It’s Saturday morning, which means spin class and farmers market. Our little market only has a dozen or so vendors, but we’ve embraced the idea and are trying to shop there regularly and cook at home. As a result, we’re definitely eating more veg and of course saving money by not eating in restaurants.
So far… and this is winter…
- Chillies of a few different kinds
- Sweet potato
- Pumpkin (they eat more pumpkin here, mostly in soup)
- Mung bean sprouts
- Bibb lettuce
- Courgettes, aka zucchini
- Smoked salmon
As well as some good breakfast / brunch food.
Another fine Sunday, so we set out to explore a few streets in the neighborhood that we hadn’t been down before. No shortage of nice houses, etc.
We ended up on Lovers Lane, a nice trail in the Auckland Domain, and decided to see if we could find the suspected connector trail down to the Parnell train station.
This parrot (which turns out to be an Eastern Rosella) put on quite a show for us. We had glimpsed one before, and we know they are reasonably common here, but this was our first good viewing.
In a matter of a few hundred yards, and only a few less metres, we passed from parklike meadows to deep forest.
And then, in the middle of the forest, behind a construction fence, we found a tiny little illicit skate park. Just three little features on a slab… one rail, one kerb, one ledge. Thinking of you, Scotty.
These big trees are really big… maybe not California redwood big, but bigger than any non-giant-redwood tree I’ve ever seen.
Then, we found the train station parking area, seen here through the lovely vegetation, which let us know that we were back within striking distance of a pint and a nice plate of duck liver pâté. What great explorers we are!!
Who says structured vocabularies don’t solve practical problems???
(I don’t usually talk about work here, but this was too funny for me to pass up. A bit of an inside joke for those of you who read this outside of that context.)
It’s not like we don’t have warm climates in the US… and I’ve even lived in those climates at various times in my life.
But I’m still agog at daffodils in early “February.”
These little carts, which are allowed right up on the sidewalk, er, footpath, are how letter carriers carry letters here.
I spoke to the driver, who said that they are a whole lot of fun, and make his job much easier. Apparently, now that online shopping is starting to take off, they have to deliver a lot more parcels than they used to…
The election campaign is in full swing here, reaching what passes for a fever pitch in New Zealand. That means that there are signs like this one… It is not the same level of fever pitch that I am familiar with from the States.
But there has been some excitement… The woman in this photograph, who has been the co-leader of the Green party, had to resign this week from her post after she revealed dodgy welfare benefits she received many years ago. On the one hand, fairly minor offenses, but on the other, as leader of her Party she was held to a very high standard. We will never know whether that standard was even higher due to her being female and of Maori descent. But probably yes.
Everyone gets two votes, one for their local member of Parliament, and another for their political party of choice. There is a system of proportional representation, and so if a party gets more votes than its individual candidates, they are awarded some party seats to make up the difference. Awesome in my opinion.