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Autumn 2017



 What’s happening at our place.....

Welcome back to a new year....2017.

Three months has just rocketed by, it seems we were thinking of those wonderful holidays with great anticipation and what happened??? I have been informed that everyone living outside of the top half of the North Island had a great summer( good on you!!!), but all we had was incessant Sou'westerlies followed by near drought.

Alas autumn has arrived with great venegance, flash flooding everywhere. Our dams are full but we must save water,(silt  in the 80 yr old Hunua Dams !!!!!)

On a lighter note, John is now gone, Bill is the pill, Jacinda is happy, Phil..he wants a stadium and Donald still has the keys( but for how long?).

ps. don't forget Mar 20th 11.28pm Autumn Solstice (Official start of Autumn)

and Daylight Saving finishes Sunday April 2 ,

Gateball NZ         gateball.jpg

Hands up who knows what Gateball is ???  Thought so!!
Think of it as Snooker on grass.

Medals , pins, and souvenirs were amongst the offerings at the latest Championships held in Auckland recently


St Frances de Sales

A very warm welcome to this Island Bay, Wellington school.

Pictured is an assortment of their achievement badges.

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Waikato Winter Show            wws.jpg           

Pictured is one the badges we recently made for the Association.

This show started in 1908 by the local businessmen and is the Waikato's biggest community showcase. This year it runs from 7th-9th April at Claudelands Show grounds

ParrotDog Brewing

parrot dog.jpg  Another rerun of these great little company give aways.. just a colour change
Great advertising median..
Nice beer they tell me...

line of fish.jpg  G A's Fishing Report

Welcome and how's your early autumn fishing???

Well Xmas fishing was SLOW.... but at long last water has warmed with reports of good fish being caught inshore and in the gulf. Good sized snapper and kingi's are in abundance.

A customer reported that big-game fishing is hard work though, with a recent competition held realised just a handful of fish.

The next long weekend, Easter beckons with hopefully some good catches,

Enjoy yourself on the water and remember stay safe.

Dance 24 seven

A big welcome to one of our new dance customers
Awesome badges I am sure you will agree...

Souvenirs, Souvenirs, Souvenirs.

Are you off to the Masters Games or an event in the local district??
Do you have your supply of Kiwi pins and memorablia to gift to competitors?
Enquire now for our full range..

A Bit of History.....                         dcm pic.jpg

“Don’t Come Monday!”
Being told that you get the “DCM” had a negative meaning for most of us of a certain generation but would go over the heads of today’s youth.  We all understood this to be “Don’t Come Monday”!
So, imagine having a badge that advertised this fact? The truth is that the DCM League was for those holders of the Distinguished Conduct Medal and was just below the award of the Victoria Cross.  Sometimes when a recommendation for the award of a VC was made, it was sometimes “downgraded” to a DCM.
In the early 1920s and before, there was a strong movement towards the formation of leagues and associations that would promote the interests of ex-servicemen and there were also “special interest” groups that represented those who belonged to particular regiment or grouping, hence the DCM League, founded in 1931 in the UK.
The idea was that they should qualify for reduced entry to theatres, discounts on public transport and other benefits and also further the cause of their members.
With 389 NZ holders of this medal, there was the hope that it could be set up here but The Archivist has so far been unable to locate any evidence of this.
Has anyone got one of these rare survivors?
Yours in history
The Archivist

Did you know                                     snoopy.jpg                                               

- The holiday Boxing day was originally celebrated in England,for the servants to the rich people. After chrismas,the servants “boxed up” all the left-overs from the rich people and bring them home.
- The average person will spend 4 years of their life on the toilet! Better stock up on TP!
- The largest baby to be born so far weighed in at 15 pounds, 5 ounces!
- Australia is the only continent on earth without an active volcano.
- A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes
- Only female mosquitoes bite.
- The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific.  When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."

Baby Leeks & Scallops 
Serves 4                                                     scallies.jpg
16-20 large scallops (room Temp)
1 Tbsp olive oil
knob butter
Juice of 1 lemon
½ Tbsp finel chopped preserved lemon

1 cup chicken stock
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup tomato puree
2 cloves garlic
1 bay leaf
12 baby leeks, trimmed,
Slit lengthwise, well washed & drained

1. Place the stock, oil, tomato puree4, garlic and bay leaf in a large frying pan with lid.
Turn on low heat and simmer for 1 minute to allow flavours to mingle. Add the leeks
In a single layer and simmer for 10 minutes until leeks are tender. Season.

2. Place frying pan over a high heat. Rub the scallops with oil and season. Place in frying panand cook quickly, approx. 1 minute, turning once. Add butter for extra flavour just before removing from pan.

3. Serve scallop on the baby leeks, squeeze over the lemon juice, and finish with preserved lemon.
Garnish with chopped parsley ( optional).


Our Weekend 

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How does your garden grow??

 Thank the heavens for our recent deluge as at long last I will be able to rotary hoe the garden ready for winter plantings.

 Cherry tomatoes are still abundant but alas I need sunshine not rain.
Our plantings of apple cucumbers were a disappointment as once they had burst forth from flower we discovered that we had big ,long green ones. Don't you just love those people that swap labels.....

Pete & Jan.

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