Wednesday, 28 November 2012

The Hobbits in Wellington

The Biscuit Hobbits had a great adventure down to Wellington for the Premiere of 'The Hobbit'.  We skipped school and work for the day and headed off on a fleeting overnight visit to the capital.  We had a great spot on the red carpet and boys got heaps of attention from the stars along with signatures.  Highlights....  Red Carpet. Pizza, Wellington,  Cool Accommodation and Skyfall (Ange took boys to see the movie while I did some work stuff).  Downlights....  Jetstar - flight home was 3 hours late  departing and we got home after midnight.        

Thursday, 11 October 2012

A Sticky TV Adventure

At our last school fund raiser Mum and Dad bid against each other on a “Sticky TV Visit. The young boys are fans of everything on the kids channel and they were quite excited when we told them the news that Dad had the top bid beating Mum by $5 or thereabouts. Today was the big adventure and last night James came through to see us to say that he was too excited to go to sleep. 
I need to get the boys to provide more details on this adventure as all I got to see was the photo’s – here are some of the best ones.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Life Almost Returning to Normal

Its the school holidays - Ange's mum is up from Timary and the builders have been sent away for two weeks.  Tonight is our first proper family meal back in the almost complete dinning room.  A roast made in the new oven in the almost complete kitchen.  Afterwards we'll sit down to watch a movie in our almost complete lounge.


Monday, 17 September 2012

Letter from the Queen

James received this lovely card from the Queen thanking him for his letter congratulating her on the Diamond Jubilee (his own initiative). There were some nice words and pics. P.s. no topless ones.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Cooper Roofing Disaster

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Check out the mess in the roof above the main bedroom

This is all the junk the came out of the roof space above the double bedroom alone!

Cooper roofing were brought in as a sub-contractor on a major renovation project run by Selah Renovations. We were promised a large team working in sections to ensure that no part of our roof was left uncovered and were told that the work would take 3-5 days maximum. What we got was two useless roofing contractors who turned up late and left early, it took three weeks to replace the roof (and seven weeks to finish the job).  We had three weekend were we had poorly erected tarpaulins covering different parts of our roof, on the first weekend we had some major leaks and were only saved the following two weekends by our own interventions.  Their attitude and approach was appalling.. We had a fixed price quote for $18,000 and the replacement roof ended up costing us $30,000.  Not to mention the cost of the resulting delay to our overall project. Yes it was the middle of winter but Coopers seemed to have an aversion to working on sunny days and only did work went rain was forecast.  They also left a complete mess of construction junk in our ceiling cavity which I had to clean out.  Check out the photos of this element and more of the story on our blog at  I strongly advise caution - there are better roofing contractors out there. 

Happy Farters Day

Last year one of my Fathers Day cards had a rather telling spelling mistake.  No such luck this year - I think Henry just avoided the FD card thing altogether.  James on the other-hand needed a extra big hug for his considerable efforts.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

The New Roof

The renovations at the Biscuit Mansion have been moving along at a steady pace.. a bit like a 90 year old with a zimmer frame.  It is great to see the project take shape but I can't really say that we are having fun.  No we are spending far too much money for this to be anywhere near enjoyable. Our builders, Selah Construction have been sort of OK.  We toyed with replacing them.. things were really dragging out and their pre-construction project performance left a lot to be desired. Anyway Now that things are underway its a case of better the devil you know and we have a really good rapport with the project manager.

The ROOF - The ROOF - The ROOF is on fire.   Or it would be if it hadn't been pissing with rain for the last two months.  We have a gapping huge hole where our kitchen used to be and the itsy bitsy canvas is only just keeping things dry.  No southerlies please!   This week maybe - probably - we just might get a new roof.  It all has to come off and will leave a much bigger hole then we have now. Forecast is for rain but fuck it..  I don't care any more. It just needs to happen.

STEEL…  We have lots of solid steel structure replacing some pretty flimsy timber.  At least the borer will break their teeth on that stuff.  We still need to reinforce some of the balustrade before we invite a certain CEO over for dinner or a BBQ.  Pretty sure the structural engineer factored that bad boy into his calculations.

