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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