Life in general

Read More We now understand hangi cooking

Posted on Sat, 30/06/2018

Our very first hangi experience I am ashamed to say, is the one we needed to create when Monique Fiso was here. She may have sent thru a list of what tools and accessories we needed, but other detail was somewhat limited,...>>>

Read More Magnificent TED talk

Posted on Thu, 05/04/2018

A wonderfully inspiring lecture in this age of extremism and polarisation. I do  want to believe that the rise of the hate groups that we are currently experiencing through the world is not an end point. The pendulum...>>>

Read More Dinner Parties

Posted on Sat, 28/10/2017

W're about to head out for brunch with Hannah, an occasional event that I look forward too, because even though we live in the same house, our respective weekly routines mean that we don't often get to catch up, so...>>>

Read More Watch!!!

Posted on Thu, 26/10/2017

Some of the best reading I get to do during the week is in my avidly awaited weekly hard copy of The New Yorker.  Always a good day when that arrives in the letterbox. The writing is almost without exception exquisite...>>>

Read More Permaculture

Posted on Sat, 16/09/2017

It must be springtime because my interest is piqued by gardening again - something I've never been as consistently dedicated too as I'd like to be. By happy chance I got to watch this video, and thought it was utterly...>>>

Read More Couple of days away

Posted on Tue, 08/08/2017

 By a somewhat circular path we ended up with a couple of nights to use at The Round Tent in Raglan an experience I really can't recommend highly enough. We'd done a cookschool  on Sunday morning and...>>>

Read More Sustainable - an important documentary

Posted on Sun, 23/07/2017

Have just finished watching this gentle but incredibly powerful documentary on sustainable agricultural practices. Can't recommend it highly enough. The genuiness and sincerity of the people involved shone through...>>>

Read More Screen time

Posted on Sat, 15/07/2017

A particularly on point TED lecture regarding the amount of time that we are spending in front of screens, and what that can mean. I especially liked the concept of 'stopping cues', not something I'd contemplated...>>>

Read More Godzone Chapter 6

Posted on Mon, 06/03/2017

We picked Hannah up from Tauranga airport early yesterday evening, being a wee bit late to get there because we sidetracked to have a gelato after walking up the Mount for the first time in a long while. Hannah had just...>>>

Read More Danny MacAskills Wee Day Out

Posted on Sat, 11/02/2017

Off road biking is an activity I hope to do more of in my future - the little sampling I've had so far has been enormously enjoyable, and it's something I aim to get fitter and better at. Even so I recognise that...>>>

Read More Courteney and Laura's wedding

Posted on Mon, 06/02/2017

After a pretty intense few weeks, Rick and I find ourselves at home alone for the next couple of hours, with no need to be anywhere and that  includes for once at work. Even Benson has gone to crash out in the shade...>>>

Read More Nutritionists

Posted on Sun, 01/01/2017

Rick and I got home last night just in time to see in the New Year a deux, which after a big evening service felt kind of appropriate. He's headed out for a bike ride this am, and I'm doing my morning reading on line...>>>

Read More Unbelievably depressing

Posted on Wed, 23/11/2016

An explanatory read about the reasons why people have voted for Trump, which kind of makes sense on the one hand, but which is unbelievably depressing on the other, because it offers no bridge, no way forward, no way of resolving...>>>

Read More More on Adventure Racing...

Posted on Mon, 14/11/2016

Just picked up on this video of the caving stage of the ARWS that Hannah is currently competing in. Felt ill watching the competitors trying to squeeze thru skinny gaps in massive walls of rock underground. Thankgod I...>>>

Read More Love it!

Posted on Sun, 13/11/2016

Love it, love it, love it!  We went and got one of our Leonard Cohen CDs from the house last night to add to the restaurant music  because it just felt appropriate.  As Sam Hunt said on National Radio this...>>>

Read More XPD Australia World Series

Posted on Sat, 12/11/2016

After weeks of spending far too much time reading stuff online about the in's and out's of the American election, the unthinkable has happened, and I'm almost unable to be bothered now going back online to listen...>>>

Read More Nothing to say

Posted on Wed, 09/11/2016

I haven't been able to be much of a presence at the restaurant tonight as I kept flicking over to the house to check the latest updates from America. I simply can't believe what has happened, and I've tried...>>>

Read More You create your own reality

Posted on Fri, 07/10/2016

I was interrupted while listening to this TED talk by a phone call from a gentleman wanting to  quiz me over someone he was looking to employ. We had an amicable chat because the person he was questioning me about is...>>>

Read More Can't help myself

Posted on Wed, 28/09/2016

I am really trying to focus on something other than Donald Trump, but my morbid fascination in the man and his ascent within American politics continues. Watched the debate with Hillary Clinton yesterday and felt immense...>>>

Read More Yes I can

Posted on Fri, 16/09/2016

Para olympians - amazing, extraordinary people....this song captures so much of what makes them so memorable and inspiring.... ...>>>

Read More A brilliant writer

Posted on Wed, 07/09/2016

I am trying really hard not to fixate quite so much on Donald Trump these days. To not spend too much time at the computor reading endless reports on the ghastly qualities of the man himself and the people around him. And...>>>

Read More Vulnerability and authenticity

Posted on Thu, 01/09/2016

I needed to watch this today... But wait! There's more...this is wonderful stuff!! ...>>>

Read More Trump's supporters views

Posted on Tue, 23/08/2016

This video is some  of the cleverest ironic viewing that I've had the pleasure of watching in awhile and it helps explain for me why people in the crowds are cheering Donald Trump when he makes the bizarre false...>>>

Read More Courteney's coach

Posted on Tue, 16/08/2016

A short, sweet video interview of Courteney's coach, Carmen Small and her husband. Carmen has been so supportive of our daughter ever since her earliest days of riding in America, and though we have never met her in the...>>>

Read More Special short documentary

Posted on Sun, 07/08/2016

I'm supposed to be heading out for a walk, but thanks to a primer from one of my favourite columnists Grant Smithies, I've just watched a truly delightful 3 min long documentary on a wonderful chinese couple  who...>>>

Read More A serious bit of humour...

