366 days of gratitude

February 6, 2016

The nonsense hits the headlines but friends who have been to Waitangi for the celebrations on Waitangi Day tell me it is a wonderful day of celebration.

In other parts of the country there are celebrations which don’t make the news.

And for all the debate about exactly what the Treaty means, the anniversary of its signing is worth celebrating.

Today I’m grateful that we can celebrate and have the freedom to do so as we please.

Never lamb alone

January 13, 2016

Full credit to the Aussies for another Australia Day lamb promotion with lambassador Sam Kekovich and Lee Lin Chin:

Although it has offended some vegans.

Richie McCaw’s engaged

January 12, 2016

Richie McCaw has posted news of his engagement to Black Sticks hockey team member Gemma Flynn on Facebook:

Happy new year to everyone. I’ve had a fantastic start to 2016 and feel very lucky. Gemma said ‘yes’! It’s been great celebrating our engagement with friends and family in sunny central Otago. Here’s to a great year ahead.
Richie McCaw's photo.Richie McCaw's photo.

Te Harinui

December 25, 2015

Aren’t we supposed to be enjoying this?

December 24, 2015

I had an enforced pause in Christmas Eve proceedings this morning when I arrived at the berry farm 30 minutes before it opened for sales.

As I waited I pondered the news stories I’d heard and read about the stress of Christmas.

Some were of people in dire circumstances which is a reminder to those who have more than enough to help those who haven’t.

Others were of people who have enough but have forgotten what Christmas is supposed to be about.

Whether or not you’re a Christian, what really matters is people and love and if you’ve got enough, remember you’re supposed to be enjoying Christmas.

I got the berries and now, at the other end of the day, I’m waiting for the pavlova to cook.

As I do I”m also looking forward to tomorrow with three generations of extended family and some waifs and strays who are far from home.

May you all have a blessed Christmas and may 2016 be kind to you and yours.




World Milk Day

June 2, 2015

It’s a day late here but it is still June 1st which is World Milk Day in other parts of the world:

Since the first World Milk Day was held in 2001, many countries spread throughout the world have participated in the celebrations and the number is growing each year.

Why hold a World Milk Day? The Day provides an opportunity to focus attention on milk and to publicise activities connected with milk and the milk industry. The fact that many countries choose to do this on the same day lends additional importance to individual national celebrations and shows that milk is a global food.

Where did it begin? FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) was asked to propose a specific day on which all aspects of milk could be celebrated.

Why 1st June? This date was chosen because a number of countries were already celebrating a national milk day on or around this time. Late May was originally proposed, but some countries, for example China, felt they already had too many celebrations in that month. While most countries hold their celebrations on 1st June, some choose to hold them a week or so before or after this date.


June 1 is the start of the new dairy season for New Zealand farmers but most herds are dried off.

Only those providing winter milk or town supply are still milking.

Steampunk NZ festival

May 28, 2015

New Zealand’s steampunk capital, Oamaru, is hosting the Steampunk New Zealand festival this weekend.

Clicking on the link will take you to a list of what’s one, where and when.

A highlight will be tomorrow’s Fire and Steam Festival:
Oamaru's Victorian Precinct's photo.

This is a good introduction to steampunk:

You can find out more on Facebook.


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