Category Archives: Classic stuff

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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“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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Great Taste Trail

The Great Taste Trail is Nelson-Tasman’s contribution to Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail. It starts at Nelson airport and runs mostly along he coast to Kaiteriteri and then runs through the Motueka valley and  over the Dovedale Saddle … Continue reading

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If you’re good….

…you can do this. It’s the same with Guinness – if it’s poured properly, you can write your initials in the head and they’ll still be here when you’ve finished. Or a shamrock. It’s the same with latte art on … Continue reading

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Buy local

Eggs from pampered chooks from the nice ladies at the Old Post Office Store in Upper Moutere. They once didn’t have any. “Oh, Katie and Owen (Katie Gold, ceramic artist, Owen Bartlett, potter, live across the road) are away. I’ll … Continue reading

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It’s Friday.

(Disclosure: Not a left-footer) You’re Catholic. The Good Book says “FISH” There is none. Can’t even do the fish-and-loaf-of-bread thing. Something from the “Vegetarian Butcher” on the Nelson Saturday market, then… (I kid you not…)

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San Gimignano di Hoddy

There are some very dubious structures popping up on the ridge just up the road. Patrice, the local Gallic eccentric, reckons that they’re chimneys for fireplaces. FOUR of them? It doesn’t get THAT cold around here. I reckon that the … Continue reading

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