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Up Front: The C Word

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  • JLM,

    Re peonies

    How far north? I believe they need cold, cold winters to really flourish. I know of growers in Otago and near Raetihi. But I hope you can grow them--they are more than beautiful--probably the most luxurious and sensual flower ever.

    The Otago one is just up the road from us, and we did discover some beauties in our new garden last year. Cold obviously helped. No scent though, Geoff.

    Judy Martin's southern sl… • Since Apr 2007 • 241 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    And as a postscript I should mention that my partner was once blessed by the Pope.

    Was the partner..um.. touched? (Priest and all that)

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Not only unrelated, but frankly, who cares?

    I care. I care very much...We should all care about poor Michael. After all he is part of our wonderful world.

    If we belittle him then we are influencing peoples thoughts of him.

    In our own special way we are socially engineering the populace to ignore arseholes like him.

    Tut tut.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Was the partner..um.. touched? (Priest and all that)

    I'm not sure how these things work but apparently it was when Pope John Paul 2 visited NZ and had big outdoor masses and a few select people got communion from/with? him personally.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Crowley,

    The number of people I see getting into management then complaining to me about the hours, the stress, the pressure, is something - and enough to make me NOT to want to seek out management positions.

    When you have tasted Olive oil and can only seem to grow tomatoes and silver beet in your backyard vegetable garden successfully.You are also now up to year 5 on one income (which was a good one as a D.I.N.K) You have essentially moved as high as you possibly can in you present position. You seriously consider it.

    Otautahi • Since Nov 2008 • 24 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    When you have tasted Olive oil and can only seem to grow tomatoes and silver beet in your backyard vegetable garden successfully.

    If you can grow tomatoes and silverbeet, there are no excuses for not being able to grow spinach, lettuce, or courgettes. Really.

    (Okay, except not liking them, but for the purposes of this comment that doesn't count.)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Crowley,

    Sorry, you are right about courgettes. Those suckers grow like mad. Thank goodness for a good Zucchini Pickle recipe. (just like the Anathot's stuff.) Yum. Mesclun mix from seed is also relatively painless.

    Otautahi • Since Nov 2008 • 24 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Rich Lock:

    "Oh, that's simple.

    If your 'garden' is a patch of dirt out front with an old car up on blocks sitting in the middle of it, you're working class.

    If you have a garden and tend it yourself, you're middle class.

    If you can afford to pay for a gardener, you're upper-middle class.

    And if your garden is so big that you need multiple gardeners and possibly a gamekeeper, you're upper class."

    What about apartment dwellers?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5429 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    What about apartment dwellers?

    Defined by square footage/building amenities, maybe?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    In light of comments up-thread, it appears I must be certifiable. Send men in white coats forthwith...

    Yours,
    The silly, non-sentient creature of Sandringham.

    [Tautology]

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Gawd I didn't realize that having a vegetable patch and compost was working class. Even having a backyard is surely not working class. They're meant to have a shared concrete lane with garbage cans, aren't they?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10650 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    with garbage cans, aren't they?

    And Americanisms is another thing altogether.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Soo recordari, their position would suggest they are not used and need a new home seeing as space is an issue (when they are just about in the ceiling) If you want to sell one.... I have email... :)
    Then again, when my new parts arrive, I could be ok...but if ever you are keen.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Umm, yes, they have become somewhat ornamental. cough that's only a third of the collection. There is something sculpturally appealing about coffee machines. Well, to mad people like me it seems. The second one in is in need of a few parts itself. Bon trading in Sydney used to stock parts too, and the new ones sure are shiny, but I've moved on to 1.5 bar pressure with a boiler room, and since Russell is Ok with that, I'll stop feeling guilty about it. Maybe just a little guilty, given the size of the damn thing ;-)

    We grow vegetables too. This place really is isolating for people like me this week. Just sayin'.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Yes Bon trading Woollhara. That is where I will get my parts.Seriously if you are ever interested so am I (price dependent of course) We left ol' atom' up north last trip and it was panic and withdrawal until it was returned.So an extra (that was used) would never go amiss (and you live so handy) :)
    Just a thought. I could be interested in the one that needs parts and then I could get it fixed as I do ours.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Will certainly keep it in mind. When people offer to buy my old stuff, it always makes me think 'now, what other old stuff could I buy?' It's an never-ending dream/nightmare; as you like it.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    it always makes me think 'now, what other old stuff could I buy?'

    I'm a shocker for chairs but at this point I have no more room, until we get the new house,mwahahahahaa! My man is mortified at my ability to get chairs.Just last week I got an outdoor rocking chair. Can't wait for summer. It is going to travel with us up north.:)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    Recordari... I used to know a fellow with a collection of old Atomics and similar.... If it's you, did you finish restoring the Spitfire?

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 889 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    but I've moved on to 1.5 bar pressure with a boiler room, and since Russell is Ok with that, I'll stop feeling guilty about it. Maybe just a little guilty, given the size of the damn thing ;-)

    Dude, it's never gonna be me who judges you for having a large coffee machine ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22825 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Dude

    Size doesn't matter!

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Size doesn't matter!

    Actually, it does in the case of espresso machines. You can't get really good pressure from a machine smaller than a winebox.

    Also: cigars. Bigger cigars are generally better, because a skilled cigar-maker can use a more complex blend of tobaccos in the larger cigar.

    Sayin'.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22825 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Also: cigars. Bigger cigars are generally better, because a skilled cigar-maker can use a more complex blend of tobaccos in the larger cigar.

    Don't ya jus' love a good cigar. One thing I thoroughly enjoy smoking.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    At Wallace gallery opening. People everywhere, and what's that word for Art swoon?

    Chairs. Umm, yes, they do rather take up room(s).

    We will have to compare and contrast one day ;-)

    PS. 11 litre boiler big enough?

    PPs. FletcherB. No, have never owned a Spitfire. Lordy, what class is that?

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Also: cigars. Bigger cigars are generally better, because a skilled cigar-maker can use a more complex blend of tobaccos in the larger cigar.

    Don't ya jus' love a good cigar. One thing I thoroughly enjoy smoking.

    Oh. Oh. Oh. I think I should buy some for our Blend thingy. It is going to have an outdoor smoking space, isn't it, Russell???

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    FletcherB. No, have never owned a Spitfire. Lordy, what class is that?

    A Spitfire would be a small 1970's sportscar made by Triumph.

    If you've not owned one, then you're not the historic espresso maker collector and lover of old-stuff in general I thought you might be...

    But you can at least rest assured that you are not alone in your affliction... :)

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 889 posts Report Reply

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