Buying that First Motorhome

December 12th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Wendy and I have enjoyed a number of holiday homes over the years we’ve been together, including a converted Coromandel motel, a former Presbyterian Church in Albury (South Canterbury) which we adapted into a stylish, comfortable open-plan holiday home, and more recently, we tried tenting with a multi-roomed Zempire inflatable tent that we bought at [...]

Last of the Summer Wine

July 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

It’s five days before the Mangonui waterfront festival, and there’s a hole in the road just north of the venue. Well, to be accurate, big tides have underscored the footpath and part of the road, and repairs are underway. Obviously, repairs to a tidal area are tide-dependent, especially when using heavy machinery, and it’s not [...]

  • Tony Wood – a keen angler who conceived a way to help restore declining fish stocks

The One That Got Away

May 4th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

When I first checked in on a group of keen Hauraki Gulf ‘fishos’ it was day one of the 2017–18 fishing season. The boys were already out on the water hoping to catch the big one and rack up a trophy. Later that day there would be the obligatory bragging on social media, but there [...]

  • Looking for the next adventure

Life On The Road With Three Dogs

December 20th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

When we were considering living full time on the road we had a few concerns about whether our dogs would adapt. We also wondered if they’d create some challenges. However, we needn’t have worried as they have been absolutely amazing and love their new gypsy lifestyle. With lots of new places to explore, new smells, [...]

An Astronomical Perspective on Starry, Starry Nights

May 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Mankind has always been fascinated by the stars. Since the earliest times, we’ve recognised and named the patterns of their formations in the night sky. From science to navigation to nursery rhymes to songs of romance, the mysteries of the universe and the beauty of the night sky have long guided our direction while leaving [...]

  • The truck chase scene from Hunt for the Wilderpeople saw the truck slide into this Olds

The Pair behind The Palace

May 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Colin and Barbara attend impounds, rescues, crashes, AA breakdowns, police salvage and are first assist to the local ambulance service. If called out they go – 24/7, whatever the weather – north and south of Mount Ruapehu from Whanganui to Owhango, and as far-east as Waiouru. That’s in addition to repairing vehicles and issuing warrants [...]