Author Archives: graemeu

Flax cultivars for weaving

This coming Friday 18th August, the Canterbury Botanical Society will be having a guided tour of the Rene Orchiston, living harakeke collection at Landcare Research, Lincoln. Meet outside the main reception, 54 Gerald St, by 1.25pm.  Parking is limited, so … Continue reading

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Honesty Box

Facing the back of the Old Canterbury University West of this Y yet East of this Y is what must be the smallest public

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Cultural Shift

We must have been having terrible weather lately because I received a couple of emails (even one from Oz) asking how we’d fared with the storms that have hit Canterbury recently. Well thanks for asking We’re fine We had a … Continue reading

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Seeing Red

Looking at the sites stats for this blog the most visited post is getting started with carving wooden spoons, which is totally weird as that’s not really a focus for Between the Ocean and the Sea. However given the interest … Continue reading

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a walk in the park

Cautionary note to readers – this post is not compatible with mealtimes A few weeks ago I’d taken my mother to Christchurch Hospital for an appointment.  I’d no sooner got her settled back in the rest home when I got … Continue reading

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Letting in the light

When the Cook Strait kowhai blooms and the snow-line creeps closer On frosty  mornings

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In the hills of Cheviot

North Canterbury Farm Forestry Association visited a couple of farms near Cheviot last Thursday. The first is a small–holding north of Cheviot that was enthusiastically planted and landscaped around 20 years ago, with ponds ornamental trees and walnuts. The property … Continue reading

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Southern Lights

While I was cobbling together my last post, oblivious to events in the real world, Christian aka ‘The BFG’ was out on the Port Hills near Gebbies Pass taking ‘not very good’ photographs of the Aurora australis.  In response to that last post of mine he sent one of his worst photos.  I am of […]

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Of St Aidan, ANZAC and Serbia

Another year and another commemoration of the sacrifices of WWI for ANZAC Day (25th April) is upon us. We’re so focused on the horrors of Gallipolli, victories of Palestine and madness of France and Belgium that we forget (actually I … Continue reading

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Best office day I’ll have this year!

If working on a computer means you’re in the office then for the 27th February I must have had one of the best office spaces going anywhere. Being a Monday it started with that long dawn haul south Up in … Continue reading

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