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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... . .


NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 6 Jun 2023 | Views [47]

For my birthday we went to Rarotonga. It happened because Jetstar sent me an email saying I had a credit that had to be used within a couple of months! I panicked a bit and thought of a place and booked our tickets. I have always wanted to go there as ... Read more >

A new year and about *** time

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 9 Feb 2023 | Views [84]

The thought of a new year, new adventures, new travels, new rides, was soul lifting but as we float (literally) on into the second month of 2023 I realise that someone forgot to tell the weatherman/person that it is now summer. Now of course I'm speaking ... Read more >

Hawaii - better 2 years later than never...

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 13 Sep 2022 | Views [52]

Two years ago my eldest sister turned 70 and my two sisters and I planned and booked a trip to be together to celebrate this event in July 2020. Of course it never happened, life in relation to travel came to a full stop so the event was missed. This ... Read more >

First flight out of NZ for the longest time

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 14 Apr 2022 | Views [157]

I'm in Oz with my daughter and granddaughter having not seen them for around 3 years. It's wonderful to be here, and it's lovely weather. A few things have changed in C's house. The kitchen, bathroom and laundry have been remodelled and the whole house ... Read more >

A Brave New World

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 13 Mar 2022 | Views [158]

New Zealand is finally opening it's borders. This is a HUGE move for us. We have been keeping ourselves quietly occupied and alive in our own sweet paradise while the rest of the world has been dealing with Covid 19. The number of deaths we have had ... Read more >

2022 is here

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 15 Feb 2022 | Views [134]

Who would have thought we'd be living though this pandemic just 2 full years ago. Of course we are very lucky here in paradise islands, we are just, apparently, going to be feeling the effects of the dreaded COVID now while the rest of the world has ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 22 Dec 2021 | Views [186]

I have returned to my home, my home, my home. It's a weird feeling returning. I'm out of sorts. I look around and see that I have entirely too much stuff. Things are in a mess and so many things need doing here that it becomes overwhelming to even think ... Read more >

Fire! Fire!

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 10 Dec 2021 | Views [179]

Fire the boss!!  The bus was taken to have it's CoF but sadly it failed on some small and large things. Much frustration and discussion about the abilities and mindset of the testing officer ensued but despite the angst the work must be done. The ... Read more >

I haven't mentioned the goat

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 4 Dec 2021 | Views [215]

or the ram...  Barry is an adolescent goat, friendly, curious, non thistle eating goat. He is friends with the large unco-operative ram called Lawn. Originally there were two of each of these animals (Barry & Larry, Lawn & Mower) but unfortunately ... Read more >

A day in the life of...

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 28 Nov 2021 | Views [175]

It's Mr 9 yr olds day to make dinner. He takes a can of baked beans out puts them into a bowl and puts them in the microwave to warm them. Mum comes along " that's not enough dinner for everyone Mr 9" so Mr 9 goes to the freezer and gets out some frankfurters ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 27 Aug 2021 | Views [301]

We are in lockdown again...  One person found with Covid19 and because of it's exponential behaviour Aotearoa went immediately into lockdown.  Now a lot of us find lockdown nice, yes nice. We are lucky enough to not have to go into it for ... Read more >

Special Arrival #7

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 25 Jun 2021 | Views [185]

On the 21st of June my last (assumed) moko (grandchild) was born to my eldest daughter. I got to Auckland arriving after her birth and got to hold and dress this precious wee parcel. I am so grateful to be a Nanma and now have seven grandchildren, three ... Read more >

Winter News

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 21 May 2021 | Views [257]

I'm sitting in our downstairs flat looking out the window at a very misty morning. Rotorua city has disappeared from below as the mist melds with the sky and makes a continuous curtain of white. My granddaughter and I watch mornings like this and describe ... Read more >

On the road again

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 | Views [293]

Last year we bought a small motor home. Since no Overseas travel will be happening in quite a while we decided we wanted to be able to explore NZ . Lots of kiwis  have had the same idea and motorhome and caravan sales have gone thru the roof. Honestly ... Read more >

And the times they are a changing...

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 10 Aug 2020 | Views [320]

Wow life and the world has gone through a huge upheavel since the last entry in our blog and is continuing to do so. After the death of my Mum we went, as a country, straight into full lockdown in that we had to stay home unless going out for food, to ... Read more >

A very sad week

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020 | Views [385]

It started off good with WOMAD (World of Music and Dance) in New Plymouth. I go every year and camp from Friday to Monday and go each day and have an awesome experience. This year on the Sunday I had just gone into the grounds when I received a message ... Read more >

On the bike, on the bike, on the bike

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 2 Mar 2020 | Views [357]

I have had a most awesome summer this year, the weather has been the best (Invercargill excluded) and I've been on my motorbike lots and lots and lots lol.  After christmas a friend visited from USA and a group of women riders joined together to ... Read more >

Spring in Kiwiland

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 18 Nov 2019 | Views [295]

The weather has been better than the last few years this spring, we're hoping for a wonderful summer. After returning from USA I was here a couple of weeks then went to Oz to look after my granddaughter G in her school holidays. The weather is so ... Read more >

USA July & August

USA | Monday, 26 Aug 2019 | Views [431]

Mid July I flew with my friend and her partner to Los Angeles where I picked up a Triumph America 900cc as a rental and my friend bought a 2000 Harley Davidson Fatboy with 7,000 miles on it. We rode from LA out through Zion, Bryce Canyon, Route 12 &... Read more >

On countdown

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 7 Jul 2019 | Views [404]

In 2 weeks time I head off to the USA again for a month, two trips in one year wow! This trip has been in the planning for a couple of years. I am riding over there with my friend and her partner (he's on the back) we are riding LA to South Dakota return.... Read more >

Delay, delay, delay

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 14 Apr 2019 | Views [537]

I did wonder about just not doing this any more... but if there's anything I've discovered about life it's that what I feel or think one day will invariably change tomorrow, next week, next year. We have had an awesome summer in Kiwilandia this year.... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 21 Jul 2018 | Views [508]

Itchy feet, restless soul, unexpressed desires... That's me at the moment. I want to be wandering in a warm country, Greek Islands spring to mind for some reason. Maybe it's because of the cold, the rain and the seclusion from adventure that brings to ... Read more >

10 years old - HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLOG!

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 7 Jul 2018 | Views [412]

On the 7th of July 2008 I started this blog detailing the trip Kent and I were beginning to the Americas. Now 10 years later it still continues, now thoughts and musings interspersed with more travels. That trip of ours ended on 10 December 2010 so just ... Read more >

Inside Out

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 16 Jun 2018 | Views [537]

He looked at me - "Hey Whitey!" It hit me hard, it was as if I saw him/me/the world clearly in that instant. - I am not white as you are not brown. Within we are the same, unless we choose to be influenced by our one obvious difference - If ... Read more >

Death of a friend...

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 7 Jun 2018 | Views [652]

With much sadness I received a call on the last Sunday in May to say that a fellow rider, friend and possibly relative had died on her bike that day. Hiria McRae was a unique, fiesty, intelligent woman I met through riding my motorbike. She rode an ... Read more >

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