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Autumn 2020

 Hello from the team                                late summer.jpg
at Badgemakers...


What’s happening at our place...
Welcome to all for our Autumn edition.
 Heavens hasn't it been a splendid summer, my lawn mower has been parked up for close on two months now.  Oh how I wish winter was the same. The days have been idyllic, I remember of old when we had summers like this but alas this one could have been man made. Anyhow it has been sublime, let's hope it drags on for some few more weeks before that ugly cold and rain arrives.
Remember March 20 is official start of Autumn according to the Gregorian calendar...........and daylight saving finishes 5th April.

 Watch out for that supermarket panic buying. I popped down to Mitre10 the other day to get some masks for work and blow me down not a single one left in the store. Now they are rationing them. Between that and toilet paper we are in for a right pickle of a time!!!!!!!! 
 Did you know it was recently discovered that 46% of Americans will not drink Corona beer because of coronavirus. Smart thinking people.

A warm welcome to all our new customers and continued support from our existing ones, thank you!!

Hikurangi Bowlshikurangi-northland.jpg

Our badge of the quarterly newletter goes to this little beauty. Struck in brass and domed it is finished in imitation enamel and gold plated.
I think those good keen bowlers in the North will be really proud to wear one of these.

40 Years of Girls at Kings College


It may have been a controversial move at the time but the advent of female students attending South Auckland's King's College will celebrate it's 40th anniversary this year.
While opening up the then 84-year-old boys' school to girls intially ruffled a few feathers today female students are an intergral and valuable part of the school enviroment.

Well done..............

GA’s Fishing Report
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This time our report focuses on that much forgotten gem of a harbour, the Manukau.
 As a young lad I got to fish far and beyond on it with my Dad and Pappy. We would catch fish by the bag full, go spearfishing at night for flounder or piper (yum) and then when the season permitted head off in the little "tinnie" with the scallop drag.
 Alas those days are gone, but they tell me that it still fishes well and the scollies have been in superb condition. An old mate told me of his fishing venture some 3 weeks ago, 11 minutes travel from the ramp at Mangere Bridge and they had a bin full of snapper  350 - 500mm in under an hour.
It is a wonderful harbour full of hidden treasures but one that must be afforded full respect as it can be quite treacherous as well.

Happy and safe Autumn Fishing.

NZ Hunt Assn. 

  This was our second choice badge of the Quarterly.
Like the Hikurangi it was stamped in brass, finished in imitation hard enamel and gold plated.

Note the provision for an officer of the association to have their title engraved. 

Auckland  Caledonian Dancing Society

 Our  congratulations go out to the Society for celebrating 70 years of Dance competition in Auckland. The pictured badge was struck to honour the occassion.
Well done ACDS.

And just a bit of useless information...  

 some Handy Hints ….

1- Do you know that the fluff that collects at the bottom of your pocket is called...gnurr
2- The founders of Hewlett-Packard flipped a coin to determine whose name would come first.
3-The line between two numbers in a fraction is call a ...vinculum


Albert Einstien-  14-03-1879
Johan Sebastian Bach – 21-03-1685
Liz Claiborne-  31-03-1929

2020 - Year of the Rat
In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children.
Recent years of the Rat. 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

A Bit of History...old colonists.jpg

Are you an “old colonist”?

This could sound like an odd question but it is an interesting one!

This issue of The Bulletin shows a badge has interested The Archivist for some time as he (or is it “she”?) has had several over the years but never really understood what they were for.

With a little digging around, I’ve found out that it was a badge that was created as a result of the reunions of early settlers who arrived in Auckland on the first two immigrant ships (the Duchess of Argyle and the Jane Gifford). This was for the period 1840-1842.

Membership was later extended to include those who had been in the “colony” for at least fifty years and their descendants.

The badges are numbered and, even better, the wonderful Auckland Public Library has a register of their names, addresses and dates of arrival!

So if you’ve got one of these, or see one in your travels, why not start a jouney back into our colonial past?

The Archivist has one of these badges SOMEWHERE but would like to acknowledge that this image comes from our equally magnificent Auckland Museum.

Why not pay them a visit too?

Yours in history


The Archivist

Printed Metal Badges... 

 Printed on stainless steel and finished with hard   domex.


Franklin Gymsport 

 franklin-gymsports.jpgJust one example of a recent order for Franklin Gymsports, twelve different titles x 100ea= a very cost effective way of recognising many children.


 School Sports Special ....                             
Teams from Wairoa, Dannevirke, Central HB, Hastings West, Hastings East, and Napier partake in this exciting schoolboy rugby competition. We have now made 4 of the teams badges, only 2 to go.
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Early Autumn Recipe  beef cheeks.jpg                                             

  • 4 beef cheeks, trimmed of silver skin
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned flour
  • 2 stalks celery, strings removed and finely diced
  • 1 carrot, very finely diced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Pared rind of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 cups Campbell’s Real Stock - Beef

To serve

  • Polenta or mashed potato
  • Carrots (or your choice of veges)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped

Preheat the oven to 160°C.

Add a dash of oil to a large casserole dish (one that is suitable for stovetop and oven) and place over a medium-high heat. Dust beef cheeks with seasoned flour, place in casserole dish and brown on both sides (do this in batches to avoid overcrowding the dish). Transfer to a plate as you go. 

Lower the heat and add another dash of oil. Add the celery, carrot and onion and cook until soft. Add the garlic, bay leaves, orange rind, ground cumin and allspice and cook for a further one minute.

Return browned beef cheeks to the casserole dish, pour in the red wine and bring to the boil. Pour in the beef stock, bring up to the boil again then cover with a disc of baking paper and a tight fitting lid. Place in the oven and cook for 3-3 ½ hours or until the beef cheeks are almost falling apart. Stir beef cheeks halfway through cooking and check
seasoning as required.

To serve

Remove bay leaves and serve beef cheeks with polenta or mashed potato and carrots that have been cooked in a little water with a teaspoon of honey and butter. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley.

Slow cooker option

Preheat slow cooker for 20 minutes. Brown ingredients as per recipe and make the sauce, then transfer to preheated slow cooker and slow cook on low for 8 hours.
A nice red wine and you are all set for early autumn evening.

Our Weekend garden 2.jpg
What a summer for veges, heavens th
e garden has been a blaze with courgettes, apple cucumbers, beetroot, basil and our 3rd planting of cos lettuce. Come late autumn we will nuke the whole garden as that confounded oxalis is popping up everywhere.
Lack of grass has meant that we have been feeding silage to our baas for the last month. Hopefully the autumn rains will bring us some relief. 

Happy gardening

Pete & Jan

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