Thursday, April 8, 2010

Friday Shootout: Country Roads


It was towards the end of Winter when we went, there were some holiday campers at Top Ten camping ground. Camping vans are very popular in New Zealand especially with foereign tourists.

This is a ramp where sheep are herd to a waiting truck. Talk of like sheep to the slaughter house. New Zealand used to have 14 sheep per person, now it is 12. This has dropped, but farmers are still rearing sheep as they are hardy animals. The first Sheep were landed in New Zealand by Captain Cook in 1773. The Sheep population grew to 70.3 million in 1982 but has now declined to 43.1 million due to declining profits compared to other types of farming. There are 36,000 flocks of Sheep with an average flock size of 1400.
http://www.sheepworld.co.nz/SheepFarming.htm

This is a model of a Maori boat, or waka. The original Maoris were thought to come from The Great Fleet which forms part of the Māori canoe tradition. It is handed down orally from generation to generation. According to this tradition, the canoes of the Great Fleet arrived from the mythical homeland of Hawaiiki, known as the ancestral homeland, and generally considered as being somewhere in Eastern Polynesia.
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An old sturdy Gents that has last for a long time, unlike the one in Rangitoto. It is still in operation but I decided my bladder could still hold until I found a modern one. Thirty years ago, a lot of the toilet seats are made of timber. The Kiwis claim that it is the best seats in the house, as they are warm in winter. Some house proud householders even have sheep skin covering the seats. What is better than a sheep skin cover!!!!!

New Zealand is a farming country. We pride ourselves to be clean and green. Our sheep carbon foot print is low.

This is in Huntly, it used to be a coal mining town. In the town centre, they have a replica of how their town was founded. Now it has a hydro station.

Hamilton is a city, but they are not ashamed of their background and the surrounding farms. They have a statue of a farmer's family and Daisy the cow. There are a lot of farm machineries. This is where the last Prime Minister Helen Clarke came from.

The following two, is New Zealand for you, for those who are interested in tracking and getting in touch with nature.
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Finally, we saw two donkeys and a very friendly kid.
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Topic April 9 - Country Roads - by Gordon

Country Roads by John Denver

Whether this is spring or summer in your part of the country it should be a good time for us to drive those country roads in or around our towns. Can’t wait to see your photos.

of course your personal interpretation is important so do whatever makes you happy - if your actual country road is muddy pot holes - photos could be very interesting....
did you listen to the John dever song - there can be emotional interpretations also....
GingerV


This song has a special meaning for me. During my class's 28th reunion in 1999, (first one ever,) in Methodist School, Sibu Sarawak, Borneo, we invited our teachers. One of them, Miss. F who lives in Maryland. She was my guest in Singapore before we went to Borneo.

One of the boys sang,"Take me home." Little did we know, West Virgina was Miss F's home when she was little. We were all in tears when she told us about it.

We were all emotional, because these teachers gave up the comfort of 1st world living in USA, Australia, and UK, to come to the third world to teach us. We knew it was unlikely we would see them again as they were in their late 60s and ex missionary teachers do not have a lot of money, needless to say, to visit Borneo again.

Last year, they had another reunion, only one teacher came from Australia. I didn't attend, as flying from New Zealand cost a lot of dosh, which I don't have.

My photos are not of the reunion, but of a trip to the Waitomo Caves in New Zealand last winter.

Thanks, GingerV.

23 comments:

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Are those roof tiles belian or of similar quality?

Can't wait to see all these! Must plan....

Rebecca said...

Very interesting. I like the information you included.

Pauline said...

Glad you managed to make sheep interesting, Ann. Love those old "facilities". I've never seen a sheep skin covered toilet seat - where have I been? (Too far down my country road I guess!)

Kerry said...

That is the coolest canoe I've ever seen. I would love to go for a paddle in that one; it reminds me of gondoliers' boats in Venice (where I've never been)!

reanaclaire said...

Country roads do remind me of the late John Denver, loves his songs ever.. nice pictures over here..

greetings from reanaclaire.com

Redlan said...

i like the second to the last photo ann.

Jama said...

Interesting! I got to find time to go back there again. One of my friends hire a campervan and went around the countyside in NZ, but I didn't, we just drove around and went back to the motel at night.

Scriptor Senex said...

I loved Daisy the cow! Thanks for the wide variety of shots.

eugene said...

life's surely nicer over the other side of the horizon... by just looking at the photos, they sure warm up the mood especially today being friday, my fav day of the week

Doreen said...

like the history you included and the memories of your school days. my fav is the canoe shot! it is gorgeous, love the detail and workmanship put into it.

Manang Kim said...

Very interesting and a great info Ann. I like the monument photo too. Happy weekend!

Country Roads

Patty said...

Interesting photos. Thanks for your visit. As for my sticking my tongue out like I did in the photo Abe posted, I believe one of our daughters said something which I thought was rather a smart aleck remark so I stuck my tongue out at her, not knowing several snapped the photo.

Barry said...

I think I loved your description as much as I loved your photos this week, Ann. I certainly learned a lot.

You've presented us with a wonderful variety, but I think I enjoyed the little boy with the mule the best.

Chef E said...

I agree with Barry Ann! I did not think of pot holes, lol, I was on a road yesterday that was bumpity bumpity bump bump bump! From all the snow and rain we had I guess :)

Gordon said...

Donkeys and country roads go together like bread and butter. I've missed you and your fun shoot-outs.

SJB said...

Nice pictures.

Kathy in CA said...

Nice shots! I love seeing your photos from the other side of the globe. :)

Lily Riani said...

i went to nz end last yr and cant get it out of my mind.... its so serene and NZ, hvnt seen one ctry matches it... missing nz

NanU said...

Great shootout, Ann. That Maori boat is incredible!

SOL said...

Great shots!!

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

The places are beautiful, so green and fresh.

~JarieLyn~ said...

Beautiful shots Ann. I love how you always add descriptive details. You really take us there. I like the canoe also. Very cool.

GingerV said...

Ann as usual i like your photos and I LOVE your story. I think you are a natural story teller.
have a great week