Confect – make (something elaborate or dainty) from various elements; compound, make up, prepare or put together from varied materials; preserve.
Someone once told me that people will do anything for love & I had a hard time believing that because there’s Love everywhere. In the sunlight & air & trees & rocks. In the way words attach themselves to the things we do & see. In the heartbeat (beat beat beat) of the world.
They told me that didn’t count. Love only counts if you get it from other people, they said.
I looked around & all I could see were people wanting love, but not wanting to give it because it might hurt. Or because someone might say Go away. Take your Love & go someplace else where people actually want it (which is silly, because that’s everywhere)
It still makes me wonder if the only reason people will do anything for Love is because they think there’s only a little bit
& not the whole world. – Love Matters © 2016 Brian Andreas – posted with permission.
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Sniffer dogs to help detect pesky weed – Adriana Weber:
Dogs will be used to help find a pesky weed on farms and vineyards in Marlborough.
Chilean needle grass is an invasive plant that spreads rapidly and has sharp, needle-like tips.
It is very hard to detect, so two sniffer dogs specially trained to spot the weed have been sent to the region to help. . .
The common misconception that all the best meat New Zealand has to offer gets sent offshore is not true, says New Zealand’s largest Kiwi-owned meat processor, AFFCO.
While it is well known a large percentage of lamb is exported off shore to meet Christmas demand in the United Kingdom and Europe, it’s a little-known fact that the majority of beef cuts right from eye fillets to rump steak, stay here for Kiwi’s to enjoy over summer.
“Local demand is certainly higher at this time of year when we’ve come out of long winter period and people just want to put some steak on the barbeque,” says AFFCO’s New Zealand Sales Manager, Darryl Butson. . .
Did ewe know . . . wool fibre can be bent 20,000 times without breaking and return to its original shape.
Focus on consumer-based value, quality differences – Wes Ishmael:
For all of you striving to be above average on your next ranch report card, we have good news.
“While the trend of increasing quality is difficult to quantify, the combination of genetic improvement, formula pricing that includes premium price structures, and additional days of feeding due to lower grain prices will continue to drive U.S. beef quality higher,” says Don Close, Rabobank senior animal protein analyst. “The premiums in the U.S. are expected to increase relative to Choice, branded and Select classifications.”
That’s saying a mouthful when you consider how much of the nation’s federally inspected fed cattle supply already grades USDA Choice or higher — upwards of 80%. For instance, the last week of October, 76.8% graded Choice and Prime, according to USDA’s National Steer and Heifer Estimated Grading Report. Of the Choice-grading carcasses, 29.17% were USDA-certified in the upper two-thirds of Choice. . .
The New Zealand Specialist Cheesemakers Association (NZSCA) is delighted to announce entries are open for its annual Champions of Cheese Awards.
The Specialist Cheesemakers Association has been running the awards since 2003, and will host their 15th annual NZSCA Gala Cocktail Awards Evening in Auckland at Fale Pasifika on Thursday 15 March 2018. For the first time the awards are being organised by specialist food marketing communications company Marvellous Marketing. . .
Buying a Farm – “Caveat Emptor”:
Buying a farm is a major investment that has now become much more complicated with the Waikato Regional Council’s proposed and current rule changes under Plan Change 1.
Plan Change 1 requires farmers to obtain a nitrogen reference point (NRP) based on either the 2014/15 or the 2015/16 season.
Under a standard agreement for sale and purchase a vendor has no obligation to provide the information necessary to calculate the NRP. If a farmer does not have this information, they are assigned 75per cent of the sector average. . .
Hawke’s Bay’s dairy farmers who are consistently achieving full compliance with their resource consents were recognised at the Dairy Compliance Awards 2017 event last week .
HBRC Chief Executive James Palmer said the scheme is getting good participation, and the people involved are continuing to perform at a high level of compliance.
“The scheme is important for both dairy farmers and the regional council. HBRC wants to help farmers to succeed and the Regional Council is pleased with the environmental performance they are achieving.” . .
