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DT 29404

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29404

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

The new month has brought in winter with a vengeance. There is some sunshine but a biting Southerly wind and fresh snow on the ranges to our East combine to keep us well and truly chilled.

Fortunately, we've got the wood-burner and the regular crosswords to keep us warm and diverted.… Continue reading

DT 29398

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29398

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

On our regular walk this morning, as well as having a ‘chat’ with our special friend the NZ dabchick, we also had the rare privilege of seeing two distant mountains. One of these, Mt Ruapehu is inland in the central North Island and the other Mt Taranaki appears, from our vantage point, to emerge out of the sea as a perfect white cone.… Continue reading

DT 29392

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29392

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We’re back to our usual two person blogging team this week.

Having a spell of grey wintry weather at present. Perfect for hunkering down in front of the fire and working on crosswords.

We thought Jay was being quite gentle on us this week.… Continue reading

DT 29386

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29386

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

A solo solve and blog this week.

We are now officially in alert level 1. This means that New Zealand is free of the Covid 19 virus and all normal activities can proceed without any restrictions at all. However, the borders remain closed and are likely to remain so and strictly monitored, for quite some time.… Continue reading

DT 29380

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29380

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

It’s well over a week now since NZ has recorded any new Covid cases so many people are agitating for the last remaining restrictions to be removed. It probably will happen in a week or so according to official sources.… Continue reading

DT 29374

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29374

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

Monday had some exciting moments for us. About 8.30 am we got shaken up by a 5.8 strength earthquake that had it’s epicentre just off the coast from where we live. Since then we have had dozens of after-shocks, the biggest (5.3)… Continue reading

DT 29368

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29368

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

In the last four days we have managed to meet up with all of our family and grandchildren who we have only contacted via Zoom since lockdown started. This has meant that we have been staying in Wellington for a couple of nights and it was just wonderful being back in touch again. … Continue reading

DT 29362

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29362

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

As from tomorrow morning we take the next step away from full lockdown. Schools will be operating again from Monday and people will be able to be out and about and even travel within the country. However ‘social distancing’ will still be the order of the day and any gathering has to be fewer than 10 people.… Continue reading

DT 29356

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29356

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

The last few days have ushered in winter for us. There have been strong southerly winds bringing showers and some heavy rain. There is even a light fall of snow on the ranges to the east of us. This morning however dawned clear and calm and we can expect these conditions to last until the end of the week.… Continue reading

DT 29350

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29350

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Kia ora from Aotearoa.

As of last Monday night we are in Level 3 (instead of the maximum Level 4) with Covid 19.
The authorities have emphasised that this is to open up the economy but not to open up social contacts. Many thousands of people are now back at work but the social distancing guidelines are still very much in place.… Continue reading