Life sometimes just doesn't get better.
Down here in the Southern Hemisphere, we're heading into Spring, symbolised by the clocks going forward last night. The days are getting longer and the winds are getting warmer. Even the rain is staying rain and avoiding the tendency to become hail that has been depressingly frequent this winter.
We all sat down to watch the glorious All Blacks rip the French into a confused rillette on Saturday night. The were magnificent, and it's been a while since I enjoyed a game of rugby so much. Mind you the ¾ a bottle of Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet 2008 plus a whisky plus a large (650ml) bottle of Tsingtao beer probably helped keep my mood on the mellow side.
|It's mellow, Man.|
We finished watching the game with a bowl of Tip Top French Vanilla Ice Cream, with a slab of my Beloved's apple cake with Cinnamon icing. Merlot Cabernet and Tip Top go quite well together. For non Kiwis, Tip Top is the New Zealand-made brand of ice cream found in every dairy in the land. It is rich and creamy, utilising only dairy fats, unlike the commercial ice creams form the UK that contain so much vegetable fat and chemicals. It's delicious.
Our only problem down here, is that we've become too successful in making dairy products.
Our rivers and lakes are becoming polluted from the run-off from the manure-laden fields. The water levels of the rivers are being reduced as the irrigation systems used to promote growth of grass suck down the water table. The quality of the NZ product is such that the world demand is continuing to rise, making our dairy more expensive. Butter has doubled in price in the last 5 years, same as milk.
|Free range just means shittier fields|
Most of the demand is coming from the newly prosperous Asian market, which in some ways is a bit odd. There is a much, much higher incidence of Lactose intolerance amongst Chinese than other ethnic groups, and I wonder if the Chinese cultural inheritance of Conspicuous Consumption is actually fuelling the demand rather than a wish for Western-style fats.
Seeing that one of the symptoms of Lactose intolerance is diarrhoea, they must really want the stuff.
|Hamster diarrhoea. It's not funny.|
Oh well, back to NLHS, another teacher has just phoned in her absence for today and tomorrow. My work never ceases. It's sometimes quite nice to just be left alone to teach, and forget all the other stuff happening.
Jings, another teacher texting in sick. Why can't these people take better care of themselves?
Pity about Scotland getting beaten in the last minutes by the Argies, but even GodZone cannot produce a continuous stream of miracles, and there's one thing every Scot has ingrained into their sporting psyche; we're gonna lose most times. It's one of the (minor) reasons for coming down here to live. I wanted to live in a country whose national team occasionally won their national game, and boy, did New Zealand deliver.
Go the ABs.