Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Well, would ya look at that. It's the end of 2008. What a fabulous year it's been, and the outlook for 2009 is just as exciting. To all of you out there, have a fab New Year and all the best for the next 365 days. May you prosper and be safe! Cheers.

Monday, 29 December 2008

Saturday, 27 December 2008

This is Summer!!! Enough said.

Friday, 26 December 2008

Well, who would have thought. After 20 overs each, the two teams would both end with 155 runs. That was the initial outcome of the 20/20 clash between New Zealand and the West Indies. WI should have taken it out, but NZ bought the batting assault under control to finish even. With a period of bewilderment within the sold out crowd, the deciding ruling became clear. One over each, two wickets, one bowler from each team. WI's Gayle made mince meat out of Vettori with three sixes, giving them a daunting 25 runs from the over. NZ's Oram made a galant attempt but were finally out done with the loss of both wickets, still needing 11 runs. A great spectacle with more to come with West Indies finishing their tour, England arriving in Feb and India in March!!! You'd better love cricket.

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

To all in the season of festiveness and relaxation, wish you all a 'cracker' Christmas. Be safe where ever you maybe.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

It never ceases to amaze me, no matter how many times I visit the Waipoua Forest, I always stand in awe of the mighty Kauri (Agathis australis) tree known as Tāne Mahuta ("Lord of the Forest"). Estimated to be over 2000 years old, the shear girth and size of this hunk of wood is no way more impressive than standing in front of him. Tāne Mahuta is the largest kauri known to stand today. It is 51 metres in height, and has a circumference of 13.8 metres. Total volume including the crown 516.7 m³.

Saturday, 20 December 2008

As Christmas approaches, the time to mingle with family and friends is narrowing ever closer. A quick trip to Rawene, to catch up with whanau, brought a great night at the Masonic Hotel with Dj Trey and his light show. With an unusually young crowd packed into the pub, the atmosphere was high spirited and welcoming. Good luck to Grant, the new owner of the Masonic, and merry Christmas to all in the sleepy settlement perched on a narrow peninsula, protruding into the visualy absorbing Hokianga Harbour.

Now playing: Pitch Black - Flex

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Isn't Summer such an extraordinary time. Your senses seem to be somewhat heightened by the constant rays of light smothering the skin. The hazy, lazy days are upon us. With great people to share the warmth with, makes for sublime moments in ones life! Bravo!

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Monday, 15 December 2008

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Tis the season for Christmas parties and various other drinking vocations. Thanks heaps to Katie and her fellow flatties for the impromptu gathering in the Grey Lynn hood. Che!

Now playing: The Beatles - Drive My Car

Friday, 12 December 2008

It's officially official. It's set in stone. It's a done deal. Los Angeles, Las Vegas and South America beckon! The silver winged bird will be departing in just under 36 days. The excitment is building and the time is ticking!!!

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Life does not get any better than right now!!! Ye-ah!!!

Now playing: Greg Benz - Aurium November 2008 Mix Part 2

Sunday, 7 December 2008

After a few hours of meandering through the Waitakere Ranges, what better way to cool and satisfy the senses from the humid, warm afternoon air, than slurp up some delicious creamy ice from the local dairy. Superb!

Thursday, 4 December 2008

The current high water levels reminded me of my encounter with the 'sinking' of the Lagoon Island of Venice. No where near as dramatic as now but December 2002 made the visit more interesting than usual. My thoughts are with the many shop keepers and dwellers continually barraged by the incessant salty waters.

Now playing: The Killers - Human

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Monday, 1 December 2008

What better way to bring in the new month and enjoy the wonderfulness that is Summer, than sharing such a fantastic time of year with someone special. I've been blessed with meeting a beautiful person, whom has swept me away into her life. There aren't any feelings or emotions that compare to these that are fueling me right now. WOOHOO!!!

Saturday, 29 November 2008

The 2008 Ernst & Young Ball.
A rather spectacular affair, with stilt walkers, opera singers, fire jugglers and the amazing aerial artist performing in the abundant space of the Auckland Town Hall. An extraordinary evening.

Natural Habitats Landscape Division fishing jaunt to Kawau Island. Big thanks to Jim for the use of the boat and bach, and Glenn for the organising of the fruit loops that is us! Cheers.

Monday, 24 November 2008

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Thanks to those that organised a great afternoon of lawn bowls at the Auckland Bowling Club, down in the ol Grafton gully, on the the Friday. Great food, great tunes and great peeps....

Saturday, 22 November 2008

The Grey Lynn Park Festival, in all it's colour and variety, packed to the gunwales!!!

Friday, 21 November 2008

Now playing: Ace - How Long

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Monday, 10 November 2008

Isn't it cool, one minute you're minding your own business, when you get blind sided by something special. Sometimes something comes along occasionally that you think is special, but turns out not to be. Then there's the something that you don't know is special, but turns out to be very very special. Well, special things do happen, and by cricky, they are wonderful. :o)

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Thursday, 30 October 2008

I am now realising that the days are dwindling, 78 in fact, till my departure. I ponder as I sit here in half of my Halloween garb, that makes me more Tom Baker from Dr Who than what I'm supposed to be, and 'SHIT' (please excuse my English!!) it's friggin November tomorrow. Oh how time passes you by when your so intertwined with other, extraordinary, things going on in your life. Extremely extraordinary things......!

Now playing: Roland Klinkenberg - Dusty Horizon Interlude

Monday, 27 October 2008

Sunday, 26 October 2008

It's been a couple of weeks since I last posted and this was mainly due to some unscrupulous thieving goings on. Three white teenage boys decided to enter my house and relieve me of some of my possessions. Always makes me wonder at what point people feel like they deserve something in which someone else has busted a gut to save up for and buy. Simple souls with simple minds and not much else between they're aural canals. None the less, not much was touched and things are pretty much back to normal! YAY.

Other than that, life is really really really enjoyable at the moment. Great things are happening and the outlook pleasantly exciting! Double Yay!!!

And thank cricky for Labour Day. Let the summery summerness begin...
Annnnnd a big welcome home to mike....che

Now playing: Icehouse - No Promises

Monday, 6 October 2008

Sunday, 28 September 2008

The annual Hokianga Country Music Festival, was a screamer. 24 bands circulating around 5 venues, the historic Masonic Hotel in Rawene, Opononi Hall and pub, Omapere Copthorne and the pub in Kohukohu. The bars were bustling and the country was being flung far and wide into the darkness of the early morning. The line dancers showed their skills on the well worn carpet and the creaky old building stood up to the vibrations of the powerful PA system. A great time, although safe to say, I've experienced my fair share of country music for quite some time.....!