Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Our Importance

Self worth is realising you have value, self importance is wanting everyone else to know it.

It's impossible to learn when one thinks he already knows everything.

Once we believe we have graduated, learning grinds to a halt.

A smart person believes only half of what people say about him; a wise person knows which half to believe. 

Greatness is measured by service, not status.

You cannot empty yourself in behalf others if you are full of yourself.

Having authority is not necessarily the same as being an authority.

It's important to learn the difference between prominence and significance. Some of the most significant people have almost no prominence.

Having the right isn't necessarily the same as being right.

Impressing people is different from being truly impressive.

Saturday, July 29, 2017


Our talents are enhanced by humility....
but limited by excessive pride.

When someone gossips negatively, remember the accused isn't there to defend themselves.

A spiteful friend is no friend at all.

Coordinators at times need to delegate, but it shouldn't be their default setting.

It's not that sex should come before love and commitment. Love and commitment should come before sex.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Gilbert (ouch)

You wouldn't want to be Gilbert, now would you?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


The feijoa is a shrub originating in Latin America that produces a fruit that has become very popular in New Zealand. They grow easily so most people obtain the oval shaped delight from private sources rather than shops. The fruit they produces is both sweet and aromatic.

We halve them, scoop out the flesh into a large bowl and add a spoon of honey. The bowl is then put in the fridge and the honey reacts, making it appear that they have been stewed. A potion is then taken each morning for breakfast.

In the picture, the one on the left is normal but the other on the right is the equivalent of a double-yoker egg. I have scooped out thousands of them but this is the first I recall ever seeing. For those who don't know the fruit, they may both seem normal, but it is an exception.

So if you toss about at night unable to sleep because you have pondered whether a feijoa fruit can be a double version, you can now rest easy. It's happens.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Local Sports Coaches - Part 2

When some local people took to coaching sports in our area, they had mixed results. I have given a rundown of how these enthusiastic amateurs fared as they tried to make their teams winners. The first part can be found by clicking here. Now for some more I have noted.

The local speedway driver thought he had what it took, but after initial success, over training caused the team to struggle and duly hit a wall.

The town's plumber had a similar problem and after they were initially flushed with success, as the season progressed the side looked increasingly drained.

The undertaker thought he could work wonders but from the outset, the performances were grave and their season was soon dead and buried.

A popular DJ was expected to fail. But rather than have to face the music, the team was soon rocking.

A market gardener tried his hand at unearthing local talent. He got the players confidence to grow and produced a fine crop of players.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Black Swans

In this lagoon area, we went canoeing a while back. There were no swans around. We recently decided to walk around it and there were about 60 or more swans. I'm not sure of the movements of swans as to where they all came from. I wonder how they would take a canoe going through their midst. Anyway, they seemed happy and after realising we were harmless, they seemed to ignore our presence.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Profound Quotes

A problem shared is a problem halved. A joy shared is a joy doubled.

Buildings don't make slums, people do.

Life is a journey, so what's the rush?

Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Give him regular, generous welfare and hook him for life.

If you are not liked because of your attitude, that's your problem. If you are disliked for no good reason, then that's their problem.

We either learn from a mistake, or keep repeating it. That's our choice.

Find trouble if you must, but don't share it around.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Beautiful Pictures

Nothing is quite like a beautiful scene. Having it on the wall draws the eye and admiring stares. I have a couple of lovely ones here, depicting a water scene. The photos were taken at the same location but different angles. Enjoy.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Prime NZ Real Estate With Water Views

People love a view of water and dwellings anywhere near it fetches top dollar. I have snapped some shots of that sort of property. Well, I have to admit they are basic in form, one needing work and the other lacking protection from the elements but no doubt you see the potential.

As it turns out, they are not for sales but what's the harm in dreaming? I have to admit the location wouldn't be described as tropical. However, they do have a charm that is rustic and minimalistic.

Anyway, enjoy and be a little bit jealous....




Friday, June 16, 2017


It starts with a Plan. Without that you can't even start. Be Throrough in doing your homework and laying a good foundation for what you propose to do. Once that in place properly, it will give you Belief. That in turn will fill you with both Passion and Motivation. 

After that the road ahead is now before you. However, that doesn't mean you have succeeded yet. Far from it. It's important to keep an Open Mind to modify your plan if necessary. Consult others who know the subject and can offer practical advice. To do that requires one always remain Humble, not being too proud to ask others.

If results don't come as quickly as you would like, that doesn't mean you are wasting your time. Patience is an important attribute to keep one trying. Determination is critical at times like this to stick to your path. However, there may come a point when the cost is too much and success just isn't happening. Stubbornness isn't a good quality at this juncture.

However, rather than give in and go sulk in the corner, a dose of Resilience will help you pick yourself up and move forward in another direction. Learn from the past and apply what you have learned to the future.

Oh, another point. Success isn't about money. It's about achieving what's truly important. Is a 'successful' businessman really a success if his marriage is unhappy or fails? That his children grow up missing a caring, involved dad? Success required the right Values too.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Local Sports Coaches

When some local people took to coaching sports in our area, they had mixed results. I have given a rundown of how these enthusiastic amateurs fared as they tried to make their teams winners.

First up, an electrician seemed up with current coaching techniques, but somehow the team had no spark.

A retired politician tried his hand at it and while he promised much, unfortunately he delivered little.

