Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Sunday, 14 October 2012
Thursday, 11 October 2012
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
Monday, 17 September 2012
Sunday, 2 September 2012
Check out the mess in the roof above the main bedroom
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 http://www.bisset.co.nz/2012/09/cooper-roofing-disaster.html. I strongly advise caution - there are better roofing contractors out there.
Sunday, 19 August 2012
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.
Thursday, 12 July 2012
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Monday, 25 June 2012
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
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.
Monday, 28 May 2012
Saturday, 19 May 2012
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.
Friday, 18 May 2012
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!
Monday, 14 May 2012
Sunday, 13 May 2012
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.