Category Archives: Cool stuff

The Eastern @ The Mapua Community Hall

The Eastern is close to being my favourite band (that would be Little Feat, btw) and when they come to Nelson, nothing will keep me away. Last week, they did a charity gig for the Mapua Community Hall. Crap acoustics, … Continue reading

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Theme Day – March 2016- Heimat – A sense of belonging

Can you have 2 places where you feel you belong? I guess so. I got tapped for the March theme and I chose – there was a bit of pushback – “Heimat – a sense of belonging” I grew up … Continue reading

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  Tug of war outside the Nelson Mail’s offices

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Fix it again……

…Tony. A fine example awaiting restauration in Patrick’s ferrous sequestration zone on the estuary shores.

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“Do I get to keep it…?”

This is a cool story. Robin, Steve Fullmer‘s wife, mailed me saying that one of Steve’s older pots was for sale on Trade Me, New Zealand’s eBay. Put in a decent bid, got it, arrived today. It’s quite stunning. Steve … Continue reading

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Jane Ussher ist arguably New Zealand’s best portrait photographer and unarguably an exceptionally nice person. We had the pleasure of having her at our place for the best part of 2 days, photograhing the cottage for one of New Zealand’s … Continue reading

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Founding Fathers

Founders’ fathers, actually. Founders Organic Brewery is currently run by John Duncan and his sons, Callum and Matt. Started by Great-great-great-great-great-great granddad in 1854. Reason enough to put in on your label….

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