The following photos were all taken within a couple of minutes of each other last evening. Almost from the same spot.
Sunday, 29 December 2013
After yesterdays blog I did a bit of detective work to see what I could find out about the old English Electric multiple units used on the Wellington commuter network.
The first consignment were ordered in 1936 and delivered 2 years later solely for the electrified Johnsonville line. It wasn’t until 1942 and 1946 more units were ordered for the Hutt Valley and Porirua lines. These arrived in stages up until 1954.
The vehicles that have found their way into preservation are all from the 1949-54 batches. Three 2 car units and 1 three car set are genuinely preserved but a further 8 trailer units have been bought for other more unusual purposes. The fire service bought one as a fire fighting training module and the SAS bought 2 for anti terrorist training. The remainder are in Nelson (3) and the Hibiscus Coast (2) as accommodation units. The latter 2 apparently being in a sad state of repairs.
Saturday, 28 December 2013
What to do on an indifferent sort of weather day. Get out the Gold Card and go for a trip of course. A car ride down to Waikanae to catch the train into Wellington for starters. These new Matangi Electric units are certainly swish and a match to anything we travelled on in the UK.
Passing through Paekakariki where the steam preservation group “Steam Incorporated” are based we got a fleeting glimpse of a carriage painted blue covered in plastic. A mental note was made to have a closer look on the return journey. Approaching Wellington the weather changed for the worst with rain showers.
Arriving in Wellington it was across the road to McCafe for a bite to eat before we caught the bus out to the airport. We were not planning on flying away but wanted to view Peter Jackson’s giant eagles/birds for the Hobbit movie. Gigantic and realistic is the only way to describe them. Mooching around the airport terminal for half an hour and then it was back on the bus to the railway station.
On the return train trip were better able to view the mystery blue carriages wrapped in plastic. They were in fact a pair of the recently retired English Electric unit’s circa 1938. Unfortunately they were a modified pair with twin headlights unlike the original huge single headlight. Why the colour blue and the plastic wrapping, I can only assume it was protection from the weather as the sheds are probably already full of other rolling stock.
Friday, 27 December 2013
Thursday, 26 December 2013
Oh no, after a weekend away recently we returned home and my computer immediately did a Microsoft update. The dreaded blue screen kept appearing after the screen froze and then restarted. Now here’s me blaming them and after several different attempts to correct the problem, it was obvious I was getting no where. Despite the picture we don’t suspect Google Chrome.
Time to call in the computer expert my son Brent. Christmas day was spent trying to resolve the problem between times celebrating with Christmas Dinner (New Zealand style BBQ).
After several hours work and changing the hard drive and memory to no avail, the decision was made that it had to be a hardware and not software issue.
Just out of warranty of course, but here in New Zealand the Consumer Guarantees Act should cover such a problem, we hope, time will tell.
Luckily we still have the old computer I bought for his lordship in the UK so a quick sort out of the software required and we haven’t lost too much. Luckily I managed to backup all the files, photos and whatever before it was too late.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Happy Birthday to me. Yes it was, my long overdue 21st birthday party. Well we can dream can;t we?
Our wonderful friend Sandra decided that as Dot was not in the habit of birthday parties, this year I would have a BBQ at the farm. Wow was it wonderful, surrounded by several of our new neighbours and friends, I am not used to all the fuss. I think I might have another 21st again.
For my birthday Derek bought me a small something for my garden. A photo will follow.
Monday, 25 November 2013
Today we were heading home from our stay in Tongariro where we were also visited by our friends Jenny and Robin. This photo of us both surprised me as to how much like my sister I am.
Driving along route 46 Mt Tongariro was still belching steam high into the air from several different sites. This has been intermittent since the eruption last year from the thought extinct volcano. It now has monitoring equipment set up as a warning system due to its proximity to the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
The plan was to stop for lunch at a venue of the Birthday Boy’s choosing. Well we stopped alright. Only to be met by the Proprietor that the Council had arranged a compulsory food seminar so it was early closing. Sorry.
Not to be outdone it was on to Hunterville for second choice.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
After a leisurely breakfast and Derek had done a little cleaning at the NZMCA Park we were on our way across the Desert Road. It was a beautiful warm morning with brilliant sunshine.
The forecast was for storms over most of the North Island this afternoon and as we drove over the Desert Road we could see them approaching. We missed all the thunder and lightening that they received at Tongariro at the same time. After a short sharp downfall it was all over.
