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.  […]

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 […]

Tea for Two…

On Monday 8 February, Tanya and I celebrated 36 years since we first had dinner together in 1985.  On that first evening we discovered that we shared many values in common, but also recognised we had very different personalities and lifestyles.  To some people’s surprise – and our own at times – we have managed […]

Adventures in Te Waipounamu

Tanya has just returned from a stunning adventure in Te Waipounamu …here’s her story and pictures… It began with an unexpected invite from our younger generation of Cumbos – Barney, Jo and 8-year-old Ellie – to my older brother,  Garth,  and me, to join them on a cycling adventure (A2O: Alps 2 Ocean) in the […]