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    Moving Houses Yes it does still happen. This is a home moved to a section b behind our place. Not much room either.

    When they went by the houses roof it had about 2 inches to spare!

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    At Home, At Peace and Causing Trouble In South Taranaki

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    #1684578
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    kai

    Thanks for adding those Bryan,,, they are neat ,,,Had a laugh when I saw even the net Curtains came still attached !!

    Those truckies that a do those jobs are tops, they back in to ,,and squeeze into places often a car wouldn’t try to get in to.. I am sure the resto looks lovely,, now its all done and dusted..

     

    Pic of Taupo back in the day,,its a  lovely spot all year round

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    and later even when its snowing No automatic alt text available.

     

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    Cheers From Kai

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    #1684587
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    Wow- Bryan- that IS a tight squeeze – I think it would be quite scary to see that moving so closely past my window – eeek!! Kai is right, though, those guys certainly know how to handle those machines with their huge loads. Thanks for posting that- very interesting 🙂

    Kai – thanks for your pics – I particularly like the snowy one- great bit of photography!

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    Jester House Cafe – Tasman District 
    [Each picture is a slideshow which will roll over twice- click to enlarge].

    [This is another one of those places that is going into one of the buckets on my bucket list lol ]

    Imagination and whimsy run wild at Jester House – Imagineer constructs his new life

    Steve Richards has turned from chef to “imagineer” at Jester House Cafe.
    “Imagineer” is the new job description for Steve Richards.

    “It’s somebody who uses their imagination,” says the co-owner of the popular Jester House cafe in the Tasman district. “An engineer engineers things, an imagineer imagines things.”

    The products of Richards’ fertile imagination already dot the cafe’s 2.4-hectare garden.

    They include the giant boot cottage for rent, the Hundertwasser-inspired “modern medieval” architecture of the cafe and family home, to the quirky sculptures around the property, from the “osc-eel-lator” moving eel to the “Owl Inn” slide.

    But after hanging up his chef’s apron last year after 25 years in the cafe’s kitchen, you can expect a lot more fanciful installations from Richards new role.

    One of the recent additions is an interlocked matchstick sculpture “Nothing Matches a Redhead” near the cafe’s Aporo Rd entrance. It’s dedicated to a friend who has stayed strong through a cancer battle.

    Now Richards is working on a penny arcade to be housed in a custom-built gypsy caravan, complete with crazy mirrors on the ceiling.

    The mechanical arcade machines, worked by pulleys and levers, are taking shape in Richards’ jumbled workshop, which looks like the archetypal home of a mad inventor.

    In various states of construction are coin mazes, including an “eel run” which actually uses No 8 wire, a wind-up tiki that does the haka and a pair of wooden clogs that can “walk”.

    The amusement arcade is planned to be in the cafe garden on the path to the tame eels.

    A photo booth with a Punch and Judy theme is another project on the drawing board.

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    He also has ideas for more art installations, typically shaping them out of wood, often from the property itself.

    Cutting down an old gum tree gave him the idea for smiley-face stools. “I said there is a smile in this log, it’s too good for firewood.”

    Richards set up Jester House with his wife Judy van den Yssel-Richards in 1991. They converted the former roadman’s cottage into the only cafe between Richmond and Motueka.

    From the start, Richards’ creative and whimsical bent was on display, but beyond the fun there is also a practical benefit.

    At a time when the district’s cafe scene is booming, he said enhancing the property helped set Jester House apart, and made it more of a destination for visitors.

    Richards “saw a smile” in the gum tree being cut down on the property, and turned the log into stools.

    “You can get good food in a lot of places but you can’t get that special experience of the environment here,” he said. “You just have to keep working to maintain market share and to offer something different from everyone else.”

    Richards said the creative side of being a chef had flowed into his art projects.

    “I’ve never had time to think I could be an artist, but I have got many ideas and now have the time to develop that.

    “As long as we can keep the cafe working, I’m looking at this as my next 20-year career.”

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    #1684610
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    kai

    Looks fabulous Val,,, amazing share thanks so much,,, love the way all the surroundings give them such stunning and very different ideas another one for us  to ,,,like you,,, “bucket save”

     

    Just our CuppaT lol / Coffee

     

    Would love to do a railcar trip as well

    Cheers From Kai

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    #1684654
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    Yes Vale it was a most interesting day for me at any rate! as an x driver to watch how they used the different sets of wheel breaks and the hydraulics, plus the fact they could stear the wheels on the trailer.

    One of the most interesting manoeuvres was how they got the trailer out from under the house with the house in position and the trailer was facing the opposite way.

    One of the plusses of digital cameras was that I could take over 130 photos.

    At Home, At Peace and Causing Trouble In South Taranaki

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    69 Facts About New Zealand That’ll Blow Your Mind
    I have no idea how correct these facts are – please do not hold me responsible for any inaccuracies 😀 

    1. The kea, a bird native to NZ, is known for pulling windscreen wipers off cars and eating the strips of rubber from windows.

    2. The longest place name in the world is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a hill in Hawkes Bay.

    3. No part of the country is more than 128km (79 miles) from the sea.

    4. In the scene of Star Trek: First Contact, where we see Earth from space, Australia and Papua New Guinea are clearly visible but New Zealand is missing.

