Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Red Roses for Cliff on our Anniversary

April 24 would have been our 27th anniversary. We decided to get get married the day before Anzac Day so we’d always have a day off the next day. Once we retired every day was a holiday but the date … Continue reading

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Farewell Spit Tour

Famous arch in the rock at Cape Farewell.

Exactly a year ago today, Cliff and I went on a tour of Farewell Spit with Clare’s sister, Terri. This is at Cape Farewell, the northernmost point of the South Island. The Puponga area has been farmed since the 1880s. It … Continue reading

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Flood—June 19 2015

Flood water across State Highway 7 near the underpass.

On Thursday afternoon it was raining hard. At 5:00pm our neighbor was shifting his dairy cows to higher ground. By the middle of the night the paddock across the river was flooded to about half way across. At 6:30am Friday, … Continue reading

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Real Milk

Village Milk entrance in Cobden.

This is an extract from Village Milk’s website: Village Milk is real milk, sold fresh at the farm. Completely natural and unaltered, Village Milk is collected daily from small herds of happy cows, and is installed in a dispensing machine … Continue reading

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Overnight Cruise on Doubtful Sound

Sailing into the sky.

An overnight trip on the Fiordland Navigator at half price was a bargain we couldn’t resist. Our friend Bev, whose grandchildren are Scouts in Te Anau, told us about the pre-season cruise which was a fundraiser for the Scouts arranged … Continue reading

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Wellington for Clare’s birthday

Wellington is Awesome!

With a lot of airpoints and the realisation that we will never be upgraded to a better seat on a trans-Pacific flight (simple supply and demand), we decided to fly from Hokitika to Wellington for a short break. The only … Continue reading

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Easter visitors

Lauren and Vicki

For a few days after Easter we had visitors from Canterbury. True to form, it did rain but for every rainy day there was a sunny one. The day Lynley, Neil, Vicki and Lauren arrived was rainy. That didn’t stop … Continue reading

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It snowed!

Snowing at Arnold Acres

It wasn’t exactly a blizzard, in fact if I hadn’t reached for the Flip Video as soon as I did, the snow flurries would have been all over with no documentation. Even though we’ve been having so much cold, rainy, … Continue reading

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Christmas 2011

Pororari River

We’ve made a tradition of going for a walk on Christmas day. Today we decided to drive to Punakaiki and walk the Pororari Track to the Inland Pack Track and out by the Punakaiki River. The Pororari Track has got … Continue reading

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November 2011 Arnold River Flood

The rain started on Sunday afternoon. It was hard but we are used to plenty of rain. We went into Greymouth to see a movie at 5.30 and when it was over at 9.30 it was raining even harder. The … Continue reading

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