Why I fear krampus

Somehow this story keeps coming up so I figured I would just post the damn thing and save myself some time… Basically I fought an angel with a machete on Christmas and I am pretty sure I am due for a visit from Krampus…

Piracy in Paihia

The R. Tucker Thompson is a gaff rigged schooner, essentially a two masted olde time pirate ship. She sails around the bay of islands during the summer months, which being New Zealand means October through April. In the mid 70’s this fellow named Robert Tucker Thompson started building a boat with his son Tod, unfortunately…

Volcanoes, Geysers, and Doom at Wai-O-Tapu

Having recently visited the Shire I decided it was time to see Mount Doom, several fairly incredulous locals informed me that: A. It doesn’t exist and B. One could not simply walk to it if it did. Somewhat dejected I opted for the next best thing, Boiling pits of mud and acid around the what…

So I spent the day visiting Hobbits

The set from Lord Of The Rings was somewhat temporary and had been scheduled for demolition prior to the announcement of the Hobbit movies. Luckily the locals endless requests to visit the set had delayed the destruction to such a degree that they simply made the structures and set permanent, filmed a few more movies,…

Highland Games Auckland

I had intended to attend the Highland games in Auckland but due to unforeseen circumstances I will not be going. I was however able to weasel a ride from Christine Rhodes to spend some time with one of the featured pipe bands as they practiced in the week previous to the event. The Whangarei & County…

Alpacas are not Llamas

A few weeks ago at some sort of farmers market I made the acquaintance of a strange lady named Pav who was selling Alpaca fur. Being that I was entirely unfamiliar with these strange things I inquired if I might come visit the farm and see them, she agreed readily as apparently locals are not…

Waipu Cow Days

Waipu has around 1500 human inhabitants as well as an insane number of sheep and cows, today I attended a festival of tiny humans and tiny cows. The kids were running little shops selling numerous forms of grilled cow in plain view of the tiny cows, perhaps as a warning. Watching small children trying to…

Boxwood Festival and Serendipity in Waipu

Strangely enough as a wandering Canadian in New Zealand I somehow ran into a music festival featuring a couple Canadians playing some of my favorite instruments, namely the fiddle and bagpipes.

Since 1995 Boxwood has conducted festivals and classes around the world. Focusing on classical, baroque, and folk music they teach improvisational and learn by ear methods to beginners as well as those who already have a working knowledge of music.

Flowers of spring in Waipu

I have walked by these flowers at least three times a day for the last few months without paying them much attention. Today however the noonday sun had just begun drying off an early morning misting of rain; shining in the sunlight they absolutely demanded to be photographed. Inflict this on your friends

The Outlandish Origin story of Waipu

In the 18th and 19th century wealthy Scotsmen decided that the English had a point years ago when they said that the problem with Scotland was that it was filled with Scottish people. The result was something called the Highland Clearances where they did everything in their power to remove families from their homesteads and…

Jurassic Forestry

Tāne Mahuta is the Lord of the Forest. He is an Agathis australis to Latin geeks and botanists. Son of Ranginui The sky father and Papatuanuku the earth mother, like all children his primary function is to keep them apart and prevent their marital embrace. Tane figures prominently in the Maori creation myth and is…