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Hard News: Incoming: Summer

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  • Alice Ronald,

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    I went on my first tramp in at least 10 years last weekend – the sore muscles have finally faded, the sandfly bites are calming down, and I have a whole bunch of new landscape shots for my screensaver :)

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 62 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Alice Ronald,

    Beautiful.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22403 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    spotting tui

    Must make a hell of a mess on the stove top!
    How big are the knives?
    :- )
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    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7630 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    Taupo for the biggest family gathering since Mum and Dad died, but then my big adventure begins – I decided I was totally fed up with John Key’s selfish NZ, so I am going to live in Spain from whence I plan to sit out this National government by reading all Hemingway’s works in the towns where they were written.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2191 posts Report Reply

  • artig,

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    In the lead up to Christmas it was time to do the 3 longer walks in the Whakarewarewa Forest, starting from the Redwoods information centre. The first 2 on Sunday, the third one yesterday. Here's a photo from the lower Whaka lookout, on the Pohaturoa Track. Hope to do a few more walks in the coming weeks. Lots more photos and track descriptions on my Wordpress blog.

    BoP • Since Oct 2010 • 41 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Hola!

    I am going to live in Spain from whence I plan to sit out this National government by reading all Hemingway’s works in the towns where they were written.

    That sounds like fun, Madrid and Pamplona is it?
    (Go to Barcelona anyway - it's great!)
    Ya may have to go to Paris, Venice, Cuba and Florida, too, to get them all...

    Meanwhile Key will continue his bad Hemingway impression and carry on 'shooting his mouth off'....
    We'll do our best in 2017 to repatriate you.
    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7630 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Must make a hell of a mess on the stove top!
    How big are the knives?
    :- )
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    Good to see you’ve saved up your very worst jokes for the end of the year, Ian :-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22403 posts Report Reply

  • Murray Hewitt,

    the gloriously empty roads

    Yeah, Auckland ain't half bad when everybody else buggers off. Merry Holidays Russell

    Wainui • Since Jan 2008 • 19 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    I'm in Melbourne visiting in-laws, and occasionally old mates when I can escape the remote vortex that is Frankston. I've already done 600 km just commuting to the city.

    Love this town, though. Quite a different vibe to Auckland. Plenty of quaxing going on here, but.

    Merry Christmas PAS. Be safe.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10530 posts Report Reply

  • Downbeatdan, in reply to Russell Brown,

    No, it's the Tui beverage... its all its good for, dry it out, scrape up the resulting gloop and Bob's your uncle.

    Hamilton • Since Jul 2007 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • EliotBlennerhassett, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    sit out this National government by reading all Hemingway’s works in the towns where they were written.

    sounds nice but you may not want to go to Key West

    Depression-era Key West as the locale for "To Have and Have Not"

    I'm not making this up...

    Christhcurch • Since Jan 2010 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to BenWilson,

    I'm in Melbourne

    the hardship :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19481 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Because I blew all my leave a few weeks ago on an overseas trip, I won't be going away, but I do plan to spend my time tending the vege garden, stoking the barbecue, riding bikes, and taking shit to the dump, as conditions permit.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3119 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to EliotBlennerhassett,

    sounds nice but you may not want to go to Key West

    But if you do, may I sugest this homeless persons abode

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3995 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    Here is a nice Xmas story:

    Archaeologists digging in the Valley of the Kings have uncovered a hidden tomb. inside, they have found an un-robbed chamber with an intact mummy inside. The mummy is richly decorated chocolate, nuts and gold foil. Experts believe it to be tomb of the fabled Pharaoh Roche.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2191 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    My choice would be to do the same with Graham Greene novels

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2520 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green,

    To all:-

    Gledhilig jol og eydnurikt nyggjar (as a Shetlander would once have put it).

    Calving to look forward to in early January . . . . new life!

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 756 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

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    We are catching up with Dad today, he's heading to India for a walk about on Sunday and then onto Mexico late Jan so thought we should come down and say hi/bye. . We are gonna eat some lunch.
    House sitting for a friend and so far lots of drinking etc. Looking forward to returning North Tuesday . It will be more drinkin' etc, it is after all the silly season and my birthday on NYE and we just happen to have a beer dispenser at the Kitchen sink, which becomes a bar once the wall opens onto the deck. It works rather well if I do say so myself.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    my birthday on NYE

    Same here (and my brother). Have a good one.

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 756 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Farmer Green,

    Calving to look forward to in early January . . . . new life!

    The Life Aquatic?
    Are those Antarctic ice shelves calving early?

    Even in '78 they were predicting this...

    </wilful misinterpretation>
    :- )

    Otherwise Merry Christmas Farmer Green, et al
    - Have a cow!
    :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7630 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Farmer Green,

    It always works out quite a good day for it. People always doing stuff so no need to plan anything if you don't want to . We have 3 things to do NYE if we feel like it. Hope you have a great day too. :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I'm still laughing at that bloody tui joke :-)

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 756 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green,

    If you can read this then count your blessings. You have had a lucky escape:-

    http://mrishmael.blogspot.co.nz/2015/12/christmas-eve-can-kill-you_24.html

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 756 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Austin, in reply to Farmer Green,

    That Norn is it?

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 1015 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

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    Our xmas was a little unusual because we drove our little girl to Christchurch and put her on a 5am plane to Germany. Much happiness / sadness / emotion all round.

    We stayed with friends in Swannanoa (north of ChCh) and ended up at a ride-on mower race on xmas eve. The event was won by the old guy on a Yike bike with a strimmer cleverly bolted to the frame. Technically it could almost cut lawns.

    Driving back to Dunedin early on xmas day was pleasant because the roads were almost empty. Now happily gardening, popping over to the beach to cool down and still laughing at Ian’s tui joke.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1340 posts Report Reply

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