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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #820 on: January 14, 2020, 12:05:33 pm »
Awesome!
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #821 on: January 14, 2020, 02:47:08 pm »
welcome back and thanks for the updates  :thumleft:
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #822 on: January 14, 2020, 09:01:28 pm »
What meat you using for the Biltong?

Motor1 I use rump for my biltong and buy it in bulk, then cut it myself. I will do some more detailed pics next time I make some if you interested.

But you can use any cut to make biltong, its just the texture and toughness that will change. I know of people that make chili bites from those minute man steaks  ::)

But I generally lookout for Rump, then silverside then sirloin and sometimes even fillet is on special  :P
 
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #823 on: January 15, 2020, 12:14:57 pm »
What meat you using for the Biltong?

Motor1 I use rump for my biltong and buy it in bulk, then cut it myself. I will do some more detailed pics next time I make some if you interested.

But you can use any cut to make biltong, its just the texture and toughness that will change. I know of people that make chili bites from those minute man steaks  ::)

But I generally lookout for Rump, then silverside then sirloin and sometimes even fillet is on special  :P

Spell out your process please and your spice mix. Yours always looks so tasty
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #824 on: January 15, 2020, 03:38:14 pm »
Beautiful scenery silvrav! Those Kawasaki fish look yummy.  :)
 
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #825 on: January 21, 2020, 02:34:21 am »
We had a loooong weekend  :biggrin:

Monday was wellington anniversary date and thus a regional holiday day for us  :thumleft:

We finally did the wellington cable car route and Gabe really enjoyed it! They have lights in the tunnels that react to cable cars, flashing varies patterns as you go through.

The bottom stop is in the heart of the CBD and the top stops in the botanical gardens, and an easy route onto Karori and western suburbs. Lots of people use it daily, as by car the road taking you up the hill is quite congested.

There is also a weather station and a space observatory that operates at night. Might take Gabe there one night so he can look at some bright stars and planets.

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Then I spent some time in the garage to start making some working space for me to start doing some more projects. I am about 50% done but then I started working on a money pit....  :peepwall: I did a thing....

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I decided its time to start fishing on top of the water, not just from the coast.

She is a 14footer extra-wide fishing kayak. came with a bunch of extras and already bought some more extras to install. The seller was nice enough to drop her off at my place on Sunday and I spent most of the afternoon on Monday rerigging lines, lubricating guides and get everything tightened. She has been standing for about a year so needed some TLC

The weather looks PERFECT next 3weeks or so so I am hoping to go early feb.  :thumleft: I wont be able to go out earlier as the misses is going in for a small op tomorrow night and will need me at home for about 10 days. This also means I need to do the school runs as school is starting again soon.

I will be working on the kayak at night as well now that I have space and will post updates as I go along.


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Started fitting out and testing where everything can go
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Started on the electrical system - Still not 100% sure where I want to mount the battery. Got some stuff to figure out as I want to add a Voltage reader and USB port so I can charge my cellphone and or VHF radio.
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #826 on: January 21, 2020, 02:35:39 am »
What meat you using for the Biltong?

Motor1 I use rump for my biltong and buy it in bulk, then cut it myself. I will do some more detailed pics next time I make some if you interested.

But you can use any cut to make biltong, its just the texture and toughness that will change. I know of people that make chili bites from those minute man steaks  ::)

But I generally lookout for Rump, then silverside then sirloin and sometimes even fillet is on special  :P

Spell out your process please and your spice mix. Yours always looks so tasty

I am making a batch this coming weekend again and will do a step by step  :thumleft:
 
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #827 on: January 21, 2020, 02:57:38 am »
Awesome buy with the kayak!!!  :ricky:

YouTube is your friend with the kayak rigging. Best advise is to put the battery inside a waterproof container (like a Tupperware etc) with sealed exits for the wires. That way the battery can't get wet and short out and die (sea water is a whole lot more conductive than fresh water. :deal: )

Keep as much electrical safely inside the hull as possible.

