Each journey begins with a single step... Two kiwis escaping from the island to explore strange new worlds and boldly go where thousands have gone before... . .

Well where have you been?

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | Views [26]

It's been such a good month (or so) the weather has been terrific! There's been lots to do!! And the blog has waited... Firstly at the beginning of the month my very bestest friend feels like sister Maxine turned 50. As begets her birthdays now and ... Read more >

get in line!

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 8 Feb 2014 | Views [112]

I do so try to be orderly. In fact I love to organise things, at present I have rearranged our family room and am busy organising things into designated areas. When it's finished I will feel that glow of satisfaction that preceeds looking for another ... Read more >

Photos: Georgia

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 27 Dec 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Announcement !!!

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 | Views [80]

X marks the spot where I will be when I get my present. What present is that I hear you say? My new granddaughter! What? she couldn't wait! It's official, I am a Nanma for the third time. Due on the 26th December Georgia Johnson was born a week early ... Read more >

Say less listen more

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 16 Dec 2013 | Views [100]

I find I am saying less, and yes I talk a lot. I can't really remember what it's like overseas but here in NZ if you say something about yourself instead of listening the other person will usually come back with a statement about themselves. Example:... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | Views [73]

This morning my meditation was about doing things we are passionate about and I realised I don't have anything. I mean really passionate, something I LOVE to do. I'm pretty low key about most things I think. So are my passions buried? Have I been taught ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | Views [45]

I have done three artworks in my life and nothing in between, here they are:   I'm happy with them, but should they be the start of something more?  

Photos: art

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | Photo Gallery

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I found this

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 23 Nov 2013 | Views [77]

In 2006 I took a creative writing course and in it I had this brief - self-introduction. Choose a fantastic style such as poetical or sixteenth century Old English; Southern Belle, science-fiction, journalistic news report, stage or screen-play –... Read more >

It's 7am and the sun is high in the sky

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 | Views [173]

I found a lump... No point in couching it in some other thoughts, at the moment it is THE thought. It's a shock I have to say, but I feel okay about it, my intuition says not to worry and it has always been right in the past. I feel a comforting sureness ... Read more >

Pearly whites

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 15 Nov 2013 | Views [120]

Whose idea was it to give us teeth that don't match the longevity of our bodies??? And if they were going to do that shouldn't there be some sort of regeneration module available?? And why is tooth repair so prohibitively EXPENSIVE in western countries!!!???!!! ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 | Views [160]

My youngest daughter has just sent me pictures of her new wee baby girl. A picture of her face with her hands curled up beside her head, nose flattened against the inside of her mothers belly. Yes the inside! How far we have travelled. We now can see ... Read more >

Another ramble

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 8 Oct 2013 | Views [138]

Contention in relationships come, it seems to me, mostly in the circumstance when one party wants the other to behave in a certain way and the other refuses. Funny really, at the beginning of a relationship, that exciting, fun, intense, emotional time ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 23 Sep 2013 | Views [154]

If the truth be known I was a little worried about the prospect, worried, challenged, excited and very happy to be trusted to that level. I'd only done it for a couple of hours a previous week and wow that wore me out! Up and down the stairs, down on ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 13 Sep 2013 | Views [124]

I was right to be concerned when I saw the driver sitting ready to leave when we arrived with a bare 5 minutes to spare to catch my bus to Auckland. He rudely told a woman she should 'go and sit down because I am leaving' as I entered the bus, she just ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | Views [125]

I went to work for 2 hours for the first time last Friday and then on Monday I went for 3 hours. I am standing up fairly straight though my stomach is tight. It's my back that can't take the sitting or using my arms at desk height for too long. Last ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 18 Aug 2013 | Views [139]

Wow life can sure throw you some curves can't it! Around the 22nd of July I received a call from the Waikato Hospital Board, a man called Dean who is the 'waiting for reconstructive surgery' man, do I want to go ahead with having tram flap breast reconstruction? ... Read more >

Special update

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 | Views [147]

I can say now, as it has been announced to the world :) I am to be a grandmother for the third time! Corrin and Adam who live on the Gold Coast in Oz are expecting their first baby on the 26th of December. I have already bought my tickets over to help ... Read more >

mid winter...

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 21 Jun 2013 | Views [113]

I shouldn't have looked at the pics of my last writing, big mistake. We have finally hit the winter button and those pics remind me just how far away from warm we are. Actually until this week the weather has been fairly warm, haven't even had the fire ... Read more >

Photos: April 2013

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 29 Apr 2013 | Photo Gallery

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And it's a winner!

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 29 Apr 2013 | Views [135]

Better get this in before the month end and then at least I can feel like I did it in my two month time frame. It's been a good two months. The weather over the summer has been wonderful, long hot days, plenty of opportunity to ride. Everyone was moaning ... Read more >

Already into the second month of the year!

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 | Views [335]

First new news is that Corrin, my youngest daughter is to be married in March on the Gold Coast. After many hours trolling the websites we got some return tickets with Jetstar (they don't have the best name so will have our fingers crossed) for about ... Read more >

13 is that a lucky number???

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 25 Dec 2012 | Views [224]

And so another year begins. To tell the truth the ending of 2012 was not a happy one for one of our friends namely our flatmate Louey who was let go from his work a few days before Christmas. With his family due over in two days and his home in Sth ... Read more >

Good old Movember comes around again

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 24 Nov 2012 | Views [171]

I am sitting in bed, the sun is pouring itself over me through our window. It's a slightly hazey dazey, we are not sure this is just the air or if there is some ash in it from Tongariro which decided to belch after over 100 years of dormancy, or maybe ... Read more >

Photos: Rocktober

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | Photo Gallery

Spencer Edward Gilbert
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