Bruce Comfort's masterpiece

The near-replica Pelton wheel has been taken apart, sand blasted and coated, piece by piece. A few of the smaller components are in Bruce's workshop, still in their grey primer, waiting for the gloss coat which will finish them off beautifully. This will be Bruce’s masterpiece.

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Almost launched!

I finally have a copy of the book in my hands. I called in to see Toni Hayman, Operations Manager at Publishers Distribution when I was in Auckland, and she kindly handed over my very own copy.

I opened it at random and found a typo.

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What people say about "Penguins under the Porch" (1)

Allan Dick, lifelong journalist, founder of NZ Today magazine and curator of the Facebook page, 'Oamaru Today', has read Penguins under the Porch. Here's what he said about it:

Oamaru TODAY

15 May 

YOU ARE INVITED . . . .
I have just finished reading David Harbourne's book, "Penguins Under the Porch". It is a remarkable book by a Yorkshireman who stumbled across Oamaru four years or so ago while on a NZ tour with his daughter. Inspired by his brief time here, he decided to return, spend several weeks here and write a book about this place.
The result is a captivating read and a book that should be on the shelf of every Oamaruvian.
In his time here, I got to know David and I was left breathless by the energy he put into researching his material — meeting people and not afraid to ask questions.
The book follows a format of a chapter that looks at why such and such a thing happened in Oamaru, blended with chapters on Oamaru and its people as he sees them today. It is not a history book. It is not confrontational, it doesn't address "issues" — it is simply a bloody good yarn about this place that we live in — and love.
"Penguins Under the Porch" is available now at Paper Plus, but also come along and meet David at the library [on 31 May].
He's a lovely bloke and I promise you — you will love his book.

Thanks, Allan - cheers!

Allan Dick (image from 'Oamaru Today')

Allan Dick (image from 'Oamaru Today')

Fleurs Place

The muttonbird was served on a pretty vintage plate with wilted spinach and roast new potatoes. The waitress also brought a bowl of water with a slice of lemon and a tea towel. I drank the water straight away, dried the bowl with the tea towel and got on with my dinner.

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