Did ewe know . . . wool does its bit for climate change. It can store nearly 2x its weight in CO2 in a duarble, wearable form.
After the success of the Snow Farm local days in 2017, Snow Farm is making 2018, the locals season, with our most affordable early bird seasons pass prices ever.
Adult seasons passes will be $149 and children seasons passes will be $49. Passes can be purchased at the Snow Farm NZ website www.snowfarmnz.com from the 11th of December to the 31stof January when the prices increase to our pre seasons rates.
“Traditionally most early bird pass sales are to locals and New Zealand residents, so we are looking forward to having more locals taking advantage of this amazing deal and spending more time up at the Snow Farm. . .
Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
Being taught to avoid talking about politics and religion has led to a lack of understanding of politics and religion.
What we should have been taught was how to have a civil conversation about a difficult topic.
497 BC – The first Saturnalia festival was celebrated in ancient Rome.
942 Assassination of William I of Normandy.
1531 – Pope Clement VII established a parallel body to the Inquisition in Lisbon, Portugal.
1577 Francis Drake set sail from Plymouth on a secret mission to explore the Pacific Coast of the Americas for Queen Elizabeth I.
1583 – Cologne War: Forces under Ernest of Bavaria defeated the troops under Gebhard Truchsess von Waldburg at the Siege of Godesberg.
1586 – Emperor Go-Yozei became Emperor of Japan.
1637 – Shimabara Rebellion: Japanese peasants led by Amakusa Shiro rose against daimyo Matsukura Shigeharu.
1773 At Wharehunga Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, 10 men who were with James Cook’s navigator Tobias Furneaux died at the hands of Ngati Kuia and Rangitane, led by their chief, Kahura.
1819 Simón Bolívar declared the independence of the Republic of Gran Colombia in Angostura (now Ciudad Bolívar in Venezuela).
1853 – Pierre Paul Émile Roux, French physician, co-founded the Pasteur Institute (d. 1933)
1874 – William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canadian economist and politician, 10th Prime Minister of Canada was born(d. 1950)
1889 New Zealand’s Eifel tower opened at the South Seas Exhibition.
1904 Paul Cadmus, American artist, was born (d. 1999).
1915 André Claveau, French singer, was born (d. 2003).
1918 Culmination of the Darwin Rebellion as some 1000 demonstrators march on Government House in Darwin.
1936 Tommy Steele, English singer and actor, was born.
1937 Kerry Packer, Australian businessman, was born (d. 2005).
1938 Peter Snell, New Zealand runner, was born.
1939 Battle of the River Plate – The Admiral Graf Spee was scuttled by Captain Hans Langsdorff outside Montevideo.
1944 Major Major, No. 1 Dog, 2NZEF, and member/mascot of 19 Battalionsince 1939, died of sickness in Italy. He was buried with full military honours at Rimini.
1945 – Jacqueline Wilson, English author and academic, was born.
1947 First flight of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet strategic bomber.
1961 Sara Dallin, English singer (Bananarama), was born.
1967 Prime Minister of Australia Harold Holt disappeared while swimming near Portsea, Victoria and was presumed drowned.
1969 The SALT I (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) began.
1969 Project Blue Book: The United States Air Force closed its study of UFOs, stating that sightings were generated as a result of “A mild form of mass hysteria, Individuals who fabricate such reports to perpetrate a hoax or seek publicity, psychopathological persons, and misidentification of various conventional objects.”
1989 Pilot episode of The Simpsons aired in the United States.
2005 – Jigme Singye Wangchuck abdicated the throne as King of Bhutan.
2009 – MV Danny F II sank off the coast of Lebanon, resulting in the deaths of 44 people and over 28,000 animals.
2013 – The anti-corruption operation in Turkey begins with high profile detainments.
2014 – The United States and Cuba re-established diplomatic relationsafter severing them 55 years ago.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.