Dovecot Studios

I’m in Britain! As part of a long-awaited and planned trip, I’m doing a bit of yarny and knitty stuff in Britain and the Baltic. The first stop was Edinburgh, for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, which I’ll cover in another blog post. 

Before I visited Dovecot Studios, I had already had a pretty awesome day. I had walked up Arthur’s Seat in the snow (SNOW!), visited the National Museum, and had an exceptionally appropriate (given the weather) vegetable soup for lunch.

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Te Kopahou: Another Enjoyable Failure

Last Sunday I again tried to reach the top of Te Kopahou Hill – and I again failed. It was an enjoyable failure – a nice day’s walk, I got a little bit further than last time, and think I now know the best route. At the time, of course, I didn’t think that and wanted to scream at the hill path I was attempting.

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#peakbragging Last Day!

Sunday was the last day of my #peakbragging and I am happy and sad to report that I both succeeded and failed.

I succeeded in that I achieved the intangible goal of getting out and exploring more of Wellington while the weather was good. I went on a couple of walks I’d always wanted to do and saw my hometown from more angles than I imagined possible.

I failed in the tangible goal in that I didn’t set foot on the top of every peak. Wright’s Hill was planned for Saturday, but I was distracted by Scrabble and beer and never made it. I’m okay with that, I was up there a couple of weeks before Christmas. And Te Kopahou…well that’s a story all in itself. Continue reading

#peakbragging Day 6 Makara Peak

I’ll be completely honest: I did not enjoy the Makara Peak walk. It was hot and muggy. I wore the wrong shoes (sneakers instead of my boots). The track is a shared mountain biking and walking track. I’ve nothing against mountain bikers. It just means you have to always be listening for the slither of tires behind you and be ready to hop off the path to let them pass. Continue reading