Just thought I'd post a few outtakes and miscellaneous scenes from this trip, since I've been in a pretty low mood all week and couldn't really summon the energy for much else. You can find the start of this series here.
Above: the mighty stand of flax (Phormium) flowering in the wet ground across the road from my sister's place. These monster plants are easily 3m tall and the spikes almost twice that. On this side of the ranges, this stand would have been seething with Bellbirds and Tuis, but we saw very few near inhabited places.
R working what his mother gave him on the Charming Creek Walk.
Sandfly shit gets real here, though. You'll wish you'd never heard of the place on a bad day.
Progress-loving types want to bulldoze a fucking highway through all this so that arseholes in rental vehicles can top out the speed limit and crap on the side of the road in the course of their potential 48-hour budget loop around the South Island. To the edification of us all.
One can only hope that the hatred currently being accrued by freedom campers in other touristy areas will knock the wind out of this fuckwitted proposal. It's not that we're keen on the sociopathic superyacht cohort either, but we are sick of watching travelling douchebros and gap year skanks rolling out of their stinky cars-slash-accommodation to rock a piss and dump their KFC on the verges around our own town and, indeed, outside our house. I opened the curtains to that delightful spectacle the other day. Nasty motherfuckers.
You guys would have a much better time in Australia.
It's the big brown place over there.
The one above was the best of an indifferent bunch, but there's a few worth looking at.
Below right: homebake not-rod. I think they thought we were laughing with them, but this was Oamaru so their parents were probably related. Those retarded... flames? I'm just guessing.
My first thought was psoriasis, and now I'm itchy.
We had a nice time in our mean-spirited way so I hope we've managed to share that around.