Category Archives: Cool stuff

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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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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Visitor

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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State Highway 1

Over 2 years after the Kaikoura earthquake, there’s still a massive amount of work to be done, repairing the coastal rail and road lifeline between the top of the South Island and Christchurch. You’ll see signs like this all the … Continue reading

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Fine dining

If you think that rural cuisine around here is limited to sheep meat and 3 veg, fush and chups and pies, then think again. This was the menu for the monthly event at New Zealand’s oldest pub, the Moutere Inn.

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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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