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Barr-Brown Bush Reserve: a local scenic gem

We’ve been in the Wairarapa for 20 years now and until yesterday had never investigated a splendid attraction in nearby Featherston: the Barr-Brown Bush Reserve. The five acre (two hectares) block is entrancing in spite of its tiny size. It’s … Continue reading

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Simple Launcher for Android phones

For the past few months I’ve been a voluntary coach at a New Zealand programme called Digital Seniors, which is being piloted here in Wairarapa. Most of our advice and tweaking during the clinics we hold in the region’s towns … Continue reading

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How dare they mock him? (How could they not?)

Today’s World Wide Web is full of reaction to Donald Trump’s pronouncement that he’s a “very stable genius”.  You might wonder at a man who is so unaware that he can’t understand that such a twitterclaim would dump him straight … Continue reading

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Traction engine display at the Wool Shed

We’re gradually filling new exhibition space at Masterton’s Wool Shed Museum, and the latest arrivals have been a steam-powered roller along with some explanatory panels. The council offered us a good deal that let us build a new wing, in … Continue reading

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Poppies in Martinborough

We’ve had a few opium poppies (Papaver Somniferum) in a flower bed for several years. They grow well and look very pretty. Unfortunately they are very good at spraying their seed and spreading. This year a dense swarm descended on … Continue reading

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