Tuesday, September 13, 2016


The carpet layers arrived promptly at about 8.30 yesterday and have done a wonderful job.  They worked busily until just after 4 p.m. Doug had gone home at this stage but returned earlier than usual and managed to get the whole house vacuumed.  After an early meal he went home exhausted.

Today after the usual dog walk etc.  We came back here and Doug shaved the bottom off three doors that were catching on the carpet while I did several loads of washing.  Last night we brought the settee inside and my bed back into the bedroom but the rest will be done as time and energy allow.  I haven't even opened the new curtains I have bought.  I hope they are suitable - there will be some alterations to do.

The blue plastic dust sheet went back up last night and will remain until the curtains are fitted.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

TODAY (9/11)

Today is Doug's birthday and most of it has been spent uplifting carpet.  The painting has been finished - it has been a long job as he has been fitting it in around everyday life but finally all the rooms that need to be painted before the new carpet goes down have been painted and I am thrilled with the result.

Over the past week we have been moving the furniture into first the outside room and then into the large enclosed porch.  Today we uplifted carpet and vacuumed in the morning and then went down to the Town Basin as Doug's daughter and grand daughter wanted to take him to lunch which was a pleasant break.  Then it was back here to finish the job off.

Now, I just have a small trolley/table, 2 chairs and a bed.  Tomorrow morning they will be moved out and  at about 8.30 or 8.45  the carpet layers will arrive.

                                                              The Porch holds a lot

and so does the outside room

Doug went home as usual at about 3 p.m. and will come back at about 6 p.m. for a light meal. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

More New Bridges

We recently walked the Waimahanga track again with the Parkinson's walking group to see the new bridges.  Below is an extract from the Whangarei District Council website.

 the replacement of dilapidated 100-year-old bridges along the Boswell Track, part of Onerahi’s Waimahanga Track.

“These bridges were built at the turn of the century and are only 600mm wide.  That makes them too narrow by today’s standards, and they are also very old. The new bridges will be 2.5 metres wide,”

The first two photos are of the old bridges which  I found on a previous post.

Below are the new wider bridges.  There has been a lot of work done on new cycle/walking tracks in the district and one goes from Whangarei to Onerahi and links up with this track.  I think (and hope) that this one will remain as it is and not be concreted.

Shortly work will begin on a new walkway from Kamo into the city alongside the railway tracks.

We will have to get our bikes out again.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Dog Walk

I haven't posted for a while - the painting is progressing well but slowly as it is fitted in around everything else that goes on from day to day.

Doug's daughter, Christine, was "babysitting" a bichon frise dog for the weekend and met us for a walk at the Town Basin Loop Track.

The "wave"

and the "waka" were looking good in the early morning sunshine.

the little dog enjoyed her walk - apparently, she lives out of town and doesn't usually have walks.

every time I tried to get a photo of them one or the other or both moved!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A walk in the fog

Our walk with people with P.D. yesterday was along Beach Road at Onerahi.  We had an enjoyable walk in the fog.

Today is the shortest day so it is great to think that we get more sunshine hours from today onwards.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


I have finally decided to get new carpet.  Prior to that the house needs painting as there is no point in getting the new carpet down and then starting to paint.

First up Doug has painted the outside room for me and I cleared out Max' desk in the small room off it and Doug put up some shelves.  

Shelves in the small (former office but now cupboard).  They are now filled.

A couple of "before" photos of the outside room

 and a couple after painting.

The master bedroom has now been emptied and Doug is in the middle of painting it for me.  I am awaiting a painter but he is still on jobs for neighbours.  I was just going to get the bedrooms painted but have now decided with the disruption I may as well get the lounge and dining room done.

While Doug is busy painting (his least favourite job) I am sorting items to give to charity shops and moving other items into the outside room.  This could be a long job.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The first day of winter

The Indian Summer has only recently left us and now we have the first day of winter.  There was rain overnight but none today and the temperature had dropped considerably.

First thing this morning I took a few photos in the garden.  This rose is coming to the end of its flowering.  It flowers from early spring through to winter.  The rhododendron is just coming into bud.

     An azalea that was here when we purchased seven years ago.  The garden is in need of some T.L.C. at present.

The chrysanthemum flowers well - I have just picked enough for a couple of vases.

Still a few flowers on the gardenia

and the frangipane

and some photos taken in the park while walking Sophie this morning