|Hmmm... What is happening with the NZD-Euro? It been all over the place in the last few months.|
Thursday, 29 November 2007
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.
Wednesday, 28 November 2007
Sunday, 25 November 2007
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
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.
24th November in History
1859 Published "On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
1888 Born Dale Carnegie
1943 Born Billy Connolly in Scotland
1963 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 Valentré. The unique 14th century fortified Valentré 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.
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 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
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.
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.