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Inside the world of rugby romance literature 03/10/2021

Inside the world of rugby romance literature

Hello there.
Greetings from New Zealand!
And our confinement in Auckland continues....... Oh for a normal life!!
Here is something to brighten up your day.
My Monday Facebook posts are mainly for family and friends who live overseas. For example I belong to 2 private American pages and the members of these pages have a keen interest in New Zealand because they read rugby romance novels set in New Zealand!! Yes you read that correctly. Do you want to know more about the author and the novels? If yes then check this article out........ https://thisnzlife.co.nz/inside-world-rugby-romance-literature/
I have organised several tours of New Zealand for wildly enthusiastic readers of these novels. The readers love New Zealand!
Have a fabulous week everyone.
Sharron - your tour guide friend in New Zealand.

Inside the world of rugby romance literature Rugby romance novels have a growing global following. We talk to US author Rosalind James about her Escape to New Zealand series.

[09/29/21]   Hello everyone.

Aside from my passion for tourism I thought you all might be interested to know that since March 2020:

I am "finding people for people". People such as long lost relatives; family members that family do not even know exist; birth parents etc etc. I am enabling profound unifications.

And I am back designing houses and drawing concept drawings. Before my life in tourism I designed houses and produced working drawings.

Please share this post with your family and friends. Thanks very much.

Photos from Exclusive Tours's post 26/09/2021

Greetings from New Zealand!
Our Covid confinement here in the city of Auckland continues. We were put into Lockdown Level 4 on Tuesday 17th August. 5 weeks later (last Tuesday 21st August) the level was reduced to Level 3. In theory (all fingers crossed) the level will be reduced to Level 2 next Tuesday 5th of October......... Oh for a normal life again!
Meanwhile, last Saturday night, here in New Zealand we moved to Daylight Saving Time. Clocks went forward by one hour, with 2 am becoming 3 am. Daylight Saving Time will continue until 3rd April 2022, when clocks will go back by one hour so that 3 am becomes 2 am.
Many things were invented by New Zealander's such as (I bet very few of you know this) soluble / instant coffee!!! The Japanese chemist Satori Kato was initially thought to be the inventor of the first soluble instant coffee whilst working in Chicago, after filing a patent in 1901 and exhibiting the product at the Pan-American Exposition until it was realised that David Strang of Invercargill, New Zealand had invented the product two years earlier. The first commercial instant coffee, in the world, was made in Invercargill by David Strang, who owned a coffee and spice works factory. He applied for a patent for his "soluble coffee powder" in 1889 under the name Strang's Coffee.
As noted in a Smithsonian article last year, the invention of the first commercial instant coffee had long been attributed to Satori Kato, until recently. The article said Strang also filed patents for a "coffee-roasting apparatus of novel design" and Strang's Eclipse Hot Air Grain Dryer. He was also credited with making mocha - a blend of coffee and cocoa that is ubiquitous nowadays.
Anyway back to Daylight Saving Time! And guess what????
It was invented by a New Zealand bug collector.
George Hudson is credited with coming up with the idea for daylight saving time. He was an entomoligist and astronomer, Hudson's shift work job gave him appreciation for after-hours daylight, as it afforded time more leisure time to collect insects. His initial idea, formed in 1895 and presented to the Wellington Philosophical Society, was for a two-hour daylight saving shift.
Hudson's idea gained support from MP Sir Thomas Kay Sidey, who put forward a daylight saving bill annually, starting in 1909. In 1927, when Hudson was 60, the Summer Time Act succeeded and clocks were moved forward an hour from the first Sunday in November to the first Sunday in March.
Hudson's collection of insects ended up being the largest in the country and is now housed in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington.
The concept of daylight saving time as we know it today didn't come into effect until 1974, when it was trialled again for a year. This time, the time shift was one hour ahead of NZST and ran from the first Sunday in November to the last Sunday in February. Daylight saving time was officially introduced in 1975, but the dates were changed yet again, to run from the last Sunday in October to the first Sunday in March.
Currently the time frame is the last Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April.
How's that for some New Zealand information and trivia? :)
To brighten up your week below you will find 2 of my recent "close up" photographs. They are the centres of a poppy and a tulip.
Have a fabulous week everyone.
Kind regards from Sharron your tour guide friend in New Zealand.

