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Pinot Noir wine from New Zealand

Thought for the day…” They talk about the speed of light, but what is the speed of darkness”

“If a mime artist is arrested, does the policeman tell him that he has the right to remain silent? ”

Off to New Zealand for the photo today and to the very scenic Lake Hayes near Queenstown.    Apart from being very scenic, Lake Hayes is also home to some good wineries, such as the famous Amisfield (which also includes a restaurant).   This area (Central Otago) has now become famous for quality pinot noir wines, although in the 1860s it was the scene of the Central Otago Gold Rush.  Until the 1970s, there were few vineyards, but since then they have expanded rapidly, helped by the perfect climate, being protected by high mountains and having hot, dry summers and a short, cold winter.   Pinot Noir grapes originated in the Burgundy region of France, but are a difficult grape to cultivate and also to convert into wine.   Pinot noir is also used in the production of champagne.   Looking at the photo below, it is hard to believe that Queenstown Airport, which is just a few kilometres away (in the back left of the photo) handles over 1.2 million passengers a year, many of them heading for Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of New Zealand.

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and a photo out of the archives…..a new photo made to look old.    The outdoor museum in Ballarat, Australia.

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A Hot Summers Day, New Zealand – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…” A life without ambition is like a journey without a destination”.

”  A problem is just a solution waiting to happen.”

Central Otago, New Zealand,  for today’s photo, and a typical hot, dry summer day.   Central Otago is a big wine-growing region, with most of the vineyards at around 300m altitude and surrounded by mountains.  Pinot Noir is the main wine from this area, characterised by the smaller grapes that are used to make this type of wine (one reason why a good Pinot Noir costs more).  Wine making in this region took off in the 1990s, whereas in the 1800s, it was gold that was the big industry here.  In summer, temperatures here can reach 35 degrees, but in winter, parts of Central Otago fall to -15 degrees.

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And one from the archives……a steam train in Uppsala, Sweden.

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Photo of the Day Thursday 25th April 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

“The first wealth is health”.                     “Freedom is the oxygen of the soul”

A photo of the Awatere Valley in Marlborough, New Zealand today, showing part of the famous wine-growing areas.   Wine production is relatively recent in New Zealand, and is said to have been started by Dalmation settlers in the late 1900s.  By the 1970s the Marlborough region was becoming noted for its fine Sauvignon Blanc wines, with Cloudy Bay being one of the most famous brands. The alluvial soils are based on greywacke rock.  The wine regions in New Zealand stretch from 36 degrees South (in Northland) to 45 degrees south (in Otago).   That is the equivalent of Bordeaux in France.

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Photo of the Day Saturday 30th June 2012 – not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day….” Always remember you’re unique. Just like everyone else. “

Some typical scenery from Central Otago on the South Island of New Zealand today.    This side of the mountains is in a rain shadow, so during summer, the grass is normally yellow.   The area is famous for its wines (especially pinot noir) and the famous wine areas of Cromwell, Bannockburn and the Kewaru valley are not far away.   Summer temperatures here can reach 35 degrees, and when the strong north westerlies come, then it feels even hotter.   Gold was found in this area in the 1800s, but now it is tourism, sheep, vineyards and fruit that are the sources of income.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell, and not missing the managers there at all.

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