Last year we had been invited by our friends John and Gaylene to join them and others for an informal get together known as the 5th Wheel Shuffle. A loose collection of people who have a common interest in playing or performing music. We didn’t make it last year as I had a really heavy… Read More A Weekend Of Merriment.
The other day Sarah and I visited the Hematologist for the results of a PET Scan. Which for those who don’t know is similar to an MRI or CT scan. Except that it uses radioactive isotopes to find cancer in your body. This was an essential step in proceeding to a stem cell transplant. I… Read More The Long Corridor
Oh, what grand plans some of us have for life. For those of us who can afford it the chance to follow your dream. Sadly money is something not everyone has, our friend Brian sold it all to make his a reality. Sadly life often has its own plans, despite your best intentions. Leaving you… Read More Brian Finishes His Dingy
Firstly a couple of confessions. I have read the books multiple times and seen all of the movies, so I am a little biased. Sarah however, has no interest in this genre of books or movies so has neither seen nor read either. But it was a beautiful winters day with the sun shining after… Read More Good Morning! Hobbiton
After consulting with various people at Tuapiro Reserve, we decided that the next port of call would be the small seaside village of Omokoroa. People we had spoken to told us about the ferry that runs to Matakana Island, a couple of cafes and the boating club. Together with a walking and cycle trail, all… Read More Omokoroa -Peace in Suburbia
Hopefully, in the next few days, we will move down to level 2. With the Government announcing that we will be allowed to travel again, it was time to express some thoughts about the situation. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about when I mention the sky is falling.… Read More The Sky Is Falling!
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
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
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