Making sense of my photography hobby in retirement

Go North Turn Left

With our pending three month journey to Europe and North America about to begin in just under two weeks, my wife Valerie and I have established an companion blog to this one called Go North Turn Left.  In this blog we will relate tales of our travels (hopefully not travails) as we venture forth on the various legs of our journey.

So, where did the blog name come from?


We have a very dear friend who believes that everything in the world is up and to the left of New Zealand. Her view of the geography of the world dates back to primary school days when she first looked at a map of the world. On that map New Zealand was at the bottom right corner. This view of the world has always intrigued us, especially Valerie who was a former geography teacher. So, to honour this unusual view we have named the blog “Go North Turn Left”

Our travels this year start at the end of July 2013.  We trust you will enjoy the journey with us.

Posts will also continue here as time and internet connections permit.


9 responses

  1. twoscamps

    We are looking forward to following you via your new blog. We are so excited for you and Valerie!

    July 19, 2013 at 9:50 am

    • Thanks Maureen. Keeping both blogs current will be a challenge, but we’ll do our best. Makes life more interesting!

      July 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

  2. Have a great time Chris. Let me know what you decided on whether to take a laptop and/or storage devices. Still struggling with that one for my China trip. Looking forward to your posts!

    July 19, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    • Hi Tina. Yes technology is starting to get in the way of travelling. I have a kit made up of all the bits and pieces that I think I need to get through the trip. There is sure to be something I’ve forgotten. I’m taking a slim laptop and an external hard drive, and all the other connectors etc. Its a bit of a bind, but that’s the joy of the dedicated photographer. I’ll let you know how I get on. Chris

      July 19, 2013 at 2:13 pm

  3. kerry darke

    Hi Chris and Val, I love your reference to my view of the world. Still can’t see it any other way. I am honoured. Let’s hope my untechnical brain can find your blogs. Love, Kerry XX

    August 3, 2013 at 7:03 pm

  4. Hazel and Rob

    Hi Chris and Val, Anne has just given me your blog address so I can follow you all across the oceans etc. sounds like everything has fallen into place for you so well done.

    August 14, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    • Hi Rob and Hazel, Thanks for comment. Having trouble keeping up to date at present. Have just arrived in Prague for two nights, then on to Frankfurt for last night. All going well. Chris & Val

      August 15, 2013 at 4:38 am

  5. Chris, Have a blast. Can’t wait to follow along. ~Terri

    September 3, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    • Hi Terri, Thanks for your encouragement. Ambitions of making daily, or even regular posts soon became a dream as the pressure of moving on, getting settled, recharging devises and ourselves soon took over. We are now in the last week of our travels, in Vancouver (Canada) visiting our son, and we finally arrive back in NZ next week. Regular service will return shortly thereafter! Regards, Chris G

      October 23, 2013 at 3:39 am

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