Monthly Archives: October 2015

October 31, 2015 … spectacular change

Yesterday’s edition was about a surfeit of rain. Today I am happy to report a splendid warm sunny day. I had the very great pleasure of lunch with a friend at the Rata cafe¬† in the wildlife sanctuary, Zealandia. Lunch … Continue reading

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October 30, 2015 … if the river doesn’t rise

It had rained steadily for a day or two, and the river was rising when I wrote my previous blog. Nevertheless, I find myself startled by the speed with which it subsequently rose. It rose so much, in fact, that … Continue reading

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October 29, 2015 … dishing the dirt

For as long as we have been in Wellington, they have been there. On Parkside Rd, opposite the Waiwhetu Stream in Gracefield, Lower Hutt, there is a cluster of large satellite dishes. I am guessing that the largest of them … Continue reading

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October 28, 2015 … late rescue

My afternoon was spent in Mt Cook. No, not the mountain in the Southern Alps, but the Wellington suburb of the same name. I began on Tasman Street, and from a side road, looked across a piece of recently cleared … Continue reading

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October 27, 2015 … in a parallel universe

One of the things I like about our region is the pockets of difference. There are many places that, though they stay in close proximity, are somehow far from the mainstream existence nearby. Parallel to the Hutt Valley is Whiteman’s … Continue reading

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October 26, 2015 … a sudden and unexpected burst of summer

It’s a long weekend in New Zealand. On the fourth Monday in October, we observe Labour Day. As a statutory paid holiday, it celebrates the struggle 175 years ago, for a universal eight-hour working day, though many still don’t have … Continue reading

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October 25, 2015 … at the water’s edge

One of the great losses in life, is free access to the ports of New Zealand. I know that today the ports are subject to the same threats as airports. However, as a youngster at school, I recall wandering along … Continue reading

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October 24, 2015 … to the zoo

Rarely do I do zoo photos. Yesterday, however, the school where our grandchildren Maggie and Cooper attend had a “teacher only” day. I volunteered to look after them for a few hours and asked them what they would like to … Continue reading

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October 23, 2015 … low cloud and drizzle

The last few days have been freaky, weather-wise. We have had strong winds alternating with low cloud, mist and rain. Normally I would suggest that these are incompatible, but that’s what we have had.¬† Low cloud is not necessarily bad … Continue reading

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October 22, 2015 … reliving old memories

Every so often, I get to have lunch with a group of former colleagues. Five of the seven in our group are retired, and we are always grateful to the remaining two for continuing to fund our superannuation through their … Continue reading

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