The call goes out for our annual Natural Ice curling fixture at Tekapo, a village at the end of an alpine lake. Although the lake hasn’t frozen sufficiently for a number of years, the local curling club is fortunate enough to have curling for most of the season. Artificial ice is available and supported throughout. When natural ice forms later in the winter however, several seasoned, passionate and dedicated outdoor curlers emerge to play, party and challenge anyone that dares, for the endurance of the ice. A purpose built curling rink was built by highly innovative and obsessed outdoor curlers in an ideal sheltered place on the edge of town...
Dismantling Dams on Our Waterways.
Water provides life to otherwise baron land
Dismantling dams on some of the worlds water ways is an extraordinary event. Whether for environmental or economic reasons there will be downsides for some folk. Built over a century ago in some cases, people over a number of generations, have become accustomed to their benefits and economic values. Many people have built their lives, families and incomes from these structures both directly and indirectly.
During a not so recent family visit to the Pacific North West, and unbeknownst to me, brother in law Ted had arranged the hire of a river boat on one of these magnificent dams...