Have a sliding anchor rope mount along the side, that way you can set it no matter if the wind is against the current etc. so you can fish in the direction you want to.  :thumleft:

A simple bread crate / milk crate attached with bungees is great for keeping stuff in  :thumleft:

Look at some of the earlier videos from this guy... https://www.youtube.com/user/zoffinger  he makes some awesome "plans" out of nothing...  :thumleft:
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #828 on: July 02, 2020, 03:16:02 am »
Im back! What a hectic few months. I will do a full right up on my break next week :)
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #829 on: July 02, 2020, 03:33:09 am »
Was wondering why you've been so scarce. At least you've got some top class rugby to watch. :thumleft:
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #830 on: July 02, 2020, 08:35:45 am »
better late than never   :peepwall:
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #831 on: July 02, 2020, 10:11:56 am »
Im back! What a hectic few months. I will do a full right up on my break next week :)
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #832 on: July 02, 2020, 12:31:26 pm »
Welcome back... been waiting to hear news from the land of the long white cloud.


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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #833 on: July 16, 2020, 02:39:41 am »
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #834 on: July 16, 2020, 09:37:50 am »
Welcome back
I would like to know about the school terms in NZ?

Similar to SA or US?
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #835 on: July 16, 2020, 03:01:10 pm »
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #836 on: July 16, 2020, 09:00:12 pm »
Welcome back
I would like to know about the school terms in NZ?

Similar to SA or US?
Similar to SA. Just longer December / January break
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #837 on: July 17, 2020, 03:31:58 am »
Kom Hannes, wat gaan aan?  :sip:  :lol8:
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #838 on: July 18, 2020, 01:12:07 am »
 :lol8: :lol8: One thinks you will have a break on your break but noo....

So first part of the update.

Pre-covid.

We went for a weekend away at a place called cape palliser - Its a small town away from everything and mostly known for its great coast line and fishing competitions. They have tractors and even small dozers lined up on the beaches that you can rent to get your boat in and out of the water. It was a great, but cold weekend. Will definitely do it again soon.

Except for the above break it was busy at work as we were finalizing year end and opening 2 new stores.

We also had to plan a Bday party it was my sons first NZ birthday (well technically second as he landed on his 3rd bday in wellington...anyway) and the wife wanted to do something special. So we booked an area out at a place called staglands, (https://www.staglands.co.nz/) its an animal wildlife reserve and we had a great sunny day for this bday between days of just rain. Its been a wet year so far for NZ.

We opted to do everything ourselves so it was making dino footprints, packing goody bags, running food to the place etc.

Covid times

Being in the retail/property industry we heard these rumours about covid and lockdowns and started watching the news. We were still planning on how we would try to operate while there is a potential of lockdown, and then before most people were prepared the prime minister announced level 4 (full lockdown) within 48hours.

Now most people cheer on how NZ handled the covid pandemic and yes we properly did handle it better then most but there was still a lot of chaos and unanswered questions. Some questions took 3weeks to answer with grey areas, where people were even arrested for not following lockdown guidelines (not rules, just guidelines). The PM was great in that she had a press conference every day at 14h00 to update the nation and answer question she had answers to.

For in retail it meant basically, 2m enforced social distancing rules, max 75 people (including workers) in any stores. We had to limit stock, police was called numerous times for people getting rowdy in store and even just in lines.

During the 48hours before full lockdown we had perspex shields made up so our tellers could be safe, people bought 50kg of flour, 5kg packs of yeast and baking powder from our Gilmours brands (like a makro - bulk goods) - things they would never be able to finish in their lifetime, they all of a sudden needed. 5 year supply of toilet paper, water, milk - I can see those prepper people sitting in their bunkers going - WE TOLD YOU SO!

to be continued....

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4th Birthday Party!
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Perspex screens at some of our stores + baking our own goodies as some stores ran out
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #839 on: July 18, 2020, 08:10:33 pm »
Thanks for the update - great to see pictures too.
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