Monthly Archives: December 2017

“Felt more like a 3.7 to me…”

They don’t call New Zealand the Shaky Isles for nothink (as our Proime Minister is wont to say…). GeoNet (Geological hazard information for New Zealand – geonet.org.nz) registered 20 moderate to strong earthquakes in January 2017 alone.  You get a … Continue reading

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Unjuvenile delinquents

New Zealand’s a funny place. Binge-drinking culture which the lawmakers try to counter by declaring everywhere that’s not a licensed premise a no-alcohol zone. Which means that you can’t sit on the foreshore of the Mapua inlet, enjoying a glass … Continue reading

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Grocery shopping

Head down Lodder Lane in Riwaka (it’s part of the route of the Great Taste Trail) and you’ll see a “Veges for sale” sign. Nothing like a market garden and I figure that it’s produce from their backyard garden. “We’ve … Continue reading

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It’s been a bit warm around here……

No idea what you’re supposed to do in situations like this – keep them in the fridge? Not much point lighting them, anyway – doesn’t get dark until it’s way past bed-time….

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Mr Fixit

Ms NTNDP stumbled over the boot of a guy who was fixing something at her yoga studio the other day. (Note the boot support…) Her friend in Germany wrote ” What’s HE going to fix” Patrick (whose G-wagon is but … Continue reading

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“Have yourself……..

a very Maori ..er …Merry Christmas. Cute tree decorations sourced by family members from Red Gallery in Nelson. Looks more like a lynching to me….

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“There’s flowers on the pohutukawa!”

The pohutukawa tree (Metrosideros excelsa) with its crimson flower has become an established part of the New Zealand Christmas tradition. This iconic Kiwi Christmas tree, which often features on greeting cards and in poems and songs, has become an important … Continue reading

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