The local land developer thought he had what it took to get the most of his charges, but despite proclaiming he had a cunning plot, he failed to build on it.

This was in contrast to our florist, whose team budded, them bloomed as the season progressed.

Our dentist too had success as he got his teeth into it. It came down to the side being well drilled.

Picture source: Youth Sport Trust.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Electronic devises take so much of people's attention today. When I was a nipper, we had tangible things in front of us, like real cards and board games that came out of boxes. Of course, if the weather was good we were outside playing sport or exploring the open land behind where we lived. However, poor weather brought us inside and we played those games.

My better half and I are increasingly turning to such for entertainment. There is something nice about playing with people you know and care about. We enjoy Scrabble, something that a few friends we know are avid players of. We do it for fun, brain exercise and bonding together. Have you got a board game or a pack of cards? Give it a go and remember, win or lose it's just a game. Who you play with is more important than the outcome.

If you want a Scrabble online dictionary, we use Collins Scrabble. The game we played here used all the counters but I have just noticed one of my wife's words has been put down wrongly. Note to self, 'Better surveillance required in future'.

All the words you see there are acceptable (except one, lol) and we have fun playing it. If looked after, games can last indefinitely. This particular set is so old it has wooden pieces and racks to hold the words.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Monarch Butterflies Now Away - 2017

We had nineteen caterpillars that we brought inside. One caterpillar dies, one chrysalis came to nothing and one butterfly came out but was unable to fly. Three are still to go, one nearly ready. So as of now thirteen Monarch Butterflies released. Sometimes we see one flying around the garden, possibly one we nurtured but you cannot be certain. Apparently they do have an attachment to the place they originated from.

To see a tiny caterpillar grow without any help, knowing instinctively to eat, move around with dexterity, to know how to attach its rear to a stork or leaf, curl up and then become encased in a chrysalis shell is mind blowing.

Then it gets even more amazing. It breaks out and dries its wigs out before suddenly flying away, without any training on how how to or why it needs to. Then it knows how to find food, mate and find the right bush to lay its eggs on. Truly the embedding of all that knowledge into a pinhead sized brain is a miracle. It speaks of an amazing designer, operating at a level that should make us humble and in awe of the One putting this wisdom and beauty into reality.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hedgehog Visit

It is an introduced animal to New Zealand and some feel as they are not indigenous, then they shouldn't be here. They are claimed to affect native species adversely. Are species proven to be at risk due to hedgehogs? The same people claim the Himalayan tahr decimates Mt Cook Lilies when it actually seems to spread them. The same outfit doesn't seem to mind killing native species with extremely toxic 1080 aerial poisoning drops. The organisation is called DOC and the mentality they exhibit makes me doubt anything they say.

So unlike the trapping method suggested by DOC, I welcome them into my garden. Here's one that happened to find some fat we put out for the birds. Rather shyly, it curled up when we came out. They are welcome anytime.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

First Monarch Butterfly Flies Away - 2017

The first of the class of 2017 have come to maturity and flown the nest. It came out of the chrysalis last evening and we left it until the morning. Then when the heat was in the sun, we put it outside. The wing opening increased in frequency and after a while it was gone. Here are two pictures of it this morning....

PS. As of the evening of the 29th (NZT), the 6th butterfly came out of its chrysalis. Three of those came in one day! Then on the 1st of May, two more arrived. One came from a chrysalis half the usual size. Unfortunately that one didn't have properly developed wings and couldn't fly. Seven out of eight isn't bad.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Monarch Butterfly Production Line

Eight caterpillars have turned into chrysalis' and one is curled up ready to become one. The metamorphosis that goes on with this tiny creature leaves me in awe of the Designer behind it.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillars - They're Back In 2017

We were getting no caterpillars on our swan plants this year. Then we heard aggressive predators were decimating the eggs and tiny caterpillars. Then late in the season we started seeing small caterpillars so decided to bring them inside to give them a chance. We had the edge of a storm pass through and now the weather is cooling so all in all a good decision.

What we didn't bank on the was the number of late arrivals. We now have fifteen little critters on the conveyor belt. Two are in chrysalis stage and one curled up ready to join them. The caterpillars range from large to tiny. Some of the fatter ones are in the picture below.

One amazing incident went as follows. A smaller caterpillar was toward the end of a leaf munching away as they do, while a large one was chewing away near the stem. I thought I hope it doesn't go all the way through. When I came back a few minutes later, the big one had indeed eaten right through the leaf, sending the leaf and smaller caterpillar falling.

However, a silky strand stopped the leaf falling far. The leaf was suspended in mid air with the smaller one still eating away on a leaf detached from the plant except by a thin lifeline of silk. I took  a snap, then rescued the little fellow. You can see the predicament pictured below.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Birth To Conception - Amazing

Let Her Speak First

At breakfast a man asked his wife "What would you do if I won Lotto?"

She replied 'I'd take half of it, then leave you."

His response was "Well I just won $20. Here's you $10. Keep in touch."

Plus a video about the same subject....

PS. However, if you really want to get somewhere in life, forget gambling. Work and save hard and you will be better off.

Impromptu Piano Boogie

A piano is at the King's Cross St Pancreas Railway Station and a man by the name Henri Herbert starts to tinker with the ivories.

Monday, February 6, 2017