Monthly Archives: September 2011

Te Puna Quarry Park, near Tauranga, New Zealand

When we won our wardrobe on Trade Me, we decided to make a day of going to Tauranga to pick it up. Our first stop was the Te Puna Quarry Park, west of Tauranga. The Te Puna Quarry Park is … Continue reading

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Our New Heat Pump

We bought a new heat pump at an auction last week (more on that later), and yesterday we had it installed. We had it placed in the main bedroom, above the large window. We originally thought it had to be … Continue reading

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A New Wardrobe

We won a wardrobe on Trade Me, and we are very pleased with this purchase. The lady selling it to us says that she’s had the wardrobe for thirty years, and that she bought it from a second hand store. … Continue reading

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A New Zealand Hedgehog

Yesterday afternoon, Tazmin was barking at something near the orchard, and so we went to see what was exciting her. Tazmin is an excellent watch dog, letting us know whenever anything strange is happening. For several nights, she would bark … Continue reading

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Springtime in Thames, New Zealand

Spring has sprung.  More birds are at our feeder, as well as elsewhere in our garden and the surrounding farm.  We wake each morning to bird song, but that has been the case since we moved here back in early … Continue reading

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Please Drive Safely

Thames Coast Highway (State Highway 25), along which we live, travels north from Thames, New Zealand, to Coromandel Town, and is a beautiful drive. We highly recommend the drive, as long as you pay attention to the road. Most of … Continue reading

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Pruning the Orchard, New Zealand Style

Back in California, we would prune the fruit trees in December or January. Here, though, since the seasons are opposite that in the northern hemisphere, winter is in June, July and August. Also, it seems that since the last time … Continue reading

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A Mild New Zealand Winter, All Told

Despite two record low temperatures here in New Zealand this winter, the weather overall has been quite mild. At least that is what I think, from what others have said. Many were the days people in Thames commented on how … Continue reading

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Website Design By Dave Clingman

I have been receiving much more web design work lately than I’ve had for a very long time.  My newest client is Thames Anglican Church.  I am presently mostly merely editing their present website, though I have added one extra … Continue reading

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Rugby World Cup in New Zealand 2011

Friday evening, Andrew and I drove to town (Thames), to the Junction Hotel bar to watch the Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony and the first game, between the New Zealand All Blacks and Tonga. It was the first time I’ve … Continue reading

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