What’s happening at our place...
Welcome to all for our Winter edition.
We hope you are all well after our last four "interesting"months.
It certainly has been a major upheaval for the whole world. Seems our lives will be somehow changed for the foreseeable future. Such a shame to think we had beaten the bug and then the bubble burst, back to square one. As our leader would say "pro bono publico."
My most humble apologies for the slip up. Alas this edition is a little late and i have missed the Winter solstice ( June 21, 9.43am) for the purists. Fear not Spring is on its way!!!!
A warm welcome to all our new customers and continued support from our existing ones, thank you!!
We salute all you wonderful people who worked through the pandemic. Checkout operators, stackers and even those lovely people outside who were sterilising the trolleys all day long we thank you .
Wear your pin with pride.
2020 International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife
2020 is the year of the Nurse and the Midwife as endorsed by the WHO.
It also coincides with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale who is considered to be one of the founders of modern nursing.
GA’s Fishing Report
Boy, was it great to back out on the water.
The fish seem to be in abundace everywhere with reports of good fish being landed.
Happy and safe Winter Fishing.
Our latest creation for the girl's at Dio, designed by themselves. It covers some 7 languages (French, Chinese, German, Korean, Spanish, Latin & Maori).
NZ International Optimist Dinghy Assn.
A beautiful medallion was struck for the 2020 Toyota Optimist Nationals but alas the dreaded pandemic forced a cancellation. Never fear all these budding young yachties have 12 months to practise before trying to win one in 2021.
Thank you David for all your help in designing such a great medal.
And just a bit of useless information...
Did you know that the last time the city of Auckland had a major water supply problem was back in 1994 which was a very hot and dry summer. To alleviate this once in a lifetime occurence we built a pipeline from the Waikato to Auckland in 2002. Alas this has not fixed the problem.
The last completed dam in Auckland was the Mangatangi Dam, built in 1971 when the population of Auckland was some 750,000 inhabitants. Fastfoward to 2020 and we now have an extra 1 million people living in the City of Sails ( yes.. 1,750,000) and we are expecting 50 year old infrastructure to provide. The experts will say El Nino and La Nina are to blame, they might be right but at the end of the day we need water. Maybe a pipeline from the Southern Alps, it always seems to be raining down there. Start digging Phil.
A Bit of History...
A prize to the reader who can work out what these letters stand for! It actually could be: “Peter Brilliant Badge Basher” but it isn’t…
It’s the Ponsonby Boys’ Brass Band! So what were they and how far do they go back? The Archivist was surprised to find that they dated from October, 1916 and were set up at a meeting at the Leys Institute to “stop the lads wandering aimlessly round the streets at night”.
With the First World War in full cry, there was a feeling that with the departure of the “military age” men (1916 was the year that saw conscription introduced) that young boys could be trained to replace them.
With the need to have instruments and music, the meeting made an appeal to hold a public meeting to raise the funds to “purchase a set of instruments at very reasonable terms”.
In the days before “social media” and other forms of “entertainment”, live music was a big part of people’s lives and, although there were many other youth bands (however they seemed to be the sole preserve of “boys”) the Ponsonby Boys travelled far and wide with trips to Tauranga, Fielding and the North, with advertisements in many local papers. The group photo dates from the 1910s and is courtesy of the National Library.
Clearly the band proved popular and had a life far beyond its 1916 birth as The Archivist has found them still active in 1947, although by this time those “boys” might have grown up a little…..
Yours in history
NZ Games Festival is a grassroots, not-for-profit festival run by gamers and game developers. We aim to celebrate NZ and Australian games and promote the industry as a tool for social good and old fashioned fun. We’ve got heaps of game-related events – something for everyone, from developers to gamers to kids – check them out at nzgamesfest.com
A great little pin for our home grown industry.
Distilled Spirits Aotearoa (NZ) Inc represents a group of distilled spirits manufacturers and associated groups and individuals, passionate about promoting our New Zealand-made products and representing the joint interests of all NZ makers of distilled spirit products.
Our latest for Greenbank House, Kings College.
Great detail considering it's only 25mm in diameter.
Coq au Vin
- 3 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
- 8 small shallots or onions
- 650g chicken thigh cutlets and drumsticks
- 1 Tbsp flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
- 1 cup red wine
- 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
- 1 tsp Rubbed Thyme
- 1 ½ cup reduced salt chicken stock
- 150g small button mushrooms
- 2 Whole Bay Leaves (optional)
- Preheat oven to 160°C (fan assisted). Heat a dash of oil in a flameproof casserole dish. Add bacon and shallots and stir-fry over a medium heat until onions are golden and bacon crispy. Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Dust the chicken pieces in the seasoned flour. Add a little extra oil to the pan if necessary and add the chicken. Saute over a medium heat until chicken colours. Return the onions and bacon to the dish. Pour over red wine and allow to boil until it reduces by half.
- Stir in tomato paste, rubbed thyme and chicken stock. Add button mushrooms and whole bay leaves. Bring to the boil. Cover. Transfer casserole to the oven. Cook for 1 ¼ hours, until chicken is tender. Garnish with chopped parsley leaves.
- Serve with creamy mashed potato and your favourite green vegetables.
Well that was a bit of an indian summer,wasn't it?
Those first couple of weeks during shutdown let us get numerous jobs done around the property. Pruning, pruning and more pruning until the beloved AEG sabre saw gave up the ghost ( my fault!), then we scrubbed and oil stained the deck, phew, what a mission. Looks stunning.
My courgettes were amazing, finally stopped fruiting only a few weeks back. Rocket, Cos and beetroot are now planted.
No sign of early lambing though....
Pete & Jan
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