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Books for the blind, part 2


You can read part 1 here.Remember how I tried to draw a picture of a jigger in the first part of this comic? Well, Jonathan found a picture of it on flickr last night. You can see the weights his Dad used to smash his thumb in on the left.

 The photographer, Tony Foster, took photos of Lane & Sons timber mill, after it closed down. Jonathan used to work in it as a young man. He drove the forklift and shifted loads of timber around. The mill now looks like it hasn’t been in use for a century, but it was functional a decade ago. Jonathan said that it had been in decline since the early 20th century – since they stopped felling kauri for the masts of large ships.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 05/07/2011 3:10 pm

    Isn’t it interesting how you never think to verify those apocryphal family stories until it’s too late. Maybe that’s just as well!

  2. 05/07/2011 3:20 pm

    Gosh, I hope Jonathan’s family get to read this. A lovely memoir.
    And well done. A whole year of blogs.

  3. William permalink
    05/07/2011 9:46 pm

    Light light that’s the friend of the visually impaired

  4. Ross Lane permalink
    07/07/2011 10:16 pm


    Many thanks – I assume from the glasses that the brother in law was me – and you may have misheard..Umm – it was the South Island actually – and a pushbike, not a motorbike – thus explaining how Dad was around long enough for anyone of us to be born…

    Thankee – remember the chocolate fish and the sugar in tea well (also Dad drinking most of the pot). I rather strongly suspect that he’d have approved of you and spoilt you (along with the rest of his daughters in law) rotten.


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