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Saturday’s scene: recycled in Nelson

2012/03/17by Donna Hull


Telephone booth in a Nelson garden

During a guided road trip in New Zealand, Robert Panzer of Tailored Travel, offered to drive by his Nelson farm on the way to an Abel Tasman hike. Alan and I eagerly said yes. For us, one of the joys of boomer travel, is going local. And stopping by Robert’s farm was as local as it gets. The visit introduced us to another New Zealand custom—recycling old buildings. This telephone booth had become a point of interest in Robert’s garden. And the building that Robert used as an office formerly housed a one-room post office. We would see this practice repeatedly during our drive along the West coast of the South Island.

Have you observed a local custom—like the reclamation of this old telephone booth—on your boomer travels? Post a comment to tell us about it. We’re all ears.

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A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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March 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Love that phone booth! I’ve been watching a demo project happen here, and was happy to see that someone came in and moved the plantation style buildings to another location. Hate to see buildings just trashed for “progress.”
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Donna Hull
March 24, 2012 at 9:15 am

Kris, recycling buildings is big in New Zealand. Our guide pointed out recycled buildings in almost every place that we visited.


Vera Marie Badertscher
March 19, 2012 at 6:59 pm

In Sweden people who live in cities frequently turn old farm outbuildings into summer cabins. We visited the parents of a friend in one of these, and you would never know it had once been a falling- down shed.
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Donna Hull
March 24, 2012 at 9:16 am

Vera, I’d love to visit Sweden to see the summer cabins.


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