Weekend social 29/03/2013

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Christmas truce 1914Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever.

No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

18 comments on “Weekend social 29/03/2013”

  1. ianmac 1

    This long dry weather is tough on the poor old aphids. Not a one on my roses. Sad eh?

    • mac1 1.1

      I have some very healthy lady bugs on my beans, though. I am actually starting to get hopeful about my very late planted Kumera as the heat continues. One spectacular success is my hop plant which is about to be harvested for a second brew this weekend- a real ale with heavy hopping. Then, I’ll get some dried for winter lagering, perhaps. Some will end up in a hop pillow which acts as a soporific. It’s just an abundant, useful and beautiful plant.

      • freedom 1.1.1

        ” It’s just an abundant, useful and beautiful plant.”
        hops are good but barely rate on the useful scale when comapared to another endlessly useful plant that once was used by pretty much everyone on the planet, from textiles to food to construction materials to medicine, the one the only Hemp.

      • ianmac 1.1.2

        It seems that in Marlborough the grape harvest is being delayed in part, because by leaving the crop a few days longer in warm sunny weather the sugar content rises. Might make wine in 2013 a vintage year, (whatever that means.)

      • jimgreen 1.1.3

        Have just got back into the home brewing (just the ‘vanilla’ brew in a can brewing) and laid down a double of cider and a double of ginger beer over the past few weeks. Enjoying the satisfaction of walking past the eight and a half crate mountain that’s sitting in my dining room. Would be good fun making beer from scratch and will have to give it a go one day.

        On other weekend activities of note, my friend and I have gotten into the routine of skateboarding every night (after the scooters go to bed) for a good three hours. Getting to a whole new level of fun now that we can attack almost everything at the park. Feel sorry for the poor sods at the 24-hour gym on my skate home, slaving away on their treadmills lol.

        PSA for skateboarders out there. Go and check the new releases at your local video store for ‘The Bones Brigade: An Autobiography’, Stacey Parelta’s follow up to ‘Dogtown and Z-Boys’ that goes through the 1980’s skate scene. 10/10 would watch again.

      • mac1 1.1.4

        350 gms own hops, boiled one hour.
        1 tin Cooper’s Real Ale
        1 kg #70 English bitter dry malt
        500 gms demerara sugar
        safale 04 yeast
        15l water
        OG 1.066 equiv to 7% abv

        Mac1’s Real Ale!

        Let you know results in one or two months………..

    • Not as sad as the poor dry roses ianmac. My garden as like the Sahara desert. However I have had a bumper crop of tomatoes and capcicans ,. Di spite he drought I also have bags pf spuds. Beans hopeless.
      Saturday we went to Met-Op at the Lido Hamilton to see Aida Wonderful production I recommend to all Opera lovers . .

  2. freedom 2

    Crazy Horse keeping Rust Awake
    and doing it LOUD LOUD LOUD
    gonna be a good day

  3. r0b 3

    Made my famous banana pancakes for brunch. Good start to Easter…

  4. Rosie 4

    Couple of firsts:

    On the way to Makara to collect seaweed for the new compost bin we deviated and headed up the hill to the wind farm for a walk around. What a stunning sight close up they are! Beautiful, graceful majestic machines. I was enthralled with them. Amazing views across the Tasman too – the South Island directly in front and away to the south and Mana Island and Kapiti Island to the north. And on the return trip we brought bags of horse shit that were being sold at the gate along the roadside. Riveting stuff if you’re a compost beginner, (or a rose grower).

    Also, despite being a Bowie fan forever I have only just seen “The Man Who Fell to Earth”. Glad I finally did.

    Enjoy your break folks, especially if theres any retail staff reading this and having a rare day off:-)

    • freedom 4.1

      🙂 Ok i admit it, it’s bugging the hell out of me . . . how does one “deviate” a compost bin ? Is that some new street slang you crazy kids are using or do you just trick it into facing sunset instead of sunrise ?

      • Rosie 4.1.1

        Hi Freedom. Not really doing anything devious with the compost bin. Probably should have expanded the sentence and made it clear that we deviated from the coastal road upon which we travelling (on the way to collect seaweed) turned left and headed up the hill………etc

        Or perhaps I should have used the word detour, ie: “we made a detour”. I was thinking along the lines of a deviation on our journey. You know, those deviations you make in your journey along the way. You were meant to go straight to your intended destination but instead you deviated and visit a cafe along a side road. I think there are even back roads named the “XYZ” deviation but the internetz are running so slow here that I can’t even google a sample of the wording, in regard to roading, for you.

        Trust me, the compost bin has not been deviated, or interfered with in any way:-)

  5. rosy 5

    Enjoy your Easter Friday people – for some reason it’s not a stat holiday here. This week we have snow – last week it was Spring. Time to get some more movies in and pretend it’s winter again…glum.

  6. karol 6

    Now we are geting a small amount of drizzle in west Auckland. We got nothing of the rain promised for yesterday. So my Sunday off will probably be spent indoors – not complaining though. I’ve had plenty of non-working days over the endless summer.

  7. ianmac 7

    The Marlborough Air show ticket cost a bit much for me ($50 per day) so I joined hundreds of others at the Wither Hills Carpark for a free show. Can’t see the Omaka Airport from there but we were right under the flight path. Pretty amazing display really. (We were a modern form of those famous “Tree People.”)

  8. felix 8

    I usually prefer the beach when it’s deserted and avoid it on busy days, but today I enjoyed seeing so many people enjoying our beautiful ocean and foreshore in so many different ways.

    A lot of people fishing at the turn of the tide, others like me walking and swimming, sunbathing, having picnics, playing with the kids.

    There were even a couple of people trying to fix their jetski, and I felt a bit sorry for them. I wondered if they knew how much fun you can have at the beach with a dog and a stick.

  9. The Al1en 9

    It’ll have been a year some time this April, that I wrote and finished my first song, in protest.
    This is my one year anniversary present to myself and those still fighting.


    The one’s who want it all will be the last to learn.
    The one’s who take it all are the one’s who’ll let you burn and burn.
    The one’s who take the bribe, you’ll find, are the first to run.
    The one’s who lie for kind will earn it word for word for word.

    Say hello, I’m uprising, and gaze in front of them, like you really care.
    Say hello, I’m numberising the days in front of them, cause I really can. Go on.

    You don’t have to run away, so come on.
    you don’t have to hide away or do anything you don’t want to.
    So come on, were here and we’re waiting.
    So come on down, use the force, we’re all here and waiting.
    So come on, So come on.
    So come on, So come on.

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