Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Heart-break for Kiwis in the World Cup Cricket

A day after defeat and I know it will take me a while, as many other kiwis to get over it!

Lea tells me it is only a game but for some unknown reason I'm struggling to buy that one. To Lea's credit she has been a steady rock over the last 24 hours as I dissect the injustices of basically losing a tied match.

To England's credit they are worthy champions and played a super final!

Now that the cricket is over I might get a bit more sleep, he says at 4 a.m while doing this post. It has been a thoroughly exciting World Cup and I have enjoyed every minute, well maybe not the last minute.

Here is the after match interview with our captain, Kane Williamson. He reflects on the 'uncontrollables' of cricket and how the World Cup slipped away from us, while fellow kiwis are left to ponder the 'what ifs'.

I feel so proud of the team and though hurting at the moment, I know the boys put everything into their campaign and pulled up just short of winning the World Cup. 

Roll on another 4 years!

Friday, 12 July 2019


Hi everyone.

No promises this time as I seem to have lost my mojo somewhat. My partner's daughter, Caitlyn has inspired me to get started again.

Last May we moved 50km north to Levin. We have a 2.6 hectare fenced property and are enjoying the peace and quiet. Both Lea and I are travelling over an hour a day to work, I start a local teaching job in Term 4 and can't wait to not have to travel to work

Here are a few photos of the property. Not great photos but gives you an idea.

We have 3 steers. Here is one of our boys.

Hope to catch up soon!

Thursday, 21 December 2017

picked up a cold...exercise on hold

Have had a mostly relaxing day indoors watching 13 episodes of The Office on Netflix.

Have been out and mowed our dry lawns and did some other household chores during my Office Marathon.

Needed to get outdoors due to cabin fever around 4 p.m and took a few photos on my quiet local stroll.

Last weekend Lea and the girls decorated our Christmas Tree. I think they did a stunning job, though Lea did most of it!

Be in touch soon! Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Summer Heat Wave

Decided I'm overdue for a catch-up. Let you know I'm alive and well. 

Just starting the summer school holidays and I'm looking forward to chilling out. More time for cycling and running! With the warmer weather I have enjoyed pottering in the garden. 

Here are some pics of how my front gardens are looking...quite a contrast to my winter garden post. Apologies in advance for the volume of photos. Hope you like them!

Have planted some dwarf fruit trees at the back of our house that are starting to flourish. 

We finally have our back-yard view back with the obstructing trees removed.

As you can see the grass is really dry at the moment. We have had little rain for about two months.

Bye for now! Hope all is well in blogger land!

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!


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