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I did not know that

It has been a funny old day. I’ve been scanning images for kwtjubilee. Discovered there is a WordPress Word Camp in Wellington the weekend beyond next. Thommo’s memorial service is on Thursday not Friday as I had surmised from the transposing of days and dates in the weekend’s paper. At West End Bowling Club which is close to Northgate and NPGH – at 3PM. There was a frost this morning – a surprisingly heavy one – I have spent the day, a day which has been bright and sunny, inside in airconditioned isolation. The mystery that is Twitter, as opposed to the Twitter of ‘media’ reputation, is beginning to dim as I slowly see it’s potential. New folk are following me. I rather like Russell Brown‘s take – an RB original I am sure –

Essentially, Twitter is poetic, and Facebook is administrative.

My use of both will fall into the adminstrative camp. I may be wrong. Friends, real live actual friends continue to find me on Facebook which is heartwarming. Having folk follow me on Twitter is gratifying and is beginning to shape how I use it to amplify posts here at my blog. I read bits of Until Next Time and will return to it. And this sublime eulogy.

And honest I did not know this. If you are on a PC and reading text in any contemporary browser ( FF3.5, EI8, Chrome or Safari 4) place your finger on the Ctrl key and roll the scroll button on your mouse. So simple, so obvious  – but who tells you these things until someone randomly mentions it – Duh – I think it may have been there for a while.

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Jonty is curious

And again this morning. I like this. The chap on the plinth is advertising his cellphone number on the tallest of the signs inviting one and all to text him. Some of these messages he is transcribing to his prepared placards. Well planned and executed. He is holding a message which says Jonty is curious – which sums up my response rather nicely.

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A visit to the ‘other’ French Pass

By Janet Gardner

With all the discussion lately about the origins of the French Pass Road in Cambridge maybe a reference to the French Pass in the Marlborough Sounds is appropriate. It had been our long-held ambition to visit the ‘other’ French Pass from the one here in Cambridge on which we have lived for many years. And in March of this year we did just that.

The big rig TARUNA photographed beside the Rai Valley Sign at the turnoff on SH6 between Nelson and Picton.

The big rig TARUNA photographed beside the Rai Valley Sign at the turnoff on SH6 between Nelson and Picton.

French Pass is situated in the Marlborough Sounds, at the top of the South Island. To get there, we turned off SH 6 between Nelson and Blenheim at the Rai Valley sign- post. The 64 km drive to French Pass is truly spectacular. The narrow and winding road passes through dense bush and seaside settlements. It is sealed to Elaine Bay. The remaining section is unsealed, travelling through open farmland with wandering stock, cattle stops, loose metal, dust and corrugations. It is not for the faint hearted. We were however, rewarded with magnificent sea views in all directions including the French Pass itself and D’Urville Island to the North. It is a two hour journey each way.

The actual passage of water, the French Pass, between D'Urville Island and the mainland.

The actual passage of water, the French Pass, between D'Urville Island and the mainland.

We knew of the local connection with Dave and Joyce Leov, originally from the Marlborough Sounds, who lived in Whitehall for many years. It was Dave Leov’s father Harold, who chaired the committee on the construction of the Croisilles-French Pass Road. Completed in 1957, it was surveyed and funded by the Government but constructed essentially by the local families, including Harold Leov and his sons Dave and Charlie. Dave’s widow Joyce, still lives in Cambridge.

French Pass Settlement, wharf, houses etc

French Pass Settlement, wharf, houses etc

The settlement of French Pass is situated opposite D’Urville Island and the turbulent piece of water, known as the French Pass Passage. Also called Te Aumiti, here the water races through the 800 metre passage creating whirlpools, eddies and currents of up to 8 knots. It is an awesome sight, feared and respected by all mariners and simply breath taking for the tourist. Once navigated by the Maori in canoes, it was the French Sea Captain J. S. C. Dumont D’Urville on board his Corvette ‘Astrolabe’, who made his dramatic navigation through the swirling waters of the Pass on 27 January, 1827, clipping the reef twice and nearly costing him his life and that of his crew. He called the area Passe des Francais.

It was also the home of Pelorus Jack, the legendary dolphin who achieved national protection and international fame for regularly escorting vessels through the Pass between 1888 and 1912.

The Welcome Sign on the Wharf......dont you love it??

The Welcome Sign on the Wharf......dont you love it??

We found the French Pass settlement of today, to be a quiet fishing, farming and tourist village with a jetty, safe swimming and anchorage, picnic areas and a DOC campsite. There is a garage with essentials, diesel and petrol and a local store. We wandered along the beach and onto the jetty, talked to a few locals and watched a fishing boat carefully negotiate the waters of the Pass. The local school, established in 1882, is now used for summer school camps.

And while our visit and its description gives no further clue as to how the French Pass Road in Cambridge got its name, it does however give us an insight into an area with a very long history and the conclusion that it could be ours, which is the ‘other’ French Pass.

Janet, husband Christopher and family own Taruna Farm, French Pass Rd, Whitehall, Cambridge, New Zealand.

This article first appeared in the 17th of July 2009 edition of Your Cambridge News.

PS ‘Our’ French Pass

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Dad & Fred

Bruce Jeans assists reporter Katrina Lintonbon research an article she is writing for Cambridge Edition on Bruce’s grandfather, builder, Charles Potts. Charles Potts built the Cambridge Court House home now to Cambridge Museum one hundred years ago. Photo: Friday 17 July 2009.

Recent Fred Potts links.

4 July 2009 Cambridge Heritage

23 June 2009 Fred Potts Ctd.

1 December 2008 Celebrating Fred Potts

14 November 2008 A sunny Cambridge afternoon IV

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Wondering about Waipa?

Cambridge and Leamington combined form one of two major population centres within Waipa District, the other is Te Awamutu. Here are some stats from the localcouncils.govt.nz website. The Waipa District Council website. Waipa is one of the twelve district councils of the Waikato Regional Council or as it is more commonly known and branded Environment Waikato.

Above Waipa District Council HQ building on Bank Street Te Awamutu viewed from Teesdale Street just beyond the cenotaph on Anzac Green to the left. Yes, that is a kauri in the centre of the photograph.

Check this out.

Leamington Art Group

Cosy in the Leamington Domain Band Rotunda Leamington Art Group members Brenda and Margaret paint and host visitors to their studio, today, Saturday the 11th of July 2009. Established in March this year the group meets here on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Some of the work, of the twelve members, is availabe for sale and adorns the walls – more can be found on the walls of Your Cambridge News across the river in Empire Street Cambridge. For further information ring Joyce on 07 823 3168.

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What’s happening here right now?

The Most Recent list, in the right column records my fifteen newest articles/posts. Below in Most Popular are those articles currently receiving most visitor attention. The Waipa Business Awards held last Friday remain close to top – any queries about these photos – or anything else here please email me using the contact page . Or you can phone or text me on 027 496 3802.

What’s hot: the oddly named wrch2010 – Rowing New Zealand’s New Zealand 2010 World Rowing Championships. What’s not, sadly, Waipa Rowing Dot Com.

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