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Old 4th January 2011, 12:50 AM
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That's about the same as it is here in winter. Glad to hear you escaped relatively unscathed from the storm. There have been a few over here recently and it rained like crazy just before Christmas, worse up north though where thousands have been made homeless. The weather patterns are mad, last time there was a major storm here they lost most of the banana crops, I fear the same may have happened this time. When I heard about Tenerife I wondered if their crops had been similarly affected.

Next time you're over why not come and look around Mt Nathan, Worongary, Nerang and Mudgerraba & surrounds? You may be pleasantly surprised.

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Mission Bay is a lovely location, do you still own property there? I think the prices have gone up a bit since 2001.

Yes I am fortunate to own a lovely solid Californian double brick bungalow with leadlights & built & occupied by a Scottish Master Builder. Guess he knew what he was doing?

Yes by last estimates it's increased 120%, but we are returning later this year to sell & move to Hawkes Bay. Got to complete our Bucket List first though,

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That's about the same as it is here in winter. Glad to hear you escaped relatively unscathed from the storm. There have been a few over here recently and it rained like crazy just before Christmas, worse up north though where thousands have been made homeless. The weather patterns are mad, last time there was a major storm here they lost most of the banana crops, I fear the same may have happened this time. When I heard about Tenerife I wondered if their crops had been similarly affected.


Yes lots of Banana crops were completely wiped out here in spite of that they are still cheap.

Next time you're over why not come and look around Mt Nathan, Worongary, Nerang and Mudgerraba & surrounds? You may be pleasantly surprised.
I can only live on the coast, I'm allergic to inland areas

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Yes I am fortunate to own a lovely solid Californian double brick bungalow with leadlights & built & occupied by a Scottish Master Builder. Guess he knew what he was doing?

Yes by last estimates it's increased 120%, but we are returning later this year to sell & move to Hawkes Bay. Got to complete our Bucket List first though,
Well then you made the right choice with Hawkes Bay, as well as the builder!

Come on, tell me what's on your bucket list?

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Hi my fellow expats!

Could you please tell me how and why do you like New Zealand???
I have lived here for 5 months and love it because:

1. I wake to the sounds of hundreds of birds stirring in the bush instead of car noise
2. almost anything will grow here. In just 5 months we are growing most of our own veggies and get eggs and the rest at farmer's markets
3. The people have been very friendly and welcoming. We had several invitations at Christmas and lots of helpful hints as to how to do things.
4. I only wear makeup twice per month. My business suits are still in the wardrobe from the move.
5. I look outside and it looks like a movie set; no one back in Dallas believes it is real.
6. The restaurant food is for the most part quite good and reasonably priced by US standards, even in the smaller cities. The Thai food is especially good. Minimal tipping is expected.
7. There is a beach always close by.
8. A "green" ethos in most parts of society.
9. Almost everyone is well read and concerned with local and international political issues.

Drawbacks:
1. It is very far away from family.
2. Housing is expensive and perhaps not quite what I am accustomed to seeing for the price.
3. Imports are expensive and almost everything is imported. Glad I sprung for a 40 ft container.
4. I miss Jiff peanut butter, Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing, real TexMex food (trust me, what is served here is not authentic), Crisco and Whataburger. Grocery stores really ought to have a US section along with the Asian, Mexican, Indian and other ethnic groups.
5. Winter is very wet and gum boots became my best friends.

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