It had to be done. I have been telling myself I needed another exercise challenge. Especially now that me and my new tramping boots are rediscovering the New Zealand bush and my leg muscles. Time to take the Mount on once again and make it a regular thing. That is the theory! Whether it is… Continue reading The Climb up Mount Maunganui [Mauao]
Summer's here! Down in the depths of the Southern Hemisphere, that is. Yes, I know not the most profound statement to be made on this blog. Though we usually do sing out quite loudly even from rooftops most years when the month changes from December to January and then February. As the temperatures on land… Continue reading Cake Crumbs and Beach Sand
We, New Zealanders are not always known to feel comfortable singing our praises. Though there's one day a year when it's not just acceptable, we are expected, to do just that. February 6 this year marks the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi). This "special" day is… Continue reading Waitangi Day
Weather of course! Every one of you thought it was the folk from the United Kingdom that talked more about the changeable weather. Didn't you? I beg to differ. Us down here in New Zealand we usually experience a few hot days, then back down to a shall we say "a more inviting temperature". Then… Continue reading What’s the Hot Topic in New Zealand this week?
Rugged, dramatic, and pristine. You will be blown away in more ways than one When exploring this mostly under-explored part of New Zealand. You do need to go and visit the Catlins. We did and automatically fell in love with it. Nugget Point Our trip down was enjoyed via the comfort of a home on… Continue reading A Slice of Paradise – The Catlins, NZ
Some life events leave us speechless for a little while. For me, one of those was turning 60. The number itself is absolutely daunting, and no more wriggle room to claim the high road of middle age. For me, 60 is not the new 40 as I have no desire to go backward. As a… Continue reading Thoughts on Turning 60
The day started with grand ambitions to scale a Mountain, she's a reasonable size towering an impressive 231 metres skywards. These were changed when darkening skies were forming right behind us as we headed towards the start of our walk. Thoughts of a less wet ending to this story might occur if I went around… Continue reading A Walk around Mt Maunganui [Mauao]