Monday, June 17, 2024


The Parkinson's walk today was the Waimahanga track, another favourite and, once again, after some heavy rain at the weekend mostly at night we had a glorious day for our walk.  There were 15 of us and we all enjoyed a catch up at a nearby cafe after the walk.

The view of the mangroves from one of the bridges

  • from the other bridge a view of ducks on a small island with the mangroves in the background

  • the lovely track.

Monday, June 10, 2024


We had a miserable weekend weather-wise.  It wasn't cold but was cloudy/misty with drizzle and no sun.  The forecast for this morning's Parkinson's walk wasn't much better but, luckily, the clouds lifted early and we had a lovely walk with warm sunshine.  

We do the larger part of the walk before we get to the cafe leaving just a short stretch back to the cars.  The walk is 4.2 kms long .  While we were waiting for our teas I took some photos.

After the cafe we go past the Rolling Ball Clock.  I can't remember whether I have posted about it before but I find it fascinating.  I find it quite hard to get a good photo because of the reflection from the glass.  The top two photos are mine and the bottom one stolen from the internet.  If anyone is interested you can see more about it here.

Friday, June 7, 2024

Mexican marigold bush

 With the start of winter there is not a lot of colour around and we have had a lot of comments on our Mexican Marigold Bush which is flowering in all its glory at the moment.  We bought the cuttings for these plants from the Monarch Butterfly Society in September 2020 and now have plants spread through the garden.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024


It was 2018 when Doug built the sunroom where there used to be an unused deck.  It is a very narrow room (I don't know why the original builders (the State as this was the local Constable's house) didn't just make the lounge larger.

Anyway, all the work was well worth it as it is warmer on cold days.  It is also the ideal place for our rowing machine.  Several days a week I do 100 rows and am sure it must help with my fitness.

The chair is a nice place to sit while having a phone call. and at the other end a useful bookcase.

Monday, June 3, 2024


Today is a Statutory Holiday for King's Birthday.  We went for our Parkinson's walk as usual.  15 of us enjoyed a walk in perfect weather followed by a caffeine fix at a nearby cafe.

The path will run from the suburb of Kamo to the city centre when it is finished a distance of 5.6 kms.  It goes past several schools so is ideal for children to walk, bike or scooter to school.

Sunday, June 2, 2024


 Life and busyness has got in the way of gardening for a while but, yesterday, we finally got back into it.  The bananas were starting to look tatty with some yellow leaves.  The two stems from our recent bunches of bananas also needed cutting out.  I did this and cut them into short lengths to put as mulch around the plants.

Doug in the meantime  removed the blackberry and raspberry plants that were to the left of the banana as well as the trellis and posts supporting them.  A difficult job as he discovered he had cemented the posts in the ground.  

It was hard work but we are pleased with the result and will now encourage the bananas to spread to that area and may even transplant one.

Today, Doug emptied the worm farm and pruned the peach tree while I cut back one of the crepe myrtle bushes, Doug having cut the other one back a couple of days ago.

There are six flowers on the banana and I see several new plants growing on this side.

Friday, May 17, 2024


 A few weeks ago Doug's youngest grand-daughter and her husband lost their chocolate Labrador, Whittaker.  (Whittaker is a New Zealand chocolate brand)

She asked Grandad to paint Whittaker for her and this is the result.