Just a note to let you all know why I haven’t been on here recently….. because I have been busy, which is great for the mind and the bank balance, and also because the mighty Magpies won and kept retaining the Ranfurly Shield!! Photos below. But the real news is that I have taken on a fixed-term position (20 hours a week for minimum of six months or up to a year) for the NZ Farmer working under the talented Jon Morgan. Job sharing with Terry Tacon – my chief reporter from Herald Tribune days. Looking forward to it!
This weekend the All Blacks came to Hawke’s Bay – beating the Pumas at McLean Park in Napier 28-9.
We usually have a lovely climate, but the past few weeks have been shite. So the All Blacks have only seen mist and drizzle and not the stunning Marine Parade in all it’s sunshine glory.
(Like me with New Plymouth. I’ve been there twice and I still don’t think Mt Taranaki exists – I’ve never seen it!)
So here are some pics of the family enjoying the festivities (but there are no photos of the streaker – why would you do that???!!!)
Where have I been lately? Watching Outlander.
If you’re a fan – I just found this blog. Funny
If you’re not and you’re a woman… read Cross Stitch by Diana Galbaldon (otherwise known as OUtlander overseas) and prepare to never be the same again.
If you’re not and you’re a man… read Cross Stitch by Diana Galbaldon (otherwise known as OUtlander overseas) and prepare to never be the same again (with more understanding of what makes women “tick”
(Just a moment while I swoon in Jamie Fraser’s honour).
OKay, need longer than a minute. See you next time.
What is the best purchase you’ve ever made?
Crikey, too wide for a Thursday morning? Ok. Best item of clothing you have ever bought. It could be that dress that lasted you through weddings and 21sts and you’re now wearing to 50ths… or those jeans you wished you’d bought three pairs of once you had them worn in and comfy.
Mine would be a red polar fleece sweatshirt from Ezibuy. It was bought on sale when I was heavily pregnant with child #1 (now about to turn 14). See below :)
It is wearing thin in the front (where I carry the eggs usually) and around the pocket (carrier of torch and pocket knife). It is an extra large (I ate for two) and now drapes quite easily over whatever I happen to be wearing at the time so I can run out to do farm chores or unexpected jobs at awkward times. It is especially great for carrying firewood which leaves all manner of crap on your clothes.
It has been used to catch wild kittens, carry eggs and wipe up messes (occasionally due to carrying the eggs and then the firewood at the same time…). It has even been used to tie gates together (took me a few weeks to figure out where it had gone next time I went to wear it, but the fresh air didn’t seem to do it any harm!)
My second favourite item at the moment, although it has only been worn this winter, is my new wee merino beanie (also pictured above). Daughter says it looks like I have lost all my hair underneath it. But boy is it warm. Thomas uses his on the bike to stop the sweat dripping into his eyes (sheez that stings!) I would wear mine to the gym but I keep thinking of Sarah’s comment lol.
I have shifted the break for the cattle, given the pigs some squash (and the pet sheep, which like it too!) put the chooks away (we were too late home last night, poor buggers), gone down to inspect whether this week’s easterly has done any damage to the stream banks (minor) and filled the wood basket. Hope Son appreciates that when he gets home as it is his chore!
Emptied 87mm out of the rain gauge. You know you’ve had a bit of rain when the wood wheelbarrow looks like this!
I’m not bias – she’s a friend’s daughter (and her big sister is an awesome player too!)
Here’s a copy of a wee article written for the local paper to try to boost some funding for Kelsy.
After an outstanding 2013 netball season and a great start to 2014, Kelsy Hall from Takapau has been named in the Hawke’s Bay Year Eight representative netball team.
Kelsy is a year eight student at Takapau School, where she is a House Captain, and is a member of this year’s CHB Sports Academy.
Having played all her previous netball for Takapau School, last year was Kelsy’s first year being eligible for a representative side. She played in the 2013 Hawke’s Bay & Central Hawkes Bay Year Seven representative netball teams – for CHB Kelsy was named the team’s Player of the Tournament in four of their five tournaments. She also won the team’s trophy for best shooter and the Most Outstanding Player Trophy.
She was then selected into the Hawke’s Bay Netball Talent Identification Programme (TIPs) and participated in an extensive eight-week training regime.
Locally, it was also a great season. She was named Netballer of the Year (Most Outstanding Player) for her 2013 Takapau Intermediate A netball team and was awarded the 2013 CHB Netball Centre’s Best All Rounder Trophy (chosen from all CHB primary school/intermediate players).