Photos from Exclusive Tours's post 12/09/2021

Hello from New Zealand!
Another week and weekend done and dusted as we continue in our Level 4 Lockdown confinement here in the city of Auckland. Everyone else in the rest of New Zealand is a Lockdown Level 2 and getting on with life as best as they can. Later today our Prime Minister will make an announcement regarding the Lockdown Levels - whether they are to remain the same or move down.....
I am super keen to get out and about and catch up with family and friends all over New Zealand.
My days are filled with genealogy research for friends and clients, 3 to 5 kilometre walks, phone calls, sitting in the sun - taking in vitamin D, gardening, mowing the lawns, doing housework, talking to neighbours at a safe distance.........
Yesterday I sat outside in the sun and whilst reading several chapters of The Great Kiwi Pub Crawl I ate Ginger Crunch and drank cups of Zealong organic Oolong tea..... Zealong's Sweet Amber tea to be precise. This tea is described as "A comforting blend of warming ginger and tangy lemon that naturally enhances the honey sweetness of Zealong Black tea". Once travelling outside of Auckland is allowed I am keen to visit as many of the pubs/taverns etc as I can to learn more about the social history / architecture / patrons etc. And as part of future tours I will include visits to some of the places. Look closely at this photograph of the interior of the Masonic Hotel in Napier. What do you see? Those of you who have visited Napier with me will recognise the Masonic Hotel - especially the photograph of the interior of the beautiful bar........
Oh by the way has anyone made Ginger Crunch yet? :)
Have a fabulous week everyone.
Kind regards from Sharron in New Zealand.

The Ultimate Ginger Crunch - Annabel Langbein – Recipes 05/09/2021

The Ultimate Ginger Crunch - Annabel Langbein – Recipes

Hello from Zealand! Spring is here! 1st of September Spring commenced here in the Southern Hemisphere! Yeah! Summer is on the horizon!
Oh my gosh I am over this Lockdown Level 4. I am so looking forward to getting out and about and visiting family and friends. Last year during Lockdown Level 4 people were more relaxed and we all obediently endured the the lockdown. But this time the Delta Variant is making many people very nervous and afraid.
When I go out for my walks I only ever come across a handful of people. And they are not very inclined to talk. Just a brief "hello" as we pass by each other - 2 metres apart. Or some people purposefully look away from me and anyone else that they pass by.
All going well we here in Auckland will be out of this lockdown by next Tuesday 14th September. Yesterday 20 people were confirmed as having contracted Covid19. The daily numbers are declining and I do hope they continue to decline over the next 8 days. Fingers crossed......
Yesterday was Fathers Day here in New Zealand and my father, who is staying with a friend of his, celebrated, by having poached eggs on steamed silverbeet! Silverbeet is a very common vegetable here in New Zealand. It is easy to grow in ones garden. Silverbeet is also known as chard, Swiss chard and seakale beet. It is similar to spinach but has a stronger flavour. Silverbeet usually has a white stalk, however, red beet is sometimes available; it has the same green leaves but has a rich pink-red stem and veins. It is a good source of iron, vitamins K, A and C and calcium. It is full of antioxidants and the vitamins within it help to prevent inflammation. Silverbeet contains potassium, which helps to maintain blood sugar levels plus a high fibre content which is beneficial in reducing blood cholesterol. A perfect food for Dad at his age!
And Dad was thrilled to bits, yesterday, when he became a great grandfather for the 6th time. Around midday yesterday one of my nephews and his partner welcomed their first child, a boy, into this world. Such wonderful news!
And here is something random. Because of our "confinement" here in New Zealand so many people are baking that supermarkets are forever running out of flour. :( Those of you who have travelled in New Zealand may remember coming across Ginger Crunch in cafes all over New Zealand. Oh my goodness me it is one of my favourite slices...... I thought I would share a Ginger Crunch recipe. https://www.annabel-langbein.com/recipes/the-ultimate-ginger-crunch/3371/
If you do make this delicious Ginger Crunch please let me know what you think of it. Enjoy!
Have a fabulous week everyone.
Kind regards
Sharron - your tour guide friend in New Zealand.

The Ultimate Ginger Crunch - Annabel Langbein – Recipes Hundreds of quick and easy recipes created by Annabel and her online community.

30/08/2021

Are you a budding or experienced water colour artist? YES?

Then how about participating in a 7-day painting holiday (Whangarei/Paihia/Auckland) with Pam Lines - 13th to 19th February 2022.

This 7-day artist tour will include opportunities for plein air painting and sketching in beautiful Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri. Visits to art galleries in Whangarei, Paihia, Russell, Kerikeri and Auckland will also be part of your art holiday. Join other women artists and experience this exciting opportunity for good food and accommodations in a relaxed holiday atmosphere where you can enjoy painting and sketching in a supportive environment. Beginners and experienced artists are welcome to join, as are painters of most other water-based media.

Pam Lines is a Waihi Beach based watercolour artist. Her work reflects the coastal environment in which she lives. From winter on the beach, to the effect of tidal erosion on the dunes, the coast and its many changing facets, inspire Pam’s art. Her working mantra is “keep it simple, feel the essence” and she strives to reach this objective in every painting she creates. www.pamlines.com

For more information about this great 7-day painting holiday please contact me at [email protected] Thanks.

Are you a budding or experienced water colour artist? YES?

Then how about participating in a 7-day painting holiday (Whangarei/Paihia/Auckland) with Pam Lines - 13th to 19th February 2022.

