- #1647944supergoldMemberMember since: May 9, 2009
Replies: 8442supergold October 22, 2017 at 1:24 pm
I’ve just been reading about a young Scottish lass who visited New Zealand and posted an item named ’15 thing no one told me about living in New Zealand’. It is well worth reading and includes some lovely pictures but in it’s own hilarious way describes the quirkiness of us as Kiwis.
A sample …
7. You learn a lot about the direction of wind.
In Scotland, it’s generally always windy. Whether the wind is blowing from North, East, South or West it is pretty irrelevant. All that matters is you know once you go outside you can kiss goodbye to your silky, straight hair.
In New Zealand, not only does the wind direction matter but you can actually tell which direction it is coming from. Welcome to what is known as a “Southerly”, and how do you know it’s a Southern wind? Because it is fricken freezing. Winds from the South come straight from the Antarctic so be sure to wrap up!
Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)#1647953bobbityMemberMember since: September 14, 2006
Replies: 7454bobbity October 22, 2017 at 5:08 pm
Beautiful photos. The fire in Southland was awful, as is any fire, but massive, wind driven fires like this have me thinking about the poor animals, baby birds who may not have fledged yet and all other living creatures who simply cannot get away. I agree Bobbity, the NZ doco was gorgeous. It makes me want to see more of my own country rather than popping overseas.
Very true SG! I went to Oz before I saw anything much in NZ at all and I’d been to the south Is only once, to Christchurch for 4 days. (that’s why I know 1st hand how beautiful all those stone buildings were, such a crying shame). I hadn’t even been to certain spots around Rotorua where I was born and raised.
The fires are horrendous and it saddens me too to see the animals trapped, killed, scorched … I remember the little Koala coming out to the rescue teams in Oz, so heart wrenching.
Thanks for the link re wind etc, interesting observations! 🙂 I hate the wind…
I love all GUppies
♫♪✿(◠‿◠)✿♥♫♪#1647978vale019MemberMember since: August 20, 2012
Replies: 17635vale019 October 22, 2017 at 8:33 pm
You gals are all champions – I so enjoy your comments, reminiscents & posts – all excellent stuff, thank you.
I don’t think we ever went to Nugget Point & now I have left it too late. I enjoy the armchair travel but I feel frustrated when I realise I probably can’t manage some of them anymore – wwaaaa!!
SG- you are so right, those poor creatures in the fire (inc dear wee hedgehogs & the lizards etc) doesn’t bear thinking about.
I saw the NZ doco – gorgeous. I wondered at the time if any of you were watching it…lol#1647979vale019MemberMember since: August 20, 2012
Replies: 17635vale019 October 22, 2017 at 9:04 pm
Easy Care Colour in a Christchurch Garden#1647996kaiMemberMember since: January 4, 2008
Replies: 9232kai October 22, 2017 at 10:35 pm
We get lotsa news and read of all the nz docos and series etc like each sunday night atm with what nz was years ago .
I remember not that long ago maybe up to 6 years ago,,would videotape progs and post them over and vice versa
Now they have it set up that whats recorded off channels goes to the hard drive for your household only !!
Love it,, all the extras in those pics Val so lovely and a personal garden which we all love,,,
and see a Koru garden ornament as well..among other cuties!!!.
We all love gardens here but compared to the big sections we used to have,, low key is still the key to time saving nowadays..
Any plants that cant survive the conditions lol,,, Stay at the nursery, and the trees and shrubs we have now,, are manageable
But we have to remember for DH to prune more often now,,, cos they grow while we sleep!!
Cheers From Kai#1648001LoyalMemberMember since: March 1, 2010
Replies: 16984Loyal October 22, 2017 at 10:50 pm
Hmmm, those sure are gorgeous purple tubular flowers peeping through the ferns Kai. What is the name of them do you know?
Those are cool garden ornaments above Val. I especially love the butterflies!