Posted on Fri, 22/07/2016

In amongst the incomprehensible madness coming out of the RNC convention at the moment, most of which I'm struggling to process, I found this video balm for the soul. Surely America can't go from this man to Trump......>>>

Read More Brilliant article

Posted on Sun, 10/07/2016

I have confessed a couple of times this week in general conversation with friends that I have an incipient sense of dread about the rise of nationalism and extremism across the world, because I don't see what can lance...>>>

Read More An open world

Posted on Wed, 08/06/2016

Rick and I are currently obsessed by 'Homeland', riveting viewing, and an depressing commentary on the hate perpetuated between cultures, religions and countries. The human despair that results from that conflict,...>>>

Read More Acceptance of Donald Trump

Posted on Mon, 23/05/2016

A superb essay on the grotesque joke that is Donald Trump's rise to being presumptive nominee for the Republican Party. Can it really be true? ...>>>

Read More Inspirational human being

Posted on Sun, 15/05/2016

Have just come back over to the house after a Sunday cookschool - nice class with interesting mix of people we know extremely well alongside some newbies, which all made for vibrant chat, and we lingered longer over coffees...>>>

Read More Netflix

Posted on Sun, 08/05/2016

God I love Netflix - especially on a Sunday evening with no particular inclination to do very much at all, but absolutely no desire to watch crap TV. This movie "Special Correspondants" was just perfect... ...>>>

Read More Equal pay

Posted on Sat, 07/05/2016

There is absolutely nothing I could  add - just love this... ...>>>

Read More New kit

Posted on Fri, 29/04/2016

Courteney is back in her happy place! Back in the States contemplating the start of her racing season...  new team kit,  and looking very serious. Would love to know what the girl was thinking when this shot was...>>>

Read More Everybody dies, but not everyone lives

Posted on Thu, 21/04/2016

A link from my eldest daughter - totally appropriate for me here and now, and says it all really.. and says it all rather well! ...>>>

Read More Morbid fascination

Posted on Wed, 20/04/2016

This article pretty much says it all! ...>>>

Read More An extraordinary TED speech

Posted on Thu, 10/03/2016

An amazing man, an amazing speech - 'let death be what takes us not a lack of imagination'... ...>>>

Read More Very cool race

Posted on Mon, 07/03/2016

The look on my daughter and my husbands face at the finish line of the B Grade road race at the local club champs yesterday kind of says it all. Rick thought he had the race sewn up, and she pipped him at the post. A state...>>>

Read More Update from Courteney

Posted on Thu, 03/03/2016

Courteney has finally written a blog on where she is at currently and what her year ahead is looking like... and prior to that another blog on a rather special family trip we made back in January that involved pushing...>>>

Read More Take down

Posted on Tue, 01/03/2016

I needed this ! A brilliant takedown by John Oliver of Donald Trump! There is sanity in America after all!! ...>>>

Read More Good conversation

Posted on Thu, 25/02/2016

I work out front in the restaurant, and that involves constant interaction with a wide range of types of people. Some are a positive delight and some I may be somewhat less enthusiastic about. Some are repeat customers who...>>>

Read More Guns

Posted on Sun, 13/12/2015

This article is totally unrelated to anything to do with the restaurant, but am tired, tired, tired, because it's been a big week and have just finished the last cookschool in the  Christmas series, and was online...>>>

Read More Te Secret Life of Pets

Posted on Mon, 05/10/2015

Have a couple of hours of bookwork ahead of me, and by way of a slight procrastination I just happened to end up watching this, and had to share because it literally was laugh out loud!! Quite how the animators got that...>>>

Read More A quick overview of life!

Posted on Fri, 02/10/2015

Love it, love it, love it!!!! ...>>>

Read More A sole woman in a men's race

Posted on Fri, 26/06/2015

Carmen Small is an ex team mate of Courteney's and now her coach, while still racing professionally herself. This interview with her makes for special reading, especially the bit at the end about little girls being inspired...>>>

Read More A clever wei

Posted on Wed, 27/05/2015

Don't ever try and tell me that Weimaraners are scatty,  as some people do..     ...>>>

Read More Brilliant speech

Posted on Fri, 15/05/2015

  I needed   this very clever and witty speech    in my life this week! ...>>>

Read More Running

Posted on Fri, 01/05/2015

I live amongst serious atheletes, and am regularly made to feel somewhat inadequate in what I consider  exercise and what they manage to fit into their lives... I'm currently trying to run - something that doesn't...>>>

Read More Masculine moments

Posted on Tue, 21/04/2015

This  link was sent to me by a dear friend, and I've forwarded it on to a number of close female friends as you do!! - but even Rick was laughing as he watched it. Brilliant!! ...>>>

Read More More on Courteney's team

Posted on Mon, 06/04/2015

Lots of queries from people asking how Courteney's racing year is progressing.  Rick spends much time on the computor tracking and analysing race results, and calls me over occasionally when there's something...>>>

Read More Monica Lewinsky at TED

Posted on Sun, 22/03/2015

' House of Cards', and 'The Good Wife', are compulsory viewing in our household. Both  are  TV series with deeply cynical views of the political process, and I have no doubt that  watching  them...>>>

Read More Pepper Palace Cycling Team

Posted on Sat, 14/03/2015

Courteney is back in America,  the team camp is over, and they're at the start of a full on racing calender which  will cover the next few months...  and that means that  here at home from now on it's...>>>

Read More Routeburn

Posted on Sun, 01/03/2015

Hannah has just run the Routeburn. As you do... ...>>>

Read More Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon

Posted on Sat, 21/02/2015

As I write this, both my daughters are far away competing in tough events, and I have no way of knowing how it's going for them, which means I'm pacing around a bit, trying to focus ( unsucessfully!) on other stuff. This...>>>

Read More Coast to Coast

Posted on Sat, 14/02/2015

Been a lazy sort of day, which my head kind of needs in advance of Valentines night...ordinarily on a full night we will do 18 tables or thereabouts, tonite we are going to do closer to 30, and the phones have been ringing...>>>

Read More Totally inspiring

Posted on Thu, 05/02/2015

I have been a fan of the Humans of New York facebook page for a long time now. There is something about the revealing glimpses into peoples live, all of which are framed in a completely non judgemental way, that are totally...>>>

Read More Tussock Traverse

Posted on Sat, 24/01/2015

Hannah is an adventure racer - she enjoys off road, more than she does keeping to the tarmac. And over the years of fronting up to some of her races in support, we've discovered that those multi - sporters are a different...>>>

Read More New year, new...

