Welcome to what’s happening at our place…….
Yes it's finally here, glorious Summer. Well at least it feels like it for the present. Officially it starts on the 20th December, but i can't give you an exact time.
Three months just seems to have flown by with the festive season around the corner. We hope you are all looking foward to a well earned Xmas break with family and friends.
No politics in this issue for once, let us just remember those that lost their lives in that terrible tradgedy on White Island. You certainly cannot underestimate the forces of nature.
Many thanks to old and new for your continued support this year. A very merry Xmas and a safe and relaxing holiday
The team at Badgemakers
One of our latest for this CHCH based rugby club. Coined in brass and silver plated. Great detail for a pin the size of a $2 coin.
We hope the life members feel "special".
Motor Neurone Disease Badge...
A lovely little lapel pin we recently manufactured for MND.
A gold coin donation and you can become a supporter of this worthy cause.
Check them out at mnd.org.nz
Pictured is a Stg Silver bangle that we fiber lasered on the inside for the EGGS Mountain Bike Captain this year. Looks awesome
A great example of a coined and printed badge
we produced for one of our local health providers recently.
Great detail for a 25mm high badge.
Epsom Girls Grammar School
This lapel pin was crafted for the Senior girls in the old tradition of badgemaking. It was a replica of an EGGS prefect badge made back in the 60's. Finished in gold plated it is immitation hard enamel with a butterfly fitting.
St Peter's College, Auckland.
Six new house badge for the boys at SPC,
great designs by the students i am told. Well done and wear with pride.
G A's Fishing Report
Wow, what a dramatic change the Gulf and the Firth has been through this past week! From thumping workups all over the show with everyone a winner, to many scratching of heads with ‘Where’s The Fish?’.
The problem is they are in that spawning mode when, no matter what you toss at them, they often will not touch it. When the snapper are in the pre-spawn fussy mode, I have been told that the best fishing will be for the first hour and a half after the change of tide. Can but try.
Don't forget to check the fishing gear, flares, lifejackets, trailer bearings and above all get rid of that old stale Gasoline ( as i found out)
Quote of the day...
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
Queenstown Trails Trust
More and more businesses want to practice their corporate social responsibility, so the Queenstown Trails Trust has come up with a meaningful gift that can benefit not only your team, but the wider community.
Give them one of our great Keychains. Great idea....
Did you know
- camel's milk doesn't curdle
- American's eat 18 billion hot dogs a year
- when water freezes it expands by 9%, interesting, does that mean the sea level will drop when the icebergs melt?
- the winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze over completely
- your foot and your forearm are the same length
- all pilots on international flights identify themselves in English regardless of their country of origin
A Bit of History
It’s a gas……man!
This issue’s object may be small but comes from one of New Zealand’s oldest companies, the Auckland Gas Company.
Its origins go back to 1862-63 but this little 25- year “service award” probably hails from the 1940s.
Some of our readers might remember the “gasometer” in Beaumont St, but can anyone recall the Gas Company “demonstration rooms” at the corner of Beresford and Pitt St? See the 1920s photo to jog your memory!
It was said to be the last public building lit by gas in Auckland.
The Auckland Gas Company also provided the gas to light K’ Road in 1908 giving rise to the name “The Great White Way” for this Auckland icon.
Coal gas was used for heating, cooking and lighting and even would have been used in badgemaking, providing heat for soldering and enameling. Can you remember this, Pete?
The Archivist has been told that it was less than ideal for this task as it was dirty and the heat intensity could vary.
During WW2 there were several problems with the supply of gas and the public was urged to “save energy”. Hmmmmm… sound familiar?
In the 1960s Kapuni gas came on the scene and AGC became a supplier rather than a producer.
Did you know that after the Napoleonic Wars, surplus musket barrels were welded together to make gas pipes in Birmingham?
Yours in history,
Received the badges today. Very happy with the results.
Thank you very much .
John, RN I Clinical Nurse Educator – Cardiology Service
I received my order today and am very happy with the quality. Many thanks to you and your team for your work.
Regards, Daryl , Kings College
On behalf of the Auckland Rowing Club committee can I thank you guys for our new badges. They look terrific, our deadline request was optimistic but you guys made it happen.
Thank you, badges look fantastic.
Italia - General Manager Manurewa Netball.
Chicken & Noodle Lettuce Cups
- fresh produce vermicelli , 250g
- 2 tsp vegetable or peanut oil
- 1 spring onion, finely chopped
- 3 celery sticks, finely chopped
- 1 long red chilli, seeded, finely chopped
- 3 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
- 500g chicken mince
- 250g green beans, trimmed, cut into 3cm lengths
- 1 ½ Tbsp lemon or lime juice
- 1 ½ Tbsp fish sauce
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 12 iceberg lettuce leaves
- Coriander leaves, to garnish
1. Soak noodles in a large heatproof bowl of boiling water for 5 minutes. Stir to separate strands, then drain. Using kitchen scissors, snip into shorter lengths.
2. Meanwhile, heat a wok or large frying pan over a high heat. Add oil and swirl to coat the surface. Add spring onion and celery, and stir-fry for 2 minutes or until golden. Add chilli and ginger, and stir-fry for 1 minute more.
3. Add mince and cook for 5 minutes or until browned. Add beans and stir-fry for 2 minutes or until beans are tender. Add lemon or lime juice, fish sauce and sugar, and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes or until combined. Stir in noodles.
4. Place lettuce cups on plates. Fill with chicken mixture. Sprinkle with coriander and serve.
Well our girls in the paddock finally graced us with five lovely little lambs, very late this year.
Cos and Beetroot are the only plantings at the moment with more planned after Xmas. We have a few old railway sleeper retaining walls that need replacing so that will keep us busy over the summer months!
Pete & Jan
Acrylic Awards : Button Badges : Club Badges : Corporate Name Bars /badges : Corporate Gifts: Cuff Links : Engraving – Laser Co2 & Fiber, Hand, Computerised, Glass : Epoxy Stickers: Graduation Rings : Key Rings – Metal , PVC : Lanyards : Lodge Jewels : Medals : Plaques : Pens Personalised: PVC Bracelets , Zipper Pullers : Sand Blasting : School Crest Badges : School Title Bars : Silcone Dog Tags : Sublimated Name Bars: Signage : Tie Slides : Trophy Cups