This 7-day artist tour will include opportunities for plein air painting and sketching in beautiful Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri. Visits to art galleries in Whangarei, Paihia, Russell, Kerikeri and Auckland will also be part of your art holiday. Join other women artists and experience this exciting opportunity for good food and accommodations in a relaxed holiday atmosphere where you can enjoy painting and sketching in a supportive environment. Beginners and experienced artists are welcome to join, as are painters of most other water-based media.

Pam Lines is a Waihi Beach based watercolour artist. Her work reflects the coastal environment in which she lives. From winter on the beach, to the effect of tidal erosion on the dunes, the coast and its many changing facets, inspire Pam’s art. Her working mantra is “keep it simple, feel the essence” and she strives to reach this objective in every painting she creates. www.pamlines.com

For more information about this great 7-day painting holiday please contact me at [email protected] Thanks.

25 KIWI English Slang words | Speak English like a Native Speaker | English Vocabulary Lesson 29/08/2021

25 KIWI English Slang words | Speak English like a Native Speaker | English Vocabulary Lesson

Hello everyone and greetings from New Zealand where we are still in the grips of a Level 4 Lockdown because of the Delta variant.
We have been at Lockdown Level 4 since 11.59 pm on 18th August. All going well, this Tuesday, Auckland and north Auckland will remain at Lockdown Level 4 and people living south of Auckland city will go down to Lockdown Level 3.
Yesterday, Sunday, 83 community cases were reported. 82 were reported in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, and the other was in the capital, Wellington. Of the current community cases, 34 people were in hospital and two of them in intensive care. Active community cases stand at 511, with 496 of them in Auckland.
However the good news is that the numbers of people now receiving the vaccinations has skyrocketed along with 1,000's of people being tested for the virus.
Some aspects of what Lockdown Level 4 means for New Zealanders:
* People are asked to stay at home, unless they are undertaking essential travel to the supermarket or dairy, seeking necessary medical care or being tested for Covid-19, or to get physical exercise in their neighbourhood.
* Businesses are shut, except for essential services such as supermarkets, pharmacies, health clinics, petrol stations and lifeline utilities.
Only essential workers are permitted to go to work, others must work from home.
* Schools and universities are shut down, and travel is severely limited.
* All gatherings are cancelled at alert level 4.
* All public venues, including libraries, pools, leisure centres, gyms, early childcare centres, community venues and playgrounds are closed.
* Some public toilets will remain open. In Auckland, public Wi-Fi at council libraries will be switched off and drinking fountains will be unavailable.
* Once you go into a bubble you must stay in it. If you are completely isolated, or you live alone, you can join a bubble with one other person.
* Masks must be worn and we must keep 2 metres (6 feet) distance from others when leaving our homes.

On a brighter note I thought you all might like to view the video. Please excuse all of the advertising. :) You can surprise your family and friends by using some of our common Kiwi slang words.......
Have a fabulous week everyone!!
Kind regards
Sharron your tour guide / tour organiser friend in New Zealand!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBpdQaK0PHE*

25 KIWI English Slang words | Speak English like a Native Speaker | English Vocabulary Lessonhttps://youtu.be/puNo0sxC3VI👉 Check the latest Video - American Idioms I love to use the most?25 KIWI English Slang words | Speak English like a Native S...

100% Pure New Zealand: A Welcoming Journey 22/08/2021

100% Pure New Zealand: A Welcoming Journey

Hello and greetings from New Zealand where we are in the grips of a nationwide lockdown due to the Delta strain of Covid19........ Instead of telling you all about our Covid situation here in New Zealand I thought I would share a video that Tourism New Zealand released on 3 July 2018. I had not seen this video before and even though I live in New Zealand and I am familiar with all of the places and encounters featured I was quite moved when viewed the video. Enjoy the video and have a fabulous week.
Kind regards
From Sharron - your tour guide friend in New Zealand!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Atf_Af1q_5w

100% Pure New Zealand: A Welcoming Journey Come and experience a journey where our people and place welcome you in.Learn more: http://www.newzealand.com

Photos from Exclusive Tours's post 15/08/2021

Crikey where does time go? It only seem like yesterday that we were in Rotorua to celebrate Dad'd 97th birthday. But a week has passed already! Hope all is well with you all. Today I am sharing photographs that I took, at a garden centre, of my favourite flowering plants - camellias. I thought you might also like to see how much the plants cost - in New Zealand dollars. Camellia lovers all around New Zealand are rejoicing right now as it is flowering time! Camellias are an age old favourite for a reason. An evergreen tree or shrub that blooms through winter and spring. The flowers can be very showy and prolific adding a splash of colour to the garden and the foliage is elegant and lush. What more could you want out of a plant?
Have a fabulous week everyone. Take care.
Kind regards
Sharron your tour guide friend in New Zealand!

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