Posted on Fri, 02/01/2015

A photo taken of Courteney while out on a training ride today... its a new year, and that means a new team and new kit... Contractually she has to wear team appropriate gear when training in public. Her mother is happy because...>>>

Read More A recent interview with Courteney

Posted on Fri, 21/11/2014

Road Cycling  magazine have just done an interview with Courteney which encapsulates the year she's had and her plans for 2015. ...>>>

Read More Christmas baking

Posted on Fri, 21/11/2014

With the Christmas Cookschool series that we do each year, we very deliberately steer away from any traditional approach to Christmas cooking. Partly because we feel that those people who like to stay with traditions, will...>>>

Read More Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50km run

Posted on Sun, 16/11/2014

During our daughters teenage years, we were frequently spending our Saturday and Sunday days, acting as a courier service to sporting events dotted all over the central North Island. Those roles frequently included supplying...>>>

Read More FMTV

Posted on Sat, 01/11/2014

My perspective on what I eat, and why I make those choices has shifted dramatically over the last few years, and is in a continuing state of evolution. As part of that process I watched a number of short documentaries via...>>>

Read More Fascinating!

Posted on Sat, 11/10/2014

The history of the Planet in 18 mins.... ...>>>

Read More Brilliant!

Posted on Tue, 09/09/2014

I am not exactly technologically adverse - I use a smart phone and a computor, and can't now imagine life without them. But I do still prefer to write in my paper diaries in long hand, and I prefer my books to be made...>>>

Read More Extraordinary on every level!

Posted on Mon, 25/08/2014

My breathing is my bete noir - and limits me on a regular basis from making the kind of progress that I'd like too with exercise. Sometimes I feel like I'm taking one step forward and then have a lousy day, which...>>>

Read More Media Bias

Posted on Sat, 02/08/2014

I know I should be big enough to see beyond, but sometimes you read something that just stops you short, and makes you splutter. We had a leisurely start to the day this morning, and had the Herald and the Bay of Plenty Times...>>>

Read More Female Cycling

Posted on Mon, 28/07/2014

The team Courteney races for in the States,  Team Optum, were one of two American teams, chosen to race in La Course, which was a precurser to the men arriving in Paris at the end of the Tour de France. The professional...>>>

Read More Courteney's Team

Posted on Thu, 17/07/2014

This is a very cool video of the team Courteney rides for in America.... ...>>>

Read More An erstwhile friend

Posted on Mon, 05/05/2014

 A supposed friend sent me this photo today , with the statement " I've found us a Tshirt". Whatever did she mean?!?   ...>>>

Read More So, so true!

Posted on Sat, 03/05/2014

Just love this.. more and more in the restaurant we are observing smart phones out on the table with their screens glowing in the dim light, and people using them rather than talking to the people at the table with them....>>>

Read More Hannah's home

Posted on Tue, 08/04/2014

After six and a half years of study, Hannah has applied for and got a job, which to our great delight is here in Tauranga. She and Andrew love the Bay because they are exercise kind of people, and here they can run up...>>>

Read More She's back!

Posted on Sun, 06/04/2014

First major outing for our girl post surgery, and so nice to see her in team kit with a huge smile on her face at the start of the sponsered ride...   ...>>>

Read More Sharp knives

Posted on Fri, 04/04/2014

One of my basic tenements in life, if you will, ( and it doesn't sound too grandiose!), is that women are equal to men - not the same, but equal. And being the mother of two female children, it mattered to me greatly...>>>

Read More Cover of Uno

Posted on Tue, 01/04/2014

The latest copy of Uno has a large photo of Courteney and Anneke (a fellow ex-Otumoetai College student, who is professional tri-athelete), posed and buffed in their training kit. Inside Liz French has written a great article...>>>

Read More Courteney pre-surgery, again!

Posted on Thu, 23/01/2014

Courteney's latest blog kind of captures where she's at - I'm getting asked alot by people how she is, and whats happening, and this kind of says it all......>>>

Read More Putting on the Ritz

Posted on Wed, 15/01/2014

Need a bit of high octane positivety in my life right now, and got sent this by someone who figured it would put a smile on my face, which it has surely done!...>>>

Read More Elite Nationals 2014

Posted on Wed, 08/01/2014

 A few queries from people wanting to know how they can keep track of Courteneys race on Saturday. This is the website that it will be streamed live from, and it starts at midday. Rick is currently dropping her over...>>>

Read More Beyond cute

Posted on Tue, 10/12/2013

Perfect for the start of my day - I've just had to unwedge myself from between the two dogs who bounced into the bedroom and curled up on either side of me on the bed, in the process kind of locking me into position. I love...>>>

Read More Inspirations

Posted on Fri, 08/11/2013

Woke early this morning, and got up to do some work at the computor, rather than lying in bed thinking about it, and  that now means I'm slightly ahead of myself for the day. We have a cookschool on this morning, and...>>>

Read More New website

Posted on Tue, 17/09/2013

Brad has built Courteney a fantastic new website - totally polished and professional looking. Now all she has to do is keep uptodate on the blog writing......>>>

Read More Grace and acceptance

Posted on Fri, 06/09/2013


Read More More inspiring stuff

Posted on Mon, 19/08/2013

Sometimes you listen to what people have to say, and you are reminded that there are some extraordinary human beings out there... and that can go along way to keeping your faith in humankind....>>>

Read More Our girl's on her way home....

Posted on Fri, 16/08/2013

Just home after a busy night in the restaurant, which I was was quite relieved about, because the week up until now, has been very quiet, way too quiet in fact  for my peace of mind. Tonight has reassurred me that people...>>>

Read More A perfect quote

Posted on Tue, 13/08/2013

'A great meal served by warm hearted and generous souls makes you feel as though you've already been hugged and you have an overwhelming need to share the love'   A quote from the latest Ideas in Food blog, that struck...>>>

Read More 2013 Season

Posted on Wed, 31/07/2013

The American racing season is coming to an end, and Courteney will be heading back to NZ in the near future. She's just sent thru this link to a very cool video that someone in the Womens Optum team has made of the year......>>>

Read More An old farmers advice

Posted on Tue, 30/07/2013

The sort of worldly wisdom, that I think more of us should listen to more of the time... Old Farmer's Advice: Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. Life...>>>

Read More I couldn't agree more...