    5. Wellington is the southernmost capital city in the world.

    6. Only 5% of NZ’s population is human- the rest are animals.

    7. NZ is the least corrupt nation in the world (tied with Denmark), according to the Corruptions Perception Index.

    8. New Zealand has more Scottish pipe bands per capita than any other country in the world.

    9. Blue Lake, in Nelson Lakes National Park, has the clearest water in the world.

    10. New Zealand is home to the world’s smallest dolphin species.

    11. There are no land snakes, native or introduced, in NZ.

    12. New Zealand has three official languages: English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language.

    13. In 2008, TripAdvisor named Milford Sound (pictured below) the world’s top travel destination, based on an international survey.

    14. Organised commercial bungee jumping first began in New Zealand.

    15. The first man to climb Mt. Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary, was a Kiwi.

    16. The lowest denomination in NZ currency is the 10 cent piece.

    17. More people die in New Zealand each year playing lawn bowls than scuba diving.

    18. NZ is home to more species of penguins than any other country.

    19. In 1893, New Zealand became the first country to give women the right to vote.

    20. Auckland is one of the most affordable cities in the world to live in.

    21. One in three Auckland households own a boat.

    22. The Māori name for NZ, Aotearoa, means ‘land of the long white cloud’.

    23. In 2013, NZ legalised same-sex marriage.

    24. Lake Taupo was formed by a supervolcanic eruption 26,000 years ago. The dust from the eruption could be seen in what is now modern-day China.

    25. New Zealand is home to the giant weta, the heaviest insect in the world. It is heavier than a sparrow and looks like a giant cockroach.

    26. Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, is the world’s steepest street. The road has a gradient of 1 in 2.86 at its steepest section, a 38% grade.

    27. 15% of NZ’s population are Māori.

    28. New Zealand is similar in size to the UK, but only has a population of about 4 million (compared to 63 million in the UK).

    29. About one third of the country is protected national park.

    30. NZ was voted the world’s best country in 2007 and 2008 by Wanderlust magazine.

    31. Pelorus Jack was a dolphin who guided ships through dangerous and rocky waters around NZ in the early 1900s.

    32. There are only two countries in the world where drug companies are permitted to advertise to the public: New Zealand and USA.

    33. Kiwi Nancy Wake was the Gestapo’s most wanted person during World War II. She once killed a SS sentry with her bare hands.

    34. More people live in Auckland than in the whole of the South Island.

    35. The logo for the Royal New Zealand Air Force is a kiwi- a flightless bird.

    36. In the Lord of the Rings films, the beer drunk on camera was a custom NZ brew called ‘Sobering Thought’.

    37. The filming of these movies pumped around $200 million into the country’s economy. The New Zealand government even created a Minister for Lord of the Rings, to ensure the most money could be made from the films.

    38. In 1996, a man broke into a radio station in Wanganui and took the manager hostage, demanding that they play the Muppet song “Rainbow Connection” non-stop.

    39. Two NZ rescue dogs were taught to drive a car around a track, in order to prove the intelligence of shelter animals.

    40. The Kiwi badminton team name was ‘The Black Cocks’, but after a year, had to change it due to complaints.

    41. In 1990, the NZ prime minister appointed a National Wizard.

    42. Rugby player Wayne Shelford got his scrotum ripped open mid-game in a bad tackle. He was taken off the field with one testicle LITERALLY hanging out, got stitched up on the bench and continued playing.

    43. NZ high schools and universities are permitted to keep a pound of uranium or thorium for educational purposes. However, there is a $1 million fine if it explodes.

    44. There is a giant carnivorous snail living in the South Island.

    45. From 1867 to 1927, the government planned ahead for shipwrecks by building supply-filled huts on remote islands.

    46. There is a clock in Dunedin which has been running since 1864, despite never having been wound since it was made.

    47. Gisborne airport has train tracks running across the middle of the runway. Quite often, trains and planes have to stop until one moves out of the way.

    48. NZ had a 58% casualty rate in World War I.

    49. Kiwifruit were originally called Chinese gooseberries.

    50. New Zealand is one of the only countries to have two national anthems- God Save The Queen and God Defend New Zealand.

    51. Ninety Mile Beach is actually only 90 kilometres long.

    52. Moa birds were native to NZ, but are now extinct. They were 12 feet tall and weighed about 230kg.

    53. The man who pioneered plastic surgery, Harold Gillies, was a Kiwi.

    54. As was Baron Ernest Rutherford, who was the first man to split an atom. He also discovered (and named) the proton.

    55. New Zealand is the only country in the world where all the highest positions have been simultaneously held by women: In 2006, the Queen, the Governor-General, the PM, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Chief Justice were all women.

    56. The national sport of NZ is rugby union.

    57. There are no nuclear power stations in New Zealand.

    58. In 2008, Henry the tuatara became a father for the first time at the age of 111. (A tuatara is a reptile native to New Zealand.)

