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DT 29530

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29530

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We’re back home again just in time to tackle this week’s Jay puzzle. Not sure whether it was just us but we certainly took quite a lot longer than usual to get this one sorted. Well into our three stars for difficulty time and even considered a possible fourth one.… Continue reading

DT 29518

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29518

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Every year The New Zealand Forest and Bird runs a Bird of the Year poll. Here is the link. https://www.birdoftheyear.org.nz  Yesterday we cast our vote for the NZ Dabchick or Weweia. It is the bird that appeared on a pond near us during lockdown earlier in the year and was a highlight of our regular walks at that time.… Continue reading

DT 29512

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29512

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

On our walk this morning we noticed the riot of colour from all the wild flowers in bloom amongst the sand dunes, the families of ducklings feeding in the ponds, the hopeful anglers beside their rods at the river mouth and the flocks of wading birds feeding on the estuary.… Continue reading

DT 29506

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29506

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Just when we were getting used to warmer weather along comes another cold Southerly snap to keep us on our toes. We even lit the fire again last night. Don’t expect this will last long and we’ll be back into shorts and lighter clothing again.… Continue reading

DT 29500

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29500

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

New Zealand adopted an MMP voting system (Mixed Member Proportional) in 1996 and at every election since then our government has been a coalition of two or more parties. At these latest elections the party led by Jacinda Ardern has gained enough seats that they can form a government without the need for coalition partners.… Continue reading

DT 29494

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29494

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

It was a quiet day at the polling place so I sneaked away from work there so we could put this blog together at our usual time.

Enjoyable Jay puzzle once again.

Please leave a comment telling us how you got on.… Continue reading

DT 29488

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29488

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Advance voting in our General Election has now started so one of us (Colin) is working as an electoral officer, issuing votes. This makes us several hours later than usual getting on to putting the blog together but still plenty of time to get it all done before publishing deadline.… Continue reading

DT 29482

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29482

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

New Zealand has had horrendous weather this last week. Very strong winds with squally showers of rain, hail and thunderstorms over most of the country and heavy snow to low levels over much of the South Island. The worst of it looks to have moved away now so we can look forward to more Spring-like conditions returning.… Continue reading

DT 29476

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29476

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

A couple of our Spring markers that we watch out for on regular walks have appeared this week. We spotted our first clutch of ducklings, nine in this family, and the first contingent of Bar-tailed godwits have arrived from their breeding season in Alaska.… Continue reading

DT 29470

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29470

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

The weather gods have thrown a real mixture at us again this week. Some really vicious squally showers yesterday but beautiful clear blue skies today although the appropriately named equinoctial winds are still present.

A bit rushed this week as we are due to drive to Wellington for grand-parental duties as soon as we get this done and scheduled for publication.… Continue reading