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Waimairi beach this morning was covered in flotsam and jetsam.  We saw a large number of these creatures:

Do you know what they are?  This one was about 16cm long, and some were only half that size.  The skin looked quite hard.  When we saw them it was a couple of hours before high tide.

“I wonder what this fish could be
washed up there by the briny sea.”

 

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Recent rain has encoraged the growth of fungi, and there were lots on the path to the beach.

Dark toadstool

 

Golden toadstools

 

Twin toadstools

Orange toadstools

Back home, there’s a small colony at the back of the garden.

Cottage toadstools

I can’t identify any of these,  and I definitely won’t be sampling them.

“It seems to me that only fools
would try to eat these odd toadstools.”

 

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Two installations caught my eye on the beach today.
This one looks like a hitching post, or maybe a horse:

This one has been carefully edged:

“Creations made from sea-washed wood
caught my attention where they stood.”

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The Book Discussion Scheme is the source of books and reading notes for our book group.  The scheme (BDS) is a not-for-profit organisation that started 43 years ago under the auspices of the Canterbury Workers’ Education Association.  They provide monthly books to more than 1,200 groups throughout New Zealand, and it’s all run from their busy premises in Colombo Street.  Group members pay $60 per year, which entitles them to ten books.   Members all read the same book at the same time, then meet to discuss it, answer questions, and develop friendships.  The BDS offices have appropriate murals by Wongi Wilson at their front door.

I’m aware there are some groups where people read different books, then share their ideas, and others where everyone buys the featured book each month.  Do you belong to a book club?

“Our members all have undertook
to try to read the monthly book.”

 

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Signs at Verkerks shop saying their pork is female intrigued me.

I asked why, and was told they buy only female pigs.  Apparently their meat is more tender.  The meat of male pigs smells and tastes differently, and discerning customers, especially Asians, can tell.  I wonder what happens to the male pigs?  Presumably they go to less discerning butchers and customers.

Apologies to vegetarians for this post.

“”As a feminist should I baulk
at eating even female pork?”

 

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Effort and enterprise had gone into making this shelter above the beach.

It looked suitable for Robinson Crusoe, but there was no sign of any inhabitant.

“You need to climb the dune to reach
this basic shelter on the beach.”

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A wonderful range of ethnicities was on display at Culture Galore today!  There were people in costume, dancing, stalls, and a variety of different foods on offer.  We sampled Sri Lankan, Indonesian, and Hungarian food, all at reasonable prices.  A highlight was the range of activities available for children.

I love these floating bubbles.  The kids look like mice on treadmills.

You could do limestone carving.

Or pedal on all kinds of weird bicycles.  Plenty of rules to keep everyone safe, e.g. ‘one person per seat’

The police were timing young runners with a laser speed device.

Among the many bouncy contraptions was this charming snail.

“So many facets to explore
we did enjoy Culture Galore.”

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