Category Archives: Whakatete Bay in New Zealand

Airplane Flight Around Coromandel Peninsula

We hired a local pilot to fly us and a friend around the Coromandel Peninsula one afternoon. It was amazing seeing from the air all the places we’ve driven and/or walked, as well as seeing some places I’ve never been. … Continue reading

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No More Tunnel Driveway, Good As

Well, despite what our one neighbor and we said, our other neighbor went ahead and cut the tree which was overhanging our driveway.  He pointed out that the tree was probably too low for his stock trucks to pass.  So, … Continue reading

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Heavier Rains, More Flooding, and a Huge Tree Across our Drive

Yesterday and last night was a huge storm, with wild winds and lots of rain.  When we woke this morning, Andrew commented that our creek was roaring loud.  Everything was soaked, but all our orchard trees, both old and young, … Continue reading

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Heavy Rains, Flooding, and a Slip (Mudslide) on our Drive

We had a huge downpour the other day and night here in Whakatete Bay, and it raised the level in the creek out behind our place and created several flash floods around the Coromandel Peninsula.  Many highways were closed, and … Continue reading

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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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Canning Tomatoes as Spaghetti Sauce and Tomato Juice

Our tomato plants were very late getting started this year.  I don’t know whether it was because it was too cold at first, or there wasn’t enough sunlight where we planted them, or something else.  But once they started going, … Continue reading

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Like a Good Neighbor

Our farmer neighbor, David, seems like a very nice man.  He shares with us and is considerate to us.  His farm encircles our place on three sides, and it is nice to look out and see green grasses and cows and sheep … Continue reading

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