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Running HistoryTrampingRaftingReading & WritingOdds & EndsTravel
Running stuff

New Zealand’s first capital – 13.5km loop run from Russell. With history.
Opua Kauri walk – 20 minute run in the kauri trees
Omorahoe Traverse – an hour across the hills to Paihia
Running in Mangroves – Coastal run from Paihia
Mahia bush walk – great walking up the coast with hot pools after!

History stuff

New Zealand’s first capital – it wasn’t Russell
Whangaroa – the story of the Boyd Massacre
Edward Jerningham Wakefield – the original wild boy of Wellington
Jerningham’s 199th birthday – a missionary’s viewpoint (it’s not good)
In the Captain’s bathroom – a look around an old sailing ship
William Curling Young – a story from the Nelson archives
The Wairau Affray – just call it a massacre
Wairangi Day – the optimism of Glenn McConnell
The Wakefields on Waitangi Day – Same rights and obligations?
The Rimutaka Incline – ghosts of the gangers who worked the line
Isabel Thorne – congratulations on the MB after a 150 year wait


Tramping stuff

Tramping the Abel Tasman – how did the packing work out?
Packing for tramping – walking the Abel Tasman, what to pack?
Biking the Rimutakas – over the old railway line
The three legged pig – campfire stories
Camp fire stories – how to tell a shaggy dog to entertain the kids
The Ballad of Henry Tidswell – a shaggy dog story by Tristan Bayliss

Rafting stuff

Packing for rafting – a packing list for two day trip down the Ngaruroro
Ngaruroro from Kuripapango to Whanawhana – yes, we fell out
Ferry gliding – ways to cross the Mohaka and other rivers


Reading & Writing

The Art of Letter Writing – cross hatched old letters
Why I love Charles Dickens – nighttime company for an insomniac
Economical Writing – a lesson from Hemmingway
Beware the Thesaurus – overuse can kill
Isabel Thorne – historical characters waving from the past


Odds & Ends

Pocket sexism – what’s with the girly pockets?
Well matched – when non-bookies work in book despatch
Blackbirds growing in a nest – little cuties


Travel

Farm holiday in Mahia – good walks
Toronto streets and jazz – downtown in Tronno
Ortegia and Syracuse – going south in Italy
Walking the Amalfi Coast – thousands of steps
Storms and busses on Capri – in the footsteps of Tiberius
Travelling light – makes me smug