After our rally driver efforts to escape the DOC camp at Arohena, we decided to look for somewhere, let’s just say a little less stressful to enter and depart. We had heard good things from lots of people about Mangakino. Given that it was really the next available place to stay along the river, it… Read More Mangakino
This is world-famous travel writer Iva BN There coming to you from John Pedersen’s media conference. Where he discusses his travels around New Zealand and numerous published articles. I managed to get John to one side and ask him some of the questions that, I am sure, we all want answers too. Iva BN There:… Read More Living The Dream
It’s been almost two weeks since we were all locked into our place of residence. For those of us who live in a motorhome. There was the struggle of finding somewhere to see out the lockdown, with every second place closing faster than you could drive there. For others, there was the rush back to… Read More Living In Our Bubble
Time to move on from Bulmers Landing. Not because we had too instead, we were keen to continue exploring the area. The road map shows a couple of possible routes alongside the Waikato river one closer than the other. Deciding to hug the river on the narrower backcountry road, we found ourselves almost alone on… Read More What Goes Down Might Not Come Up
With the first round of chemo taking place on last Thursday and Friday, I took the weekend to recover. Then it was off in the motorhome for an eagerly awaited break and some rest and relaxation. Last time I went through chemo, it was (almost) a breeze. Sadly not so this time with a ghastly… Read More Where will we land?
I had it all worked out just before Christmas with my mum having passed away in November, our regular return visits home to get her to various hospital appointments would no longer be required. We would be free to get back to the south island and do some serious km’s on some of the cycle… Read More A Small Lump In The Road
Those that have been following my blog over time will know that in 2016 I was diagnosed with Follicular Lymphoma and underwent chemotherapy. This led to the decision to sell the business and retire. The company was named after one of my sons who when young had snow-white hair. Hence James Blond and the catchphrase… Read More Lumps and Bumps
I can count on one finger the number of times in the last 20 years that we have been away in our motorhome in January. Usually, we leave this time of the year to those who work all year. So that we can take advantage of the campgrounds when they are a little quieter. I… Read More All To Ourselves (Well Almost)
Earlier this week I took our Fiat Ducato based motorhome for its second service. This requires getting from home to the far reaches of West Auckland to collect it, a 30-minute drive. Before driving to East Auckland to the service agents. Given the madness of the traffic usually around in Auckland, it’s not a prospect… Read More Another Fiat Recall
It’s hard to keep Sarah and I out of Northland it’s close enough to home that I don’t have to drive all day and night to get there. Once there the diversity of what’s on offer makes us keep coming back. In the second half of 2019, we came North several times with the first… Read More Journeys of 2019 Part Two.