Loyal - Bay of Plenty 🙂#1648004kaiMemberMember since: January 4, 2008
Replies: 9232kai October 22, 2017 at 11:01 pm
SG Forgot to say loved the Scottish girls blog on NZ ,very well done ..Things we dont even think of and take for granted’.
Love reading things written through others eyes.Variety of life …
They are Jacarandas Loyal ,,,My DH loves them and I do as well, so we planted them,, not knowing that the roots go for water,,, as in even water pipes,,, so not a good idea if you have neighbors close,, we now know .
Fortunately not near neighbors pipes where it is,,, and they love them as well..provides shade for both parties…
Have gr8 neighbors and we all work in together.
Cheers From Kai#1648009LoyalMemberMember since: March 1, 2010
Replies: 16984Loyal October 23, 2017 at 1:27 am
Oh right Kai, thanks for that answer. Now I see it, they’re not ferns but the lovely fluttery fine foliage of the Jacaranda…high up in the tree,lol. Yes I love those trees too Kai, & nearly planted one here. However I reconsidered when I saw how HUGE they eventually grow, & thought they’d be just too large for here. I planted a gleditsia instead. Thats got quite big too & always trimming as the branches grow like anything during summer & hang down to the ground if you let them!! Very pretty foliage & shade though through summer though. Terrible mess in autumn however, with 10 million leaves dropping & blowing everywhere!! I guess thats the price one pays for its glorious splendor over summer!
Loyal - Bay of Plenty 🙂#1648099supergoldMemberMember since: May 9, 2009
Replies: 8442supergold October 23, 2017 at 6:51 pm
This happy chap is the reason for our long weekend 🙂
– Samuel Parnell (1810-1890) & the 8 hour work day –
NZ’s first LABOUR DAY began in Wellington 28 Oct 1890
Until 1900 only Government employees got the day off !!
Labour Day commemorates the struggle for an eight hour working day, a condition which, while widely accepted and applied, is still not legally enshrined in NZ and we are still not universally entitled to an 8 hour working day by right of law
Its origins are traced back to the eight-hour working day movement that arose in the newly founded Wellington colony in 1840, primarily because of carpenter Samuel Parnell’s refusal to work more than eight hours a day.
On arrival in NZ, Samuel Parnell was asked to build a store for shipping agent George Hunter. Samuel who, while living and working in London, had been exposed to the prevailing international concern with worker’s rights, agreed to do so, but only on the condition that he not work more than eight hours a day. Though his employer protested, the shortage of skilled tradesmen in the new colony allowed Parnell to make good on his demand. Parnell organised other carpenters in the town and in Oct 1840 a workers’ meeting on Lambton Quay resolved a motion to adopt an eight hour working day
On 28 Oct 1890, the 50th anniversary of the eight-hour day was commemorated with several thousand trade union members and supporters attended parades in the main centres.
The event was then celebrated annually in late Oct as either Labour Day or Eight-Hour Demonstration Day. In 1899 government legislated that the day be a public holiday from 1900. The day was celebrated on different days in different provinces. This led to ship owners complaining that seamen were taking excessive holidays by having one Labour Day in one port then another in their next port. In 1910 the government stipulated that the holiday would be observed on the same day throughout the nation.
On the first Labour Day demonstration on 28 Oct., seated on a brake drawn by four horses Parnell headed the march to Newtown Park where, amid prolonged cheers, he was presented with an illuminated address which paid tribute to his ‘noble efforts’ as ‘the father of the eight hours movement’.
‘I feel happy to-day,’ the old man replied, ‘because the seed sown so many years ago is bearing such abundant fruit and the chord struck at Petone fifty years ago is vibrating round the world, and I hope I shall live to see eight hours a day as a day’s work universally acknowledged and become the law of every nation of the world.’ Eight weeks later Parnell fell ill and died, 17 Dec 1890.
A meeting chaired by the mayor decided to accord him a public funeral and on 20 Dec a crowd of thousands, headed by the Garrison Band, marched in procession from Cambridge Terrace to the Wellington public cemetery. Relays of working men carried Parnell’s coffin all the way
photo of Samuel Parnell taken June 1890
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