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Hard News: Incoming: Summer

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  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    How about the next one?

    No such luck for the Nelson game...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7792 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Austin, in reply to Alfie,

    So Buchan is Doric? Or a variant?

    My grandmother and her mother could speak some form of Scots Gaelic, although I suspect the former not so much. Although she was able to teach us numbers and some nursery rhymes. Her mother was apparently fluent and she would have been 2nd or 3rd generation Otago.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 1018 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie, in reply to Ben Austin,

    So Buchan is Doric? Or a variant?

    I get the impression that it's a regional variation of Doric, though only a Scots speaker would know for sure. It was certainly incomprehensible to outsiders.

    Grandad emigrated to NZ after WWI and ran a pub in Denniston, on the West Coast. So his accent was well-diluted by the time I got to know him.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1346 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Feeling sorry for the caterers and food carts at the cricket – looks like it’ll all be over by the lunch break 108/0 after 8 overs!!!
    (and I suspect even Emma didn’t want it over that fast either…)

    There wasn't even a full 'lunchbreak'. People were walking around hawking 2 for 1 burritos basically as soon as we started batting. No amount of wheedling on our part seemed likely to persuade the teams to play a 20/20 after they were done.

    So we headed home instead and had an indoor picnic while playing a board game my 20 year old son won while playing as Caroline Bingley.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4645 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Does anyone swim?

    Not while we were there. Hard to imagine, in all honesty. There is also the small matter of electrical pylons looming overhead. I for one found the concept of getting in the water a little... fraught.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

    The Empire Strikes Back, says the ODT.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • william blake,

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    Pukekura Park for the summer solstice.

    Since Mar 2010 • 377 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

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    Midsummer hailed orange blossom. (Never mind the technical deftness: there is none! I'm on day three of Lightroom so getting picture to page is an achievement.)

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    Pier pressure...
    Visiting Napier recently I was mightily impressed with their brand new coastal viewing platform (and stormwater outlet cover), the scale is right, the proportions are right and the execution is stylishly simple and uncluttered, the wave form steel pergola is a soothing illusion of light and air.
    Thankfully it is not blighted by the inconsiderate fishing fraternity that have rendered Chchch's pier end a foetid eyesore shunned by locals and unimpressive for tourists.
    Well done Napier for the foresight and restraint.

    Though I see many angry letters from locals saying 'why don't we have a pier going out to sea for fishing', etc - man they should be grateful that didn't happen otherwise no one would be able to get to the end and look along the breaking surf.
    It has a great location right by the soundshell and town centre.
    I also dread to think what the extra cost would be for engineering extra pylons out into the surf and still sunk 15m into bedrock below.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7792 posts Report Reply

  • Allan Moyle,

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    evening walks up Maungawhau for sunsets and moonrises

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 103 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Allan Moyle,

    evening walks up Maungawhau for sunsets and moonrises

    Love it.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

    People in Dunedin and south might want to keep an eye out for Aurora this evening (or repeatedly search Twitter for Dunedin aurora) as there is a chance of glowing skies between 9pm and 3am.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1443 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    Fire in the sky…
    …and the sea!

    The Ourobos of El Nino
    prepares to bite its tail…
    the great cycle continues.

    Happy New Year everyone
    make of it what you will…

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7792 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

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    The Ourobos of El Nino
    prepares to bite its tail…

    And the water lily pops up through it's own leaf

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    We found out where all of Auckland goes on a rainy New Years day. All packed into the war memorial museum. And the rest in the Wintergarden.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Soon Lee,

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    Happy New Year! May the New Year be an excellent one!

    (Dawn at Waihi Beach though cloudy, had enough breaks for the sky to lighten, albeit briefly. By 9am, it was raining, cold & blustery.)

    Auckland • Since Apr 2013 • 141 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to David Hood,

    ...glowing skies between 9pm and 3am.

    On the money, sir!
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11568404

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7792 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    We found out where all of Auckland goes on a rainy New Years day. All packed into the war memorial museum. And the rest in the Wintergarden.

    Otherworldly through the elastic doors. Neat! Now I want to play with googly-eyed lenses.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Glenn Pearce,

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    It’s been raining all year!

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 499 posts Report Reply

  • Timmy Hayward,

    Got four beautiful days at Mangawhai, including Fat Freddy's at the Mangawhai Tavern! Then three very stormy days near Matauri Bay - luckily we were able to squash inside a house rather than staying out in the tent. Finally a 6 1/2 hour drive back in dreadful traffic.

    In 2012/2013 Xmas/NY we also had a cyclonic experience out on Great Barrier Island in a tent at Harataonga Campground. So that's 50% of the last four Xmas/NY periods with weather that made camping miserable. I think I'm over it for this time of the year, i.e. late Spring.

    I'm sure this has been debated before but how about if the school year ran for another 2 weeks right up until just before Xmas and then the school holidays went through to mid-February? This would give families more flexibility to take statutory holidays over Xmas/NY and then plan another week or so holiday between mid-Jan and mid-Feb. You could work it in with Nelson/WN/AK Anniversary days & Waitangi Day. Everyone wouldn't be trying to go away at the exact same time of Boxing Day through to early-Jan and the weather would (likely) be much better.

    Auckland • Since Sep 2014 • 7 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    I’m glad we were only camping in the backyard, and that we packed up and moved back inside before the weather arrived.

    ...then these two came rolling in...

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    It is pouring in Dubai today as well. One poor guy ran across the road in the heavy rain with such a look of abject terror on his face that i hoped for his sake he never gets to spend new year in NZ.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2204 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Back in the days before "dairy support" , PKE and centre -pivot irrigation, there was a phenomenon known as a "cow cocky's Xmas" .
    We've just had one such.

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 757 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Farmer Green,

    dairy airs...

    cow cocky’s Xmas

    No need for that kind of language - according to Australia's Northern Territory Member of Parliament...
    I especially liked:

    And, "What a joke! Next a ringer will be called a 'horse mounted Ag worker' and a swaggy will be a 'mobile self-bedding sufficient general purpose worker'. What's this place coming to when you can't call a cow cocky a cow cocky?"

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7792 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4590 posts Report Reply

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