    59. New Zealand is the only country with the right to put Hobbit-related images on its currency.

    60. New Zealand was the last habitable land mass to be populated.

    61. Three quarters of New Zealanders living overseas are in Australia.

    62. 94% of all prisoners in NZ are male.

    63. The only land mammals native to NZ are bats. The rest were introduced by Maoris and Europeans.

    64. In 2007, the NZ courts banned a couple from naming their child 4Real. In the end they named him Superman.

    65. New Zealand produces 100 kg of butter and 65 kg of cheese each year per person.

    66. A New Zealand man, after losing a poker bet, legally changed his name to Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova. The 99-character name was almost denied because the legal limit is 100 characters.

    67. NZ has banned all television advertising on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, ANZAC Day, and Christmas Day.

    68. Niue, a self-governed island of NZ, has images of Pokemon on its legal tender coins. There is also a limited collection of coins with images from the Star Wars films.

    69. There are more vending machines in Japan than there are people in New Zealand

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    A British Immigrant’s View of New Zealand – May 11, 2014

    Top 10 Most Brilliantly Insane New Zealanders

    Chances are you’ve heard the words ‘crazy’ and ‘Kiwi’ in the same sentence. This is because New Zealanders are insane.
    No concern for personal safety, they throw themselves headlong into their obsessions, combining inherent ingenuity with mad optimism. Kiwis can conquer the world with a piece of number 8 wire, or so they enjoy telling themselves.
    Reading this list of crazy kiwis, however, you might well believe it. The following 10 New Zealanders all displayed varying degrees of insanity – the brilliant kind of insanity – and have consequently left their mark upon on history:

    1) Charles Upham
    The life of Captain Charles Upham reads like an episode of Michael Palin’s Ripping Yarns. Born in Christchurch in 1908, Upham received not one, but two Victoria Crosses for his actions during World War II – the only person on the planet to achieve this.
    Before the war, he worked as a sheep farmer, (because what else is a New Zealander supposed to do?) During the war, he was a badass who single-handedly destroyed tanks and kept on fighting despite broken limbs, dysentery and being riddled with bullets. Eventually, he was taken as a prisoner of war, but the badassery didn’t stop there.
    You see, Upham had what the Germans considered a nasty habit of trying to escape. Once, when he was with a group of POWs being transported by truck, he made a daring leap for freedom. He broke his ankle upon landing but still made it 400 yards before he was caught.
    Another time, he was being transported by train. To prevent another daring leap for freedom, he was only allowed to go to the toilet when the train was moving at high speed. This, however, didn’t stop him. Unfortunately, being knocked unconscious on the tracks did.
    Yet another time, he tried to climb a camp fence – in broad daylight. As you might imagine, this didn’t go so well and he got himself all caught up in barbed wire. But as he waited for the guards to arrive and shoot him, he did his most badass thing yet: lying there, casual as you please, he lit a cigarette. This amused the guards so much that they didn’t kill him. Instead, they took a photograph and let him back inside.
    All these escape attempts – and several others besides – landed Upham in Colditz. He was there when Colditz was liberated by the Americans. As you’d expect, most of the POWs were now very eager to get home, but not Upham. He immediately armed himself and, presumably, roared, “Let me at ’em!”

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    2) Edmund Hillary
    Of course this list was going to include Sir Edmund Hillary. Though he wasn’t quite the tank-killing badass Upham was, he shared Upham’s mad disregard for personal safety. Good thing too, or he’d have never conquered Everest.

    His attitude was ‘get to the top, or die doing it’.
    There he and Sherpa Tenzing were – sleep-deprived, affected by the altitude, scarily low on oxygen supplies – facing weather conditions that would have made any sane person turn back, and they carried on. And what did Hillary say when they’d returned victorious?
    “We knocked the bastard off.”

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    3) A. J. Hackett
    Any person who thinks it’s a good idea to tie a bungy cord around their ankles and leap from a great height must be at least a little insane. New Zealand’s Alan John Hackett turned it into an industry.
    Born in Pukekohe, but raised on the North Shore, Hackett’s first bungy jump was off Auckland’s Upper Harbour Bridge. (He tested the cord with a bag of rocks first, which shows more foresight than most Kiwis.)
    The fact that he didn’t die encouraged him to jump off more and more bridges around New Zealand, but he wanted to get the attention of the world. What better way to do that than sneak up the Eifel Tower one evening, spend the night up there, and jump off it the next morning? That’s exactly what he did on June 26th, 1987.
    He was arrested immediately afterward, but – hey – totally worth it. The rest, as they say, is history.

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    To be continued.

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    #1684898
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    kai

    Just added comments and pic on here,,, Cant see it now but it showed up as posted 5 minutes ago!!!

     

    I do hope,,, there’s not a glitch in the system on Gups, cos it happened the other night as well!!

     

    Not a lot of time to spare ,,,and dont really wanna call it quits on here ,,after so long!!

     

    maybe its my end here,,, but no other sites are out of bounds for our messages!!!

    Cheers From Kai

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    Oh, I do hope not, Kai – please hang in there – what would we all do without your lovely messages and cheery personality? Please, please, don’t give up on us yet!!!!!  😥  😥  😥  😥  😥

    Have you been in touch with Admin about it?

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