Category Archives: Country

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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The long non-Italian lunch

Rocked on over to Neudorf Vineyards with my surrogate kid sister Robin and her husband Alan (Of Waitemata Woodys fame) who were here for an extended weekend for a picnic lunch. Bring your own food, buy a bottle (or 2) … Continue reading

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Monthly Theme Day – Mar 2019 – Green

Here in the Top of the South, we can’t offer much “green”. A few weeds, but they’re struggling too. Despite 7mm on Sunday, there’s been no rain since Christmas Day, temperatures in the 30s and non-stop sou-westerlies. Which means that … Continue reading

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Nose to tail

Er. Nose to wing, actually.* Ricky’s currently working on Paladin down at the boatyard just below the cottage and drifted up the hill with some snapper wings that they’d smoked the night before. Can’t believe that they’re not sold at … Continue reading

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Freedom campers. The nice kind.

People turn up at Port Hoddy all the time, park up, sometimes leave a mess (poo and toilet paper in the bushes) and bugger off next day. (Some idiots parked up on the front lawn once. The grass needed an … 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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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 Blind Channel) doesn’t lend itself to maritime navigability one bit – you … Continue reading

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