Six months at Selwyn by the Sea…

Each day we give thanks for living in this beautiful village on the coast of the Waitemata Harbour in Point Chevalier – Rangi Mata Rau.  We hope to learn more of the Maori history of the land as time goes on. Our third floor apartment, 532 Caswell, is on the north-west corner of the site, […]

Charmaine’s 80th birthday

On 11 July Charmaine turned 80, and on Sunday 10 she enjoyed a lovely party of family members and friends in “The Hub”, a large welcoming room at Selwyn with big windows, and with very helpful staff to assist. “Loaves and Fishes” from Te Atatu provided beautiful food.  Our friend Guy Hamling from The Isaac […]


Our move to Selwyn Village has gone very smoothly, thanks to Elderly Assist as packers and removal people, and to helpful staff at Selwyn. We are very fortunate that Selwyn Village offered us  a renovated cottage in Bambury Close, on the southern fringe of the Village, until our new apartment here is available in late […]

“A House by the Sea…”

And what a stunning apartment 532 Caswell will be to live in! Last Saturday we spent an hour and a half in our new apartment.  We were delighted by the views over gardens, flowering pōhutukawa and harbour, and were able to do some planning and measuring for the placement of furnishings.  It is all we […]

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 […]

4. Ki Tau, Ki Tai

Ki Tau Ki Tai – from ridge to sea – Tanya’s story of a guided cycling tour based around water landmarks in Tāmaki Makaurau 27 February 2021                      ————————————————————————                              Ki Tau Ki Tai – from Ridge to sea – a guided cycling tour through central Tāmaki Makaurau – organised by Auckland Libraries […]