What matters in Luleå: Getting out early..

3rd December, 2017

I have spoken before about “arctic cabin fever” and the need to get outside as soon as you get up to shake off the dark and cold. Bottomly and I took a very early morning walk today, starting at about 6:30 am.

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“I feel like I am at home here” Bottomly mused while we were walking. “Of all the Rockweather Guys, I suppose I am the only one who can genuinely claim to be a Polar Bear, what with being white and a bear.. Unlike you, I don’t need all that Icebreaker clothing you’ve got on either. I am a true native here !!”

“So you might have been born here, up near the Arctic circle?”‘

“Er..no” he quickly replied. “There is a label sown to my back that says ‘Dry Clean Only’ and ‘Made in China’.”

Cottages like this are everywhere in this area. The morning arctic sky was something I quickly grew to love..

Author: Rockweather

I am a writer, musician, teacher, and researcher at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in Auckland, New Zealand.

10 thoughts on “What matters in Luleå: Getting out early..”

  1. Long time supporter, and thought I’d drop a comment.

    Your wordpress site is very sleek – hope you don’t mind me asking
    what theme you’re using? (and don’t mind if I steal it?

    I just launched my site –also built in wordpress like yours– but the theme slows (!) the site down quite
    a bit.

    In case you have a minute, you can find it by searching for “royal cbd” on Google (would appreciate
    any feedback) – it’s still in the works.

    Keep up the good work– and hope you all take care of yourself during the coronavirus scare!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Justin,
      Thank you for you kind comment. The site theme is Twenty Sixteen, a standard WordPress theme with lots of whitespace. I managed to get to your site Pure CBD easily and it looked very, very smooth. Well done.

      I am actually thriving during the Covid-19 lockdown we have here in New Zealand. My students are all working with me on-line and I kind of feel like we have all got a lot closer. They share their assignments and code with me for feedback – perhaps locking them away to work was a great idea !!!!

      Either way, I think the one thing we know is that this pandemic changes the definition of what is “normal”. We get a chance to change things that should perhaps have been addressed a long time ago.

      So, stay strong Justin and keep safe.


  2. Hey there would you mind sharing which blog platform
    you’re working with? I’m looking to start my own blog soon but I’m
    having a tough time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for
    something completely unique. P.S Apologies for
    getting off-topic but I had to ask!


    1. HI Pamala,
      This is a WordPress site using the Twenty Sixteen template, a standard WordPress theme with lots of whitespace. I brought the WordPress plan that provides a custom URL, so unless you look further down the pages, its hard to tell where it is hosted.

      In terms of starting to blog, there is only one way to do it – start writing !!!! My job is academic writing so I am still learning the craft day-by-day, page-by-page. On this page https://rockweather.com/writing/ I quote Vincent Van Gogh:

      “If you hear a voice within you saying, “You are not a painter,” then by all means paint, boy, and that voice will be silenced, but only by working.”

      So, go for it – start writing !!!


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