We picked up bicycles this week - Paul's bike is on loan from the Computer Science and Software Engineering department (a prior visiting scholar had bought it and left it for others to use - it just needed new brakes), and Cindy's bike is a long-term rental from Church Corner Cycles, our local bike shop. Dave, the owner, is friendly, knowledgeable (about bicycles and New Zealand), and interested in the States, so we have a lot to talk about when we go there. It's been pretty cold the last few days, so we haven't biked much, but we're looking forward to getting out more as it warms up toward spring.
|Dave with Cindy's bike, ready after a tune-up|
We've seen a few interesting birds that we don't see in Wisconsin - photos below.
|Fantail (small bird that looks for insects)|
|Paradise Shelducks (more like a goose than a duck)|
|A frosty morning in Christchurch|
|Cindy locates a gnome on the hunt|
|Real gnomes in the grotto|