Think THIS is a water slide…?


THIS is a water slide….


Got invited to our neighbour Sam’s 9th birthday the other day.

Nicest bunch of people, 2 deer on the barbecue, a MEGA water slide and the coolest cake ever….

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X marks the spot…

The Met Service tells us that we’re experiencing ” a period of highly impactful severe weather”

Ex-cyclone Gita.

140 km/h winds.

Heaps of rain.

Now, where did that roof go….?

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The house on the hill…

Flash new house on Old Wharf Rd in Motueka.

They appear to have bowled the old place, piled up earth to create some sort of pitcher’s mound and plonked Legomansion on top.

You can probably see Tasman Bay if you stand on a chair in the upstairs bathroom….

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Red sky at night….

Weather forecasting and toi toi (aka cuttygrass) on Sam’s Track.

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Moving house….


This Art Deco villa used to live in Nelson.

As the Nelson Mail writes in its usual illiterate manner:

“The 1940s art deco house on Nelson’s Shelbourne St near Nelson cathedral, has been cut in half, ready to make the road trip to it’s [sic] new home in Upper Moutere on Wednesday night.”

That was back in early January.

The idea was that it would live on the trailer for a couple of days while Tasman District Council processed the application for a permanent location.

Good luck with that….

This is how Tasman District Council works:

You lodge an application for which they have 10 working days to process.

After 10 working days, they write to you and say “We need more information on Paragraph 3 on Page 2″

You write back and – after a further 10 working days – they’ll write again with ” We need more information on Paragraph 4 on Page 2″

You think I’m kidding?

I have the scars to prove it….

They don’t go through the document in its entirety and provide you with a list of issues they want addressed.


They go for death by a thousand cuts

After a while, the trucking company decided they actually NEEDED their trailer for other jobs, so they chopped down a pine tree and stuck blocks under the house as temporary foundations.

I’m taking bets on how long it’s going to stay there,

3 months appears to be the current favourite….

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If life gives you tomatoes…..

…make tomato sauce.

If you have a garden full of heritage tomatoes, dry them in the oven and pack them with olive oil, basil and garlic slivers…

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Middle Earth

A highly appropriate comment, as evidenced by the photo below.

Very much a case of “Now you see it, now you don’t”.

“Clear cut” is exactly that – nonselective felling of trees.

Harvest the timber, leave all the debris to rot away.

Unless of course you get a deluge and all the detritus finds its way to the nearest waterway where it forms a temporary dam which – after collapsing – destroys a village.

That why Orcs like it….

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