Archive for July, 2006

by Jim
on Jul 29th, 2006

Fiji micro-digest

It was great — better than the Caribbean IMHO. Must go back, and must stay longer. Have a look at the photo set on Flickr. There aren’t any comments yet but we’ll get around to those in short order.

by Jim
on Jul 21st, 2006

Friday Treat

I received the following email today which just made my day:

Hello Kalafut
You have taken a very nice picture of the French Farm
winery . At the moment I am trying to find some photos for
a special edition on vineyards and wineries for the New
Zealand magazine Cuisine and this photo would be perfect. I
was wondering whether you would give your permission for us
to publish the image in the magazine. It would of course be
credited with your name. If you were happy with this, we
would need a reasonably large resolution for printing
Please let me know what you think.

With kind regards


I knew that $25 Flickr Pro account would pay off. I’ve always dreamed of being published in “NZ Cuisine”! And the photo in question is hardly stand out… Just a building, lots of parking lot and kind of washed out. Nonetheless, I see coffee table edition of Cuisine in our future 🙂

Tomorrow, we’re Fiji-bound for a few days. It’s a four-hour flight from cold and rainy to warm and rainy (at least the next couple days), and we can’t wait. I’ve viewing it as a big decompression chamber where I’m isolated from everything CAT, Trimble, NZ, computers, rental stuff, winter, … Books, beach and oversweet resort drinks are just too appealing right now.

by Jim
on Jul 7th, 2006

Real skiing just down the road

In the morning just after sunrise (provided we see the sun on that particular day), we’re treated to a fantastic view of the Southern Alps due east of Christchurch. As you can see, they’re snow covered–very much so this year. NZ has had a lot of precipitation this winter, and that’s making for a very good ski season. This weekend we’ll check it out for ourselves at Mt. Hutt.
The ski field is only about 1 1/2 hours from Christchurch, but the road conditions deteriorate enough that chains are required. This chain thing is a new one to me and I was shocked at the price: $250-350 NZD for a pair!?! But that’s for the good ones. A decorative set that will get you past the checkpoint only runs $98, seen here in all their flimsy glory.

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