Category Archives: Life in New Zealand

Orcas (aka Killer Whales) visit Whakatete Bay, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

Our neighbor Graham called me up this afternoon and said, “The orcas are here.” At first, I did not quite understand what he was saying. The only times he’d ever called up here previously was to tell us that our … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Andrew Makes His Drama Debut at the Thames Citizen Band Performance

One of the many activities during the Thames Heritage Week is a performance by the Thames Citizen Band, a performance which included an historical play that showed how the Thames Citizen Band came to be.  Andrew had a role in … Continue reading

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You Can’t Get That Here

There are many things that are simply not available here in New Zealand, things that are so common back in California that you can often buy it for a dollar at one of the dollar stores (Dollar Tree, 99¢ Store, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Me!

My birthday passed quite enjoyably a couple weeks ago.  I relaxed much of the day and then played (worked?) in the gardens awhile, two of my favorite things.  When Andrew got home, he had brought us each a chocolate muffin … Continue reading

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Thames Baptist Church at Kauaeranga Valley Christian Camp

  Our church, Thames Baptist, spent the weekend at the Kauaeranga Valley Christian Camp (pronounced kah-wah-eh-RAHNG-ah) this past weekend.  Andrew and I joined about three dozen people for Saturday.  Some people stayed both Friday and Saturday nights, but we and a dozen … Continue reading

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