Posted on Thu, 18/07/2013

We are dog people - even though they can be inconvenient, demanding, messy and smelly. We love our dogs, and this pretty much covers most of the reasons, why I prefer to share my life with canine company......>>>

Read More Unlikely friends

Posted on Fri, 12/07/2013

A delightful video, which proves irrefuteably that sometimes creatures who are different can still get on... Just wish I could convince our pooches that the default position on birds isn't that they are automatically to be...>>>

Read More Holy****!!

Posted on Sat, 06/07/2013

I'd just been feeling a little sorry for myself, because I'm currently following a 9 week programme, to get over my inability to run - to be able to breathe and run simultaneously would be rather a wonderful thing for me...>>>

Read More Inspiring stuff

Posted on Fri, 05/07/2013

An article on Jade, one of Courteney's team mates, in her professional team in America. Impossible not to be inspired......>>>

Read More You gotta go!

Posted on Sat, 29/06/2013

Friends in for dinner at the restaurant last night had come from the opening of the Jeff Thomson exhibition at the Tauranga Art Gallery, and showed me the invitation, which included a photo of one of the handbags he's made,...>>>

Read More Le Tour

Posted on Tue, 25/06/2013

Some people may possibly be interested in what is happening with the tennis at Wimbleton over the next little while - some people may even watch it on TV! I can say with perfect surety however, that our family discussions...>>>

Read More Sentiments

Posted on Sat, 15/06/2013

I recieved a card in the mail today, from a lady I am inordinately fond off, over something that happened in the restaurant last week. The sentiments expressed by her in the card, were sweet and much appreciated - but I've...>>>

Read More Ravel's Bolero

Posted on Sat, 18/05/2013

A wonderful rendition of one of my favourite bits of music! - Loved the little boy on the drum......>>>

Read More Damn proud!

Posted on Thu, 11/04/2013

We had some friends in the restaurant last night who were enquiring as to Courteneys progress in the States, and I was explaining to them that she and her team had been in a large Tour at the weekend, the Redlands Cycling...>>>

Read More San Dimas

Posted on Tue, 26/03/2013

Courteney's year of racing in America has begun - which means my husband spends a reasonable amount of time on the computor, analysing results, and races, and tracking down photos. Sometimes I think he knows more about whats...>>>

Read More Great advice.

Posted on Sat, 23/02/2013

Yet another hot, dry day - part of the continuum of this amazing summer we're having...I'm about to head out for a walk, to clear my head before what is going to be a busy service tonight. We're slightly understaffed out...>>>

Read More More on Courteney

Posted on Fri, 22/02/2013

Lots of queries from people about  what 2013 holds for both our girls, and  where Courteney is concerned I often wish I had a computor handy at the restaurant, to show people a series of photos like in  this...>>>

Read More Dog

Posted on Wed, 20/02/2013

Had been reading a serious article on the shrinking birthrates happening in America, Germany and Japan, and the economic implications that that potentially has, in years to come, and flicking quickly thru the Comments, where...>>>

Read More Team Optum

Posted on Thu, 14/02/2013

Courteney will be just about be finishing her 2 week training stint with her team, in Califonia. She flies home on Sunday, to get in another 5 weeks or so of intense training before heading back to America and the start of...>>>

Read More Elites on TV

Posted on Tue, 12/02/2013

Courteney has just sent thru a request to get good friends of ours to tape the Sky TV coverage of  the Elite National Road Champs, so she can watch it when she gets home next week. It includes coverage of both the male...>>>

Read More Another rant - as you do!

Posted on Mon, 04/02/2013

We went over to the Mount this am, not that there was much view from the top, with such low lying cloud ? but given how much we all need the moisture for the parched earth, I decided not to mind too much. Usually the good...>>>

Read More Ricks happy place!

Posted on Fri, 25/01/2013

Rick and Hannah have just been out for a run, and coming home they cut thru the back of the restaurant and encountered by chance a couple who'd driven their car across the section and were loading a large bag of plums that...>>>

Read More Unacceptable losses

Posted on Wed, 16/01/2013

I happen to think that this woman is the best essayist out there - I impatiently wait for her to post her once a month article, and always read with pleasure. As usual, she has nailed the issues of guns in America with frank...>>>

Read More She did it!

Posted on Mon, 14/01/2013

 Just had a good nights sleep in our own bed, after a whirlwind trip to Chch to watch National Elites. Courteney had an amazing race, and we are simply thrilled for her! We had catered a wedding the evening before...>>>

Read More Elite Nationals coverage

Posted on Fri, 11/01/2013

As a by the by, for those interested in following the race live, this is the link to the website where the feed will be happening. Courteneys road race, the Elite Women's, starts at midday, Saturday 12th....>>>

Read More Update on Courteney

Posted on Thu, 10/01/2013

Have just sent out the electronic version of the newsletter - the hardcopy one will have to wait until Simpson Print come back from holiday on Monday, but wanted to lock in the dates for the next cookschool series, and knew...>>>

Read More Christmas Cards are not what they were!

Posted on Fri, 21/12/2012

I went over to the restaurant about 10am this morning to have a cup of coffee with Rick and go over a couple of things for lunch service today, and 2 hours later I've flicked back over to the house to have a quick shower...>>>

Read More Courteney re-signed.

Posted on Thu, 06/12/2012

Offiicial notification that Courteney has been re - signed by Team Optum, to race in America again next year. Exciting stuff for her, especially since they will also now be UCI accredited, which means the team can join races...>>>

Read More Inspiring stuff

Posted on Thu, 29/11/2012

I had a crap walk/run this morning - head just not in the right space, and didn't feel good out there, and didn't like the fact that I didn't feel good out there, so came home feeling a bit sorry for myself. And then watched...>>>

Read More The Intouchables

Posted on Mon, 12/11/2012

We went to see this movie last night, and it was a magical experience. A wonderful, uplifting delight. Two male protaganists from completely diverse backgrounds, who are both at heart, essentially nice people, and who ultimately...>>>

Read More Coffee and cake

Posted on Sun, 11/11/2012

Nice! We didn?t reset the restaurant at the end of service last night, because Courteney had invited the Tauranga Cycling Club, to come by after the Sunday morning ride, to have  coffee and cake and listen to her...>>>

Read More American President

Posted on Thu, 08/11/2012

I came back over to the house last night with a rather too large glass of wine, to read the round up of the election results, knowing by then that President Obama was definitely back in, but wondering if some of the remarkably...>>>

