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Thames Baptist Church Weekly Barbeques

Each Sunday afternoon, our church, Thames Baptist Church, has a BBQ at someone’s house, a different person’s house each week.  This is a time to get a chance to share a meal with others and to talk and get to … Continue reading

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In Praise of Andrew J. Wharton

Andrew is a wonderful man and an amazing husband.  He works all day at his job, and then after a short rest, works more here at home, usually in the garden or internet stuff that needs to be done.  And … Continue reading

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Auckland's Big Gay Out 2012

Yesterday we drove into Auckland for the day.  We spent the afternoon at the Big Gay Out in Coyle Park west of downtown Auckland.  It was a lot of fun, despite some rain. Auckland’s Big Gay Out is similar to … Continue reading

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Painting Our Roof

Way back with one of our first Grab One purchases, we bought paint for the roof of our villa.  Our plan was to paint the middle section of our very steeply sloped roof and the one side that is accessible from our … Continue reading

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My Resident Visa Has Been Approved — I am a Kiwi

Wednesday, Andrew and I received an email that stated simply that my visa status had been changed.  We logged in and found that my New Zealand Resident Visa had been approved.  Yay! A few hours later, I received an email … Continue reading

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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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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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