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And as the sun slowly sinks in the west….

…we say “Farewell” to Mapua, jewel of the Top of the South. Oil painting by local biologist, Sam, 10 years old Also the coolest kid on the block. Advertisements

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Supp up….

The Last Supper No disciples. Blue cod, gurnard (order 2 pieces, get 3 for being nice to the girls at The Smokehouse), mussels, scallops, half a scoop. Glass of Sav, pint of Bone Dry IPA from the Golden Bear. Takes … Continue reading

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Last Supper

Er..brekkie Alberta’s at Port Mapua. Where else….?

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Load of….

…abalone. Or paua, as we say around here.

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Form follows function

Wood. Nail Magnet Jude Raffils is a really cool guy (who spent his early years up the road) and designed and makes this bottle opener, along with a whole range other well-designed stylish products. Started out at the Nelson Saturday … Continue reading

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Not any more…

30mm last night That’s the first significant rain for almost 3 months. Walking on the lawn sounded like walking on cornflakes…

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The New Zealand fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa) aka pīwakawaka. We have a pair at the cottage that patrol the deck, zipping up and down between the eaves and scoffing anything insect-like. They’ll perch on the clothesline and have a chat on … Continue reading

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