Author Archives: jmacg

Tougher security is changing personal travel luggage

In June Liz and I are going on a Mediterranean trip that will include several days in Rome and a day in Pompeii. Naturally I’ve been reading up about those places and I’ve discovered that since 2015 there have been … 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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Opium 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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It’s been a good year for rhododenrons

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New Denver, British Columbia

We recently scooted through the tiny town of New Denver, British Columbia. One of the highlights was a cute headquarters for the mighty Valley Voice – a bi-weekly newspaper that promotes itself as being proudly “100 percent independently and locally … Continue reading

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An Alaskan cruise

It was our first cruise and to be honest, we joined it because it was the only remotely affordable way of seeing Alaskan coastal scenery. We’d scoffed at the cruise scene in the past – we weren’t going to share … Continue reading

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