Read More Cooking smells

Posted on Tue, 06/11/2012

I have just come back over to the house after rolling out 100 small savoury rugalachs for a catering job we have on tonight. I was getting the vibe from my husband that he was feeling a bit under pressure, so I volunteered...>>>

Read More Rio

Posted on Wed, 10/10/2012

Hannah, Courteney and I went round to visit Maree this morning and to get our first peek at Rio, her month old son. Anna Mae, the vivacious two year old sister made sure that we didn't overdo the amount of attention directed...>>>

Read More Hannah's Convocation 2012

Posted on Thu, 04/10/2012

Postgrad diploma capping... We think she's pretty impressive!    ...>>>

Read More Brillant writing

Posted on Thu, 13/09/2012

This series of articles  kept me sane, ( I had time to read them all...),  while waiting for hours in St Georges hospital in Christchurch for my youngest daughter to reappear after having  had surgery earlier...>>>

Read More Motivation

Posted on Sat, 08/09/2012

I had to apply a little internal pressure to get myself out the door this morning to go over to the Mount for some exercise. Rick and Courteney were heading out for a ride, and I figured the morning would be a good time for...>>>

Read More A cheat or not?

Posted on Tue, 28/08/2012

We had friends for dinner on Sunday nite, and one hadn't really got her foot in the door before she was quizzing Rick as to his opinion on whether or not Lance Armstrong was a drug cheat, given all the publicity over the...>>>

Read More Spring

Posted on Tue, 28/08/2012

Spring IS coming... ...>>>

Read More Brian Turner

Posted on Thu, 23/08/2012

Liked the interview with Brian Turner in the Herald this morning. A man who says much, succinctly.   I have faith that 'emotion and reason will get you to a place of genuine feeling. Vulnerability is what I've felt...>>>

Read More Courteney's team

Posted on Thu, 23/08/2012

 Courteneys year of racing in America  is about to come to an end, and she is heading home next week. We have both our daughters due home actually, becos Hannah and Andrew will currently be getting on a plane in...>>>

Read More Weight of the Nation

Posted on Sun, 03/06/2012

A lady I'm very fond of, came in for dinner at Somerset the other nite, and as I moved to greet her in the bar, I wondered what it was that was different about her. Hadn't seen her in awhile, and somehow there was something...>>>

Read More Autumnal musings

Posted on Tue, 22/05/2012

Everywhere you turn at the moment, you are beset by leaves - great shoals of dried leaves which waft across the road from the line of pin oaks and congregate in our carpark .Likewise the magnolia on the house side is currently...>>>

Read More A clever idea and the best TV show ever

Posted on Thu, 17/05/2012

Got an animated email from our older daughter earlier in the week exclaiming over a food box that she'd just signed up for which she is going to get weekly. Smart business idea I thought - although possibly you'd need the...>>>

Read More More racing..

Posted on Sat, 05/05/2012

Courteney is currently racing in the Tour of Gila which is in New Mexico, and Ricks found this series of photos of the second stage that was raced yesterday and which give a feel for what she's experiencing. Lots of climbs...>>>

Read More Courteney won at Foothills!

Posted on Tue, 24/04/2012

Copied from the Team Optum website - thats our girl in the middle!! Women Sweep Podium at Foothills Classic   An orange and black sweep at the Foothills Classic road race. Meanwhile, back on American soil,...>>>

Read More New road rules

Posted on Thu, 22/03/2012

We had some special customers in the other nite who I hadn't seen in awhile, so there was much catchup chat as the evening progressed. Pauline always has the duck, but doesn't like it with any bones, so all staff are alerted...>>>

Read More A frog...

Posted on Tue, 20/03/2012

Late Sunday afternoon, after we'd finally encouraged the last table from Michelle Richardsons lunch to leave, close to 6pm, Rick and I headed up to very special friends, who farm up the top of Whakamarama. People who matter...>>>

Read More Daughters racing

Posted on Sat, 17/03/2012

Both our daughters are racing this weekend - Hannah and Andrew are in a team in the 24 hour Arc Race up at the tip of the Coromandel, and Courteney has the time trial stage of the San Dimas Tour in California. I've been...>>>

Read More Courteney in Florida

Posted on Mon, 12/03/2012

Our day yesterday was planned around being able to sit at the computor from 1pm and watch a livestream of the first race Courteney has had in the States this year. It was a Criterium which isn't her preferred form of road...>>>

Read More Can't help myself!

Posted on Thu, 01/03/2012

Apologies! - but Rick, who spends hours on the computor keeping up to date with racing results, has just alerted me to a new photo of our daughter in her team kit in America. Click on her photo - and you get the girl, looking...>>>

Read More Courteneys blog

Posted on Thu, 23/02/2012

I am delaying going over to the restaurant becos it is currently hosing down, and I don't want to get my recently washed hair wet - otherwise it will go all frizzy! These things matter, ok?!! We have a leak in the restaurant...>>>

Read More Time to have a wee boast..

Posted on Fri, 10/02/2012

Courteney left for America on Monday. She is going to be based in North Carolina this year, but first she's gone direct to LA and straight into a 2 week training camp with her team. Last year she was based in Texas. Going...>>>

Read More Classic Flyers Airshow

Posted on Mon, 30/01/2012

I was given a flight as a birthday present last year - the son of good friends who's training to be a pilot was going to take me up in a little Cherokee for a swish around the region. Couldn't have been less enthusiastic...>>>

Read More Team Optum

Posted on Sun, 29/01/2012

Finally! They've formally announced the team Courteney is racing for in the States this year - Team Optum - a renamed ( becos of new sponsers), Colavita, previously one of the top teams. Our girl flies out in just over a...>>>

Read More Photos of Courteney racing

Posted on Fri, 20/01/2012

Professional cycling has become Courteneys life, and her calender year revolves around the major Tours. On Boxing Day she flew down to Nelson for the Tour de Vineyards, and from there she headed on to Christchurch for the...>>>

Read More Appropriate cartoon

Posted on Thu, 19/01/2012


Read More An ode to Ali

Posted on Thu, 19/01/2012

I am currently sitting writing the addresses on my second box of envelopes for those people who still want to recieve the newsletter by conventional mail. It takes me about two and a half hours to do a box, and is something...>>>

Read More Family heading home

Posted on Sun, 08/01/2012

My husband came home today, and I have both my daughters heading home tomorrow , one from Christchurch and one from National Park, and tomorrow night I'll cook dinner and we'll all sit round the table and talk about stuff,...>>>

