Monthly Archives: August 2011

Trade Me's easygardenernz doesn't treat people right

I won an auction on Trade Me for a chainsaw advertised by Easy Gardener Ltd as “Chainsaw 52cc 20 inch Chainsaw USA Oregon Chain Bar“. From the start, the chainsaw was a problem. The first time I tried to start … Continue reading

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Sailing With Tazmin

Saturday was another of the glorious winter days here at the Whakatete Bay on the Firth of Thames, so we decided to take out our sailboat again. We had been discussing the possibility of our dog Tazmin going with us, … Continue reading

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No Root Canal Needed

Since the dentist I visited two weeks ago wouldn’t do the root canal, Andrew and I researched to find if there might be a location that would do the root canal for less than the two thousand dollars that Roger, … Continue reading

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Hot Water Beach

On 6th August, we drove to the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, as I wrote previously. Besides visiting Cathedral Cove, we also went to Hot Water Beach and created our own spa. Hot Water Beach has underground hot springs … Continue reading

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Another Severe Cold Snap in New Zealand, Setting Records Again 17 August 2011

As I wrote previously, New Zealand receives much of its winter weather from the South Pole (Antarctica). It gets very cold there, and sometimes the wind currents are just right to route all that cold north to us here in … Continue reading

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Lunch at Pastor's House

Yesterday as we were exiting the sanctuary of our church, Thames Baptist Church, our Pastor, Roger Driver-Burgess asked us if we were “up for pizza”.  He clarified that his family always makes pizza for Sunday lunch. With directions to his … Continue reading

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Tazmin and the Sea

This afternoon Andrew finally got a chance to take out our new kayak.  I’d been out on it for very short paddles twice, but Andrew is the more experienced kayaker.  So, we took our kayak down to the beach for … Continue reading

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Cathedral Cove, Entry Port to Narnia

Yesterday we drove to the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula and hiked to Cathedral Cove. This is the location that was used in filming the Narnia movie Prince Caspian. When the kids in the movie are taken to Narnia, … Continue reading

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The Dentist

I’ve been having pain in a tooth, and it is getting worse.  So, I called all the dentists in the local phone book (all six of them) to get prices for a drill and fill for a cavity.  Locally, they … Continue reading

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