Author Archives: Dave Clingman

Castlemaine, Australia

Andrew and I took a holiday for nearly three weeks in Australia, spending some time in five areas of the continent to get a quick sampling of the nation. Those 19 days were interesting and wonderfully enjoyable. Each place was … Continue reading

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New Zealand Earthquakes – We’re Fine

In case you’ve been reading about the many earthquakes here in New Zealand, this is just a note that we’re okay. We live at the northern end of the North Island, and Wellington is at the south end. And Andrew’s … Continue reading

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Worst Drought in New Zealand History

New Zealand is experiencing very dry weather this summer, and the North Island has been enduring the worst drought in the 71-year history of such records.  This summer, there has been persistent high pressure over New Zealand and in the … Continue reading

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Monarch Butterflies on Our Swan Plant (Milkweed)

This year, our swan plants have grown, and they were very attractive to the monarch butterflies which pass through our yard, so much so that the monarch larvae (caterpillars) devastated our two swan plants. It was fascinating watching their life … Continue reading

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2013 Auckland Gay Pride Parade

We made a day out of our trip to Auckland on 16 February 2103, but the main reason we drove the hour and a half to the city was for the first gay pride parade in a dozen years.  And … Continue reading

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Napier and Greater Hawkes Bay

We spent three days in Napier area, visiting various towns and spots, and enjoying several activities, including a few Grab One things.  We found some fun things to do and some wonderful places to enjoy the views. Our first stop … Continue reading

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How We Keep the Wild Birds From Eating Our Chook Food

We bought two chooks (chickens) a couple months ago.  I was surprised that less than a week after bringing them home, our two Brown Shavers (very similar to Rhode Island Reds) began laying eggs, and they’ve been amazingly regular, giving … Continue reading

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Boating at Coromandel Town, New Zealand

A few months ago, we sold our sailboat since we couldn’t use it much, and bought ourselves an inflatable boat with electric motor.  We’ve taken our boat out a few times at our own beach.  Since we were up at Coromandel … Continue reading

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The Waterworks in Coromandel Town, New Zealand

  One place that we’ve been wanting to visit since we arrived here in Thames one and a half years ago is The Waterworks.  This is like nothing else I’ve ever seen or even heard about. This is not your … Continue reading

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Wanaka Puzzling World and Wanaka Beer Works

We stayed the last day of our South Island holiday in Wanaka, north of Queenstown, at the Wanaka Bakpaka.  After checking in, we drove out of town a ways to the Wanaka Beer Works, and the following morning, before flying … Continue reading

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