Taste of Heaven


Whitebait fritter from the kaimoana (kai = food, moana = sea) lady on the Saturday market in Nelson.


She’ll also do you a mussel patty, she has ceviche and kawakawa juice that’ll cure any ills that you might be dragging around

Here’s Dave.

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Monthly Theme Day – January 2019

Photo of the Year – 2018


Cocozelle zucchini (that’s “courgettes” to you, Dave…), cuore di due and Capri tomatoes and spring onions.

All organic. All homegrown.

Aubergines had finished, otherwise we’d have been set up for a ratatouille…

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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 week and all that stuff….

Here’s Martha and the Vandellas

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I miss Siegfried.

Siegried was our neighbour and good friend across the road for nigh on 40 years.

We were once mistaken for father and son at the local supermarket.

Pleased us both no end.

He passed away in August, having achieved the 90 that he reckoned he wouldn’t see and that everyone else worked towards.

So when we went over the border to France, he’d get eclairs.

When Ms NTNDP made hummus or did some baking, a plate would go over the road.

England was always shortbread, USA was artisan jam and New Zealand was chocolate.

Always Whittakers.

Locally made by real people.

Been around since 1896.

New Zealand’s most trusted brand.

Feels strange to see it and not buy some for him…..

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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 Mayence the other day?

They’re actually on the trail of their son Louis who’s taking a gap year after his UE/A-levels/Abitur and learning valuable life skills down here in Aotearoa.

Such as:

De-budding kiwifruit is a) hard work and b) boring as shit. AND that decent beer is horrendously expensive. As is rubbish beer.

Your mother will follow you to the end of the world. There’s no escape…

We ordered a high tide on the estuary, the sun came out , Schulczi‘s treats were as good as ever and a good time was had by all.

My mind – full of musical trivia and little else – went into overtime when I heard first heard her name (short for Sigrun/Sieglinde/Sigrid)  did a “whirr-buzz-clang-grind-ding-dong” and spat out….

“Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.”

Can’t help it.

Here’s David….

And here’s the lovely Mick Ronson, Bowie’s guitarist. Died of liver cancer 6 months after the filming.

So self-effacing.

So gentle.

So brilliant




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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 builders have been to Italy on holiday and were so inspired by the towers of San Gimignano that they reckoned that Mapua needed something similar.

Classic case of tenere il passo con le Joneses…..*

Or De Lucas

*deepl.com’s your friend…


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“3 bucks a bite”….

said a guy at Neudorf Vineyards.

“Tastes bloody good but, aye”

True that.

Boxing Day and Judy (mum) and Rosie Finn (daughter) give the staff a day off, man .. er.. person the tasting room, get Viva la Vaca in to do their excellent smoked meats and an excellent time is had by all.

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