Author Archives: jb

World famous in Nelson

Appleby Farms says that they make “Cow to cone” ice cream. True that. The milk in their ice cream comes from two family owned Nelson farms. It heads straight from the milking shed to their own creamery 15 minutes down … Continue reading

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Western Entrance

Back in the day (1860-ish) when Mapua was called “Seaton Township”, the port area was known as the Western Entrance (to the Waimea Inlet). The Eastern Entrance (or Blund Channel) doesn’t lend itself to maritime navigability one bit – you … Continue reading

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That time of year…..

It’s not that people aren’t generous for the rest of the year – they are, to a fault: witness the thousands of dollars worth of hay being donated from around the country to farmers affected by the big fire here … Continue reading

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Ah, that’s better…

Thought I was in a Foreign Country for a bit, but I got blown a few yards down the road yesterday evening and this morning was cool, wet and dreary. That’s more like it. Ta, Welly…

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So this is Wellie…

Wellington invariably disappoints. Cam says how great it is to have breakfast at the Maranui Surf Club and watch the breakers crashing in. Yeah right Millpond. @davidslack says he “sometimes gets the feeling landing at Wellington …of being followed by … Continue reading

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Flip Clogs

Around here, folks reckon that Jandals (Japanese Sandals…) were the world’s first flip-flops. Punching above our weight and all that…. (It was actually a Frenchman who invented them, a Monsieur Phillope. Phillipe Phillope.) Which has nothing to do with this … Continue reading

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“I visited New Zealand…..

…but it was closed” wrote (I think) J. B. Priestly in the 1960s. He’d be impressed by Whanganui, even these days. The best cafe in town opens 2 days a week, one of the 2 fish restaurants is closed for … Continue reading

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