Archive for the ‘Chatter’ Category

♫ Sounds of Spring ♪ ♪

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

Spring has come and gone, bringing back sounds that only spring can bring.


Praying Mantis vs Spider ”“ Round 1

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

The sight of a young praying mantis and a small jumping spider squaring off on the bathroom window the other morning set me to wondering what they say to each other at such a time.


Spring Invasions

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

A sudden rise in temperature in conjunction with a dry spell has kick-started the critter breeding season this year. The annual household invasion of stick insects, jumping spiders and wetas is off to a good start.


Dark and Peaceful

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Tonight’s lunar eclipse as observed from Tawa, near Wellington, New Zealand was pleasantly dark and free of the roseate glow that might be expected to be seen from a polluted planet.


The Wail of The Wraiths

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

There was a time when our houses were havens of peace where we could retire from a day’s slog in the salt mines or recover from our latest whipping in the slave pit, grab a bit of kai, watch a bit of telly and snatch forty winks.

But times have changed….


Tawa’s Thai Country Cafe

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Selected members of the Galactic Senate meet at frequent, but irregular, intervals to discuss matters of glactic import.

At the latest meeting, the emperor Derolan Calna Voroseii Anacreon III met with his senior administrators to consider the threat presented by the Pengoon invasion, a new but secretly-named race of galactic invaders, the Matata earthquake swarm, Sir Patrick Moore’s latest television programme, Seifried’s newest offering, and other weighty matters.

The venue was the Thai Country Cafe on the corner of Main Road and Oxford Street in Tawa.


Hidden Gems

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

With guests in town for the New Year holiday, plans to ride the harbour ferry, lurk about on Somes Island and tootle about the harbour parks had to be shelved when a cold southerly arrived in Wellington on the afternoon of the 30th.


It’s Big, It’s Mean and It’s….

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

out west.
Tawa residents were treated to an unusual thunderstorm display last evening.


The Mysterious Auckland Hum

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

Being sensitive to low frequencies can be a mixed blessing, so I have a lot of sympathy for those residents of Auckland’s North Shore who have been reporting humming or buzzing sensations in recent times.


Just Like the Old Days

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

October’s equinoxial gales have transported me back about 10 years to the mid 90s when I could sit at the back door and watch the newly planted vege garden heading north under the tender ministrations of a southerly gale. If I had been more quick-witted, I could’ve grabbed some of the plants back a couple of days later as they hurtled by on their way to the South Pole in a northerly gale.


Saturday Market at Tawa

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

Tawa Lions have commenced a Saturday market in the Dress for Less car park near the Takapu Road railway station in Tawa.


A Morning for Vivaldi

Friday, August 11th, 2006

I don’t usually write about music on this site, but it seems appropriate on this morning of weak summer sun as we prepare for the opening of the door to an Antarctic blast again this weekend. 😕


A Flicker from the Past

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

Did your lights give you that sickening lurch that hints at a plunge into darkness at about 10:35 last night?


Town & Country

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Yesterday’s twin dramas, a massive power failure in Auckland and a solid dump of snow in the South Island, highlight the great divide between town and country.

There are some excellent lessons to be learnt by every New Zealander from both incidents, but it seems likely that they’ll be lost in the acrimonious debate that is already evident as business, politicians and the usual anti-Auckland lobby fire up.


The Boiger’s Back

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

Another new menu at The Roundabout pub in Tawa sees the return of the noble burger. There’s chicken and a beef/cheese ensemble with the option of an egg, and the kiwi requirement of a slab of beetroot is catered for.

Seafood and pork also feature on the menu.