Some Scottish places worth a visit for when you can, sometime in the future.

On catching up on the blogs I follow, I came across a post that sparked my enthusiasm for travel again.  Unfortunately I think it will be a while before it will be a sensible option to travel overseas.  Maybe another trip to New Zealand might be the first on our list that we are able to visit.

Take a look at the Scottish places that were used in series 4 of The Crown. It is from the blog ELE eat, live, escape.



Tuesday Travels…Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand

While in Picton we took the cruise of Queen Charlotte Sound.

The cruise was called The Queen Charlotte Mail Boat Cruise  as it was the boat that delivered the mail for many difficult to access places.

Here you can see the mail being posted at the end of the wharf.

And here he is accepting his delivery.

There were a few places around the sound where the boat called in to do the deliveries.

We also stopped at Ship Cove where Captain Cook in 1770 called in to make repairs to his ship.  He stopped at this cove several times in his three voyages to New Zealand, in fact it was this place where he spent most of his time in New Zealand spending a total of 168 days.

There was signage to explain the history of the bay and it was indeed a beautiful spot.

We could see the fresh water creek where they had access to fresh water.

Our boat also cruised past a salmon farm, that was not something that would have been seen in Cook’s time. 🙂

The trip around the sound had beautiful scenery and well worth the cost of a ticket.


Tuesday Travels. . .Edwin Fox, Picton

While we were in Picton we visited a historical ship which is dry docked in the harbour. The ship is the Edwin Fox which was a migrant ship and a pioneering freezing hulk. You can read its fascinating history here.

There was also a comprehensive museum of the the life of the ship.  The museum was engrossing and the actual ship was a credit to the hard work that volunteers had done to secure the survival of the wreck.

The ship shows how much deterioration happened to the wood when the ship was sitting as a wreck.

My father was a carpenter before he became a pilot and he would have been impressed with the woodwork in the construction of the ship.

This last photo gives you some idea of the scale.

This is an attraction in Picton that is well worth viewing.

Tuesday Travels. . . .First day New Zealand

This is the first of a few posts on a trip to New Zealand late last year.

Upon arrival in New Zealand my husband and I went for a walk around the local area of our accommodation in Christchurch.  The first thing that caught my attention was this sign . . . I hadn’t heard that expression for a shopping trolley. I rather like the idea of a trundler rather than a trolley.

We also caught sight of the children leaving their local school in the afternoon.  The children are assigned to do crossing duty in New Zealand, closely supervised by an adult.

After a good night’s sleep, and the arrival of my sister and her husband, we headed off to Picton via Kaikoura.

At Kaikoura we had a delicious lunch at a seafood stall which had been there when my sister had visited many years previously.

The scenery is this area is stunning and was a great introduction to our trip in New Zealand.

Picton is the point where boats transfer vehicles to the North Island.  It is a very busy harbour and of stunning beauty.


Loved the last point in this sign.


Tuesday Travels. . .Metung Bushland Reserve

With COVID19 it means that travel has not been happening other than in our local area.  We are fortunate in that we live very close to the Metung Bushland Reserve.Recently I have been using the Reserve for part of my daily walk.

On the previous few days there has been work happening on the water tank which is situated at the top of the reserve.

The water has been running for a few days and as we are under water restrictions at the moment I was concerned about this waste of water.  I discovered today that the tank is being drained for cleaning purposes and our water is being pumped from Sarsfield while this is happening.  I asked the workman why the indicator always appeared to be at the same level and he informed me that the mechanism had seized and it really was no longer used as technology has made it redundant,

The Reserve is a lovely part of Metung to walk through, so completely different to the boardwalk along the lake’s edge.

The roadside on our trip to Canberra from Metung

We recently spent a week in Canberra and we were able to drive there via our usual route which had been cleared for public access after being closed for some time during the bushfire crisis.The drive is via the Princes Highway to Cann River and then the Monaro Highway to Cooma and Canberra.

It was so sad to see the countryside damaged by the fires.  The photos I took while my husband was driving.

In this photo you can see how the road sign has been damaged and this has happened throughout the highway.  Just the task of replacing signs is a huge job in itself.

When we made our return trip a week later it was encouraging to see the new growth already happening as the country had had some rain.

It is amazing how nature has its way of reviving.