DOORS…  The big bi-fold fuckers have finally arrived.  But they need to be painted - that was todays excitement - I'm very excited. They get installed on Tuesday and glass goes in on Thursday.  Our house will be whole again.. assuming they put the fucking roof back on!!!

KITCHEN..  We are sick and tired of cooking in the laundry.  Actually I haven't done this yet…  but I'm pretty sure this is how Ange feels. I do the take-aways nights. It will be good to get the kitchen back - its going to look fantastic.  Dinner invitations will be on a first come - first served basis.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk

Had a nice stroll around the headlands taking in the beautiful coastline on a picture perfect day.  There were whales migrating north a few hundred metros of the coast, I reckon some of them must have been killer whales because we saw two small pods of dolphins swimming close in to shore, pretty much in circles, as if they were trapped. We are really enjoying the weather, while the wind has a crisp winter bite to it the temperature is still up around 20 degrees… very pleasant compared to wet rainy Auckland at the moment.

Monday, 25 June 2012


Today marks the start of my transition into what termed "Remission". Remission is loosely defined as having no active cancer cells and 'treatment' becomes 'monitoring'. 

I think for any cancer you are considered to be in remission for a 5 year period. Then if there has been no relapse within that period you are considered to be cured.

So life resumes as normal, it is still a bit of a waiting game but odds are definitely in my favour.

Anyway we had took the kids out to their fav restaurant for a quiet celebration of another milestone reached. You may notice that the hair is growing back but for some strange reason it is thiner on top then the sides. It must be some sort of strange side effect:)

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Weekend Football


A long weekend, the Queen’s birthday, has resulted in a Saturday sleep in for all Biscuits.  No rugby scheduled for the boys, however Jack did have a soccer game, his second this season with his old club.  A loss unfortunately, the sides where evenly matched but Glenfield went down 4 goals to 2.  Jack managed a great goal from a loose rebound in front of the goal, unfortunately although I had camera on hand my view was obscured by other players. See below.

This year the team’s home is Onepoto domain which is just around the corner and a million times nicer than last years drab field at Caribean Drive. Check out the cool seat overlooking the domain.

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New Blog Style

Well its been some time and I’m getting tired of the old look..  I have reverted back to a standard template in the hope of unlocking some of the new blogger features. Check out Flipcard off the top menu.  Anyway I plan to have a play with this layout and see what I can do.. What do you think – this is the old look below?
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Monday, 28 May 2012

Tuesday Tuneup

It's been a full on day:  I completed my third radiotherapy treatment at 6:30am this morning before jumping on a plane to Wellington for work.  I was a bit nervous about pulling off such a tight schedule but its been a good day - lots done and the client is happy.  I have a short stint in office tomorrow before heading back north for an afternoon ZAP session.  My treatment plan is to a have a session each week day for next 4 weeks (20 in total) - while this is routine, it is still quite a lot more zapping than I imagined. I'm also now the proud owner of three tattoo's - tiny dots really - one on chest and one each side of rib cage. Very stylish - if you happen to have a magnifying glass to view them.   No smart aleck comments please.

The radiotherapy routine is arrive, lie down, line up dots with laser, turn on whirly machine, listen to whirly noise for couple minutes and then good to go.  There are no real side effects, at least in the short term,  you don't feel sick or experience any pain. There are two technicians who administer the treatment and it takes quite of bit of their maneuvering effort to get the body perfectively aligned.  For once I'm pleased that we are dealing with the chest area as it is a "shirts off but keep your pants on" type of deal.  If the treatment is at the other end than you get issued with a sarong and I reckon its best not to think about how that would work out.

