenzie

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Monday, November 22, 2010

safari itinerary

23 and 24 nov Samburu Sopa Lodge
25 Nov Sweetwaters
26 and 27 Nov Rhino River camp
28 back to Nairobi to Maggie and Manny.
29 Nbi
30 Nov fly to coast, stay Leopard Beach to 4th, fly back to Nbi evening.
5th Nbi
6 dec to Masaia Mara stay siria lodge
7th Sioria
8Dec Chui Lodge (Naivasha)
9 and 10th Kembu Cottages near Njoro - see Nightingale family
11 dec nbi
12 dec depart for NZ late evening.
14 dec in Invercargill!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

NZ Government interactive websites make me see RED

I've been trying to get into the Emissions Trading Scheme - am speechless at
the waste of my precious time on computer - won't try to describe the
process - just too many IT wonks in Wellie who have no idea of efficiency.
Had the same frustrating madness on the charities website. I've registered as a user, got a holding account, filled in 11 page pdf and
faxed it off.. and am not even at the starting gate.. all I want to do is
exempt our small forest from the silly scheme.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Big storm over all NZ forecast. Here it is sunny, breezy at present.

We have some ancestor-hunters in the Garden House - Granny grew up in
Fortrose. They are making good use of Joan Macintosh's book 'A History of
Fortrose', have toured the cemetery and are meeting Ruth at Waikawa Museum
today. We enjoyed their company at dinner - Australians doing interesting

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Brocken spectre near Lake Hauroko

Always felt that Lake Hauroko was a bit spooky! The pic is a poor copy of
a good image by Lloyd Esler on a recent field club trip. Below is a Scottish example from the web.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Sunny day at FortroseNZ: posting on posterous

(posterous) blissful kayaking on Fortrose estuary this avo - hiked across
the spit to the open ocean - back to still water, late afternoon sun,
nothing to hear but seabirds, sandhills gradually turning pink, tide taking
us back to the beach - -- have to grab the good days!

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

posting a sound file

30 second sound advert from Carolyn - just testing! .

Download now or listen on posterous
SW CAROLYN1.mp3 (475 KB)

30 second sound advert from Carolyn - just testing! .

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

GDP as a tool to set economic policy - time for change:

I'm so puzzled why we still use GDP as the main tool to measure 'progress': here is a 42 year old quote from Robert F. Kennedy, speech at the University of Kansas, March 18, 1968

GDP measures everything “…except that which makes life worthwhile.”
“Our Gross National Product…counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances
to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the
people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural
wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and armored
cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities..., and the television programs which glorify
violence in order to sell toys to our children. Yet the Gross National Product does not allow
for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not
include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public
debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage,
neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country,
it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it can tell us
everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.”
Robert F. Kennedy, speech at the University of Kansas, March 18, 1968

found on page 12

Monday, May 31, 2010

1 June 2010

Blazing June - the first soleil d'or is just about out. The roof is on the new shed and our darling Dee is in Shanghai on the way to UK.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Pavlova competition tonight!

  Last year a bloke won it! At Stirling Tides, Fortrose, pot luck supper - start time is now - 6.30pm

Christine & Colin McKenzie
476 Fortrose-Otara Road
RD5 Invercargill NZ 9875
Ph/Fx 0064 3 246 9526                   

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tag: fortrose, linking

Now posting from Posterous to all sites

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Two fishing boats anchored side by side last evening in the twilight, as the ocean calmed after a brilliantly hot sunny day. The air was still enough for us to light birthday candles on the pavlova - I wonder if the boat skippers trained their glasses on us as we did on them. We had four vehicles and a caravan on top of the cliff, they couldn't miss us. They made a memorable silhouette as we finally turned for home and our cosy beds.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Magnus with dogs and horse and helper in front of woolshed

My dad went from Bettyhill to Tierra del Fuego at age 18, in 1930... he settled very well, worked at Estancia Sara (Argentina) for some years then went to the Chilean mainland to Estancia Rospentek. He left to join the RAF in 1942 -ish., and never returned. I did though - I visited in 1976 and met a few folk who had known him.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

With Christine

With Christine, originally uploaded by Diamond Lil2007.

The party was Lili, Michael, CJ and Ray - plus Colin and me, as the wind shook the caravan, and the rain spat on the windows.

They were on Day Four of a six-week circumcycling tour of New Zealand

They had had a very tough day from McLean Falls but got here in good time for hot showers and a car trip to see a couple of sealions at Waipapa Point. Then we had drinkies on the clifftop. The wind and rain didn't matter by then.

Next day looked pretty windy too but they all got going in high spirits. I'm following their progress with interest, and no envy whatsoever!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Nana's 100th Birthday

We are going to have a little celebration even though she left us at 93. She lives on in our memories! We'll have a few glasses of wine down at the beach, some photos and stories. Bonfire if it isn't too darn cold. We'll take the new, old caravan down with us.

The family are working all daylight hours - till 10pm, carting baleage today. It's Burns Night down at Niagara Hall, such fun, hate to miss it.

Maybe tomorrow - Bluegrass festival at Niagara Falls cafe. Yay!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

sunshine at last

Four days of sunshine - just as promised by weather gurus.. sea never looked so blue - sky too.. after months of El Nino. We had pancakes - a touch of fresh lime juice adds magic to taste of maple syrup and butter.

The beef cattle are fat, shiny and ready for market.

I put up Michelin maps of Africa, on the wall, yes old-fashioned paper ones - they still have a charm.

A family called Howard from South Africa booked into the Garden House, but they haven't arrived.

We admired the view from a newly-concreted silage floor away out on the sandhills - all done in two days by Thomas, Colin, and Dee who wore out two rakes. So far nearly 300m2, enough for a house and you should see the outlook!