What’s happening at our place...
The festive season is upon us and hasn't the year just flown?!
Remember December 22nd at 11.23am is the official start of summer (just for the purists daylight will be 5 hours and 4 mins longer than in June).
What an amazing year of political turmoil we have had worldwide. Brexit is about to explode - Teresa survived another vote, the Aussies got a new PM and our Winnie is still pulling the strings. We just need to make those ministers more accountable!
After many years of gracing our airwaves we bid farewell to our beloved Leighton Smith.
Thank you all for your support this year, have a great Christmas and New Year and we look forward to working with new and old in 2019!
Here are two examples of this years graduating class badges; One Tree Hill College and Dargaville High School.
This is the medal given out to participants of the Rodney Coast Challenge.
The multi sport event comprises of a 10km forest run, 30km road bike, 25km mountain bike, 8km paddle and 100m run to the finish - starting at Muriwai and ending at Wenderholm.
We have a new machine that can cater to all your lasering needs! It can cut most metals and surfaces- stainless steel, aluminium, titanium, coated brass, wood, leather and plastics etc.
Mt Albert Ponsonby Football Club had this new badge made to comemmorate their life members.
G A's Fishing Report
Summer is on it's way and that mean a different approach to fishing.
Our beloved snapper are on that magic cusp of breeding which can mean aggressive feeding or at other times zilch.
Kingi's are making their presence especially at Flat Rock and out towards Great Barrier.
Wasn't it awesome to see that swimmer with the Orca's at Hahei!
Just a reminder, have you had that presummer service and checked the lifejackets etc.
Christmas is but a short cast away, what will this season bring?
Merry Christmas and happy fishing!
|The Dalmatian Society commemorated the the Dalmatian and New Zealand born Dalmatian soliders who served in the expeditionary forces (NZEF) in the First World War with a lasered rimu plaque board, they unveiled it on the anniversary of Armistice Day.
A Bit of History.....
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas...
For our final Article for 2018, I'd like to again include a piece about World War One but to hark back to the beginning, 1914.
Some of our readers might recognise the photo, and may have one somewhere in a drawer, or seen one for sale at some point. It is the Princess Mary (daughter of George V and Queen Mary) would pay for these out of her allowance but because of the considerable cost a public fund raising effort was set up. They even ended up with too MUCH money!
Around 2,620,019 were distributed to soldiers and sailors serving in 1914 and, a strange fact is that a shipment of 45 tons of sheet brass needed to make them and ordered from America went down with the Lusitania in 1915!
They contained pipe tobacco and 20 cigarettes for smokers and a writing pad and envelopes for the few that didn't. Indian troops got sweets and spices, nurses got chocolate. To find one with the original contents these days is rare (and expensive!)
Like all well-made things, the tins were used for other purposes for many years: tobacco containers, cigarette cases, places to hide medals or money, etc.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all,
1. In Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of Chile, it has never rained.
2. A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time: 1/100th of a second.
3. There is enough fuel in full jumbo jet tank to drive an average car four times around the world.
4. Only female mosquitoes bite.
5. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
|Cumin-spiced Halloumi with corn & tomato slaw
1 lime, zested and juiced
1 tsp of oil
1tsp fresh thyme leaves
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp finely choped corriander
1 garlic clove finely grated
100g halloumi sliced
For the slaw:
1 lime, zested and juiced
3 tbsp bio yogurt
3 tbsp finely chopped corriander
1 red chilli deseeded and chopped
160g corn, cut from 2 fresh cobs
1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
100g fine green beans, blanched, trimmed halved
200g cherry tomatoes, halved
1 red onion, halved and finely sliced
320g white cabbage, finely sliced
1. Mix the lime zest and juice with the oil, thyme, tumeric, cumin, corriander and garlic together in a bowl. Add the halloumi and carefully turn it until coated - take care as it breaks easily.
2. To make the slaw, mix the lime juice and zest, yogurt, corriander and chilli together, then stir in the corn, red peppers, beans, tomatoes, onion and cabbage.
3. Heat a large non-stick frying pan or griddle pan and fry the cheese in batches for one min each side. Serve the slaw on plated with the halloumi slices on top.
The past few months have seen us finally complete the reno's, the
biggest challenge was a new fireplace (compliancy!!) so hence our
garden has taken a backseat.
We will now have more time to dedicate ourselves to Autumn planting.
Our mammas have gone to the big sausage factory in the sky which
leaves an abundance of grass for our 9 lambs.
The lawn is great now and just needs a spray for those ever present
flat weeds, a Christmas Job.
All the best for the festive season,
Pete & Jan
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