Monthly Archives: January 2012

Auckland Anniversary Day

One of the holidays we enjoy in this part of North Island is Auckland Anniversay Day.  In other parts of the country, they get a day off from work on different days, to celebrate the anniversaries of the old, abolished, provinces.  … Continue reading

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Our New Grape Arbor

It has always been our plan to install a latticework (trellis) overhead next to the grapes we planted beside the rainwater tank.  Because one of our new grapes has grown up past the top of the chainlink fence, we decided … Continue reading

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Making Plum Jam/Jelly

I like sweet food, and jam (it is never called “jelly” in New Zealand) is one of my favorites.  Smear jam on homemade bread that’s gone through the toaster, and you have a delicious lunch or snack.  Making our own … Continue reading

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The Harvest Continues, January 2012

We have been enjoying the fruits of our labors and those of others.  Our vege gardens are producing copiously, but not as bountifully as our plum tree.  We have stopped buying produce, except for mushrooms (maybe someday we’ll grow our … Continue reading

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Potluck Dinner at New Friends’ House in Thames

A few days ago, I found a website which mentioned a Bed and Breakfast owned and operated by a gay couple in Thames.  I wrote to them to ask if they knew of any groups we might be able to … Continue reading

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Nineteen Eighty One (1981) Restaurant in Auckland

After buying my eyeglasses, we drove to Nineteen Eighty One (1981) Restaurant.  Yes, we had another Grab One voucher for them.  We also had other shopping to do in this area, so its location was very convenient for us.  They … Continue reading

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New Glasses at John O'Connor Optometrists in Auckland, New Zealand

We got yet another Grab One deal, this time for new eyeglasses and an eye exam at John O’Connor Optometrists.  I almost skipped the exam, but Andrew said that we paid for it and should take it.  It is a … Continue reading

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Thames Goldrush Market 2012

Yesterday we walked through the Thames Goldrush Market, and we even bought a few things.  Thames closes off two blocks of its main stree, Pollen Street, each year for the Goldrush Market, and people come from all around to sell their goods … Continue reading

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2011 in Review, by Dave Clingman, Whakatete Bay, New Zealand

2011 was certainly a year of change for us, and especially for me.  It was probably the best year of my life, at least in many ways if not by all measures.  Following is a list of a few of the highlights of the … Continue reading

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New Zealand, USA, and Mexico Comparison Chart

Andrew and I designed a chart that shows similarities and differences between New Zealand (where we now live and where Andrew grew up), the United States of America (where I grew up), and Mexico (where we lived the two years … Continue reading

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