Friday, October 27, 2017

Packard & Pioneer Museum

Just a 20 minute drive from home is the Packard and Pioneer Museum.

When Max and I were first married we knew Graeme Craw who set up the museum as we rented a flat under his mother's house.  see more here

We visited the Museum last week and the guide was really interesting.  It took us exactly two hours to go around all the exhibits in several large sheds.

Thursday, October 5, 2017


"No Feet" has been visiting Doug for about 6 years.  She was visiting while Doug's former wife was alive.  He assures me that it is the same bird and that she is female.

Sometimes she disappears for a couple of months.  Apparently, when she first came she was in a sorry state and was very skinny but, over the years she has fattened up.  Doug always had trouble feeding her without the  others diving down and taking the food he gave her.  Yesterday he noticed, for the first time,  that she was chasing the other birds away.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


I recently posted when we tried purple kumara for the first time and it made a very interesting looking mash.

Since then I have made an easy frittata with the purple kumara, feta cheese and a sprinkling of cheddar on the top.  We had this for lunch today with a salad of lettuce, grated carrot, orange segments, avocado and tomatoe.  Unfortunately, at this stage only the lettuce was home grown the rest coming from the Growers Market.  

It was delicious.