The Dim-Post

October 25, 2010

Labour Weekend

Filed under: art,personal,Politics — danylmc @ 5:55 pm

Yes, I planted tomatoes. An heirloom tomato and a cherry tomato, surrounded by basil, marigolds and mustard. We shall see.

I went into town to buy a book and passed by the Rally of Hope. Weird to see young children waving ‘We Love Warners’ signs. I picked up a copy of Franzen’s new book Freedom. Verdict after the first hundred pages: it’s a little like a modern version of Answered Prayers; not as well written but, you know, finished.

Tried to see the World Press Photo exhibit but we asked for directions at one of the waterfront sheds and a kindly gentleman told us the exhibit was on at Te Papa at the other end of the waterfront, which was not actually true: but they did have the Brian Brake exhibit, which I recommend highly – and if you like the pictures you can buy reproductions from Te Papa for as little as $1700 dollars. Really.

Thinking about Labour Day I thought of a cunning plan for the National Party: they could have an MP put up a private members bill revoking Labour Day – arguing that it no longer has relevance for the majority of New Zealanders – and replace it with Matariki in the mid-winter, asking the Maori Party to endorse the bill. Wedge issue, baby!


  1. I enjoyed Freedom, he is a remarkable writer and then I scored his previous book, Corrections from the library. Also a brilliant read. Top drawer, this guy. Good luck with the toms !

    Comment by Pdogge — October 25, 2010 @ 5:58 pm

  2. You say tomahto, I say what sort of tomayto?

    I’m planting Black Krim from last year’s seed – yes, I am awesome – and some sort of cherry tom for the children. Basil seeds will go in tomorrow, plus Thai eggplant, maybe some more broad beans as it’s probably not too late. Chillies and spring onions, obviously, and no need to mention the varieties of lettuce.

    Potatoes always go in at Labour Weekend so I planted a bunch of Jersey Bennes for Christmas, obviously, plus a couple of sports that have sportingly sprouted: probably Agrias. The baby Red Rascals that sported will make lunch tomorrow. Wedges issues, baby!

    Comment by Stephen Stratford — October 25, 2010 @ 6:24 pm

  3. why would you plant Thai eggplants? I just found them the most revolting vegetables…are they easier to grow than aubergines?

    Comment by LucyJH — October 25, 2010 @ 6:31 pm

  4. Black krims taste OK but they look diseased, particularly when sliced. The blotchiness goes right through the fruit and is most offputting. There are plenty of heirloom varieties that taste at least as good while providing a feast for the eye.

    Of course you can always have a bit of fun with people of a paranoid persuasion by kidding them that your black krims have been affected by chemtrail spray fallout.

    Comment by joe W — October 25, 2010 @ 6:43 pm

  5. LucyJH, Thai eggplants are superb with Thai food i.e. fast and hot in a wok. They need a totally different approach from the European cooking. It’s as much about the colour as it is about the taste.

    JoeW, yes Black Krims look blotchy but they taste good. Elizabeth David has a great recipe for sauce made from them.

    Comment by Stephen Stratford — October 25, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

  6. Did the world press exhibition finish 2 weeks ago?

    Comment by david c — October 25, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

  7. Yeah World Press finished a few weeks ago…

    Comment by max — October 25, 2010 @ 9:33 pm

  8. Last year I planted Brandywine heirloom tomatoes purely because of the name. The taste was devine but I got a grand total of three fruit from the plant so this year I’ll go for a standard variety.

    I am thoroughly fed up with weeding.

    Comment by Ataahua — October 25, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

  9. Oxheart. Everyone loves these, always successful year after year. Crops heavily for an heirloom, produces firm tasty fruit in a huge variety of sizes & shapes.
    Grows well from saved seed, only buy once.

    Comment by joe W — October 25, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

  10. Not Labour Day. Shift Queen’s Birthday a couple of weeks on and we’re close enough to the solstice which is (if I have this right) about the right time for Maatariki.
    It’s not like it is actually her birthday so even the royalists can only put up a weak argument for holding that date, and they can continue to call the new weekend Queen’s Birthday if they want.
    I think it would be really, really goos to have an indigenous inspired holiday with no baggage attached like Waitangi (nothing against Waitangi, but there is baggage).

    We planted tomatoes too. Maybe we should rename Labour weekend ‘tomato weekend’, though I guess it is all labour.

    Comment by Roger Parkinson — October 25, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

  11. I got as far as building the big new planter box that will house the tomatoes…a few happy hours with power tools and the man-card retained for another year…

    Comment by James Stephenson — October 26, 2010 @ 8:43 am

  12. too much wind where we are, so it was red currants to accompany the thornless blackberries and blackcurrents. soon to put in blue berries.

    going to be filling a lot of jars with jam (crosses fingers).

    Comment by che tibby — October 26, 2010 @ 9:14 am

  13. Growing tomatoes in Wellington is (like second marriages) the triumph of hope over experience. At least at our place, on top of a hill.

    Comment by Carol — October 26, 2010 @ 10:46 am

  14. Growing tomatoes in Wellington is (like second marriages)

    I agree. My sun-deprived place in J’ville is useless for growing second marriages

    Comment by Phil — October 26, 2010 @ 10:52 am


    I enjoyed Freedom (Patty! And Richard …) but also enjoyed the above video book review.

    Comment by Mo — October 26, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

  16. […] The inspiration for the green-thumbed theme came from Quote Unquote who started competitive gardening after reading about Dim Post’s Labour Weekend. […]

    Pingback by Green thumbs on Critical Mass « Homepaddock — October 26, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

  17. Sweet 100’s or similar cherries are pretty much fool proof especially when you get random weather or take random care of the garden (fruit splitting, getting fungus etc etc). Must say what I’m most excited about though is bountiful quantities of rocket, basil, vietnamese mint, chillies, lettuce and cress – roll on summer!

    Comment by leon — October 29, 2010 @ 6:31 am

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