Read More Elite Nationals

Posted on Sat, 07/01/2012

I am beyond excited! Courteney has just ( literally only moments ago!) got 2nd in the Road race at Elite Nationals. I'm waiting for Rick to ring me back - he's videoing the medal ceremony at the moment I think,. I've been...>>>

Read More Toddler violinist

Posted on Tue, 29/11/2011

My dentist plays Andre Rieu DVDs when I'm in the chair, and I've never quite had the heart to tell Kevin that I find Andre just  too nice for my somewhat prickly sensibilities.  However, that said, even I had to...>>>

Read More Warning signs

Posted on Sat, 26/11/2011

This is appropos of nothing really, but some of the following photos of warning signs came thru in an email from a gentleman who's delightful sense of humour causes me many a chuckle at my desk... These somewhat took my...>>>

Read More Men In the Kitchen

Posted on Sat, 26/11/2011

I really do need to go for a walk, becos have a group coming in early tonite and need to be back in time to feel organised... But before I brace myself to do battle with the wind, I've been trying to sort thru my inbox and...>>>

Read More Oil Spill

Posted on Thu, 13/10/2011

For your information, if you haven't already recieved this email from sources at the  meeting. I think we all want to do something concrete to help: Good morning all   A number of us from Coastguard attended...>>>

Read More The Raffle draw

Posted on Sun, 09/10/2011

The raffle has been drawn. Our lawyer came out and did the honours over a glass of pinot and general chat, and drew the name John and Glenis Cronin, out of the box. A huge thankyou to everyone who bought tickets - the response...>>>

Read More Team Somerset

Posted on Sun, 09/10/2011

The Motu Challenge which our family competed in yesterday,  is a classic example of a multisport event in this country that attracts a wide range of people, from top athletes thru to the weekend adventurers who enjoy...>>>

Read More Motu - 2011

Posted on Fri, 07/10/2011

We are all about to head out the door, on our way to Ohope where we stay overnite in a friends house, and leave before dawn to be in Opotiki at the start of the Motu Challenge. The family team has a slightly different...>>>

Read More Hannahs Capping

Posted on Sat, 24/09/2011

Well thats a pain! I've just wandered over to the restaurant to make myself a needed cup of coffee, and Craig, who's doing his prep in the morning so he can play soccer this afternoon, tells me that he has some bad news....>>>

Read More Morecombe and Wise

Posted on Wed, 21/09/2011

Doug sent me this. It pasted a great big smile on my face as I worked my way thru the various company returns that I had to file with the Companies Office. As you do! I just wish I had that level of energy first thing in...>>>

Read More Tarnished Frocks and Divas

Posted on Thu, 15/09/2011

My throat is still feeling a bit sore this morning, after a delightful evening of chat and laughter and general enjoyment down at Mills Reef for the 'Tarnished Frocks and Divas' show. I'd never been to the show before -...>>>

Read More Home of Cycling

Posted on Thu, 15/09/2011

Great news! A text came thru from Errol Newlands last nite saying that Waikato had managed to win the contract  to provide a world class velodrome. A determined group of special people have toiled incredibly hard to...>>>

Read More A bike link

Posted on Thu, 08/09/2011

Flash mobs are all the rage - and Ricks just pointed me in the direction of this one, which is quite appropriate for our family.' I want to ride my bicycle'. The skill and control of those young riders is just extraordinary.... And...>>>

Read More Coffee ads

Posted on Wed, 07/09/2011

These extracts from coffee advertisements in the 50s are a useful reminder of why I'm quite adamant about the fact that I am most definitely a feminist, and will always be one, even though I often get told that theres no...>>>

Read More I am Woman: hear me roar

Posted on Sun, 04/09/2011

Home alone. Husband and Courteney left home at 7am this morning for a 5 hour bike ride as you do, so its just me, the dogs, Sunday papers, and the sun on my back. Not so bad really! Never bother too much with the Sport...>>>

Read More Road Cycling website

Posted on Thu, 25/08/2011

The Road Cycling website has just contacted Courteney asking for her thoughts on how her international racing year has gone. For those interested, a link to the article......>>>

Read More Downhill Urban bike racing in Chile

Posted on Wed, 13/07/2011


Read More Hannahs ARC video

Posted on Tue, 05/07/2011

I wondered what Hannah was watching this morning on her computor and joined her in time to catch the spectacular approach to Whiritoa beach that had been our introduction to her ARC race this year. This link is to the video...>>>

Read More Courteneys home tomorrow!

Posted on Sat, 02/07/2011

The Kitchenaid is currently whipping up a buttercream, ( I love the way the Kitchenaid whips butter - it gets it so light and white). I've made orange cupcakes for Courteneys birthday cake, and will ice them shortly and smoother...>>>

Read More Maungatautari Challenge

Posted on Sun, 12/06/2011

Much against my preferred instincts, I had to get out of bed at 5am yesterday in order to be over in the Waikato for the start of the Maungatautari multisport race that Hannah and Andrew were competing in. My lack of enthusiasm...>>>

Read More Done and dusted

Posted on Tue, 07/06/2011

The Liberty Classic is done and dusted - Courteney finished a very respectable 13th, with her fellow Kiwi Team mate Kate in 12th place. This link is to a series of photos of the race, and if I've done it right the one you'll...>>>

Read More Photography Classes

Posted on Fri, 03/06/2011

Since my photography class on Tuesday, I've been taking lots of photos at different times of the day to try and get my head around the concept of white balance. Gone are the days when I'd simply turn on the camera and point...>>>

Read More Liberty Classic

Posted on Fri, 03/06/2011

Courteney has been in America since early March, and is there for another month. All the racing she has been doing to date is building up to the Liberty Classic,  the premier female  race in the American cycling...>>>

Read More Tour de Grove

Posted on Fri, 20/05/2011

Courteneys just sent us thru some photos of the 4 day Criterium tour which they competed in at St Louis. The final stage resulted in some drama and a broken wheel, with her running across the line to finish. She was part...>>>

Read More Kaimai Classi - 2011

Posted on Mon, 16/05/2011

Multi sporters are a different breed. I'm not quite sure how to describe it exactly, but over the years I've observed quite a cultural difference between the atmosphere at most cycling or triathelete events, and what happens...>>>

