A little taste of America

I knew there was a Dunkin' Donuts in the Auckland airport because I
saw their bags with the wonderful treats wander through Wellington airport.

I was surprised to find that, according to their NZ page, there are FOUR 
in the airport and only 3 outside of Auckland.

Since, we were taking the MIL to the Auckland airport, and I only knew about 
the shops there, I thought it would be nice to get a doughnut or two when we
dropped her off for her flight home.

Driving in the big city isn't something we like to do, so Hubby's research 
found that there were two in Hamilton--a much smaller 
town, easier to navigate-and we'd be passing through on our way home.

I am a very happy camper, having had a piece of the US for the 
first time in eleven years and Hubby was a bit impressed, too :)


The things you learn....

You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone...

For the last 48 hours, we have been without power. That includes no water, since our water supply is rainwater and we have an electric pump. I had to keep reminding myself that other people are in much worse shape than we were.

We were able to get take-out takeaways and went to the local swimming pool for a shower and a dip. This is how we made coffee:

I have to say that I did some of that cleaning that you never find time to do along with some reading, mostly short stories  and some gardening. I also took lots of photos but couldn't look at them until the power came back on :)

The hard part was making sure you have a light of some sort everywhere you went after dark, even  just to go pee in the middle of the night, cuz it gets DARK at our house except for moonlight.

We had an upright freezer full of meat that I just couldn't bring myself to check on because I just knew it was all soggy. Fortunately, on the second day, Hubby insisted that we check and I was totally wrong!  It was all still frozen! I have to call that a miracle, as our closest neighbor lost ALL the meat in his freezer. Since we weren't sure how long we'd be without power, Hubby's boss said it was OK to take it to work to put in the freezer there as long as we needed it. What a great guy!

Of course, all of this happening just before we are off on holiday made things a little stressful but it will be a bit more relaxing to get away.

But, all is well. We have power, I can do laundry, life is good.


After all this time....

...I am still finding things that boggle my mind. This article from the newspaper makes you shake your head! 

All that separates Linton Military Camp from the rest of the world is little more than a stock fence, a portion of deer fencing, and a residential profile aluminium fence. 
Part of the perimeter fence at Linton Military Camp. Would it deter intruders? Hardly.

It's not much better than a No 8 wire job and the Defence Force has known for years its security is too lax for a 21st century military base. Stroll in off the local golf course, climb over a fence and throw contraband over the wire to in,ante in the prison!  Read more here   https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/101085189/linton-military-camp-is-building-a-new-fence-for-extra-security


No screens in NZ

So many of you have asked about screens for windows here in New Zealand.

We have two types of windows in our house that are pretty standard for NZ homes and you will notice that they open outward. So, you can see why screens like those in the US are not an option.

There is a new type of magnetic screens I've seen advertised that fits inside on metal window frames. You just  pull up a corner to open and close the window.

The problem with that is that many of the rental homes are older ones that would have to update the windows for these screens. I have no idea how expensive they would be but I doubt that most landlords would be willing to buy them.

We bought some 'screen doors' that attach with velcro (and pins to keep the velcro in place) that  open down the middle with magnets. They work OK as long as there's not a wind to blow it open. 

And, I noticed a screen door that folds up like an accordion that looks promising.

So, that's what happens when you live in a young country that is only the size of a medium-sized US state.