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Friday, 15 July 2016

Winter Garden

Our front gardens are bracing themselves against the cold blasts of winter. The pretty summer flowers are gone and the succulents are starting to flower. I'm not much of a gardener and could not name the flowers I'm growing. No doubt many of you would! 

Lea and I transformed a dying and tired looking front garden to what it is now. 

Here are a few shots. My digital camera is basic and therefore doesn't do the gardens justice.

Hope all is well. I am on school holidays and enjoying some time to do activities that a busy term doesn't allow me. Getting a bit more running in.

















Monday, 13 June 2016

Farewell My Dad...You Are Missed!

Living life without my dad is hard work at times!

I miss all the times I played pool, squash and golf with my dad in the growing up years and beyond. The rivalry between us was fierce and dad hated to lose. Suppose I wasn't so gracious myself. Dad had it over me in most sports though honours were probably shared in pool and table-tennis.

Dad was the glue that kept the family together and with his passing as of January this year nothing has been the same.

Dad was an extremely giving guy, with strong Catholic beliefs. He was still running around looking after those in need, usually younger than him, into his late 70's. 

This photo was taken of Dad when I visited him in Dunedin in December 2015. He was already quite sick at this point and died on January 14, the day after my birthday. Thankfully all of us were there at his bedside to say our good-byes.



Lea set up a table for me to remember him and write anything of how I was feeling. You will see some golf balls in the photo. We both spent a lot of time chasing after them without much luck.




Hope to return another day soon with some happy times spent with my dad.

Take care everyone!

Monday, 10 August 2015

My Dad

I have just come back from Dunedin from visiting my dad in hospital. I was inspired to share some thoughts and reflections on my dad from the recent past when reading about Kay's dad on her recent post. Since in my early 20's my dad and I have shared a special relationship around sporting endeavours. I had a game of pool with dad in Dunedin in the nursing home, Little Sisters two weeks ago. Sadly it was nothing like old times as dad was very confused about what balls to hit and that you have to hit the white ball first...old age can be cruel. My dad is now 84 but only 4 years ago he was a lot sharper. Here is a tongue and cheek account of one of those times!


                                                            Thrashed

Oh the embarrassment! Cleaned up by my 80 year young father!

I suppose I shouldn't take it so hard as he has regularly beaten me in my earlier contests with him. In fact he has been consistently competitive over the years and we have brought out the best and worst in each other at times. Neither of us likes to lose.

I should be philosophical about the result as I did gain a convincing victory last time and I did have some bad luck this time. But some how this does not seem to bring me any solace!

I'm beginning to sound more like John all the time. Must have read too many of his blogs. If only I could express my feelings as well as he! If I could you would truly understand how devastating this defeat was!

I suppose you are saying to yourself ''Get over it man. It's only a game!''. If only I could take some consolation in that thought!

I mean the humiliation. How can I possibly hold my head high when I've been comprehensively thrashed 4-0. I suppose there will be other days and hopefully better days where I can restore some self respect.

Back to the drawing board. Out with the pool cue and a strict practising regime before I head back down to Dunedin again to find some redemption. That is if my dad is gracious enough and willing to allow me the chance to challenge him again. He may now think I am not sufficiently skilled for him to bother playing with.

Can only hope I can pick up the pieces and get myself sorted out before next time.

I do apologise for my ramblings and the negative depressing nature of this blog. Do forgive me. It has been a long upsetting and trying day in coming to terms with my recent defeat. 

Thrashed in pool 4 - 0 by my ageing father. The shame!



At Christmas in Nelson in 2011 [with Bernard, Catherine, Margaret, Vincent and myself]



With my sisters Margaret and Catherine





Sunday, 9 August 2015

My Beautiful Lady

Inspired by Flower Lady Lorraine's post on her lovely roses I want to dedicate this post to my lovely lady, Lea! She will hate me for this but never mind I will live with the repercussions. As embarrassed as she might be I'm sure she appreciates my sentiments. It is a song I wrote 3 months ago. Will try and get a recording made and posted at a later date!



Being with you warms me inside
Being with you at morning rise
My beautiful lady stay close to me
My beautiful lady you are to me

From the moment I met you found true love
From that moment in time from heaven above
You are my world...you make me whole
I love you dear lady heart and soul

Be mine to hold through good and bad
Be mine to cherish through happy and sad
Be mine forever for the rest of our days
Be mine my dearest...be mine

I will hold your hand when you need a friend
I will hold you close until the end
I will be your lover through the passing years
I will be here always in world we share

My beautiful lady...my beautiful lady
My beautiful lady...stay here with me





Friday, 7 August 2015

Kate's Graduation

As mentioned all those months ago my oldest girl was finishing a Human Nutrition degree. Well she has finished and has the certificate and cap to prove it.

I am a very proud dad.











Kate with her partner, Jason


Will catch up with you all soon from kiwi land!


Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Catching up with family

As the school holidays are a distant memory and I'm back in the grind I reflect on recent catch ups with my girls.

I have been fortunate over the last few years to have regular contact with my oldest daughter, Kate. She has been studying Human Nutrition at Massey University, an hour up the road. Alice has been a year training as a medic in the army and is based in Christchurch in the South Island. I caught up with them both for a week here in Paraparaumu Beach and spent a few days in Mt Maunganui, staying near the beach. It was hot and swimming at the beach was great.

[From left Kate, Alice and myself at Mt Maunganui]






Celebrating my birthday on January 13th


Hope all is well with my patient blogging followers. I have had difficulty uploading photos onto my blog from home. I am posting this from school as I prepare for an 80 km after school cycle ride. Will take some photos to include in my next post. 


Friday, 30 January 2015

The World of Cycling


My Dear Readers

Hoping to touch base with you all! Will write this post and go and catch up!

Many of you have heard various running and cycling stories from now long ago. Since my cycling accident March 2012 I have become more of a cyclist than runner. Strange you might think due to the seriousness of my accident. Unfortunately, against common sense, I have caught the cycling bug and love getting into my lycras.

Have just found a connection to download from my camera so here is another cycling adventure.

It is the middle of summer here and we have been blessed with 4 sunny days in succession. I thought I would take advantage of the lovely still weather to take you on one of my cycling training rides. Just a short one today of about 25 miles or 40 km in kiwi language. Please try and keep up as the pace gets a bit steady at times. Will give you a moment to catch your breath periodically and take in the scenery.

Buckled up and ready to go!


                                                    Through the cutting to Otaihanga!


About to head over the Waikanae River!

These people have the right idea!
!

Some deep breaths needed as a sharp hill approaches!

Summer Flowers! Aren't they pretty!



That Tavern looks inviting! Maybe later!




                             At Pekapeka Beach! No time for a dip unfortunately! 



                                                  Heading for the Hills!




                            Steep climb ahead! Time to change down the gears!



                                       You're going great! Half way there!



                                
                         Well done you've made it! Now for a breather down hill! 



                                                 Some admiring spectators!




                            Which way shall we go? Definitely beach weather!




Wobbly road ahead!



One way bridge! Check for oncoming traffic!




Be careful!




We have arrived at Te Horo Beach...our turnaround point!




A pretty place!


Enjoy your ride home as there is a lovely tail wind!

Hope you enjoyed our ride together! Please join me again!