Godley Head hike with a new friend

Last weekend we went hiking at Godley Head (a point on the Banks Peninsula near Christchurch) at the invitation of Jennifer, a new friend that Jeremiah met at an engineering conference. There’ enough common ground just sharing a nationality to befriend other Americans here, and Jennifer likes hiking to boot. It was a gorgeous day, first really warm (almost hot) day we’ve had this spring, and conversation never flagged.

Lyttelton Harbor is way down below, the ancient mouth of the volcano.

Sheep now climb on the WWII remnants built to defend NZ against invaders. This was an observation post to eyeball ships approaching Lyttelton harbor. Jeremiah works with a man whose great uncle was a fisherman at the time. Fishing boats approaching the harbor were supposed to give a special secret signal to let observers know who they were, but the uncle forgot one day. They sunk his ship and he died. I bet all the other fishermen remembered to signal after that!

Sheep undoubtedly have the best views in this country, and they are totally unconcerned that the abandoned building they clamber on has so much worrying history behind it.

Milo can’t say much in terms of words yet, but when he saw these sheep he made sure we knew about them (and how cool they were), gesticulating and being quite articulate in his own way.

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4 thoughts on “Godley Head hike with a new friend

  1. As you warm, we cool. Enjoy the sun-high of zero expected in Soldotna today.. Great fun to see all of your faces in front of the camera – I get a sense that you have a National Geographic camera person hiking with you! Love the history lesson too.

  2. I look forward to each weeks blog entry and new adventure. I love seeing your smiling faces, the beautiful scenery and the great stories (history, new friends, flowers, hikes etc)
    Love you all and so glad for the technology that makes this all possible.

    • Hi Sister Joanne, I found a great patch of comfrey today, apparently it’s a major weed in a section of the organic research farm at Lincoln University! So once my calendula grow, I’ll have the ingredients to follow your recipe.

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