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Ashes to ashes….

…rust to rust. 6 years later, the Janie Seddon isn’t looking much better, poor old girl. The local Community Board wants her moved “because of safety and environmental concerns”. Would anyone in their right minds want to climb on her … Continue reading

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Brought a gingerbread house down from Germany for our new neighbours’ 2 kids. Fine example of teamwork in action. Mum wrote “Doesn’t look exactly like the illustration on the packet, but it’s pretty close…”

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“Felt more like a 3.7 to me…”

They don’t call New Zealand the Shaky Isles for nothink (as our Proime Minister is wont to say…). GeoNet (Geological hazard information for New Zealand – registered 20 moderate to strong earthquakes in January 2017 alone.  You get a … Continue reading

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“There’s flowers on the pohutukawa!”

The pohutukawa tree (Metrosideros excelsa) with its crimson flower has become an established part of the New Zealand Christmas tradition. This iconic Kiwi Christmas tree, which often features on greeting cards and in poems and songs, has become an important … Continue reading

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Red sky at night……

Forget the rest of it. 0.6mm rain in the last 6 weeks means that what grass hasn’t been grazed short has zero nutrients. You see a lot of big trucks hauling last summer’s hay to where it’s needed. And you … Continue reading

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I might have left this too late….

A tad slack in writing this post in a timely manner and if I don’t get my skates on, I might be an Honorary Uncle before the pixels hit the ether…. Andrew van Leeuwen and I go back quite a … Continue reading

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Stanley Griffith (bottom left) sounds like The Man to me.. Upper Moutere Store

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