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Spring 2019

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Welcome to what’s happening at our place…….

What a Booboo, No pics in the first one hopefully this is a winner.
Well Spring is upon us and another 3 months has rocketed by. Before we know it Xmas will be here. Yes it was that time again 7.50pm on Monday 23rd September was the official start of Spring. 
Don't ask me why 7.50pm, maybe somebody can enlighten us?

The last few months have certainly been testing for all. One can sense that the mighty Chinese dragon will soon flick it's tail on the poor people of Hong Kong.
Meanwhile the Amazon burns and that little boy in N. Korea has been playing with his rockets again. I thought Donny had him sorted. Boris is flavour of the month and we wish him well, heavens what a pickle the Poms have got themselves in. I wonder if he and Betty get on? 
Don't forget to put the clocks foward an hour for Daylight Saving this weekend.                                                                      

Many thanks to old and new clients for your continued custom. 
The team at Badgemakers............ 

Kate Sylvester  Brooch Pins
                         ks19.jpg                      A sneak preview of  the latest creation for our own great fashion guru. If you are quick enough you might be able to purchase one of these from the upcoming "Collection".

These little beauties are made fron brass and finished in soft enamel. The finished product is really top quality.

Roller Mills.... roller mills.jpg This years Roller Mills Competition is being hosted by the Waikato RU at St Peters School in Cambridge. It starts on Sept.28 and winds up with final on Oct 3rd.                     Pictured is the pin for the boys out West to take to the comp. Go well, play hard

Dilworth OBA Centenary 

We were recently engaged by the D.O.B.A. Council to produce a comprehensive range of memorabilia for their upcoming Centenary.   Pictuerd are examples of what we produced.
Stunning Gold and silver medals for Honoured and Distinguished members, small pins, lanyards, pens and council badges.

World Rugby Cup


Yes your eyes are not decieving you, it is a 2 metre tall replica of the Webb Ellis World Rugby Cup.It had not been updated so yours truly got to engrave it before it went on a NZ tour and onto Japan. Sadly it was not sterling silver/gold plated, regrettably polyresin with a gold foil finish (tricky to say the least).        Pictured is my youngest grandson Harry striking a pose.      

line of fish.jpg  G A's Fishing Report

 Our fishing report focuses on the Mighty West Coast this issue. Whether it be the Kaipara, Manukau or Waikato they all have that formidable logistic called a bar to cross. Swell direction,tidal flow,wind directionand moving channels are some of the many factors to be taken into consideration. They are dangerous beasts so please be doubly sure and competent. Once across as we all know good fishing abounds especially soon at the 50m mark. Good snapper.

 Scallops are back in season soon so remember your limit. Whitebait is slow but once the rivers clear a bit it should improve.

Happy Boating!!!!!!!!!!                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Quote of the day...

"The Pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails."

Auckland Rugby and Storm

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  The  newbies at ARU (guys & girls) will get one of these lovely brushed silver coins for playing their 1st game. A great little memento.

Did you know

- lemons contain more sugar than strawberries

- a cat has 32 muscles in each ear

- macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs

- 1 googol is the number 1 followed by 100 zeros

- a cheetahs top speed is 114kph (70mph)

- the winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze over completely ( climate change)

A Bit of History

Hello boys and girls!


It’s probably hard to think of a time when the pubs closed at 6 o’clock, you couldn’t get a drink in a restaurant and anyone with a car was “well off”. You could also buy a house in Auckland and still afford the odd avocado (actually your bathroom vanity was probably this colour and no one really knew what avocados were…).
Badges were worn by everyone (including children!) and here are three examples from the late 1930s and 40s: NZ Woman’s Weekly Pixie Club (1934); 1 Z H Radio Chums (Hamilton, 1933) and Big Brother Bill’s Family, 4 Y A (Dunedin, 1930).
Most of these groups had a weekly broadcast and sometimes were given a column in a national paper. The Archivist was interested to find that the Radio Chums had to close in 1935 because of “the uncertain position of the station with respect to the use of gramophone records” (!).
Even back then there were issues with artist’s rights….
Sadly these little relics of the past have now been replaced by “social media” or other online pursuits and relegated to little boxes in second hand shops to be sold for a few dollars or less but they still can convey the power of a simpler, slower age.

Yours in history,

The Archivist


A very belated thank you for the badges you made for us. They look really great thank you,
Jeanette NZ Ice Figure Skating

We would like to acknowledge all the work Badgemakers have done for us over the past weeks, all the special effort and attention (particularly putting up with me!), by printing your logo on our reunion dinner menu and reunion booklet. You may get some useful publicity from this.

Many thanks,
Murray, Dilworth Old Boys Assn

Thank you for getting the badges completed so quickly
Thanks again.
Cheers Dale
St Andrews Indoor Bowls

Thanks for your help with trophy.
Regards  Jonathan

Medals received and look awesome thanks.
Karen, Mt Albert Gymnasium
Fideua ( Paella made with noodles)

      ¼ cup extra virgin olive oilfideua-hero.jpg
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp smoked sweet paprika
  • ½-1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 375g dried angel-hair pasta or ribbon egg noodles
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 4 cups fish or chicken stock
  • 20 strands saffron
  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • ground black pepper


  • 300g prawns
  • 1.3kg fresh mussels/and or cockles in the shell
  • 400g boneless fish(Monkfish is the best) cut into chunks


  • ¼ cup finely chopped parsley
  • wedges of lemon or lime
  • diced flesh of 2 roasted red capsicums (optional)

This noodle-style version of paella can be prepared using seafood, chicken or even spicy sausage. The noodles cook much more quickly than rice so take note of the cooking time for noodles or pasta before you start.

Heat oil in a large, deep pan and sizzle garlic, paprika and chilli flakes for a few seconds. Break up noodles or pasta into small pieces with your hands and add to pan. Stir over heat for a minute or two until noodles start to brown a little. Add wine, stock and saffron if using, cover and bring to a simmer.

Add tomatoes, seasonings and all the seafood, stirring to combine evenly and pushing the mussels into the mixture to submerge their bases. Cover and cook until mussels open, 5-6 minutes.

Garnish with parsley, wedges of lemon or lime and roast capsicums if using.

Good Spanish Red and enjoy..................

Our Weekend                                         new garden 2019.jpg

 Alas, there will be no Xmas roast baa on the table this year as our girls are a tad late when it comes to lambing. We only have a set of twins so far, waiting ,waiting , waiting.
 On the gardening front we have an abundace of spinach, beetroot,  rocket with leeks about a month away. Overdid the parsley a bit though, could keep a Turkish restaurant supplied for the next month or two.
 We have been plagued by magpies of recent and what a problem they are. If anyone has a good deterrrent please let me know.
 Roll on Spring and an end to such a dismal winter.

Happy gardening ,
Pete & Jan

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