Friday, November 27, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Only in New Zealand.
A seagull in Dunedin has developed the habit of stealing ETA Chips from a neighbourhood convenience store. The seagull waits until the Manager isn't looking, and then walks into the store and grabs a snack-size bag of cheese chips.
Once outside, the bag gets ripped open and shared by other birds.
The seagull's shoplifting started early this month when he first swooped into the store in Dunedin , and helped himself to a bag of chips. Since then, he's become a regular. He always takes the same type of chips.
The Manager thinks it's great because people are coming to watch the feathered thief make the daily grab and run, and that's good for business, and especially since customers have begun paying for the seagull's stolen bags of Chips because they think it's so funny.
However, the Manager did say, "This is New Zealand , and if that seagull starts to grab a 6-pack of beer to go along with the Chips, I may have to put a stop to it.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
My World for this week is the taxi stand at Blenheim in Market Square. I seem to have been working all week to assist other drivers that needed time off. Not that I have minded, as I still enjoy the work and the extra money. This is the company I drive for Gateway Taxis. Often there are far more taxis on the stand, both this one and the feeder stand around the corner. I have also been driving a Toyota station wagon and will drive a Camry station wagon tomorrow. The changes make for more interest, as I have to remember to call the right cab number each day.
The small clock tower behind us came from the original old Post Office building that has now been demolished, behind that is the Cleghorn Memorial Band Rotunda where music is often played.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
These are Whitebait, fresh from the river still with little leaves among them. These leaves must all be picked out and the whitebait washed before you cook them.
These little native fish will grow to be big fish if they manage to avoid being caught by fisher men.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Sky Watch Friday.
A lovely evening sunset at The Wairau River Diversion, where lots of whitebaiting is done during the season. Whitebait being very small clear little fish that are a new Zealand delicacy. That's me draging the whitebait net along to scoop the little fish out of the river.
The whitebait are eaten cooked into a battered fried patty or fritter or in an omelette, with a squeeze of lemon juice over them.
The Wairau Diversion is a man made channel made to assist with flood control and to give irrigation water to another area.
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Our new marina renovations are started, a new concrete retaining wall is in place and the wooden board walk is started. The marina looks very empty and the water calm and peaceful. But several dozers and excavators are working on the bank.
Part of the new floating dock that is being put in place in the Picton Marina. A big floating derrick is sinking the big piles of the first dock. Soon the marina will be full of boats again.
You can compare this post with the old full marina below in my last post.