Monday, 18 November 2013
Captain Cook who discovered NZ was born in Marton England but this monument was commissioned by Marton Historical Society NZ in 2004.Although there are signs of a dying town the wonderful old buildings are a delight to see.
We had to go and check out the new NZMCA acquisition in regards to the old Marton Motor Camp. What a great purchase and all the work done by volunteers to make it such a wonderful site. Marton the town advertises itself as a Motorhome Friendly Town, the only one we have heard of.
We arrived early afternoon before wandering into town for lunch and a look around. Derek cannot remember ever being here before just as I couldn't remember being to Eketahuna . I think the brain remembers what it wants to at times.
Sunday, 17 November 2013
This weekend we have spent a great weekend with fellow members of Wellington, Wairarapa and Heretaunga Caravan Clubs in a combined rally at a small country school north of Masterton.
We have all come away with a suntan that we never had on arrival. Boy was that sun hot. Not that we are complaining, of course. Temperature in the van was in the high 20’s.
After lunch we all packed up and gradually headed our own ways. We are heading for Tongariro again for a few days so decided to check out Eketahuna Motor Camp on the way where our club is holding a rally at Waitangi weekend next February. Pulling into the camp around 3.30pm we were surprised at the number of campers here. Two pulled out not long after our arrival, (rather late in the day we thought considering most camps require you to leave prior to 10am).
After afternoon tea we wandered around to see what was here, a walk down to the old swing bridge of 1890, but there is not much left of it. Looking into the river there were signs of large trees being blown down and signs of recent high river levels. Derek was disappointed to only see one brown trout in the river.
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Today we decided that we would head to the movies for the second time this week. This is new for us We haven't been to the movies for so long we cant remember the last.
We saw “One Chance” a few days ago which is the life story of Paul Potts the opera singer. We were in the UK when Paul won Britain's Got Talent in 2009 and it was great to watch his life story. We both had tears in our eyes at various times during the movie and well worth viewing.
Today we decided to take advantage of the concession together with complimentary morning tea to see “Captain Phillips”, highly recommended by our friends Jenny and Robin. We thought we were going to be the only ones in the theatre but just as the movie started we were joined by one other couple Another great movie. We could get used to this!
Sunday, 10 November 2013
Yesterday with good fishing forecast it was off to Waitarere Beach to try out Don’s Kontiki. Muggins being the only one in shorts was designated the one to head into the surf and set the Kontiki going. There is about 2km of nylon on the Kontiki but we only let out about a km or so after baiting the 20 hooks on the long line. Straight out into the surf we let it go for about 15 minutes before turning it off. Then we sat down for half an hour or so, had lunch and then wound it back in again. What did we catch? only one Sand Shark. Never mind there’ll be plenty more opportunities this summer we hope.
The beach was looking quite deserted once we had headed south away from the other fishermen.Parked on Waitarere Beach setting up.Baiting up the long line.Getting ready to launch the Kontiki.Off into the wild blue yonder go I.Our only catch. A miserable Sand Shark.Back into the drink he goes.
Friday, 1 November 2013
This afternoon we had surprise visitors bringing Ohakune Chocolate Éclairs. Bruce and Julie are our wonderful neighbours from Levin who also travel a lot in their motorhome.
Today they were heading for Taupo for a few days and decided to drop in and surprise us with four enormous éclairs from a favourite shop in Ohakune. They were lucky to get them as normally the shop has well and truly sold out by lunchtime.
Afternoon tea made a well deserved break for Derek who had been busy painting. Time to have a cuppa and a long chinwag on putting the world to rights.
See you guys at home when we all get there.
Thursday, 31 October 2013
After the recent fire it would have to be this week that the roof would be taken off and repairs done before the new iron was replaced. Two days cutting out the burnt timber and replacing the rafters before the iron was put on today.
We had to move the motorhome from alongside the house so that no accidents could happen with the manoeuvring the long sheets of iron.
The weather forecast was not encouraging but at least it was not as bad as it was supposed to be. Odd showers when the old iron had to be put back temporarily until the rain stopped and the new sheets could be lifted into place.
The roofers expected to have the new iron on before lunch. Yeah right. More like 4.45pm before leaving us with no satellite reception for a few days. Never mind we have an alternative on the roof of Gypsy Rover, but no sky reception, never mind.