Thursday, March 15, 2018


Today is our youngest grandson's 21st birthday.  He came here for lunch yesterday then out to his sister's place last night.  Today he took his mother for a flight over the Bay of Islands, the Far North, down to the Hokianga and back to Kerikeri.  

This afternoon he called in here to help his Grandad lift the windows into place.  There is still a lot of work to finish installing them but we are on our way.  Thank you Mark.

Before the end wall is completely enclosed the ranch slider in the top picture will have to be taken out.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


In spite of lots of other things going on Doug has been progressing well with the Verandah.

Sunday, March 11, 2018


When Doug bought this house he always intended to make the verandah into part of the lounge.  I don't know why the lounge wasn't just made larger when the house was built as the verandah is really a waste of space.  Anyway, we have just purchased the timber and other items needed for the build and Doug has started work (and is, in fact working on it as I type). 

This is the only "before" photo I can find.  The verandah is on the right hand side.

These are the photos of the work in progress.  Under the red plastic is the new flooring.

The little "ladder" in the following photo is for Kim the cat.  She will have a new cat door when the job is finished.

 Kim's run is alongside the house.

The sliding doors will go giving access to the new room.

Let's hope the storm due tomorrow is not too severe.

Sunday, March 4, 2018


We have had the ashes of our deceased spouses in the spare room since I moved here a year ago.  A couple of weeks ago I was lying in bed in the morning thinking about what to do with Max' ashes.  The thought of sprinkling them near our previous home in the north no longer appealed.  It seemed like throwing them away and I go there only infrequently now.  At breakfast that morning Doug said that he had been thinking about what to do with the ashes.

When his late wife died he had bought two ash plots in Helensville where they had spent their whole life until moving to Whangarei in 2008 but he has not been back there since that move.  Doug had thought it through more than me and wondered whether we could purchase a burial plot and put their ashes in and ours as well when the time comes.  He phoned the Undertakers and the lady thought it sounded a good idea and she, in turn, phoned the cemetery who got back to us and said we could do that.  Next day we went to the cemetery and chose a plot.

When we asked the very nice man in charge of cemetery he said he was not allowed to recommend a stonemason but gave us a couple of cards and suggested we shop around.  On the way home we went to a showroom in town and looked at some headstones.  The following day we phoned another one in a village just out of Whangarei and went out there.  No showroom but a lovely big workshop (I think Doug had workshop envy).  He was a delightful young man and it turned out that the other stonemasons in town send him any headstones that need repair.  

We chose a headstone and told him what we wanted as far as wording.  Doug is putting his parents names on the stone as they don't have a headstone.  The draft was done with our names on as well and we have approved it.  (Our names don't go on until the inevitable happens)

Last Monday we went to the cemetery and buried the ashes.  When the headstone is ready we will have an unveiling and any members of the family that want to can come then.  There will also be room later for the ashes of any other members of the family that would like to be laid there.

We both feel that we have made the right decision.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Blogs I follow

I Have just tried to add a blog to the list of blogs I follow and there was a problem.  The facility was not there to remove it so I highlighted it and then pressed "remove" at the bottom and have lost the list of all blogs I follow.

I have reinstated one that I was looking at at the time but will have to add the others as I come across them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  BOTHER.

Friday, February 16, 2018


Hot and humid again today but we wanted to keep up with our weekly walks up Parihaka so we headed to our favourite track - the Ross Track.  This is the third week in a row since we restarted the walks and it was really enjoyable in spite of the heat.

According to the notice boards it is 40 minutes each way so 60 minutes up and down including  a short break at the top was not bad for a couple of oldies.

Thursday, February 15, 2018


It is a year today since I moved in with Doug.  We seem to have done an awful lot in that year.  When I moved here there was a lot planned with the house.  We had spent the previous winter redecorating my house and so very little had been done at Doug's.

 Still a lot to do but he has ticked a lot off the list.    Prior to Christmas we had the high bits on the house painted and after Christmas it was the turn of the back deck.

 This was before

and this is after

These are before photos of the inside 

and the new look

and before and after looking up to the roof in the entrance

It has made a world of difference and, amazingly, Doug agreed to have a painter do the work leaving him time for other jobs. 

We had to clear everything out for the painter and have done a good job in getting rid of items surplus to requirements.

There is also a retractable 4 line clothes line which is a godsend in this wet weather we are having.