365 days of gratitude

April 27, 2018

To walk or not to walk? was my morning question.

I was tending towards no, my farmer said yes and changed my mind.

The walk included a steep hill which I won’t say I enjoyed at the time, but it felt good to get to the top and the endorphins have stayed with me all day, for which I’m grateful.

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Word of the day

April 27, 2018

Sjodd – the sound of surf on the shore as heard from a distance; the distant roar of waves reaching land.


Rural round-up

April 27, 2018

Direct link between irrigation and polluted waterways is ‘wrong’ says mayor – Jo McKenzie McLean:

Wide opinion that an “incontrovertible” direct link exists between irrigation and the degradation of New Zealand’s waterways “is wrong”, Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan says.

Cadogan delivered an opening speech at Irrigation New Zealand’s national conference being held in Alexandra, Central Otago, on Wednesday and Thursday. 

He told a crowd of over 400 that he was one of the few at the conference who had an “unbiased view” and in the past had drawn criticism from both ends of the spectrum. . . .

Goats blue is gold for cheese maker – Daniel Birchfield:

The accolades just keep coming for Oamaru cheesemaker Whitestone Cheese.

Following its successful showing at last month’s Wisconsin World Champion Cheese Contest in the United States, where it picked up two top-five placings, Whitestone was last week awarded one gold and two silver medals in the dairy category of the 2018 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards.

Its Ohau Goat’s Blue cheese claimed gold and Lindis Pass Brie and Camembert silver.

Whitestone’s Shenley Station cheese was highly commended. . .

Ballance Agri-Nutrients reaps savings, health and safety benefits with new app:

A new locally developed mobile app is helping Ballance Agri-Nutrients provide a safer environment for staff and customers, while removing paper-work, streamlining business processes and providing cost efficiencies for the company and its shareholders alike.

The New Zealand farmer-owned co-operative, which provides fertilisers as part of its business, called on its trusted technology partner, Soltius, to develop the mobile app which plugs into the company’s traditional SAP enterprise software.

The Loader Driver app mobilises the company’s SAP S/4 HANA system, providing ‘a shopping cart in your loader cab’ for the drivers to be able to more easily load spreading trucks picking up fertiliser from Ballance Agri-Nutrients centres around New Zealand. . .

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Friday’s answers

April 27, 2018

Teletext gets my thanks for posing Thursday’s questions and can claim a virtual batch of Anzac biscuits for stumping us all by leaving the answers below.

The only one I can confidently answer without recourse to Professor Google is: 6. Reginald K Dwight – Elton John.


Lab testing

April 27, 2018


Meat now currency for meth

April 27, 2018

He picks up a basket on his way into the supermarket and puts his own bag in it.

He goes straight to the meat counter, picks up some whole beef fillets and puts them in his bag in the basket. He then picks up a few packets of crisps, puts them on top of the bag, wanders back to the entrance, knocks the crisps aside, grabs the bag handles, drops the basket, jumps over the sharks-teeth which make the entrance one-way, turns to raise a middle finger at the security camera and runs out.

The supermarket owner who told us this story said all this was captured on the store’s security camera.

He said that meat has become currency for methamphetamine. It’s sold through social media and the cash is used to buy drugs.

His supermarket loses about $2,500 of meat a week and it’s not just adults stealing.

One day the florist at the supermarket entrance noticed a child aged about six walking towards the door with a heavy bag. She asked her what she was doing, the child dropped the bag and ran out, the florist picked up the bag and saw it was full of meat.

The supermarket in this story is in Auckland but the tweet below shows the problem isn’t confined to that city.

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Quote of the day

April 27, 2018

We are supposed to enjoy the good stuff now, while we can, with the people we love. Life has a funny way of teaching us that lesson over and over again. –  Sheena Easton who celebrates her 59th birthday today.


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