Read More Criterion Racing

Posted on Mon, 16/05/2011

Kate Chilcott is the friend that Courteney has travelled to the States with. They are very literally, eating, sleeping and racing together, and in that intense environment, managing to our very great delight to stay friends. They've...>>>

Read More A funeral

Posted on Thu, 12/05/2011

We went to a funeral in Whakatane today. Driving down the weather conditions were atrocious, and there were a couple of points where I wondered if we should give up and turn around and come home. But we perservered, getting...>>>

Read More Joe Martin Tour in Arkansas

Posted on Sun, 08/05/2011

Just been skyped by Courteney who's about to go to bed after a big day in which she had a fantastic result in the first stage ( of 4) of the Joe Martin Tour. Ricks out on his bike currently and will be gutted that he missed...>>>

Read More Superdune race

Posted on Tue, 03/05/2011

I hate to confess that I've run away from the restaurant to come home to do some knitting. Bought myself a pattern and some wool today, and sat down just before I headed over to the restaurant earlier, to see if I could remember...>>>

Read More Being blind

Posted on Sun, 01/05/2011

With the style of restaurant that Somerset is, we get to deal with a wide range of people in our daily business life, and in general the vast majority of people who come thru the door, have done so, intent on enjoying themselves,...>>>

Read More No excuses left.

Posted on Fri, 15/04/2011

I came home from the restaurant about 9pm last nite, with a glass of pinot ( Michelle Richardson's actually!) in hand, keen to continue with my clearing out of all the office memoribililia that I've accumulated thru the years. Boxes...>>>

Read More Alabama Racing

Posted on Sun, 10/04/2011

Oh the excitement!! Rick and I have just got up and are contemplating a leisurely breakfast over the Sunday papers, before we head to the table to 'do' the hard copy newsletter, and get it all folded and in the envelopes...>>>

Read More Bring me sunshine

Posted on Sat, 09/04/2011

Something to make you smile, I hope! Today has been glorious - the sun has shone all day, and I've spent a pleasant number of hours doing the addresses on the envelopes for the hard copy version of the latest newsletter...>>>

Read More You know you're from Christchurch when...

Posted on Sun, 27/03/2011

I am just waiting for Rick who's flicked over to the supermarket to get the Sunday papers to return, and will spend the next couple of hours happily ensconsed reading the papers. We've done a cookschool today, and the people...>>>

Read More Courteneys first Tour

Posted on Fri, 25/03/2011

I will get over my daughters I promise! Am conscious that this week has been a procession of blogs regarding their sporting prowess, and I promise that the chest thumbing will come to an end, but before I do that I thought...>>>

Read More Photos from the ARC

Posted on Mon, 21/03/2011

Hannah has just sent me thru this link to photos from the Arc race at the weekend in which her team got 2nd. Have I mentioned that I think she's bloody amazing!! PS That link won't work, so after many emails backwards and...>>>

Read More The Arc

Posted on Sat, 19/03/2011

I was 'encouraged' out of bed much earlier than is my norm this morning, so that we could get up to Whangamata to see Hannah and her team at the start of the 24 hour Arc Multisport Race. Not being an enthusiastic early...>>>

Read More Two Gorgeous Young Women!

Posted on Tue, 15/03/2011

I had to miss my photography class today. Courteney was flying out to the States and there was never really, any serious discussion about me not being there to farewell her at Auckland airport, even if that meant I missed...>>>

Read More Womens Tour of NZ

Posted on Mon, 28/02/2011

I probably should be starting another blog category, specifically to deal with my daughters sporting prowess, becos I think this one seems to revolve pretty much around their undertakings, which was not my original intention. It...>>>

Read More Manure

Posted on Sat, 19/02/2011

Hannah and Andrew are home for the weekend, and as if by pavlovian instinct I've been cooking. My daughters come home, therefore I cook! I just do... Took the batter for the carrot cake over to the restaurant kitchen where...>>>

Read More Te Rev 2011

Posted on Sat, 19/02/2011

Rick and I are just pausing before we head out to take the food round for Marees wedding. Maree is an old staff member - she worked with us back in the early 90's, and then headed overseas. Shes now back and happily ensconsced...>>>

Read More Cracked pot

Posted on Wed, 16/02/2011

OK!  So I know this is soppy, and maybe its just the nice mellow mood, that the cookschool we've just done has put me in,  but somehow it encapsulates sweetly my sentiments on the need to be able to be happy with...>>>

Read More Free hugs.

Posted on Wed, 16/02/2011

Something to make you smile.... ( I hope!)   Incidently where this was filmed is not far from where we'll be doing our cookschools in 2012. Must go and check a map......>>>

Read More Courteney on the Radio

Posted on Thu, 10/02/2011

 A heads up on the fact that Courteney is riding a tandem with Brian Kelly in the Classic Hits radio station ( 95fm), tomorrow - Friday 11th - at 7am. The riding will be stationary, presumabley on a spinner, the way...>>>

Read More Courteney's Blog

Posted on Tue, 01/02/2011

Have just been reading the latest newsletter from Koops Cycle - the cycle shop that my husband and daughters have such high regard for - and Phil had done a link to Courteneys latest blog on Elite Nationals, becos Koops and...>>>

Read More South Island Visit

Posted on Fri, 21/01/2011

Up early this morning, to get the newsletter done and dusted. We've been away for a few days, and I was very conscious that we needed to get the hard copy version of the letter out in the mail, and as always, a sense of relief...>>>

Read More The Christmas Story

Posted on Sun, 26/12/2010

I know I've mentioned previously that I'm not religious - but oh!, this is simply irresistible!! The link has just been sent to me by  a very special friend who we haven't seen in ages, and who is now about to be on...>>>

Read More My Motto

Posted on Wed, 22/12/2010

Just read this in an article in the Listener, on Happiness, and I've decided I'd quite like to adopt it as my motto...not that I'm especially a motto kind of person... but just rather warmed to its perspective. I quote Armando...>>>

Read More Superficiality

Posted on Sat, 04/12/2010

I read alot, simply becos its something I enjoy to do. Reading extends my horizons, gives me stuff to chew over mentally, and that is a process I have always done, since as long as I can remember. I find I can gain so much...>>>

Read More Spam

Posted on Mon, 15/11/2010

There is nothing that pisses me of more than a phone call at home that I bestir myself to answer only to discover that it is a telemarketer talking in barely intelligible english. My  rejection  of the call and...>>>

