"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Taking My Bearings



Photograph taken by my son in Bluff, as he showed me some of New Zealand’s great beauty. I also took a picture of this landmark signpost – but to my chagrin, his was much better!

4 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    So many choices, which will you choose?

    March 23, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    • What the picture doesn’t show was the sign pointing to Antarctica – the next great land-mass..

      But I had arrived holding a return ticket from Cochin!

      March 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm

  2. Would love to see your son’s photo. I am very drawn to desolate, out of the way places – have been dreaming about Antarctica (and other such distant places) all my life. If I saw a sign pointing toward it, I think I might know that it is really there, and not just in my imagination. 15,000 km from NY! that is far away for me.

    March 24, 2012 at 3:10 am

    • The one I posted is my son’s picture. The one I took has been binned!

      “Desolate, out of the way places” certainly have a strong pull to them – I think because, after the initial buzz of wonder, they throw us back into our own physical, mental and spiritual resources. But the chill of Antarctica would beat me. I pack a ridiculous number of clothes and shawls even to visit the Indian hill stations.

      Though now I can quote my beautiful daughter-in-law: “There’s no such thing as bad weather – just inappropriate clothing!”

      March 24, 2012 at 7:26 am

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