Our trip last week to Matamata had many highlights including finding the delightful park over property run by Ron and Gayle Arnott, that I wrote about in my previous blog. But our real reason for the trip was to visit Matamata Saddlery to have a cover made for the front windscreen of the motorhome. In… Read More All Wrapped Up For Xmas
Back in late 2021 while we were away exploring the country we noticed that the bathroom window wasn’t sitting “flush” in it’s frame. It appeared to us that it was coming out of the hinge that holds it into place. After a little bit of difficulty we managed to get it shut and sealed, leaving… Read More A Slight Misadventure.
Since I started this blog in 2017 I have shared 197 posts and have had over 230 thousand people read at least one of these posts. obviously some people will have read more than one skewing the figures but it’s still something that I am immensely proud of. Sadly as those who have read my… Read More The Journey Continues
It’s been well over a month since I posted anything. So I have written this piece mostly for myself as a record of my cancer journey so far this year. But for those who have been following the blog over the last few years feel free to have a read if you are interested. Sadly… Read More The Story So Far.
During the Covid 19 lockdown, Sarah and I walked several places in and around our local area. A couple of times we strolled slightly further afield once ending up wandering down a very deserted Queen St. We also walked to an area known as Westmere and found a delightful coastal walk. It wasn’t until we… Read More Hidden away in Auckland.
During our trip, BTL (before the lockdown) to the Waikato River, we experienced the failure of our flyscreen. There is a design flaw with the shape of the door in our motorhome. If the wind blows the door shut, it closes onto the flyscreen stretching the internal strings beyond their limits. This causes them to… Read More The Frigging Flyscreen
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
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
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.