Her coach through most of her early netball years has been her mother Sharee Hall, who also coaches the Takapau Netball Club’s senior teams. Club president Michelle Lynch says the club members have been thrilled to watch the progression of the young players.
“The club sponsored Kelsy’s CHB rep fees last year and she has now joined the fold as our youngest playing member this season. She’s playing in our Senior 1 team, Takapau Aquila, while 14 year old big sister Liana just missed selection into the Hawke’s Bay Under-15 side and is playing with the premier team, Takapau Phoenix, alongside a current HB Under-15 rep player Briana Stephenson. They play with such skill and love of the game it’s hard to remember sometimes how young they are. They will all certainly be names to recognise in the future.”
Kelsy has also been a participant in interschool athletics, cross country and swimming and completed three Go-Kidz triathlons this year. She was also junior girls champion at the Takapau Tennis Club in 2011, 2013 and 2014 (runner up 2012).
While it is huge recognition to be selected for Hawke’s Bay, the privilege also comes with huge costs. Trainings are in Havelock North, the HB Yr8 subs are $345 each player and the team is scheduled to attend three tournaments. Kelsy also pays club and school netball subs and fees for the TIPs programme.
Kelsy generally trains seven days a week and is committed to giving every sport her best effort. She aspires not only to be a top level netball player but also to become an ambassador for sports helping to promote health and wellbeing.
Her family is looking for any Central Hawke’s Bay businesses prepared to give some financial backing to help Kelsy reach her goals and represent the district with pride. Her main expenses are subs and travel, as well as making sure her shoes don’t wear out!
This from the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council this morning.
Copied almost verbatim due to other deadlines :) I will try to put more updates around what is happening with the plan change and with the dam, but I work part time for RoadSafe HB, a business unit of the HBRC, and won’t have a public opinion at this time.
Government approves extension for final Tukituki Catchment Proposal decision
The Minister for the Environment Amy Adams and Minister of Conservation Nick Smith have approved a one month extension to the time frame the Board of Inquiry has to produce its final decision and report on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal.
Earlier this month the Board of Inquiry released its one thousand page draft decision granting resource consent for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme and at the same time finalising Tukituki Plan Change 6, which sets minimum flows and water quality measures for the catchment.
Noting the complexity and importance of its decision to the Hawke’s Bay community, the Board had previously asked for and was granted a month time extension in February to issue its draft decision, which the Council and HBRIC Ltd supported.
The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and its investment company HBRIC Ltd wrote to the Ministers last week requesting an additional extension to allow the Board more time to consider comments on the draft decision.
In its comments, Council draws the Board’s attention to aspects of the draft decision, which if confirmed, will have significant adverse implications in terms of administration of the Resource Management Act and its effect on the farming communities in the Tukituki Catchment.
Council Interim Chief Executive Liz Lambert says it welcomes the Ministers’ decision and believes it will give the board additional time to consider the technical complexities of its decision.
The final decision is now due Saturday 28 June 2014, however Council understand the board will release its decision as soon as practicable within the new time frame.
Urine flashlight. Not my most creative headline but it has your attention…
This is not a blog post… it is a finger up to all the spammers with creams and buttons and toys for me. And Urine Flashlight, whoever you are, I don’t believe your cousin recommended my website and don’t believe the post about the gunman on the loose near Norsewood a few years ago (incidentally my second highest-ever post behind Paul Henry’s gaffes on TV) spurred you to comment because of the “unique approximately” to your “problem”.
This is so true. How many times see teenagers (especially, but not just them) sitting in a group all looking at their phones.
A cousin once had a bunch of his son’s friends around at their house… walked into the living room and no one was talking to each other. They were all on their phones. When he noticed one text something to someone on the other side of the room, he left to get a basket and proceeded to give an ultimatum. Give him their phones or leave. One left (but waited outside). The others gave up their phones and proceeded to have a great night talking and playing card games etc. They all raved about what a great night it had been when the dad finally gave the phones back.
We should do it more often. Turn them off.
I thoroughly enjoyed an uninterrupted game of golf with hubby and x2 kids for Mother’s Day yesterday on Takapau’s new quick golf course (nine holes all par three or four). It was lovely.
For the record, Thomas beat me by two shots. Bugger!
Take a moment to watch the video. It’s worth it.