Monday, June 02, 2008

Tauranga NZ, June 2



Work on the boat continues. It has been out of the water, in the boatyard, for almost three weeks and is crawling with tradespeople. It is two steps forward, one back, pretty much seven days a week. Like a major kitchen remodel...when will it ever be done? Regardless, Ellen returns to the US June 5, Tom on June 29. We will be in the US until December 1 when we will return with fresh visas to --- more boat work!

The weather continues to be beautiful and from the point of view of physical surroundings, Tauranga is lovely but...dull. The most exciting thing around is the food.

May is kiwifruit harvest season. We see trucks and trainloads of it heading out to sea every day. Ellen spent an afternoon visiting a kiwi orchard and packing house during harvest and helped with the picking - hard work in an idyllic setting.

Autumn is spoonfruit season. You eat spoonfruit by slicing it in half and dipping into it with a sharp little spoon like a grapefruit spoon, eat the heart, toss the skin. Kiwi is one spoonfruit. Others are the feijoa (fu-joe-ah), a small green fruit that tastes like bubblegum; the passionfruit - a hard black wrinkly shell filled with sublime seeds and pulp that taste vaguely like pineapple; tamarillo - a bright red sour plum like fruit that might be a cross between a tomato and a tomatillo.

Citrus - bags of the sweetest mandarins and satsumas you can imagine. Piles of persimmons (really nice, like apple) and magnificent pears - varieties that look vaguely familiar but aren't - Beurre Bosc, Taylor's Gold, Nashi.

Avocados on the side of the road, 10 for about $2.50. We swim in avocadoes.
Fresh macadamia nuts....my oh my. Texture like fresh coconut. Very hard to open - takes a hammer and a lot of whacks.

There are your typical vegetables only with different names: capsicums (bell peppers), silverbeet (chard), kumara (sweet potatoes) along with the pumpkin that appears to be a number one favorite right up there with lettuce, tomatoes and carrots.

Sourcing. Organic is at least as common as in the US. There are supermarkets, produce stores, farmers markets, roadside stands and trucks. In addition to your neighbor, your work colleague, your dentist...scrambling to get rid of their home grown produce. Living on "lifestyle" acreage with your own little orchard is the local dream domicile, complete with gas guzzling pickup truck/SUV and kids attending school and doing sports in town...with gas at over $6 per gallon.

In general, the cost of food is higher than the US. Actually, the cost of everything -including housing- is higher than the US. Salaries are quite a bit lower. We don't really understand how people make it but if our experience is any indication they don't have a lot of appliances or furniture, they don't have heating in their homes, and they don't go out for dinner (restaurants are crummy, expensive, empty, and many of them are closed in the evenings).

6 Comments:

Blogger nashcantlon said...

So have you guys checked youtube for: All Black tries or Umaga or Rockoko? Did I read correctely, you're going to be here for 6 mos., leaving, wisely, just before the Bears and the Huskies. The Bear will be vengeful I'm guessing......jc

2:51 PM  
Blogger Take Rest said...

This article examines a procedure to address and pay down understudy credits rapidly. It clarifies the key parts of your advance and how to quicken installment. Cash Advance San-diego

5:23 AM  
Blogger Justin said...

Obviously, there are a few bargains that should be made. For a begin, the financing cost connected with understudy advances with awful credit are higher than comparable advances would be. Cash Advance

1:04 PM  
Blogger marko said...

On the off chance that you have a terrible credit, a cosigner is required to get your advance endorsed. Dissimilar to other standard advances for understudies, this is a moment procedure to get reserves. Terms and conditions fluctuate starting with one loan specialist then onto the next, so guarantee to locate the best choice for your money related requirements. Cash Advance San-diego

1:20 AM  
Blogger Paulo said...

Defaulted credits won't qualify. Keeping in mind the end goal to incorporate any default obligation, an account holder should first make installment courses of action with the credit servicer or the indebted person must consent to reimburse the understudy advance obligation union installments under the terms and states of Income-Contingent Repayment Plan or the Income-Based Repayment Plan. Cash Advance San-diego

7:23 AM  
Blogger Paulo said...

A declaration of wisdom...when doing this don't give them the impression of a Pollyanna without having the ability to reinforce your positive case. Be an informed Pollyanna! Cash Advance Chicago

4:59 AM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home