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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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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.
June 14, 2017 at 7:06am
June 14, 2017 at 7:06am
I just had a birthday and am inching closer to the pension. We do not know when our time is up so we just have to keep hoping. I certainly want to get some return on taxes I have paid over my working life. It is midwinter here and very dreary. The wind cuts through a person like a knife and we are getting a lot of rain plus snow on the hills. The world has gone mad with recent events and I am concerned about the Democrat party and its ravings in the US of A. Down here all we can do is mutter. On a brighter note my daughter is driving quite well now. She is a natural and drives to and from college. I am struggling with cadet recollections but a good friend is helping with editing.
May 24, 2017 at 8:08am
May 24, 2017 at 8:08am
Another dreary day. Anyway my daughter is ready to drive the school run from next week. May God be with us. At 16 they know it all.The UK bombing hit me hard because the girls at the show are my daughters age. My 25 year old son has his eye on a motorbike and hopes to win the auction. It is 200 cc and a Chinese model but under license to Suzuki. Anyway it will be a cheap entry level mode of transport to get him started. He now has a permanent job building so it is up to him now. I hope he makes it.

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