Wednesday, 30 December 2009
Friday, 25 December 2009
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Happy Christmas! All the best wishes from our family to you and yours. Hope you enjoy the day as much as we are.
Sunday, 20 December 2009
Saturday, 19 December 2009
Monday, 7 December 2009
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It was great sunny day yesterday.. we treated ourselves to a cooked breakfast and then opted for the laid back route.
This is a video of our little friendly neighbour, who loves popping over to visit Henry.
WIKI: The phrase Dog Days or "the dog days of summer", refers to the hottest, most sultry days of summer. Dog Days can also define a time period or event that is very hot or stagnant, or marked by dull lack of progress. Actually this probably just describes my day as Ange did bake a Christmas cake - go girl!
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Saturday, 21 November 2009
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Don't yet have a decent photo but last night we stopped for a quick drink at our new local.. it was their opening night and we were 'obliged' to put in a brief appearance. It got the big tick of approval and we will have to visit again sometime soon.
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Ange has wanted a clawfoot bath ever since she was a little girl growing up in the eighteenth century (or thereabouts). Her wish came true a few weeks ago when she bought this huge beast on trademe.
Friday, 13 November 2009
Right - planning is done, bookings confirmed, family convinced: well almost. Ange is a little unsure about roughing it in campsites and the boys - well, they don't know anything. Lets keep it that way until the last possible moment.
It will be a busy time of the year - we will just have to face up to it: there may be other people on the beach. Yeah.. it will be rough but I'm sure we will cope.
Four nights camping.. last year in Spain we lasted one night before buying an air bed at the local mall. No air beds this time - everything has to fit in the backpack.. i.e. THE backpack i.e. the one that I'll be carrying.
Watch this space!
Monday, 9 November 2009
Sunday, 8 November 2009
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Our local park came alive today thanks to the "Families in the Park" crew and some outfit (unsure of their name) who provide a huge water slide. It isn't the first time that they have set up a slide but it is still not an everyday thing and isn't overly publicised. I just happened to be driving back from the city and saw it was all on - even though we live just around the corner we could have so easily missed out!
Thankfully - we made it time to get the little legs a good work out. Cool fun.
Saturday, 7 November 2009
It's cricket season. Henry and James have joined the local Birkenhead club. Jack is content to get in skateboard practice at the "BSP" (as he calls it).
Photo left: Henry made a new friend after his game. A lovely dog called "Spencer".
Second game this week, I missed last weeks game as I was busy with Monarch.
Both boys seem to be enjoying themselves.. They certainly don't get their enthusiasm from me; I was useless at cricket and as a result never really showed much interest in the game. However grandma and her sister were both (still are) cricket mad: they played Women's cricket for Natal and even the Springbok invitation side. Hopefully the cricket gene skips a generation!!
|Henry is perfecting his "up in the air" slice||Mum is getting excited!|
Ros you need to take the boys down to the park and give them some training.
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Desert in the biscuit house hold is a treat reserved for good children who eat all their dinner.. but it is also a competition to create something exotic from the various/ perhaps somewhat sparse treats available in the fridge or pantry.. (interpreted as either Ange is mean with shopping or Don is a greedy pig??)
Whatever the cause.. Henry came up with this creation all by himself - of course it was for all of us and I only had a teensy bit.
He asked me to put a post up and so.. voilà - here it is.
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Our agent listed our Monarch rental property today.. the Internet ad went live this morning. The newsprint ad comes on Friday and the first open home was this Saturday. She had quite a few inquiries and ended up showing four couples through the house tonight.
The last couple made an unconditional cash offer which we have just accepted!
Monday, 2 November 2009
|Looking forward to seeing this on the big screen. I think Ange has a soft spot for Matt Damon and I really like Morgan Freeman - we had better book the baby sitter. The film is due for release on December 11, 2009.|
|Invictus (also known as The Human Factor) is an upcoming 2009 feature film based on Nelson Mandela's life during the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa. Directed by Clint Eastwood, the film stars Morgan Freeman as Mandela, and Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar, the South African team captain.|
This years big project has been to refurbish one of one rental properties. The Auckland house market is quite good at the moment and this property needed a lot of work after our tenant of 10 years moved out. The last few weeks have been a mad rush to get everything finished. We had a Saturday's deadline to hand the property over to the agent for photo's and stuff. We finally had a chance on Sunday afternoon to relax after the big race and so we took over some bubbles for a double celebration of the two big milestones completed this weekend. First open home next weekend.
Sunday, 1 November 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Sunday is approaching,, less than a week away now. Ange is now into carbo-loading rest mode..
She is a little nervous but as usual is sooo totally prepared.. the training plan has been followed to the exact prescribed km/per min schedule - last week was the start of the taper. This is all quite new to me as I normally follow the 2-step plan, i.e. enter and then turn-up, its a good system but it can lead to quite varied results.
Looking forward to some good photo opp's come the weekend. Watch this space!
Sunday, 18 October 2009
It must be time to update and re-launch the family blog.. Every time I see the "french adventure" bit I cringe in knowledge that the blog is now well out of date. It needed a fresh start.. and this is it.
Welcome. Don't all check it online at once - I'll hate to be responsible for overloading the Internet.
Sunday, 11 October 2009
|The boys and I had a great road-trip during the second week of the break. We were joined by Jack's friend Matthew and his dad Craig. First stop was at the top of the Bombay hills where we got to admire the steam coming from under the bonnet of dad's car = blown head gasket. Great. A quick car swap, thanks Ange, and we were heading south again just in time to make our appointment for the Ruakuri cave at Waitomo. Then we headed even further south and stayed at a cool batch in Raetihi and had a great day skiing at Turoa before heading up to Rotorua for a final few days of fun and adventure. |
Check out James at the top of the ladder at The Wall rock climbing in Rotorua.