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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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May 19, 2017 at 9:39pm
May 19, 2017 at 9:39pm
I am teaching my 16 year old daughter to drive! Yikes! Actually she is a natural at it and we are making good progress. She will be able to drive to and from school soon. We have a severe cold snap today and the weather is atrocious. Wind, rain and more wind. Temperatures will be in the minus over the next few days here. I have just returned from a driving lesson so let me go and have a whiskey.
May 15, 2017 at 6:21am
May 15, 2017 at 6:21am
We are getting some damn good frosts lately and we have our wood fire going every night now. But it is still Autumn! I am having a few health issues and am down with mid Winter blues very early this year. I have kids at school and another one working and a shortage of transport so it means a lot of running round dropping off and collecting.The madness will end at some point.My working son Devon is looking for a cheap motorbike or scooter so that will take the pressure off. He is short of cash so will have to settle for a 125 cc or similar. You can pick them up here for around $1000.It is dark now by 1745 and we are still around 6 weeks off the shortest day.
April 19, 2017 at 6:15am
April 19, 2017 at 6:15am
I went over to Rotorua with my son to sit his restricted motorcycle license today. It was a slow trip. I went ahead in the van and he followed on the bike. We averaged around 85 kph throughout the journey. He passed and I am pleased for him. We have a 250 cc Suzuki Inazuma. It is much tougher to get a license now than it was back in my day. A five minute trip round the block with the local traffic cop and you had a full license! Those were the days. So at least he has achieved another step in the process and after 12 months he can sit his full license. These past few weeks I seem to be going one step forward and three back. I can't seem to get on top of things. My Army account for the book is well behind and other tasks around the house are falling behind. I have to snap out of it. Anyway this is a beautiful time of year here; with the days as long as the nights. I must say when I took the van over today to give some support it was a nice day and my spirits lifted!
I am concerned about North Korea and hope the situation finally gets sorted out. It is a sad joke that has gone on too long.
April 13, 2017 at 8:31am
April 13, 2017 at 8:31am
We are in the middle of a 500 year storm. Meaning it happens every half a millennia. I do not set any store by these comments. But many here do. Anyway we are getting a lot of rain and some major flooding in parts of the country. Civil defence staff love these events as it helps justify their well padded salaries and allows them to order people around and shout instructions.
April 5, 2017 at 5:39am
April 5, 2017 at 5:39am
I have not contributed for a while and I feel guilty. I am also behind with my Cadet Course recollections but the organisers are giving me some leeway because of my cataract operation. The eye is great and I was checked early in the week and have 20/20 vision. I am very grateful. We are in the middle of a huge autumn storm here at the moment. A deluge for sure but still warm.
Over the last weekend we had a 'spirited women' competition. This event involved cycling, paddle boarding and orienteering. It has mostly been my experience that map reading and women is an exercise in utter futility. A few teams did get lost so I suppose we should just be happy it was not a lot more!
March 20, 2017 at 8:03pm
March 20, 2017 at 8:03pm
Last Wednesday I had an operation to remove a cataract from my left eye. A week on it seems to be a great success. I had a few concerns initially with the eye but it is healing well and vision is near perfect. I had a cataract removed from my right eye a couple of years back and it is 100% as well. I have never looked back.....please excuse the very bad pun. Before this latest surgery I could not even hammer a nail in or hang keys on a hook. It is amazing how these simple tasks are so easy now. Both operations were done through the public system. We do have socialist medicine here in NZ but I certainly am not complaining. These procedures cost around $5000 per eye when done privately. The problem is health is a bottomless pit and it will always swallow up as much money as you can throw at it. I do not have the answers to this but I am very happy.

Our latest political debate is around selling bottled water to the Chinese. It is a no brainer really specially since we are giving it away free. At least we must charge a royalty!
March 12, 2017 at 6:48am
March 12, 2017 at 6:48am
A battle is going on for our pensions in NZ this election year. Major changes are threatened. Eligibility age going up, pension amount slashed etc etc.The politicos are yapping and stating what they want to do but will the taxpaying workers get a chance to state their case? If history is indicative then not on your Nelly! We are told current system is too expensive but are we getting all the facts?
February 26, 2017 at 12:58am
February 26, 2017 at 12:58am
It is another very warm summers evening and I should be outside doing odd jobs but I always feel exhausted after my two night shifts at a luxury Lodge just out of town. It is called Huka Lodge and it is where the Queen stays when she visits us. It takes me a day or three to recover. My wife has been down after a brush with pneumonia so at least I managed to hang the washing. Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks but I am not very domesticated. We have elections in September so I have an awful feeling that the Xmas silly season will continue all year.We may well exchange one crowd for another but politicians here are all fools. They are paid more than double the average wage so they have simply lost touch with the bulk of the voters and they do not have a clue as to what is needed. We need a clone of the TD over here methinks.We have Iron Man NZ here in Taupo next weekend so the place will be packed to the gunwales.It is a good money spinner for the town and we took the competition off of Auckland city some years ago.
February 23, 2017 at 4:27am
February 23, 2017 at 4:27am
As the family and I endure the heat of yet another February we weigh up the pros and cons. February here is a dry month as far as rain goes but it is also hot and humid to the point of unpleasantness. We are situated around 1000 metres ASL so it could be a lot worse. It is also the last month of summer and days are still long as daylight saving is still in place for a few more weeks. All in all it is not so bad as we begin the slide into autumn and winter. We will have a bleak few months ahead before the cycle repeats.
February 6, 2017 at 6:01am
February 6, 2017 at 6:01am
Well today is Waitangi day, a public holiday commemorating the Treaty of Waitangi signed between Maori Chiefs and representatives of Queen Victoria in 1840. It normally turns into an egg throwing contest...and rotten ones at that! However this yea went fairly peacefully it seems. Anyway we still have a long way to go as far as treating Maori fairly. I may speak more about this in the future.

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