Hidden away in Auckland.

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.

The Frigging Flyscreen

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

Living The Dream

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

Lumps and Bumps

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

Another Fiat Recall

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

Journeys of 2019 Part Two.

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.

Is Your Motorhome Weight Legal On The Road?

By some estimates 50 to 60% of motorhomes in the 3000 to 6000 kg’s range are driving around whilst over their allowable weight. How long do you think it will be that the NZTA can continue to ignore this issue and potential source of revenue.… Read More Is Your Motorhome Weight Legal On The Road?

Wind and White Sands – Rarawa Beach

As I mentioned in my last blog, the wind had really begun to get up during our stay at the Te Pua Reserve. With our fellow campers having abandoned us retreating south to Rarawa Beach Sarah and I considered what to do. We had planned to travel right up to Cape Reinga spending nights at… Read More Wind and White Sands – Rarawa Beach

Tribute to my Mother

Back in 2017 when Sarah and I updated the motorhome to start travelling I started to write this blog so that I could keep my Mum up to date with what was happening and where we were. Sadly on Thursday 7th November 2019 shortly before 4pm Mum passed away and I have written the following… Read More Tribute to my Mother

Who are you waving at?

On our most recent trip, North, Sarah and I had the usual laughs making excuses why people don’t wave back. Are they so busy concentrating on the road that they simply didn’t see us? Maybe their hands have become mysteriously glued to the steering wheel? Perhaps they are in one of the private rentals, and… Read More Who are you waving at?