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This is a blessed spot, spoilt only by the people, in the central North Island of NZ.
Most of the time for me the glass is half empty. On rare occasions the glass is half full as with news of The Donald's activities.
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September 9, 2021 at 1:57am
September 9, 2021 at 1:57am
So Spring is here at last although you would not tell from the weather. But we are getting some nice days and a hint of warmer weather ahead. The mountains still have plenty of snow and the ski season is going strong. We are in level 2 now but it is still a hassle with masks required when inside shops etc. We are surviving on grants given to our small business plus the pension but times are hard and many are much worse off than us. I have just completed a You Tube interview regarding my time in the Rhodesian Army and am glad the opportunity arrived to tell my story. It should be on the net in a week or two. We have to have faith in these times. We do not know what lies ahead but tyranny has to be resisted in whatever small way we each can muster. On nice days my wife and I cycle along the lake and we are thankful for what we have. God bless
August 17, 2021 at 7:23am
August 17, 2021 at 7:23am
In an hours time, midnight, we go into another country wide lockdown level 4. The reasons appear dodgy but here we go again. It is a nightmare without end. But compared to Afghanistan our troubles are minor. I feel sad for the people there and especially the women. It is a sign of great change in the world and as I write this I am aware that I feel depressed. We need deliverance but from where it will come I cannot say. Meanwhile winter here draws ever so slowly to an end and in a week or so it will be Spring. In NZ fathers day is September 5th and am looking forward to calls from all my kids. My wife and I are getting used to living as pensioners and at least it is a steady income as our small business has been almost mortally wounded by covid. I will sign off now before I feel worse.
April 29, 2021 at 1:29am
April 29, 2021 at 1:29am
As we pass through mid Autumn it is getting cooler. We had our first fire on the 27th and are now experiencing a decent cold snap. There is a long Winter ahead!
January 19, 2021 at 5:57am
January 19, 2021 at 5:57am
Well we are a decent stones throw into 2021 and still grappling with the huge changes Covid has visited upon us. I now realise that at 66 years of age Covid in some way or form will accompany me to the grave. It is to be hoped in the future that we citizens will be told the truth about Covid and that it will not be used by politicians as a method of control. Here in NZ there is no lockdown and we move about freely during work and leisure. We are blessed compared to many countries and our death rate from the virus is 20 or so....in total! The down side is our small business took a hit and is now 50% of turnover pre Covid. Times are tight and our pension helps but we are not as well off as we were before. I know citizens in other countries are suffering worse and they have my prayers. Part of NZ success is that our borders are closed up very tight. This means our tourism industry is struggling and has to rely on the local market. We hope that this will eventually become a past nightmare and in our rear view mirrors. There is concern about free speech and banning's currently in play and there is no excuse for it. It is simply pure evil. I will not be watching the inauguration and I fear for us all as we move forward in time. What happens in the USA affects all of us world-wide in both a practical and literal sense. If this safety net is removed then we are all lost. Anyway all the best to everyone here for a decent and positive year ahead.
September 22, 2020 at 6:21am
September 22, 2020 at 6:21am
This is a nice time of year in Taupo. Days are warm and nights still cool but we have some days minimum 8 deg overnight. Our elections are less than a month away and there is not much interest so far. At least we are back in level 1 now except for Auckland. These are difficult times and our small circular distribution business has taken a heavy hit with less volumes. Others are in a worse state. We need to be thankful for each day we keep moving forward.

Sharon and I are going to visit 2 old army friends of mine from Rhodesian days. They have both settled in NZ. We will also visit the Rhodesian Army museum just recently opened in Tauranga. I was nervous at first due to my recent illness but am now looking forward to it. It will be a nice day trip and around 2 hours each way.

I am now on reduced muti (medicine) for headaches and feel much better. This has been a nasty time but better times are hopefully ahead.

Has anyone heard from Bill aka View from my back porch? I enjoyed contact with him but know he had health issues. If someone can update me i would be appreciative.
July 23, 2020 at 6:45am
July 23, 2020 at 6:45am
Retirement has finally arrived for me and my wife. We can now get around to finishing all the house projects started over the years. My health has also improved and I am looking ahead positively. Covid has affected us badly and maybe it is a good thing I am at retirement age while the pandemic touched us all. Today my youngest son turned 21 and I am glad he has lots of hope and dreams. At the end of August my wife and I will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary.I intend being more active here from now on but we will see. I just hope everyone here is finding a way through this life changing virus.
May 3, 2020 at 8:02am
May 3, 2020 at 8:02am
Cairns trip was great. My wife and I flew Auckland - Brisbane then Brisbane - Cairns. Heat in Cairns was hot as hell.
January 30, 2020 at 8:59pm
January 30, 2020 at 8:59pm
My wife and I are off to Cairns, Australia, in mid February for a military reunion . Survivors of 25/20 cadet course will meet for the first time in around 45 years! Less than half of us are alive now so am looking forward to it. This was my entry to the Rhodesian army back in 1977.
September 24, 2019 at 7:41am
September 24, 2019 at 7:41am
It has been a long time since my last blog. Since the end of 2018 I have been very ill with Cluster Headaches. They got me into a chronic situation where I was getting 4 to 5 episodes per day! In the end around late August it broke me. I could not accept the pain anymore. I have been off work for 5 weeks. I do 2 nights a week night manager for a luxury lodge on weekends. I will be back this weekend coming and hope it goes ok. I may have to resign if my health remains as it is. Cluster headaches are not so much life threatening but they are life changing. I felt absolute despair. Now I am on a medication called verapamil at high doses and I am seeing some improvement. Side effects are fatigue and slight hand tremors that make typing difficult. We are well into Spring here but still getting cold snaps. Summer is coming!
October 30, 2018 at 12:54am
October 30, 2018 at 12:54am
Life goes on. I have been battling health issues but we are almost into the last month of Spring and things are looking up. It is time for planting and Guy Fawkes day is just around the corner. This will be the first time I let off fire crackers with my grandson Logan. This unique Anglo Saxon tradition has survived for over 400 years and is a lot of fun. Of course there are those controlling citizens who would like to see it banned citing safety and pet anxiety etc ad nauseam. I hope they do not succeed. If we ....and our pets are wrapped in cotton wool we all end up the losers. That's all for now but I hope to get back to regular contributions health permitting. I see Don Young aka 'Lucky Dog' seems to have disappeared. Does anyone know if he is OK?

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