Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Dad, Are we there yet?

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It’s just around the corner.. only 20 more mins. Ahhhh – That’s what you said last time.

Abel Tasman 2009: What a great experience. I have to rate it right up there with the best. We started off weighed down with food and clothes, it was a tough first 14km to the campsite at Anchorage Bay. Early on Day 2 we quickly arranged for the two heavier backpacks to travel by sea to the next stop and we set off feeling much lighter. The scenery was world class (now that we could enjoy it) – dotted with lots of sandy bays to cool off in. Just fantastic! On day 2 I declared Bark Bay to be the most beautiful beach in the world but that record was broken by Awaroa bay on day 3. This trip had everything, lots of sun, surf, a bit of rain, great tracks, appreciation of home comforts and some of the best coastline that the world has to offer.. I can’t wait to do it again in a few years time.

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Friday, 25 December 2009

Christmas Greetings

Happy Christmas! All the best wishes from our family to you and yours. Hope you enjoy the day as much as we are.
Presents – Breekie – Beach – Lunch: have just finished some left-over's from last nights big meal. Boys are jumping in out of pool while still obsessing with their gifts from Santa. Angela has even given her new Sing Star a whirl.. I’m lying low for a minute or to until that wears off.
Must be time for some desert.

Christmas Cricket

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Countdown to Christmas

Tick tick tick - Not long to wait now. The Biscuit bunch are all set for Christmas:  School is out and skateboarding is the preferred holiday activity. My mum is off to S.A. to spend Christmas with her sister and my brother. We are gearing up for a boxing day departure to the South Island for a tramp in Abel Tasman park followed by some R&R with the Beeby’s in Timaru.  We have been enjoying an unusually warm and sunny December with crossed fingers that the sun holds the clouds away over the next 8 weeks and preferably longer..  May the T-shirts and BBQ’s reign – bring on the beach weather.

Saturday, 19 December 2009

School Prize Evening

Skate Practice


The master in action.  He asked mum to take a video so he could like, like show Matt his new trick.

Yes – he has asked the I re-concrete the driveway to make it smoother.  He’ll have to see Father Christmas about that though!

Monday, 7 December 2009

The dog days of summer

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

Another Damn Birthday

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The bunch had a great Teppan-Yaki meal at Daikoku Restaurant in Takapuna.  This is one of my favourite restaurants - especially Teppan-Yaki. I did think the restaurant was looking a bit dated but then who I am I to complain.. the years are just pilling on.
What great birthday presents did I hear you ask.. well this years theme was underpants.. yep! I now have a fully replenished stock.  Ummm I think I'll go all out and ask father christmas for socks. 

Saturday, 21 November 2009

The Last Dance

Check out these cool dudes. Off to their last social (dance) at Northcote Primary. A few nerves showing but sounds like it was a success - at least as far as I can make out from the 2 & 3 word answers (grunts) to my questions.. they are becoming more and more like teenagers every day.

I can picture the day when I be telling Jack "tidy up your room or I'll hand out this blog address to all your friends". Bring it on!

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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.


image   Excuse the crappy photo.. it is a BEFORE shot of our new local "Stafford Wine Bar".  As if we needed another reason to drink wine.  Fantastic.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

New Zealand qualify for World Cup

Well done guys.  Can the All Whites succeed where the All Blacks have failed.. Win a World Cup on South African soil.  Come on - it can't be that difficult.   CNNt1larg

The lady and the bath


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. 
It was finally delivered today and I have to admit it looks great.. now all we need to do is reinforce the bathroom floor so it can be installed.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Abel Tasman Plan


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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

la photo du jour

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I am getting siked up for a family tramp through Abel Tasman just after Christmas..

I've spent a bit of time doing research for bookings and stop-overs and now I just can't wait to get there.


Sunday, 8 November 2009

Sunday Slide #2


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


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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!!

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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

la photo du jour


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

SOLD !!!!!!!

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

One for the movie list

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.  

After Match Function

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.

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Sunday, 1 November 2009

Marathon Success!!!!

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There is a story to be told here but I'm just supplying the photo's. Hopefully the marathon lady will do the rest. Later!IMG_4449

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Countdown - 7 Days

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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

Blog Refresh

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

October School Holidays 2009

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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.
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