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"Beyond Manapouri" has arrived, and looks amazing!

... But that's just my opinion, so I canvassed a number of individuals in my community to gauge their reaction to the book. Here is a summary of their responses: Bella the sheep - interested enough to come over, but noticeably disappointed that is wasn't edible Pippa - indifferent Pixie (AKA the Marauding Chicken) - vaguely interested, but only because she wanted to know where I had hidden the bowl of ricies (could have been behind the book). Frankly, I would have expected better from Pixie, given that she got special mention in the Preface, but there you go... Gracie - she looked kind of interested, but I think she might have just been humouring me. Anyway, you can judge for yourself!

A Manawatu landscape, then ... and now

One of Charles E. Wildbore's most evocative images (in a desolate kind of way) is this one of men getting ready to cart sleepers from Crown-owned reserve land in Pohangina Valley to the nearby railway station at Ashhurst. This road borders what is today known as Totara Reserve (originally set aside by the government for its timber), and is in fact not far from where I live. The other day, I drove up to the road in an effort to find the exact place he took the photograph - and was excited to locate it with relative ease. Well almost - judging from the terrain, the alignment of the road today is just to the south of its original route, on slightly higher ground. Charles's Wildbore's photograph

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