New Zealand

February 2019

February is a hard month. Mum and Dad’s Birthdays and the anniversary of Mum’s death. It’s 36 years ago but it still hurts. I aim to do something positive and personal on 25th February now to remember but not mourn.

It’s also been a busy work month with lots of travel which means some familiar places to visit and some new ones too. And it’s the last few weeks of training for Oxfam which is on 23rd March. A couple of big walks to boost our training included 66km as Tail End Charlie for the Tarawera Ultra Marathon. That was a long, hot day out on my feet but not as long as for these guys. Big ups to them.

Rā 264 Rāhoroi 23 o Mahuru

So it is 3 weeks to go before the Abel Tasman event that seemed like such a good idea all those months ago! Training was going well til I was sick for nigh on 2 weeks and couldn’t run! Starting to panic now and so I had to try to fit in a long run this weekend. But I also wanted to spend time with Nigel. What to do? Compromise…I went for two 10km runs! The first this morning along the road, up a hill (and back down again), through the pine forest, along the beach and back along the road. Amazing to be up high looking down on the world as it wakens.

This afternoon we both went to Broken Hills – me at my pace and Nigel at his. 4.5km of relentless, steep and very gnarly up and then 5.5km if the same terrain but down! I was rewarded with stunning views though!

So since it was a day of two halves there are two photos.

Day 106 April 15 2016

We enjoy a beer or three at our ‘local’ on Friday evenings.  The number of small craft brewers  in New Zealand has grown exponentially in the last 7 years and we now enjoy  a range of excellent beers. The Craftbar usually has around 12 different beers on tap so plenty to choose from. Great for the palate, not so good for the waistline!  But great to unwind after a busy week. 


Day 16 January 16th 2016

Occasionally I join in with the Weekend Hashtag Project on Instagram if the theme inspires me. “The goal this weekend is to give an insider’s look into your community through creative photos and videos”

This is my contribution so far; a wee cafe hidden away in Hamilton East which makes the best coffee!