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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... . .

Labeled

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 23 May 2017 | Views [25]

Apparently I'm 'WHITE', it's not a thing I have noticed myself much but lately it is hitting me often in the face especially on social media. I haven't noticed colour really in relation to people, friends and family, but I'm being asked to more and more.... Read more >


May B for Birthday

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 17 May 2017 | Views [33]

I had a wonderful birthday this year. It was a lovely day and I couldn't think of anything more enjoyable than using my bike as it will get cold and gloomy soon enough. I rode to Maori class, the class was fun and interesting, my brain is not the best ... Read more >


Spinal fusion

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 29 Apr 2017 | Views [40]

Not for me but for my daughter-in-law. Apparently it is a common, do it every day, operation now but it sounds seriously scarey to me! The operation was yesterday on the back of the neck and they go in through the front of the throat, do they use a cut ... Read more >


My paradiem

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 2 Mar 2017 | Views [21]

I've had a shift in it, my paradiem that is. I thought I had a solid Grandmother to Grandchild relationship going on, an unbreakable direct link that went straight from my heart to theirs. It was a link I could feel. A link that kept me from being away ... Read more >


Summer! Summer? Summer.....

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 28 Feb 2017 | Views [72]

Spring looked promising, summer looked like it was going to be a doozy however it's been very much an on again off again affair to say the least. I suppose in it's favour we haven't had to light the fire or anything drastic like that but it's been a ... Read more >


becoming knight

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 11 Dec 2016 | Views [113]

There are times that one or other of my children treat me like a dunce or a muppet or just like I am an annoyance that they just have to deal with. It is hurtful and disrespectful and if it weren't for my grandchildren I would quietly withdraw myself ... Read more >


Shock, sadness, anger, disbelief, grief

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 8 Dec 2016 | Views [187]

I have just returned from attending the funeral of a friend. It is Thursday 8th December 2016. She took her own life on Sunday 4th December. On Saturday she was here with us, walking, talking, partying, today she is dead. This has affected me more ... Read more >


Botswana and back to Jo'burg

BOTSWANA | Friday, 12 Aug 2016 | Views [175]

Back to Maun and on the way the clutch gave up in our Land Cruiser. We first flagged down a ute but it was a French tourist who said 'too complicated' and drove off and left us there. The second vehicle was a delivery truck, he immediately got out a ... Read more >


Botswana

BOTSWANA | Thursday, 4 Aug 2016 | Views [180]

Botswana has been a wonderful experience. We started with being upgraded from our booked accommodations to a beautiful huge Lodge on the Chobe River. Went for a river cruise in the afternoon until sunset and saw all sorts of amazing animals coming to ... Read more >


Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE | Saturday, 30 Jul 2016 | Views [190]

At Motopo, The Farmhouse we were right next to the park and some of the areas huge boulders which we climbed for some fabulous views. We got a day following White Rhino on foot and got to sit within about 20 feet of them, they aren't white but have big ... Read more >


Photos: Tour begins

SOUTH AFRICA | Wednesday, 27 Jul 2016 | Photo Gallery

J'burg to Zimbabwe border
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First week on tour

SOUTH AFRICA | Wednesday, 27 Jul 2016 | Views [188]

Day 1 Started at 6am, we headed west towards the Kruger National Park stopping at Hazyview, where our guide Antony lives, for the night. We went to a local show but got there late missing most of the performance and the meal whilst interesting was not ... Read more >


Photos: Johanesburg

SOUTH AFRICA | Monday, 18 Jul 2016 | Photo Gallery

The city of Jo'burg
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Afrika begins

SOUTH AFRICA | Monday, 18 Jul 2016 | Views [207]

Finally the day had arrived. We headed to Auckland and flew out with Air NZ on one of their new planes with dimming windows and individual movie modes. Surprised to be offered food as our itinery said we got none but our tickets said we had 'The Works' ... Read more >


Countdown

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 8 Jul 2016 | Views [208]

This boring blog is about to get some life injected once again - WHAT????   Yes! We are to do some travel once more albeit a miniature travel. We are off to Afrika for 4 weeks. This trip will be a little different than our previous travels ... Read more >


Biker chick

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 22 Jun 2016 | Views [209]

I love my Sporty but find it a little high for me. My feet are on the ground but it's such a heavy bike that when I have to pull it backwards, usually into a park, I find it very difficult to handle. I went looking at other bikes, thought hard about ... Read more >


love

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 9 May 2016 | Views [175]

Isn't about feelings, it's about what you will give and what your partner will accept. You may be willing to give all but if your partner doesn't want it all then it can lead to a sticky situation. It has taken a few  years for Kent and I to ... Read more >


I spy a PCC = paddock crammed with cows

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 12 Apr 2016 | Views [256]

1. I am to be a grandmother again !! :) My eldest daughter and mother of my 2 amazing grandsons is carrying again and due at the end of September. 2. I have told my work that I will finish working for them in July before we head off to Afrika. We ... Read more >


Still here :)

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 14 Feb 2016 | Views [244]

This last year has been a hard one for one of my daughters. Sadly her marriage has ended and living in Australia where you are penalised for being a Kiwi she has had a hard row to hoe to stay living there. Luckily prior to their breakup C had started ... Read more >


A very sad thing

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 25 Jan 2016 | Views [229]

Molly has gone. A day before we arrived back home after New Year Molly disappeared, it was not a good time nor good circumstances but I'm not going into it. We found her wee body so had closure but we are still shaken and shocked. We miss her so


End of another year

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 14 Dec 2015 | Views [326]

It's been a good year for riding. From January to May we were on the bikes almost every weekend. I take the bike off the road over winter as I admit I am a fair weather rider, can't handle the wind chill factor when it's cold. Got it back on the road ... Read more >


He only has to go to work, mow the lawns, and call me sweetie and he thinks that's enough...

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 13 Nov 2015 | Views [371] | Comments [1]

Example of an October day: My neice is over from America for a very short visit. Monday I have planned for us to spend the day doing things together.  7.30  Kent wakes and is feeling so bad he can't go to work 8.30  I go to his ... Read more >


Time passes so quickly

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | Views [343]

My eldest grandson Spencer has just turned 3! Is it only me or is time going by faster and faster... Is it that life is getting fuller and fuller (is that correct english?). He's a gorgeous boy anyway. I go up every third weekend and help out with him ... Read more >


Odd

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 3 Aug 2015 | Views [362]

I'm not really a cat person but every chance she can get our cat Molly comes and sits on me, on the couch, on the bed... I give her her biscuits now and then and she gets a stroke down her back but other than that not much TLC from me as she is Kent's ... Read more >


Keep calm and carry on

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 3 Jul 2015 | Views [383]

We trundle along happily then life throws those curveballs in there just so we don't relax too much. When you are young you ride the waves of those curveballs and revel in the containment or control of the situation. The stress is like adrenaline pushing ... Read more >


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