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 Every time I see the "french adventure" bit I cringe in knowledge that the blog is now well out of date.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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Friday, 9 October 2009

la photo du jour

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A shot of James cycling through the Whakarewarewa Forest on the southern outskirts of Rotorua.  We had a good morning, missed most of the rain and took in some good tracks.

James was awarded a special prize: his was made the warden of the car lollies for showing great courage in taking on a few "steep" downhill bits and demonstrating mastery of his breaks.

The Whakarewarewa Forest is great, easily as good as out west Auckland, I can't wait to get back there again with some good weather and some more adventurous trails.   

Monday, 5 October 2009

Spring is finally here

I just love NZ in the spring = daylight saving, evening BBQs, long dry spells. It's really great. Especially since it arrives just in time for the October school holidays. This is the last decent chance for some spring skiing and the boys and I are off to the mountain tomorrow.

I had better check out the weather and road reports.  Lets see what it's like...........

Ok. No surprises there.  Mid-week is looking a bit better and it looks like we can at least count on some fresh snow.  I had better pack the winter woollies.

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