We would like to share some information about our new world today. We are living in a two bedroom flat in South Dunedin. It is an older fourplex with newer features and is very cozy, with easy access to stores. The ocean is about a mile down the road at St Clair beach. We’ve already seen what a calm ocean looks like…. and what a not-so-calm ocean looks like.
|We live on the bottom level in the front unit. The silver Corolla is what we drive.|
|Dunedin is big on recycling. The small blue bins out front are for glass. There are two big bins out back..... one for recycling plastic and paper, the other for rubbish.|
|Apartments in Dunedin are called flats. Our flat has a smaller kitchen, but it has all the appliances including a washer & dryer. The kitchen table is in the front room. We actually enjoy sitting by the window as we eat and watch the new day dawn.|
|We have already seen some amazing sunrises out the front window.|
|Debbie made a quilt and coordinating pillow cases for our New Zealand bed before we left home. The colors of the NZ flag are the same as the American flag. It sure brightens up the room.|
It is still the cool time of the year down here. We had to scrape ice off the car windows a few times last week. We have a Toyota Corolla to drive. It looks to be a little bigger than the Corollas back home. Before we came here Bart joked about foreigners having the cleanest windshields in New Zealand. Now here’s the truth….. that is 100% correct. If Bart has time to plan his turns, he will use the turn signal control located on the right side of the steering wheel. But If he reacts quickly to use the turn signal control, he pretty much hits the windshield wipers located on the left side of the steering column every time.... Soooo frustrating!! But we do get a good laugh out of it sometimes.
We have a really nice work environment in the New Zealand Archives. We have a large room that is exclusively ours. The capturing process goes something like this….. the archive staff will bring us in a box of probates. We prep them, photograph them, and put them back in the box the way we found them. The staff at the archives are wonderful. We feel very blessed to be accepted and made to feel at home in their environment.
|Parking in Dunedin is expensive. Luckily we get to park free behind the archives in the car park.|
|The staff office end of the archives has lots of windows. The entry opens into a warm and inviting lobby area.|
|Several large display cases welcome visitors to the archives. In the back area are the receptionist's desk, computers provided for research to the public and a large research room which our area connects to.|
|Our work area is just the perfect size for what we do. We are able to close a door to keep the lighting environment the same while we take the photos.|
|The camera we use is a Nikon D800E. The apparatus that holds it and the lighting brackets are all built from scratch by the Family Search team back in SLC.|
Each Friday we ship a hard drive to Family Search in Salt Lake with all of the images that we have captured for the week. We ship it in a big black case that has spy intrigue written all over it. They download the results and audit them. If we did good, no further action is necessary. If they find any problems with the images, they will request that we recapture them.
The archives is located on George Street, the main street through Dunedin. The center of town is called the Octagon. It is amazing.... the architecture is Scottish influenced. The archive is right next to Otago University….. students are everywhere. They have a medical school, dental school, pretty much everything. The streets are alive with people all day long. On a corner next to the archive is Rob Roy Dairy. It reminds us a lot of Farr’s Ice Cream in Ogden. So far Bart’s favorite flavor is Lime Swirl and Debbie’s is Hoky Poky…. she has no idea what’s in it, but it’s NZs favorite ice cream. There are lots of little restaurants to eat at along George Street but we mainly take our lunch to the archive each day.
The drivers in Dunedin are for the most part extremely polite. They stop when the lights turn yellow….. they are very good to yield to the vehicle on the right at round-a-bouts, and when you turn on your blinker they will let you in..... radical concept!!