Southerly by David Haywood

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Southerly: Bricks and Mortar

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  • Ross Mason,

    "Lets up house and leave."

    Oh...Ok...

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1497 posts Report Reply

  • John Haywood,

    I like how your writing on 'the list' turns gradually into a illegible scrawl as you get more tired.
    It's how I imagine The Unabomber's manifesto would have looked.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2012 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood, in reply to John Haywood,

    I like how your writing on ‘the list’ turns gradually into a illegible scrawl as you get more tired.
    It’s how I imagine The Unabomber’s manifesto would have looked.

    I must confess that -- at times -- the whole process has given me something of an insight into what might have driven the Unabomber off the rails.

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 988 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Lilith __,

    I stuck it in the ground as an experiment and then when it didn’t seem to have done anything after some months I started to dig it up again to throw away, only to find it was busy sprouting roots down there! I hurriedly re-buried them with apologies to the tree, and it went on to grow a magnificent crown.

    We (Kai Tahu) used to harvest the roots of ti-rakau, bake them in especial ovens (umu-ti) and extract the rich sweet sugars they contained…after digging up the roots, you then replanted the crown/s. Ti-rakau then continued on its merry way, colonising all suitable land-

    kia kaha, kia manawanui e David, Jen & kids-may the arrival AND the the living in Dunsandel be even better than you hope & imagine- arohanui mai na-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to David Haywood,

    write it up as another kids' story

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16755 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Albert Moves House.

    Surely it is now a house boat. Floating down SH1......it will need hawsering to a Bollard once berthed.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1497 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Ross Mason,

    Heh!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ross Mason,

    it will need hawsering to a Bollard once berthed.

    Darfield Charlie could manage that single-handed.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3555 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Darfield Charlie could manage that single-handed.

    Now, which one he now?

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Islander,

    We (Kai Tahu) used to harvest the roots of ti-rakau, bake them in especial ovens (umu-ti) and extract the rich sweet sugars they contained…after digging up the roots, you then replanted the crown/s. Ti-rakau then continued on its merry way, colonising all suitable land-

    That's amazing. I knew the roots were harvested, and I always thought that meant killing the tree. But they are clearly unkillable!

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3467 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Islander,

    then replanted the crown/s. Ti-rakau then continued on its merry way, colonising all suitable land-

    I had a cabbage tree that was sliced off an inch above the ground by a small and fierce male descendant of warrior lineage. I was upset about the unremarkable tree until the nub sprouted fiercely and fast grew into a lush multi-headed speciman. The boy's name in translation was "the strongest shoot of the cabbage tree". I wondered if the regeneration was due to his powers or something common to cabbage trees. The head we tossed -- had I known I would have planted that.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2608 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Ross Mason,

    Albert Moves House

    otterly

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16755 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    Write it up as another kids' story.

    When we moved from Manurewa to the North Shore 6 year old me got to ride in the moving truck over the Harbour Bridge. Dad made a little felt pen stick figure book for me about it. What a treasure.

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 565 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Ross Mason,

    Albert Moves House.

    ... all the way to Dunjandal.

    <q> Dad made a little felt pen stick figure book for me about it. What a treasure.</q. Wants pictures.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4871 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Dunjandal. Let me thlip on thometing more comfortable.

    I want to write a thong about it.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1497 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Lilith __,

    O, it might’ve seemed redundant to have ‘sweet sugars’ : sugar-tastes can be cloying (saccarine), or one level (white cane sugar for instance) or the complex that is treacle or
    ti-sugar (or honey.) No honey bees in Aotearoa then – ti-sugar and the sugar in treated kelp-stipes were almost all there was…there were 2 other known sources - anybody else know 'em?

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Ross Mason,

    Yeth!
    Thing thorth!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Islander,

    No honey bees in Aotearoa then – ti-sugar and the sugar in treated kelp-stipes were almost all there was…there were 2 other known sources – anybody else know ’em?

    Raupo pollen? Honeydew?

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3467 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Islander,

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    other known sources – anybody else know ’em?

    What about the Rewarewa tree? We have a poor specimen that might recover now it has been relieved of the pressure that was on it but have more in the bush so it may regrettably have to make way for our building. The red flower.... to die for.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6266 posts Report Reply

  • Raymond A Francis, in reply to Islander,

    Flax flowers nectar
    Kiekie flowers, not that I am sure about these as they don't grow this far south,
    Ti tree was the biggy down here and there are stories of the whalers making rum with the sugar from them

    45' South • Since Nov 2006 • 543 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Raymond A Francis,

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    Flax flowers nectar

    Thinking on from that, I see Tuis love our Kahikatea, so their berries may be a nectar also???

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6266 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Tuis love our Kahikatea

    Caught with a fruit in its beak! Shot.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3467 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Lilith __,

    Caught with a fruit in its beak! Shot.

    They roam around in the treetops, then duck and dive.Treetops at least 7 metres so not easy to capture. A choice of 6 was a pleasure but 6am is their tease. Also, a hangover does not a steady cam make { :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6266 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Lilith __,

    aupo pollen? Honeydew

    Raupo pollen was often mixed with a ground-up manuka beetle (kekewai in the south) - I've never been able to catch a lot of them. Raupo pollen sans beetle is palatable but not sweet ( we have put down flay cakes of it in a teatowel in our hangi at Big U
    Flax flower nectar like snowberries and similar small fiddly foods were kai-tamariki.
    Kiekie fruit were cherished - but the birds mainly got those.
    The only other sweet food I know of was a mixture of tutu-juice cooked with rehia (a carageen): onviously, it was slightly fraught but it was highly esteemed.

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Islander,

    a mixture of tutu-juice cooked with rehia (a carageen)

    Oh! But I thought tutu was poisonous?

    I have eaten snowberries, they are delicious...but very small and scarce :-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3467 posts Report Reply

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