1. A Rollercoaster Ride…

This rollercoaster ride of ageing continues for us in unexpected ways…both opportunities and challenges! Thank you to all the friends who sent feedback on our April Newletter- the most we’ve ever received in the 7 years of writing each month..  It was very uplifting for us. The good news is that we have signed up […]

2. An unexpected challenge..

Our unexpected challenge this month has been a medical one.  When Charmaine’s doctor sent her the notes from Auckland Hospital about her brain scan, she was relieved to find that there weren’t significant signs of Alzheimer’s plaques or vascular deterioration- her brain was pretty normal for her age, nearly 79.  But she was also shocked […]

3. Selling…

Once Charmaine has recovered from her operation we will start the process of  selling our lovely Apartment 301 in Isaac.  Although it would be great if someone turned up unexpectedly wanting to buy it as is, we recognise that is unlikely.  Much as we love the colour and vibrancy of all our furnishings and art […]

4. Sorting…

A spinoff from the changes ahead is that once again we’ve started the process of sorting through our life treasures and junk ( for CP deciding which is which!!) and getting rid of what we don’t need.  Fortunately we’ve also discovered this organisation called ElderlyAssist Ltd which supports older people with sorting, selling, transporting, storing, […]

5. And Life Goes On Around Us In Tāmaki Mākaurau:…

1. Te Wānanga – the new Waterfront… At long last the city,  Tāmaki Makaurau- Auckland,  is beginning to reflect its Māori origins, especially in the downtown area.  The waterfront development is a joint project involving Ngaati Whatua and Isthmus Architects.  The purpose of the development is better to connect the city centre to the harbour.  […]

1. Ageing is Damned Hard Work!

As two over-75-year-olds  we’ve become very aware of the challenges of ageing!  Instead of writing about the arts and other interesting aspects of our current privileged lives, we’ve decided to be forthright about some of the issues  we face, and our attempts to manage them creatively.   We are keen to make sure we keep body, […]

2. General Health and Fitness

We’ve decided to take a  proactive and preventative approach to our health, so we are getting ourselves checked out by professionals to make sure we can stay as fit a possible for as long as possible, and are less likely to become a burden on each other or a wider support circle.  Because of living […]

3. Exercise – body and mind

One of our big differences as a couple has always been our attitudes to exercise. Tanya says:  As someone blessed with relatively  good health and fitness most of my life, I have been startled to realise that I can no longer take my physical skills for granted! I already have two bionic hips and one […]