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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 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?
August 3, 2018 at 10:23am
August 3, 2018 at 10:23am
Greetings all. I am still around. The year so far has not been good to me but I am on the improve finally. I seem to be getting on top of the cluster headaches finally but there is some way to go. It is like I lost a year of my life. Anyway we have another month of Winter and then Spring will be here. Life waits for no one!
March 9, 2018 at 5:57am
March 9, 2018 at 5:57am
We are now well into the first month of autumn here in NZ and it won't be log before we put our clocks back one hour at the end of daylight saving. This manipulation of time certainly works well for the vast majority of citizens. We get really long warm evenings out of it. I can read a newspaper outside and 2130 hrs no problem. At the bottom of the Sth Island I have heard the same paper can be read at midnight! Three weeks after the leg injury I am still on crutches. Alas it may take time to come right. I have torn a major thigh muscle called the quadricep.I may be off work for another three weeks. At least I can drive short distances now. My wife is in charge and so far has treated me kindly.
February 20, 2018 at 4:55am
February 20, 2018 at 4:55am
Last Sunday I was delivering papers at work. It is the last task I complete before knocking off and this time I slipped on a path and landed flat on my back. After 8 days I am still on crutches and cannot bear any weight. They say nothing is broken but I have my doubts.This was the last thing I needed together with a resumption of my cluster headaches! The leg will be rexrayed plus an ultrasound. I hope I get good answers from these tests.
February 14, 2018 at 4:57pm
February 14, 2018 at 4:57pm
This summer has passed so quickly and it has been very warm. Our fans have been going 24/7 but amazingly the power bill has not gone up! I have finally finished my Cadet recollections from my year on officers course in the Rhodesian army. The other cadets have completed their recollections and we are now ready to begin editing.This has been a satisfying project even though I have been tardy and it has taken a year to get to this stage. Out of 18 cadets who passed the course only 13 are still alive.I will try and keep updating as we progress through the process. I will be looking on this site for any advice as to editing and such. All help will be gratefully received.
November 1, 2017 at 7:41pm
November 1, 2017 at 7:41pm
We have a new government and not a moment too soon! The previous shower were selling us down the river. Specially to foreign speculators.
October 8, 2017 at 5:15am
October 8, 2017 at 5:15am
The last two months have been a nightmare and still not over. I have not been able to keep blog contributions going. My better half had a lump on her back that was melanoma or cancerous. Fortunately after it was cut out and a scan no further cancer was found. My sonds drug use finally reached the tipping point a few weeks ago. He buys drugs and cant pay for them as he cannot hold down a job. Then he gets beaten up or has stuff like his shoes taken. The tipping point was earlier this week when 3 heavies arrived at my house when my son was out and claimed he owed them money so they wanted to take my motorbike. I told them f...k off and I was so angry they are lucky they were not hurt. I have taken to carrying weapons with me at all times and this drug stuff has been stressful. They left after I called the cops even though the cops never showed up. I wanted to inflict great violence and know that I have to calm down. On a positive my son has now started rehab so lets see how it goes. He has been an addict for 10 years or so and maybe we were wrong to turn mostly a blind eye. Wife and I are not in a good place now and we have installed security cameras etc.plus left weapons strategically placed hidden round the yard. Hoping it gets better.
August 1, 2017 at 6:23pm
August 1, 2017 at 6:23pm
A very bad last week of July. Earlier this year our dog Lexi was diagnosed with bone cancer in her right shoulder. After 6 months she had deteriorated markedly and in spite of painkillers etc it was the end of the road. For 7 years she came everywhere with me in our van on delivery runs and other chores; I feel her absence with deep sadness. Then an old friend of mine by the name of Ian Tasker died. He was 86 and like a second father to me. So here we are in August - the last month of winter - and I can only hope things improve.
July 12, 2017 at 8:34am
July 12, 2017 at 8:34am
Midwinter is well and truly here. With election year the politicians promises/bribes are coming thick and fast. We will all be millionaires at this rate. My 1st phase recollections are almost ready so will put them on here soon.

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