1/31/2024

Another mystery solved

 I have posted pictures of the strange 'beach' at Castlepoint a few time on the other blog with  the following pictures. Apparently, there are similar coastlines near Wellington, too.



I searched many times trying to find out what it was made of but no success until now! It's called 'Miocene sandstone' on one page.

Here are some links if you are interested in how they are formed. 

https://outtherelearning.co.nz/2012/04/whakataki/

https://www.geotrips.org.nz/trip.html?id=19

https://openaccess.wgtn.ac.nz/articles/thesis/Foraminiferal_Analysis_of_the_Late_Miocene-_Early_Pleistocene_Mangaopari_Mudstone_South_Wairarapa_New_Zealand/17132204

1/05/2024

Neighbors

 I met some more of our neighbors today. We had only waved to them in passing until now.

This is what happened: I was minding my own business about 11:30 this morning looking online with the tv in the background when the power went out. A few seconds later, Hubby hurried in the back door and said, "Phone, please! I need to call 111(our version of 911)!" 

About 100 meters down the road to the left, the mail carrier had run into a power pole, although I don't remember hearing the crash. Apparently, Hubby was talking to our landlord in the back garden when it happened, so the landlord went to the crash while he was calling. 

 I went out front and watched from the gate so as not to be in the way. Up the road from the right comes the neighbors that we hadn't met yet in their farm car and they stop to get out and talk and introduce themselves. They are sharemilkers and had heard the noise when their equipment went out. So, they were looking out for traffic to caution them about the crash.

Then our closest neighbor came out and officially introduced herself to the couple and we stood in the road talking. Hubby came down to let us know that there are no serious injuries, thank the Lord, and wend back to the crash to wait for the drivers wife, the ambulance and the police. It wasn't long before we heard the sirens for the volunteer fire department and they arrived rather quickly.

Apparently, the load of mail had fallen forward onto the gear shift and, instead of stopping, he just tried to fix it while in motion. His wife has a heart condition, so they only told her there was car trouble so she wouldn't panic before she got into her car to drive.

We eventually all went back to our houses and I listened to the hustle and bustle as the professionals did their jobs clearing and moving and putting in a new power pole until I fell asleep on the couch. When I woke up all was well and the road crew was picking up road cones.

It was definitely a unique day for me--actually, seeing people and talking to them!


12/28/2023

Blue door

 On many of our trips to the other side of the North Island, we pass a farm with this building set up on it in Turakina. Each time we pass it, I wonder about it and finally got around to searching for its history.

I only found two or three references/pictures. Apparently, it was a one-room school house that was dismantled and reassembled on the farm about 60 years ago. 

Here is a link to a Flickr account with other photos:   https://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_robinson_nz/11989609706

11/24/2023

Ngaere Triump Cheese Factory

 I don't get to Stratford much lately but it happened to be a lovely day this week when we passed this historic dairy on the way there. I had taken a great picture of it many years ago but can't find it so have been wanting another one.

The Ngaere (pronounced Nie-ree) Co-operative Dairy Factory was formed in 1893 and built in 1894 to make cheese. 'Triumph' was the brand name of the cheese that was exported. It closed in 1977. 
You can click here for more history on this lovely  place.


If you'd like to see the old dairies that we have found over the years, click here!