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Winter 2019

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What’s happening at our place...

GOSH, another day or so and it will officially be Winter.....21st June or thereabouts.
snow bunnies jump for joy...........

Well the world just keeps ticking over, same old same old.

Teresa is just about gone and young Boris looks the likely replacement. Good luck.

Bill Shorten spat the dummy when ScoMo (Scott Morrison) romped back in across the ditch contary to the opinion polls , what an upset.

Closer to home we still have the same old dribble from our wonderful inept representatives who promise us the world but one wonders who is going to pay for it.

Still after the hacking Budget everyone is basking in a euphoria of Wellbeing.

To old and new, thank you for your continued support


Burnt Hills Vodka.
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A great little copper finished badge for the NZ company that makes awesome vodka I am told.

   Baby Blocks & Lasered Invite

A different alternative for a baby shower we recently lasered.

America's Cup
Pictured is our latest badge for the upcoming yachting series. Soon to go on sale. 
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Silkwood Living  silkwood.jpg
Another great furniture badges, solid brass,55*34mm,2mm thick.

NZ Olympics Team
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A couple of new badges for our sporting icons to hand out when they participate at the next Olympics.

line of fish.jpg  G A's Fishing Report

Well it had to come, Mother nature has struck with vengance, a drop in temps and those squally conditions can be nasty. Forget about venturing out for a couple of days and wait for easier fishing , the water might be murky but ideal for good fishing excitement.
Whether it be the shallows or the 40m mark you are targeting patience is the name of the game.
Reminds me of a few weeks ago when we were down at Morrinsville for a "RnR" hop
a good friend from Thames said his best mate had been fishing in the shallows of the Firth, 3 metres to be exact and he landed a 16lb snapper. Who would have thought. 

Happy Winter Fishing!!

blake.jpgThe Blake Award

A new design this year for the Blake Young Leaders Award.

                                      Did you know???

1. The world’s steepest residential road is in New Zealand. Baldwin Street wasn’t intended to be so steep; the town roads were laid out in a grid by planners in London who had no consideration for the terrain and placed it up the side of a hill. At its steepest, the slope has a 35% gradient, meaning for every 9.3 feet you travel, the elevation changes by 3 feet. 

2. When you smell the familiar scent of crayons, you’re actually smelling the pungent aroma of beef fat. Stearic acid, a processed beef fat, gives crayons their smooth consistency, creates their unmistakable odor, and is essentially the only main ingredient that separates them from candles

3. The shortest word in the English Dictionary containing the letters  A,B,C,D,E & F is         feedback.

4. The average 4 year old child asks 437 questions a day.

5. The ball on top of a flagpole is called the truck.

6. The names of all the continents in the world both start and end with the same letter

A Bit of History

Pip, Squeak and Wilfred or Mutt and Jeff?

An intriguing title to this Archivist piece you’ll agree! It actually was the popular term used to refer to medals issued for World War One service.

The first group refers to the trio of medals being the 1915-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory medal while the second group is the pair issued to those who joined later in the war, seeing “active service” after 1915. This was just the British War Medal and the Victory medal.

So where did the names come from? Pip, Squeak and Wilfred were a trio of cartoon characters (see picture!) with Mutt and Jeff two mismatched gentlemen created in 1907.

The issuing of medals to returned soldiers also created some controversy as many felt that they had seen just as much action but only been given two medals. The men who went to Samoa in 1914 received a trio of medals but many left the service after their return from Samoa feeling that they had “done their bit”.

Those who served at Gallipoli arguably did a lot more to earn their “gongs”.

There are also instances where the Victory medal (for those who served in France, etc.) was issued in error and official letters requesting its return were sent out!

So please treasure these “tokens of service” and wear them on appropriate occasions.

Yours in history

 The Archivist

Pork Chops with Fennel, Cabbage & Parsnip Mash

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  • 1 Tbsp fennel seeds, toasted, crushed
  • 3 tsp sea salt flakes
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 pork loin chops, trimmed
  • 2 red apples, cored, sliced
  • ¼ green cabbage, finely shredded
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Lemon wedges, to serve
  • Parsnip Mash
  • 1kg parsnips, peeled, chopped
  • 1 ⁄3 cup cream
  • 50g butter, chopped

    .  1. In a small bowl, mix fennel, salt, chilli and half of the oil. Rub over the chops.

  • 2. To make the parsnip mash, cook parsnips in a medium saucepan of boiling salted water for 10 minutes. Drain, then mash with cream and butter. Season to taste.

  • 3. Meanwhile, cook chops in a large frying pan on high, for 4-5 minutes each side until cooked through. Transfer to a plate, then cover to keep warm.

  • 4. In the same pan, heat the rest of the oil over a medium heat. Cook apples and cabbage for 4-5 minutes until cabbage has wilted. Season to taste.5. Serve pork with mash, cabbage and lemon wedges on the side.

Our Weekend                                                 new garden.jpg   

Well the winter rain and wind has finally arrived although Autumn has certainly been above average.

Our plantings are Spinach (2 types), Beetroot and Rocket (super quick growing) with some Leeks to come.

Mulching will be the name of the game soon, just had 25 cubes delivered so that will keep us busy. Maybe a pic of Jan on a Kanja in the next issue.

Happy Gardening

Pete & Jan

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