Monthly Archives: May 2012

Fresh Tomatoes at the end of May – Who Woulda Thought?

Though the temperatures are falling very quickly this late in autumn, we are still harvesting fresh, ripe tomatoes. We had ice on our car windshield yesterday, and still our tomatoes are fine.  We “rescued” our tomato plants and enabled them … Continue reading

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Compost, Compost Everywhere

Compost is good stuff!  We are still amazed, though we are getting used to it just a bit, by how wonderfully productive our vege boxes are.  The secret is no secret really; it’s compost: rich, fertile soil. Compost is basically just decomposed … Continue reading

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Quiz Night at The Brew in Thames, New Zealand

Last night I joined Andrew for the weekly Quiz Night at a local pub called The Brew Cafe & Restaurant Bar.  Andrew and four of his work mates gather every Thursday night, along with another seven or eight other teams, … Continue reading

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The Birds are Returning Home

With Autumn comes a reduction in the amount of green plants, at least in most parts of the world.  Here, however, things never seem to get more than just slightly less green, or a lighter shade of green.  But it … Continue reading

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Passion Vine Hopper – Dave’s Question and Photos Published on whatsthatbug.com

This past summer, one of our greatest challenges (we’ve had many!) were a small insect that flew like a moth.  They were EVERYWHERE, on nearly every plant in our yard.  I spent an hour or so trying to find photos … Continue reading

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New Zealand Planning Institute 2012 Annual Conference Field Trip

Andrew had a choice between eight field trips to attend during the last day of the New Zealand Planning Institute’s Annual Conference in Blenheim.  He chose the “Southern Explorer” option, which took him to four places of development or proposed development. … Continue reading

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Our House Sitters Are Having a Great Time, Too.

Our housesitters, Mike and Emily, are having a wonderful time enjoying our home and gardens, as well as their time with our dog, Tazmin.  It sounds like they are taking Tazmin for long walks at the beach at the end … Continue reading

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Blenheim, New Zealand

Andrew receives his conference pass and materials We arrived in Blenheim yesterday at noon, and our first stop was for Andrew to pick up his registration at the Blenheim Conference Centre for the New Zealand Planning Institute Annual Conference.  He’ll be attending … Continue reading

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Kaikoura, New Zealand

After checking into the Dolphin Lodge Backpackers Hostel in Kaikoura, we headed to the point to see if we could spot any seals.  We did.  Dozens of them.  From one spot in our two hour walk, we counted 52 seals, … Continue reading

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Day Two at Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

Our first stop for our second day in Hanmer Springs was the Queen Mary Hospital, an historic reserve in Hanmer Springs.  We read in the paper this afternoon that the buildings of Queen Mary Hospital, long lain empty, are soon … Continue reading

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