Proof at last that the Pelicans are on our river.  I’ve been watching for a glimpse of them since January this year when they were first reported, and here they are, feeding on the mud flats.  They were on the far side of our broad river and I didn’t have the tripod in the car (again), but managed to get some shots.  I think this is the only Pelican colony in New Zealand.  Please do click on the photos to enlarge.


When I was a child, there was a big house opposite us – on the corner of the road – that had seen better days.  My first memories of it, in the early 1950’s, were after the owners had apparently sold up and the house was being rented out as two flats, one upstairs and one down.  We always knew it as the old Greer’s house.  (I wonder if there was a relationship between that and Greer’s Road in Christchurch).  I estimate it must have been built around 1900-1910, because the clothing on the occupants when the photographs were taken were definitely Edwardian.  Now the house is no longer there.  Somewhere, I can’t remember where, my family acquired some old glass photographic plates of the house in its heyday.  They were badly damaged but I managed to salvage some pictures from them.  So here they are – in remembrance of someone’s life.

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