Category Archives: Mapua

Nowhere to run……

…nowhere to hide. The froggy chappy from across the way got busy with the mower the other day. Gives me a clear shot at the bunnies. Didn’t finish it off, though. Knocked off at 5:30 on the dot 35 hour … Continue reading

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Visitors from Outer Space

Our Elm Street neighbours Ms Birgit Gift and Mr JW Flower appear to be selling the cottage as a tourist destination. How else to explain the appearance of fellow journalist at the local rag Sigi and film-maker Elmar Babst  from … Continue reading

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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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Playing real good…

…for free. Not quite sure who rolls out the piano every day on Mapua wharf – it’s either Alberta’s or the Jellyfish – but it’s a definite magnet for the marginally to rather talented during the holiday season. This young … Continue reading

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Hard reset. (I think that’s how it goes, anyway, but having been a Mac user for the last 15 years, it’s not something that that you need to use that often….) But the garden’s another matter. Tenants say “Oh, we … Continue reading

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Bloody southwesterly…….

The Provence has the Mistral, someone else has the Chinook and someone elser has the Santa Ana. We have the BLOODY SOUTHWESTERLY. Comes howling over the Moutere, down over the Waimea estuary and then up the slope. To us. If … Continue reading

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Here we are then…

Fish and chips and a pint of Fortress from the Golden Bear…

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