Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Morning Skies

The skies over Otautau have been stunning lately. This is the moon and Jupiter rising over the Aparima River just before the sun. Photograph © 2011 Cathy Onellion
Then the sun came and lit up the clouds. Photograph © 2011 Cathy Onellion

Mobile Green Grocer

There's a new service coming to Otautau. The Mobile Green Grocer, based in Alexandra, is delivering to Otautau every two weeks.

This week's products:

Central Otago Apples : 5kg Bag = $10 (Please specify variety if you have a preference)

 Braeburn – Very Crisp and Long Keeping
 Pacific Rose – Very Crisp, Sweet and Tangy,
 Granny Smith – Crisp, Sour Green Apple for Cooking or Eating
 Royal Gala – Super Sweet and Juicy, Less crisp but still very nice

Central Otago Pears : 2kg Bag = $5Doyenne Du Comice (Ice Cream Pear) – Sweet and Juicy

Central Otago Walnuts (in their shells): 1kg Bag = $8

NEXT DELIVERY: Wednesday, 1 June

Currently we are delivering to your area every TWO weeks. Product range will be expanded over time. This is a new business based in Alexandra. We are starting with LOCAL products. We will purchasemore products from markets once we know what people want.

HOW TO ORDER: Email the Mobile Green Grocer by Tuesday Night or phone/text 027-814-5352. Specify your address. Accepts cash or cheque on delivery.

Monday, 30 May 2011


You wouldn't know we're heading into winter with these warm, sunny days. Daffodils are making the most of it.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Petrol Prices Compared

A retired sheep farmer friend of mine was talking about petrol prices today and how we in NZ pay more than 'those Americans'. I said, but they're paying over $4 a gallon. He proceeded to tell me there were 4 litres to the gallon - to which I said no, quarts are bigger than litres and there are 4 quarts to the gallon. Then he said that of course the Imperial gallon was bigger than the American gallon because the Americans could get 50 gallons into a 44 Imperial gallon drum. We haggled a bit more and I threw in that there were 64 ounces to a gallon which made him think and bought me time.

When I got home, I Googled these things and found that he is right. There are 3.785 litres to the American gallon which means that with the present price of $2.089/litre of 91 petrol, New Zealanders pay $7.91/gallon or USD$6.24/gallon. So in fact, we do pay more for regular petrol than 'those Americans'.

The moral of the story: don't argue with retired sheep farmers - and go light at the petrol pump.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

House for Rent?

There seems to be a shortage of rental properties in Otautau. Lots of people are looking for places to live.

If you have your home on the market and can't seem to sell it, the Department of Building and Housing makes it easy for first time landlords to rent their homes. Check out their website for the forms to rent your property. Forms are downloadable and easy to use.

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