A Day Out

A building nor’west breeze means a fine winter’s day in Kaikoura, so I headed up the coast with three friendly astronomers. We did our best to avoid the seal colony, but there were over 200 seals, with many pups, blocking our path around the coast. Unable to detour over crumbling cliffs, we were forced to run the gauntlet of a few angry, but fortunately lazy, fellas. After a late burger and chips in town we stopped off for scallops and mussels (in garlic) at a caravan by the beach, before heading back home.

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    L. Riofrio said,

    That sounds absolutely beautiful, and sharing it with astronomers too. Fish and Chips taste better South of the equator.

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    Kea said,

    Hi Louise! Yes, it was a lovely day, and wonderful to talk to a group of dedicated physicists who spend so much time looking at the night sky over Mt John.

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    nige said,

    Wow, you Australians have all the fun and good food!

    And to think I’ve only ever seen seals being hand-fed at the Zoo! And the last time I had muscles with chips, for lunch was in Quimper, Brittany when visiting relatives who live in France back in 1999.

    (You can buy muscles here in England, but there are lots of cases of food poisoning from such shellfish. Probably it has something to do with the pumping of half-treated sewage into the sea by the government around fishing areas. In places where there is plenty of sun, microbes are killed in minutes in the sea, but that doesn’t apply here. It’s not that big a deal if you fall into the sea here, because you’ll probably freeze and drown before any infection can take hold.)

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    Kea said,

    LOL, Nigel. Actually, I’m in NZ, but Aus also has such luxuries. In areas of maritime reserve, where fishing is limited, the sea life is coming back again slowly. But things are not like they were when I was a kid back in the 1970s – we used to go out ourselves and get oysters, crabs, crayfish – you name it – but population growth and over-fishing have forced severe restrictions on such activities.

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    a quantum diaries survivor said,

    Wow. the picture is stunning. I bet you had a awesome time… I think I would love to see NZ one day. Too bad you’re off most of my maps ! I will try to get the first chance, a conference or whatever!


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