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Guruji is an Indian supermarket with a wonderful range of goods, but their spelling leaves something to be desired!

“They sadly lack a good proof reader.
Where’s Lynne Truss when we really need her?


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I often see Canada Geese on the river, but over the years I’ve never seen a Canada Gosling, and I wonder why.  Do you know?

N Z Birds Online tells me this species “Nests as solitary pairs but often in close proximity to other members of the flock. Monogamous, with female completing all of the incubation over about 27 days, and the gander actively defending a small territory around the nest. The nest is a down-lined ground depression often hidden amongst rushes or short protective vegetation. Clutch size generally 5 white eggs. Laying is mainly in September–October but can also extend considerably later in the North Island, and second nestings have occasionally been recorded in December–February. Both parents actively guard the young during their 8-9 weeks of growth until capable of flight. The family may remain together for several months and join with other pairs and families into an extended flock. When pairs nest in close proximity, amalgamation of broods and shared parental duties are common.”

Have any of my readers seen a Canada Gosling?

“I wonder where the goslings hide
somewhere along the riverside.”

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Striped plastic sheep which have been seen around the central city for the past few years have now moved in to the corner of Kilmore and Barbadoes Streets by the Book Fridge.

Perhaps their previous habitat has been overtaken by construction, although these ones look brand new.  They are firmly attached to the footpath, so they won’t be going far for a while.

“There’s new sheep standing at our corner
a coloured boost to local fauna.”


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The one-off market at the Arts Centre today felt nostalgic – just like the olden days pre-earthquake.   There was a good range of craft and food stalls and pleasant music from Amiria Grenell and Matthew Smith.  As we walked towards the market we met the local Dachshund Walking Group out for a summer stroll.  On this hot day could they be called sizzling sausages?

Note there’s one in a pushchair

With the temperature high it was good to find plenty of shady seats where we could sit and sip a cold drink which came in an ecocup “Made from plants not oil”.

I met a friendly penguin who was promoting the Antarctic Centre.

This was an excellent opportunity to see different goods that are locally produced, and to do some Xmas shopping.

“Arts Centre Market used to be
a favourite shopping place for me.”




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Stunning Stall

Our neighbour Luisa is a clever craftswoman.  She sells her wares at various markets, and has created the ideal stall to take to these.  She’s recycled a horsebox, just one metre wide, painted it attractively, and fitted her racks and goods into it.   It can easily be towed to and set up at any location, has shelter from sun and rain, and somewhere for her to sit.  We spied her today at the monthly Linwood market.

Luisa’s stall

“Her stall will always catch the eye
persuading folk to stop and buy.”



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Lives Lost, Lives Changed

Canterbury Museum has a wonderful exhibition of the effects of World War One on the people of Canterbury.  It’s extremely thorough and poignant with many personal details of local people.   When troops were shipped overseas 500 men below the rank of officer had to share five washbasins and four toilets on a voyage that might take two months.

Journey to War

Some men who were unfit to serve because of their teeth got dental treatment so they could enlist.  On troopships the soldiers kept their dentures in their socks to prevent them being lost overboard if they were seasick.

Terrible Teeth

Women at home knitted socks to protect the men from trench foot (and so they had somewhere to keep their dentures).

Knitting socks

I was pleased to see my cousin Ettie recognised.

Ettie’s War

She told the truth about the prevalence of venereal disease among New Zealand soldiers, for which she was labelled “the wickedest woman in the Empire”.

Wickedest Woman

You can see original letters written by soldiers, telegrams telling families of the loss of loved ones, souvenirs of foreign places, stories of conscientious objectors, and much more.  This exhibition will be there until Armistice Day 11 November 2018.  There’s so much to see you’ll need to visit more than once.

“The local side of World War One
where thousands went to fight the Hun.”

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Charmingly Cheesy

I enjoy Brie, and I liked this sign.

“This sign was bound to make me smile
along the supermarket aisle.”


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