Well, as you may have guessed I have been away travelling for work. It's a bummer but someone has to do it! Actually, being out and about is one of the great bits of my job and I get to see our wonderful country and meet the people who live here so really I'm not complaining. This time I was back to the West Coast of the South Island (you can see how imaginative we are with our place names already!)
On the way there I had to stop and take this photo, I got even closer to the Southern Alps but it was warmer to take this photo here. Isn't it breathtaking! Click on it to make it bigger, and no those sheep aren't the only ones we have. We have loads of them.
I also took the occasion to call into a wee cemetary that for years I have only ever driven past. The Stillwater cemetary is one of the resting places for 65 miners killed in the Brunnerton mining disaster of 1896.
The photos below show (hopefully) the memorial grave where 33 miners are buried, many others are buried in family plots at the cemetary. I was really taken with the grave featuring red roses, it was rather a grey day by the time we got there and that splash of colour was striking. Considering the grave was over one hundred years old, it made me wonder who had placed the flowers there. I guess that those dead miners have family still in that part of the Coast. The graves were really in bad states of repair, and many were unmarked other than by rocks outlining them. Sad to see.
It was a stark reminder of how much our history and indeed our working history has been shaped by the blood, sweat and tears of those who went before.