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 […]

Christchurch Whanau

Before starting our cycling adventure in the South Island, Garth and I spent two days in Christchurch. Our first date was with our cousin Philip Carter, who took us on a guided tour on electric scooters (an exciting first for Garth and me!) of the new city developments in Christchurch.  Philip is one of the […]

An hour from our front door…Rangitoto Island

Back to the simplicity of bach life in summer… On New Year’s Day we hopped on a bus downtown, then a ferry across the Waitemata Harbour to Rangitoto Island for a stay in Bach 52, five minutes walk from the wharf. Bach 52 is another small 1920s bach which has been lovingly restored to near-original […]

Toys for the Boys

  We are doing our best to ignore all the fuss currently going on in Auckland surrounding the America’s Cup.  And the costs… the Government is paying more than $136 million and Auckland Council almost $99 million…and for what? A few bizarre-looking ‘boats’ trying to fly on the Waitematā Harbour… Chris Rattue, in his excellent […]