Macquarie Island

Over the last few days, we have been at Macquarie Island, deep in the Southern Ocean . On the island is an Antarctic research station and Australian weather station, Of all things, there is a Telstra mobile phone tower. Because of Covid regulations, we were not allied to visit the base but we had plenty…

A Visit to the Auckland Islsnds

We have spent the last two days on the second of the Sub-Antarctic Islands on this trip – Auckland Islands. We are at around 50 degrees south – a much higher level of latitude than Antarctica but still s long way south. Our first stop at these islands was Enderbee Island, the subject of my…

Exploring Around Queenstown.

After Yesterday’s wet weather, today was fine, and a t times, even sunny. Having rented a car I was able to drive over the rather spectacular Crown Range to Wānaka with my friend Michael. We stopped in many places to take photographs or just to appreciate the local scenery. For a distance where the road…

My Sub-Antarctic Islands Odyssey

Today I am starting a new adventure – one that takes in a number of sub-Antarctic Islands in the Southern Ocean. I will board a ship that departs from the port of Bluff at the southernmost point in New Zealand on a tour that will take 12 days to visit some remarkably scenic places that…

We’re Glad to be Back Home

It was an arduous and long trip home from Singapore yesterday and we are very happy to be back in our own home again. Jill was discharged from the Ng Teng Fong Hospital in Singapore on Saturday, after we started planning a week ago for her to be ready to come home. She had her…

Preparing to Get Home and Seeing More of Singapore

It’s raining again this morning so I’m staying in my hotel room catching up with some emails and the events of the last few days. (Same scenery from my hotel window  in this photo, but a different atmosphere). This afternoon, as usual, I’ll catch a taxii to the hospital and spend the afternoon with Jill.…

Spending my Days in Singapore

I have found a pattern that I use for my daily activities here in Singapore. It’s convenient and keeps me active. In the mornings, I wash some socks and undies while I shower. They take days to dry in this humid weather and I have even resorted to ironing them so that they dry. I…

Arab Street and the Muslim Area of Singapore

Yesterday, I had a much shorter walk around Arab Street (the Muslim section of Singapore) than my previous day’s walk around China Town. I took a taxi to the Malay Heritage Centre, where I started my walk. Built in 1840 by Sultan Ali, this palace, named Istana Kampong Gelam, was once the royal seat of…

Walking Around China Town

After a relatively quiet weekend and a late morning today, I decided that I had better get out and see some of the local sights. My choice was to go to Singapore’s China Town. Google Maps said that it just under 2 km walk from my hotel so I decided to walk there and back.…

More News From Singapore

I was feeling a bit dejected this morning because we have now been in Singapore for over a week since Jill’s accident and not much seemed to have changed. We expected this trip to be a simple one-week long celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary and then go home and get on with other things.…