Also have to report on another successful sporting weekend..  we had three convincing rugby victories and a soccer triumph on the Saturday just gone.  Jack has rejoined his old soccer club, Glenfield Rovers. They were beaten 10-0 last weekend and when approached they were very keen to have their old striker back.   Our opponents this weekend were Kristin School and Jack really played out of his skin, especially considering he had just played a rugby game an hour before.  He set up a goal in the first half; then with scores level and a minute left on the clock; he ran an intercept break from half way; drew the goalie out and took the ball right to the goal mouth before hammering it home. THEN he collided head-on with the far goalpost, fell back and was visibly dazed for a few minutes.  It was funny, worrying and spectacular all at the same time. A true Kodak moment but I had unfortunately left the Canon at home.

Other fun news is that our builders start tomorrow on the first part of the renovations. We have been planning these changes for at least 14 months, they seem to have dragged on forever. Tomorrow they start on building the new front bedroom, which will become a temporary lounge while demolish the living area. I will have to get some pictures posted, especially interesting for any of you foreigners who are unfamiliar with the concept of old wooden buildings.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Player of The Day

Today we had kids playing sport in three different directions, east, west and north.  I went east with Jack for a soccer game. Ange took Henry to Albany and James hitched a lift with one of his friends to a rugby game out west.  The little bugger had a real blinder and was awarded player of the day.  He scored two tries in a convincing team win of 15 tries to 1.  Both mum and dad disappointed we missed his first rugby try.  Go Takapuna.

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Friday, 18 May 2012

Crazy Hair Disco

Northcote Primary’s annual crazy hair disco tonight… school fund raiser.  Thanks to our f.stupid government we will need lot more of these to cover the funding shortfall thanks to the new ‘better teachers – bigger classes’ policy.  Anyway I digress.  Crazy Hair Disco – one of the highlights of the school calendar according to our boys.  They are always keen to put lots of effort in – (translation = high expectations on dad). Last year we went all out on Henry’s hair so this year I was keen to make more of an effort with James.  Success, he won the prize for the middle school with his monster-thing addams family costume. James very happy!

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Monday, 14 May 2012

Healthy Updates

Yes - I have been slack and this update is somewhat overdue.
After 6 rounds of chemo the tumor has disappeared and all that is left is 7mm of dead tissue (it was 12cm).. As a precaution or as best practice, the specialist wants to remove this remaining tissue using radiation treatment.  I'm off to see the radiation oncology specialist today for my 1st appointment and treatment will go ahead in 10 days time,  spread out over a couple of days.
The good news is that there have been no surprises in the treatment process sofar- everything has progressed just as the hematology specialist said it would.  After the radiation treatment i'll technically be in remission, a very unscientific term describing what is really a waiting game to see if the cancer reappears.  Statistically my chances are good that there will be no reoccurrence in next 5 years (the remission period) after which I will technically be 'cured'.  I will need to haves a number of followup  scans over the course of the next year or two, this monitoring will gradually phase out over time.
Apart from the radiation treatment and the much anticipated regrowth of the body hair just in time for the NZ winter, life is rapidly returning to a form of normality.  I've started back at the gym (slowly),  my new diet starts tomorrow:) and I'm booked in for the Auckland marathon in October.  This whole journey started with the Auckland marathon and it would be good goal to finish the year with a new PB in one of those shirts ofcourse.  We also have our house renovations due to start in the next two weeks (its only been 12 years in the waiting) and have a great family holiday adventure booked to the Gold Coast in July.
So health summary.. its way too early to celebrate, I still need to take this one step at a time but everything is certainly looking positive.  I think my birthday this year will have to be a big one :)

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Saturday Rugby Success

More success yesterday with all three boys securing good wins. It was my turn to watch Henry and James play at home games at Takapuna Rugby. Ange got to take the teenager to his home match against Westlake B. 
James’ team had an easy victory over a Silverdale side that just didn’t tackle enough.. however they did manage to bring James down just short of the try-line. That first try still beckons but I don’t think we’ll have to wait too long.. 
James’ break for the line.. stopped only metres short–where was the support!!
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Henry had a good game in the backs.. still not sure what position he should play - he is still figuring it out for himself.  His team had a convincing victory against Glenfield and Henry had a couple of good plays with the ball, including this short run below where he was stopped and ‘spear tackled’ by a girl in the other team.
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