Saturday, 25 September 2010

No Bridge Too Far


The Biscuits had a great time in Sydney last weekend. A great opportunity for a long weekend away coupled with the Sydney Running Festival. I’ve done a couple of marathons in Sydney now and promised the family that we would all go across “next time” – well after a few years of procrastinating we finally got around to it.

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One of the highlights was finding out that we were flying across on the A380. It’s a massive beast.. almost funny seeing it parked next to other planes.  It was quite amazing that it is able to get off the ground – very smooth flight but otherwise nothing special.


The 9km Sydney Harbour Bridge run starts on the western side of Bradfield Park, Milsons Point, runs north for a stretch before doubling back over the harbour bridge, it then peels off across the Cahill Expressway (overlooking Circular Quay), then loops around Mrs Macquaries Point and back down to the finish in front of the Sydney Opera House. It’s a great course and I was especially proud of the boys, especially James, as 9km is a long way for little legs. The gun went off at 9am but there were so many runners that we only crossed the start line at 9:34, the first runners would have crossed the finish line by then!


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Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Well Done James

JamesBisset   Northcote Primary Pupil of the week.. for good reading, spelling and other cool stuff.  Check certificate for details. Well done to the school too, they even spelt Bisset correctly. 

Got me thinking back to our French Adventure and this post..
I’ll have to repeat this test sometime…

Monday, 5 July 2010

Tooth Fairy


Someone lost a tooth today.. one of the front ones. Its been wibbly for a week or more. Tooth Fairy had better be generous.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Go the All Whites

Hail the All Whites.. the Biscuit Bunch are behind you.. all the way.. win our loose.. good luck for tonight.. We are really proud of what you have achieved - you have inspired us and achieved well above our highest expectations.. Good luck for the game. We wish you the very best.. whatever the result you have our support

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Sunday, 4 April 2010

Bacon and Eggs

Nothing like a long weekend to kick back and indulge in chocolate treats to help celebrate the Easter festivities.
We had a great breakfast followed by a chocolate desert which prompted the following video. Enjoy!

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Another Wave

IMG_6388 IMG_6389-1 IMG_6390-1  Confirmed yet again that a relaxing day at beach is a great way to kill a slow Sunday...  We treated Ange to breakfast at Sausalito and headed to Long Bay to catch up with my mum.

Monday, 15 March 2010

La photo du jour: First Wave


James is up with a little help from some magical friends. “Dad can you buy me a surf board for my birthday?”

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Raglan Endless Summer

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We finally managed to escape to Raglan this weekend for a small surfing adventure.  This much anticipated event was hastily planned after we realised that we were running out of remaining summer weekends. Jack and I were booked into a surfing lesson on Sunday morning. This was great fun and yes Jack won our bet to be the first up for at least 10 seconds.   Henry and James also got in on the action via an informal lesson with mum (by that stage I was too sore and tired).

We’ve now added Raglan to our “favourite NZ spots” list.  The surf beach is excellent and the township has a great surf culture buzz.  There are lots of cool shops of the melting visa-card variety but the cafes and restaurants are pretty reasonable.  We had a great meal at Vinnie's Bar and Restaurant – I would recommend it.  P.s. top right picture – this huge wave was at least three metres when it broke!

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Monday, 22 February 2010

Culinary Etiquette


Air New Zealand Chief Executive Rob Fyfe:
“For those who choose, the days of sitting in economy and yearning to lie down and sleep are gone. The dream is now a reality, one that you can even share with a travelling companion – just keep your clothes on.”


Saturday, 20 February 2010


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Good turn-out to the boys cricket on Saturday.  James was very proud to receive ‘player of the day’; his first for the season.  Henry and James seem to be enjoying themselves and their skills are all falling into place – at least age wise.
Birkenhead Leasuire Centre also had a “family free day”, so after cricket we took in some rock climbing and swim.  Only wish they did that more often.


Sunday, 14 February 2010

Waihi Gold


Went searching for some gold on Sunday – well sort of.  The Biscuits and Milhal’s went on a road trip to Waihi Beach via the Karangahake Gorge.  The gorge is the sort of place that you drive past a thousand times without ever stopping – so we finally did!  The whole area was part of a large gold mining operation from early last century.  It has been transformed into a reserve and native bush is progressively reclaiming it back leaving lots of great walking tracks and cool tunnels.  We spent the first part of the day at Waihi Beach: had a great swim in the surf followed by a scrummy picnic and then a long walk through the gorge; a refreshing swim in the Ohinemuri river before drudging back to Auckland in the car. It’s a “do-again-a”.

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Friday, 5 February 2010

School Year 2010 - finally


Yes.  Kids are back at school. Great holidays but good to put them behinds us.  This year Jack is going to Ponsonby Intermediate.. it is out of zone for us and his name had to go into the ballet and while he missed out on the first draw, he was thankfully able to sneak in via the short list. 
He catches the bus over the bridge and back – quite a adventure for a 10 year old but all good.
And YES he is allowed to take his skateboard to school – they have a ramp for practice during lunch break. What!

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Mangawhai Heads


Spent the last week at Mangawhai Heads campsite.. it is a great spot and may have to become our new ‘local’ as it is now only 1h30 from home.  The weather was almost too perfect.. sun drenched days that eventually started to take their toll despite constant reapplications of lotions and creams.  

It was great to see the boys having so much fun.. between the beach and their boogie boards and the campsite and their bikes. They made lots of camp friends and even got to watch movies at night which one of the campers had setup on a large outdoor screen: the perfect end to the school holidays!   

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