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.

Tuesday Travels. . Morris and Sons, Melbourne

This is my favourite store in Melbourne.  Morris and Sons. You really have to know where to locate the store as it is not at street level.  The store is above Dymocks Book Store at 234 Collins Street.As you can see it is a wool shop.  Why would I be visiting a wool shop when I am trying to get rid of the wool I already own?  I guess I am just a sucker for punishment.  So many wonderful knitterly things to look at, not just knitting but crochet, embroidery and  tapestry.

A magnificent collection of sock wool.

Their window display.

I felt proud of myself when I walked out empty-handed.  I was so tempted to buy more wool but resisted.  Maybe when I am in New Zealand I will buy some possum wool.

Tuesday Travels . . . The Hunterian Museum, Glasgow

You can tell by the entrance to the Hunterian Museum that this was a building of some age.

The architecture was beautiful.

The museum is not huge but there is still a great deal to view as there is a large collection.  Part of the museum was closed off as they were preparing a new exhibition. The exhibition that was featured while we were there was the distance slabs of the Antonine Wall.

I neglected to take a picture of the actual slabs but they were extremely interesting.

This one is from the internet,

“This distance slab was found in 1812 in the Duntocher area of Clydebank, near to a roman fort. These distance slabs were made by the legions to mark the completion of a section of the Antonine wall and have been found in several places along its length. The stone is richly decorated with two roman soldiers flanking two winged females (an unidentified mythological creature) below the central area with the inscription. The inscription translates as: “For the Emperor Caesar Titus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius, father of his country, a detachment of the Sixth Victorious, Loyal and Faithful Legion completed the rampart work [over a distance of] 3240 feet”. The sickle or axe shaped banners on either side of the inscription plate are similar to animalistic symbols found on other distance slabs and jewellery from the Roman period and may have been influenced by art from other cultures incorporated within the empire.” (Kevin Grant- University of Glasgow)

They also had some shoes which were the same as those we had seen at Vindolanda, andthey were in beautiful condition.

Once we left the Antonine exhibition we moved into the main display area.

Fascinating exhibits and I particularly loved the huge pictures which were used as teaching aids.

If you are in Glasgow you must certainly visit the Hunterian Museum.