Friday, 30 November 2007

The Euro

Hmmm... What is happening with the NZD-Euro? It been all over the place in the last few months. image

Thursday, 29 November 2007

Fishing Trip

Had a great day out on Thursday: Thanks to Jeremy and the team of Axon/ Datastor.  I have never seen snapper biting like this before, we started throwing anything under 40cm back and still came in with an impressive haul. Each of us took home 5 decent sized fish.. dinner for a few nights.

JeremyDolphinJamesNetJamesRodBlairBigSnapper DonSnapper JamesCatch   The Catch

Sunday, 25 November 2007

London Reunion

After his surprise arrival the night before we couldn't let Ross head south without a proper catch-up.  Not to mention that Don and Umi had themselves come a long way and were expecting a lift back to the airport.  Shirley drove down from up North and Lyn and Trevor brought their kids over to entertain ours.

The birthday hang-over turned into a mini-London reunion barbeque.  We went though about three bottles of soft drink: I don't think there was a single alcoholic beverage consumed.


From left: Trevor, Don, Donovan, Ross.  It was great afternoon, we spent quite a bit of time marveling at how Ross still had most of his hair and Trev still had all his own teeth - it is pretty impressive for two really old dudes..  Actually Ange made me add that last bit.

Saturday, 24 November 2007

Bigger Map

Yes Denise, I can provide a bigger map to show you where we are going!

You can also check it out on Google Maps, Click Here



The big day has arrived.  Lots of cool presents - the boys all wrote some nice  birthday cards and then we went up to Sausilito for breakfast.  I picked up good friends Don and Umi from the Airport and dropped them off at their apartment in the city.  They are over from Sydney leaving little Arnica at home with her grandparents.

Big party tonight at Float!  Have to post some pictures tomorrow.

Party Invite

24th November in History

1859       Published               "On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
1888       Born                       Dale Carnegie
1943       Born                       Billy Connolly in Scotland
       Died                       Lee Harvey Oswald shot by Jack Ruby
1967       Born                       Donovan Bisset in Durban, RSA
1969       Landed                    Apollo 12 returns to Earth
1991       Died                        Freddie Mercury aged 45
2005       Law change             Round-the-clock drinking in England and Wales allowed
2007       Birthday                   Birthday celebrations rock downtown Auckland

Tuesday, 6 November 2007


CAHORS, surrounded on three sides by on the River Lot, was the capital of the old province of Quercy. In its time, it has been a Gallic settlement; a Roman town; a briefly held Moorish possession; a town under English rule; a bastion of Catholicism in the Wars of Religion and sacked in consequence by Henri IV.

Pont ValentrĂ©. The unique 14th century fortified ValentrĂ© bridge. This medieval masterpiece is the city’s hallmark and said to be the most photographed sight in France, outside Paris. In the Middle Ages it was a well-worn part of the pilgrim trail to Santiago de Compostela and is still used for the purpose even today. A splendid example of fourteenth century architecture.


Photo: CDT Lot Jean MaureillePhoto: CDT Lot Rachel RocherieuxPhoto: CDT Lot Jean Maureille

Towns and Places of Interest

Villefranche-du-Perigord is roughly halfway between towns of Bergerac (on the Dordogne river) and Cahors (on the river Lot). To the north is the famous medieval town of Sarlat-la-Caneda. Bordeaux is 120km to the east and Toulouse 100km to the south.

Situated on the border of the provinces of Dordogne and Lot, we are perfectly based to go exploring in 360' directions. The scale of the map below is 90 km (across) by 70 km.


I'm going to publish some data on the towns in the area and will link them back to this entry. Watch this space.


Villefranche du Perigord

Villefranche-du-Perigord is a classic medieval bastide town (1261) with large covered market. The French held it during the wars with England, who held the town of Monpazier about 15 miles away.

The village is renowned for its cepe market in late summer when people from miles around visit to buy the giant mushrooms. During the busy holiday period there are also antique fairs, musical festivals and night markets. There are a range of shops including a newsagents which sells international newspapers, two boulangeries, two restaurants and post office.  Market day is on a Saturday morning, which is not to be missed.

The address for Pech de la Mas (X marks the spot) is actually Saint-Cernin-de-l'Herm but Villefranche-du-Perigord is the nearest village with full amenities.  The boys will go to school in Le Got about 10km away.




Monday, 5 November 2007

Rotorua "Bike the Lake" Cycle Event


Our first cycle Ange+Don cycle event. After only 3 months and 3 outings, Ange let loose on Rotorua completing the 42Km option in 1:38mins. Marvelous. I did the the 84km and completed with a burst rear tire 3km from the finish. The good news is I'm getting pretty good at the tire change so it didn't take long - I probably would have been 1st overall - well maybe:) 2:58mins. The guys are onto me - I need to come up with a better excuse next time. Photos to follow.

Pech de la Mas

We have confirmed, signed an agreement to rent a property in Dordogne for 10-12 months.

It is set on 1.6 Ha and has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 living areas with great outdoor flow to the pool. It is 5 km from the medieval village of "Villefranche-du-Perigord".

Brilliant, now all we need is a visa.