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“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

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  1. Gezza

     /  December 26, 2018

    Be advised that Pilot Officer Alex was waiting, alone, quietly, on the back lawn of Pookden Manor when I got up at 0600 hours this morning, & that he has now commenced FIFO food uplift & supply operations.
    Thank you
    That is all
    Sir Gerald
    🐧 AAA 🐧

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    • Gezza

       /  December 26, 2018

      New to the business of flight operations,Pilot Office Alex winged it a bit plotting the flight path for his first flight to deliver food aid to starving pookchildren in Streamrica, & it thus included a fence-top stopover en route.

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      • That’s my boy !

        Isn’t he CLEVER ? It must feel wonderful, like the dreams one has as a child about flying,

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        • Gezza

           /  December 26, 2018

          Yes, I’m very proud of him too, as you can probably imagine. The only downside is that he now keeps standing on top of the fence, whining loudly for further food consignments to deliver, and for fuel for his aircraft 😐

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        • Gezza

           /  December 26, 2018

          A couple of unfortunate Manor-related Boxing Day incidents so far:

          1. Sweety Pook had another tanty by the patio. Already had two feeds of wheat and a bread chunk. But wasn’t happy hearing “No more, Sweety, all gone !” and had a little foot stamping, wing-beating shrieking fit. Told her to be off with her ! No rewards for that kind of behaviour, young lady !

          2. I invited Elivra up for some Christmas dog roll treats, seeing yesterday it was raining and the stream was running too high and muddy for her to come on up. So she did a nice little head-out dance for me while getting her treats, and was just minding her own business doing a couple of final circuits checking the bottom for any dropped treats, when Bluey suddenly jumped into the water & stabbed her !

          Must be because there’s a new pooklet & he’s super protective. I have to watch him when I’m down there. Poor thing. Elvira didn’t know what hit her ! Shot off over the stream and quickly burrowed in to hide under some foliage trailing in the water over the far side.

          It’s not easy being a wildlife ranger sometimes. You see some dreadful squabbles.

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  2. Griff.

     /  December 26, 2018

    Nothing says kiwi like Christmas at the beach .
    White sand, blue seas, bright red pohutakawa blossoms, a flock of gannets diving off the point.
    and a never ending stream of trophy wife’s frantically jogging over the hill for their first soy latte of the day.

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    • “Nothing says kiwi like Christmas at the beach”

      Maybe, but for some Kiwis only. I grew up as far from a beach as you can get in New Zealand, I was rarely at a beach as a child for any reason, and I’ve never had any beach association with any of my Christmases.

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      • Griff.

         /  December 26, 2018

        Yip pete
        Even you had pohutukawa blossom in your Christmas comment.
        I think I have been at one beach or another for just about every Christmas Holiday in the last forty years. Tairua,Russel, Waihi, The Mount, Okura bay. Langs. As I now spend a lot of time here at langs year around it does feel that every man and his dog invades my beach for a few weeks around now . Alan would have the same feeling as the loopys invade our else wise quiet backwaters.
        I guess if you live in the funny little island of the coast of Antarctica your experience would be different. When I lived in the south island as a kid we used to go camping at coes ford for Xmas.
        Dont think I would now.
        https://i.stuff.co.nz/travel/kiwi-traveller/94270076/classic-kiwi-holiday-spots-that-no-longer-exist-coes-ford

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        • Gezza

           /  December 26, 2018

          Yup. Same. Grew up in Fitzroy, northern suburb of New Plymouth, right next to the Tasman sea 5 minutes walk away. Spent many a Christmas with family and friends motor camps up and down the coastal beaches from Opunake to Urenui as well as Fitzroy and East End & Ngamotu. Pohutakwas for Africa at all of them.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  December 26, 2018

            Himitangi ?

            I was born in Wanganui, and remember the red hot iron sands.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  December 26, 2018

              Himatangi ? It looks wrong either way.

            • Gezza

               /  December 26, 2018

              Yes, we have the iron sands. Crikey – once you get started heading to the sea you can’t stop on a hot day. Your soles are nearly smoking from the heat. Ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch – ahhhh – wet sand at last!

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  December 26, 2018

              Giant strides…OW ! OW ! OW ! OW ! OW ! OW ! if you wear sandals, you come out nowhere near them (how did that happen ?) and have to to repeat the grill run, so you might as well not bother. Oh, the bliss of wet sand & water at one end and the picnic rug at the other.

              Then you’d open the car doors and be blown away by the furnace-like heat. Sit on the seat and leap out with a scream of agony and a seared bum.

              My eyes are watering at the memories.

              Remember trying to put wet togs back on ?

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  December 26, 2018

          Camping at Waikuku beach as kids, also the Kaikoura coast. Occasionally Kaiteriteri or Taihuna. Summer always had a beach. Then we lived in Devonport with beaches all around and summer was sailing away from the city. A few years in Bland Bay with beaches either side of us and now Russell. Like Griff this is the silly season when the natives hibernate for two weeks until the crazy crowds go back their cities and it is safe to come out again. And of course it is our busy time looking after guests and their accommodation.

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    • kluelis

       /  December 26, 2018

      Not Susan Boyle sauntering over the hill then 🙂

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  3. kluelis

     /  December 26, 2018

    Yes the Kiwi Christmas at the beach is a true fraud. 10% of the pop may be but for the rest the last place any one would want to be. Our black sand west coast North Island beaches are awful. Rubbish every where, needles, smoking, loud music, hoons in cars, too hot, too windy, dirty water, rips, flys. Yuk. These days no water in NZ lakes rivers ocean is safe any way. But myths are often better than the truth so believe away.

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    • Griff.

       /  December 26, 2018

      I noticed your habit of trolling .
      It seems strange that a person turns up on here who displays an usual familiarity
      and asserts a certain pattern of behavour well known on NZ political blogs .
      The person I reference has a pattern of creating different personalty’s on line to cause disruption for some perverted reason known only to them .

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      • kluelis

         /  December 26, 2018

        @Griff. You need to stop being an insular overly sensitive snow flake and learn that there are other opinions besides your own.
        Having the wind taken out of your sails on occasion should prompt a determination to push on not whine and grizzle. Most Kiwis especially teens today are not at the beach but at the malls looking for boxing day bargains.

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  4. kluelis

     /  December 26, 2018

    @Grief. Howly bag.

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