Author Archives: Jim

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2011 !! Well, what a year 2010 was, so many things happened, from one extreme to another. We started off in Feb with a weeks trip to the Catlins Coast, at the bottom of the South Island.   … Continue reading

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Weddings, Wine and a bit of Landscaping

Lots going on recently… Things are starting to get back to normal after the earthquake. We are still getting aftershocks but they are getting smaller all the time. If you are interested in seeing how often they happen you can … Continue reading

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Christchurch Earthquake – Update

Just as we thought things were starting to calm down….. I was about to go out the door for my first day back at work when there was a massive 5.1 magnitude aftershock. Power off again, alarms going off everywhere. … Continue reading

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Christchurch Earthquake – Day 2

Just a quick update from here at Earthquake +2. In our area of town things look pretty normal. If you look closely you can see a few fallen chimneys and minor damage. We were bl**dy lucky!! As you have probably … Continue reading

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Christchurch Earthquake 4th September

Just a quick note to let everyone know we are OK. Got woken up at 4:30am by horrendous noise and vibration – almost impossible to describe. The main shock lasted for about 40 seconds, then there were a number of … Continue reading

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What a beauty!

The Gauntlet was thrown down, the challenge was made. Who can make the best Pork Pie! Much labour and effort produced a Pok Pie of splendid proportions and wonderful flavour   Yum, yum, yum.

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Weddings and Walks

Hi all Just returned to NZ after a 4 week trip to the UK. We stayed with Michelle and we had luxury accommodation ready for us when we arrived!   But we were not too sure about the other residents…. … Continue reading

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Freezer full of Pork

Very busy weekend last weekend as we dealt with the first pig that Ben & Claire have been raising. Aa it was the first time we weren’t sure how it was going to go, but it was a really good … Continue reading

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Landscaping, Cycles & Sausages

Things have been trundling along as normal here since we came back from the Catlins. The weather has been really mild now we are moving into autumn, but the clocks have gone back so the evenings are starting to draw … Continue reading

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Holiday down south!

We have been for a weeks holiday driving down the west coast from Christchurch to the very bottom of the south Island, passing the Moeraki Boulders, to the Catlins coast and to Milford Sound. We did a mixture of camping … Continue reading

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