Ramble

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Ramble: walk leisurely in the countryside.

This week’s ramble was at Stewarts Gully on the banks of the Waimakariri River, a short drive north of my home in Christchurch. There was some rain in the air, hence the overcast sky.

52 thoughts on “Ramble

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  2. Steve Gingold

    Seems a pleasant ramble. If this is the post you were referring to the sky and weather didn’t offer much help. We do what we can with what’s at hand. And you’ve shown us a nice nature reserve.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Yes, it was very pleasant but such a ramble has not been repeated since because of inclement weather and busy schedules.
      The weather that day didn’t favour my photography which is very amateur but, as you say, we do what we can with what’s at hand. And the photos are good enough to put in my notebook to remind me of where I was on that particular day.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      It was. And the rambling could have gone on for miles. Although there was no snow around these words by Robert Frost came to mind while rambling “The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
      But I have promises to keep,
      And miles to go before I sleep,
      And miles to go before I sleep. “

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Thank you. They are favourite lines. It is the anniversary of my mother’s death today. My sister and I smiled over these lines after the long night hours, ( especially for my sister), spent caring for our mother and father. There were nights when my sister barely got an hour’s sleep. It seemed , at the time, that sleep would never be part of our lives again.

        2. Cynthia Reyes

          I can imagine. Your family has been through so much. I always think my siblings and I were trying to make up for all the sleepless nights they had when we were children – babies and teenagers.

        3. Gallivanta Post author

          I think that was our approach, too. My lack of interest in sleep was a total shock to my parents after the perfect sleeping patterns of their first born!

  3. Rebecca Budd

    I am very interested in the Te Rauakaaka Trail. I did a bit of research and found out that the area of the saltmarsh are classified as an ecological heritage site in the Christchurch City Plan. How lucky you are to live by this magnificent park. I can only imagine the wetland/coastal bird life. I do love our rambles together.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Great to have your company! After my walk on Friday, I suddenly remembered the word, ramble, and my delight in that word prompted this post. I am glad you like ‘ramble’ too.

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  4. Lavinia Ross

    You are in summer now in the southern hemisphere. That looks like a pleasant walk, Gallivanta.

    The western incense cedar I put in for Jack and your family is doing well, and growing fast.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      It’s always a good day when I can get out into the countryside for a walk. I am so happy to hear about the progress of the western incense cedar. Thank you!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      It was lovely out there. The Avon Rowing Club has a boatshed there and there is also a Sailing Club. It would be nice to be there when boats are out on the water.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      It was incredibly refreshing. Even the occasional drop of rain was invigorating. The roadway isn’t so much a roadway as a track along the river stopbank. I plan to return sometime and walk further along the stopbank towards the river mouth.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      You would have loved it. So much space, so much lovely fresh air, (full of intriguing scents and sounds ), and almost no one about. After my ramble, I slept like a log last night.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Ha! And there’s more rain to come. Thanks for the introduction to La Rambla. I found this particularly interesting “Rambla, from the Arabic Ψ±Ω…Ω„ ‘sand’, is Catalan for “wadi”. I wish the etymology for ‘ramble’ were as decorous.

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Yes! And even more disturbing is that my star sign is Aries, the Ram. However to take things back to something more dignified, Stewarts Gully could possible be called Stewarts Wadi or Stewarts Rambla because of its history “Long ago, the Waimakariri River shaped this area. Floods created the gully in Mr Stewart’s paddock which gave the area its name, and floods removed it. Floods created the sandy beach where the sailing club has stood for many years, and floods removed it.” https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/christchurch-life/travel-orig/south-island-travel/614545/Gully-life-moves-on-with-march-of-time

        2. Gallivanta Post author

          Interesting. I suspect that living out there is a balm to one’s nerves, so maybe semi-sural as well as semi-rural would be appropriate descriptions. πŸ˜€

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