Can’t get away from the bastard…..

The Suter Art Gallery does me no favours.

Although I’m still trying to work out who the greater cartoon character is….

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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) of their wine and you’re good to go.

That’s how it used to work, anyway.

Up until March 1st.

Understandable, because they get swamped in summer, so that was the last time for us.

Doesn’t mean we won’t go back though….

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Ready, willing and…..

….Abel Tasman National Park.

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Reverse engineered

Discovered these on the SH1 coast.

Maybe local biologist Sam can un-reverse engineer them……

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Who says…..

…….that there are no virgins in Nelson?

I just saw 4 at the airport.

Behind a a hurricane fence chastity belt, that is….

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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 everything’s as dry as a bone, leading to a massive forest fire a few weeks back that stopped 4km from our place.

No garden watering, no car washing, businesses have to cut consumption by 25% (bit of a problem for the Golden Bear brewery at Port Mapua…) and we’re exhorted to reduce consumption, too, by flushing less often

“If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down”

That’ll set me up for another 2 Monthly Theme Days….

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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 way down the highway,

Gran’s likely operating a digger.

The stop/go crews (and there are a LOT of them) are mostly younger.

Wave, and they wave back.

Being New Zealand, everybody waves….

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