Noodles & Fish

Noodles & Fish

Goofing off since 2015

Making Hay When The Sun Is Shining

The grass is tall and and the weather forecast is clear for the week, so Frank The Farmer deemed it time to uncover a couple of tractor accessories. These are, what look like to me anyway, blunt clunky rusty metal objects. They show their age, and have big ugly welds where someone has fixed a bit of previous carelessness. After an incident with the tractor earlier in the week I feel a little better knowing I’m not the first to make my mark. The first step is to grease and oil all of the moving parts, of which there are …

The Chinese Musician

Several years ago we took a five-week trip to Sichuan provenance China in search of the infamous Dandan Noodles. Landing in Chengdu, we immediately hit the streets and started eating everything we could point at. When you don’t speak any of the local language all you get to eat are things you can point at. I’m an accomplished pointer. After a week of pointing we were ready to get out of the city so we took a bus into the massive Himalayan mountains. While on this journey the bus drove over a pass which happens to be the highest elevation I’ve ever been. …

Van Life Is Good Life

Ernie is our van, and life on the road wouldn’t be nearly as awesome without it. Though not quite a full camper, it is pretty comfortable for a few nights at a time. We sometimes wish we had something a little bigger for longer journeys as it certainly isn’t big enough to live in full time. If you are considering van dwelling go for it, it’s great fun. A lot of used cars are imported from Japan and sold for next to nothing here. Japanese road safety and emissions  tests are very strict, so they end up dumping low mileage cars that basically have …

Huts

Huts are possibly the best thing about New Zealand. There are an incredible number of huts here, something like 900 of ’em that are available for public use. They are very cheap, or you can get an annual hut pass and they become ridiculously cheap. Some are tiny and only sleep two, others are massive mansions with multiple rooms that sleep dozens. Many are very comfortable with wood stoves, gas burners and running water, others are a bit more basic. Some could probably use a little attention, but they all provide a nice dry place to sleep at the very least. You …

Upper Moutere

For the last couple of weeks we’ve been staying at a small farm in Upper Moutere.  Two new goats were born, we named them Bert and Ernie. We name everything Bert or Ernie. We climbed Mt. Arthur and were pestered by two kea, the local alpine parrot. These things are probably the most inquisitive birds ever, though not nearly as cuddly as baby goats.     We get to pretend we are farmers. The owners of the farm went on vacation, so we have been taking care of things hoping nothing dies while on our watch. So far we’ve done ok …