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

Thursday, May 12, 2016


We have just been to see the New Zealand Film "Hunt for the Wilderpeople".  It lived up to everything we had heard about it.  It was based on a novel by Barry Crump see here

It is very much a New Zealand film and the scenery is magnificent.  I give it a ten out of ten.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


We are having an Indian Summer and, apparently, it is set to linger for another three weeks.  It is Tee Shirt and shorts weather, in fact that is what I have been wearing today and have, at times, been too hot.  When you think that it is May (the equivalent of November in the Northern Hemisphere) we should be having temperatures several degrees lower - it was 24 degrees C. yesterday and that would have been at the airport where temperatures are usually lower.

Anyway, I took a few photos today.  The top two were at Tikipunga Sports Field when we were walking Sophie this morning and the bottom ones are in my garden.  Although we have had very little rain there has been heavy dew which has helped the garden.

I have also been releasing 3 - 4 Monarch Butterflies every day.