sure is a reason why its called that….
and shown as an extra line…
…on these folks weekly pay packet.
…..but then what’s this? Well, …..soon it’ll be over and we’ll be back to this normal……
I too, cannot fathom those amongst that do not see the advantages of trade, especially that of the reciprocal variety. In the situation pictured above, Nelsonians get high quality 2nd hand cars ex Japan, cheaper than others in Aoteroa because they are delivered direct, and then we repay the favor…….while the ramp is down, Nelson loads the vessel up with MDF timber from one of the worlds most efficient forestry type factories, Nelson Pine Industries round the clock operation out at Richmond.
How can that not be a “win-win?”
…..well if this is what 2 years of work & toil can produce, I wonder what twice or three times that much time and toil can do.
The World Record is, currently as of 2011….apparently 1818.5lbs (824.85kg) but after just two years of effort, local Nelsonian John McKays vine feed vegetable is already at 616kgs.
This follows on from his first years effort as the local paper the “Nelson Mail” reports hence….
For the second year in a row Mr McKay has taken first prize in the Mapua Mega Pumpkin competition. Last year his whopper weighed in at 497 kilograms. On Saturday he eclipsed that with a monster of 616kg. He's still 105kg short of the New Zealand record, 721kg set on April 2 in Whangerei.
What does the future hold?
Well it seems its all in the family connections, because Johns daughter, Anika took out this years runner up spot with her own fabulous 384kg example of the Squash variety.
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Will any of these be “zombiefied” like happened in North America? I do hope not.
the road in the foreground is Princes Drive, Britannia Heights,
and here in the far distance is “The Glen” (those houses starting to rise up the hill there centre of pic) with the haven showing in the lower half of the photo.
Our World famous “Boulder Bank” starts near the point where you see that hill meeting the sea in the distance.
…….and therefore qualifies as almost off-topic for this blog….
….but when I saw this cover yesterday at a local library, I realised the importance that other parts of this “Mainland” (ie; the South Island of NZ where I was born ) offer up to adventurous members of the public. So, although this is patently not in the “normal vein” of a photo a day of Nelson, I thought it important to illustrate what for many of us locals, the grandness that is, just another part of this southern half of NZ. Place pictured above is in DOCs Hakatere Conservation Park, at a spot called the Balmacaan Saddle. Compilation photo below is also from Hakatere.
Me, well I wouldn’t be like the person exampled in the pic, no a scene like that….well it would have me sitting down, pondering at the greatness of it all, perhaps even at ….. what an insignificant thing a small human is against such grandness of nature…..oooophs I’m going on a bit now…you make your own mind up.
Then again I noted what it said at the bottom of that front cover pictured above, and then if that wasn’t enough page, 4~5 had this image of Separation Point.
It almost felt serendipitous, and frankly, that’s probably what’s behind my motivation for sharing this with you tonight.
Indeed on Page 54, it does just that ~ it takes you on a wander thru Nelson Lakes National Park, and on the next double page spread there is a map overhead of the region that looks just like the one I remember seeing our teacher explain to our 4th Form class from Nayland College when we visited the Lodge up at Lake Rotoiti, a few years back.
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and then you wonder…what if you were protected from that…
“how would it look?”
Open ocean to the left over that rocky outline,
than you see to the right the Haven (that rocky part is called the Boulder Bank) you’ll note….almost perfect calm?
And on a good day, then you can most certainly see the different that “hunk – length of rock” makes?