Read More Life

Posted on Wed, 03/11/2010

I must buy this book. Everything I read about it, this included, makes it sound like a fascinating description of an extraordinary life. Not totally sure why I feel that way, but I do......>>>

Read More Worlds

Posted on Sun, 03/10/2010

The race is over, and I can start breathing normally again. The girl is safe... Didn't have the race she wanted but sometimes that happens. She'd been battling a cold all week, and you don't start in a field of that calibre,...>>>

Read More UCI World Road Cycyling Championships Geelong, 2010

Posted on Fri, 01/10/2010

 We have tried! Oh , how we have tried to figure a way that we can watch the Elite Womens Road race tom live, but it isn't going to happen. I'm told that if I had an iphone or an ipad it would be easier, so thats something...>>>

Read More Ricks accident

Posted on Wed, 15/09/2010

Am just about to head out for a quick walk around the neighbourhood to clear my head, before I get in the car and drive back over to Waikato Hospital where my husband has been domiciled since Saturdays accident. Getting to...>>>

Read More Coromandel Classic

Posted on Mon, 30/08/2010

  One of the unexpected side issues of my children and husband's propensity for sporting endeavour is that we get to end up spending time in parts of the country that we wouldn't necessarily get to see in the ordinary...>>>

Read More Cheap flights

Posted on Thu, 26/08/2010

Being not terribly experienced in the art of international travel, we were somewhat taken aback on our last big overseas trip when we flew from Paris to Cork on Air Lingus, and were expected to pay cash up front on board...>>>

Read More Sprint finish

Posted on Mon, 23/08/2010

      Drove up to Auckland yesterday to watch Courteney race in the Auckland K1000, and the photo above is of the sprint finish between her and Melissa Holt - with the rest of the field some distance back. Courteney...>>>

Read More Strawberries

Posted on Sat, 24/07/2010

Matt, one of our kitchen team has just come over to house with a container of strawberry plants that his mother promised me. Kim had split her plants and ended up with a number surplus, and offered them to me. Delighted...>>>

Read More Video of the Motu

Posted on Tue, 18/05/2010

The local Kaimai Classic multisport race was on last weekend, and for the first time in a number of years, none of our family was in attendance. Hannah had been planning on doing the whole thing herself, and we were support...>>>

Read More Canine relatives

Posted on Tue, 20/04/2010

As I pontificated about at length last year, we had a litter of puppies a year ago to the day - one of the more stressful, but ultimately satisfying experiences that we've been thru. And definitely one that qualifies for...>>>

Read More Te A

Posted on Sat, 03/04/2010

Our daughter is currently racing in the 3 day Te A Tour, and this has just been written about her on the website after the first day racing...   The women?s race provided the excitement for the spectators at the finish,...>>>

Read More Kururau Krusher

Posted on Sat, 13/03/2010

I am truly shattered. We were up before 3am this am in order to head down to Taumaranui to support Hannah and Andrew in the Kararau Krusher - a multi sport event. A long day was had by all - but once again my offspring...>>>

Read More A Boast!

Posted on Fri, 26/02/2010

Courteney is currently in Wellington, racing in the 5 day international Womens Tour of New Zealand. To our enormous pride, she was picked to replace Alison Shanks who pulled out of the National Team, and she is currently...>>>

Read More Bev May

Posted on Mon, 22/02/2010

I'm just heating up the oven to cook a tomato tart for lunch. Each trip down to the vegetable patch at the moment is yielding copious quantites of tomatoes, and I'm having to come up with inventive ways of using them. Not,...>>>

Read More A whinge

Posted on Thu, 14/01/2010

We've had a really good nite in the restaurant, and I've flicked back over to the house feeling nice and mellow, to watch the finish of the Elite National Road Cycling Championships. Tonite was the male race, and its always...>>>

Read More Elite Nationals

Posted on Sun, 10/01/2010

I mentioned in the electronic version of the newsletter which went out last nite ( the hard copy one takes a little longer to get out there - I'll be doing the envelopes for it,  for the rest of today, and Simpson Print...>>>

Read More Grown up puppies

Posted on Wed, 06/01/2010

It is a glorious day - sunny and still. We went up the Mount this morning, and came home to breakfast at the out side table, far from the maddening crowds at the Mount. There doesn't appear to be any visual sign of the holiday...>>>

Read More Resolutions

Posted on Mon, 04/01/2010

I'm not especially a fan of New Years Resolutions, but Chris sent me thru this little annotation at the weekend, and I decided it wouldn't be too bad a philosophy to attempt to adhere too over the coming year...   TWO...>>>

Read More Christmas 09

Posted on Sat, 26/12/2009

    Christmas Day on the beach! God we live in a beautiful place!...>>>

Read More The Daily Beast

Posted on Tue, 22/12/2009

I'm just about to head over to the restaurant for dinner service, but have been sitting at my desk answering some emails, and catching up on some  reading, and that led me to this website, which is one I check in on...>>>

Read More Christmas Baking

Posted on Sat, 14/11/2009

I'm having a baking kind of day, which is sitting very comfortably with me. Ricks searching for inspiration in some cookbooks for some menu changes, and we've had a discussion about various aspects of that, and I've left...>>>

Read More Frustration of bureaucracy

Posted on Sun, 08/11/2009

  I'm not enough of a techy to be able to show you the photos which came with this email from a dear friend - but thats OK, cos for me the humour in the piece was all about the words. As one who is constantly mesmerised...>>>

Read More Club Road Cycling Nationals

Posted on Mon, 26/10/2009

Back at my desk, after a very pleasant week away. Just been over at the restaurant sorting and restocking wine, and working out ordering lists. We're heading up to Auckland later this afternoon, to take Hannah and her boyfriend...>>>

Read More Screen saver

Posted on Sat, 17/10/2009

My computor, which is the business computor, is on my desk, ( naturally enough!),  which is in the hallway by our bedroom door. Our house only has 3 bedrooms, and even though both our daughters have left home this year,...>>>

Read More Motu - 2009

Posted on Sun, 11/10/2009

The family did it again! The Motu Challenge yesterday, was run in bleak, cold, blustery conditions and the team performed magnificantly. They even went as far as improving on last years time, which given the conditions, was...>>>

Read More My ring

Posted on Sat, 22/08/2009

We are at the tail end of a Saturday nite - all mains are out and most tables are on coffee, so I've beaten a retreat to the house becos I've become redundant. Its been an early nite, cos the All Blacks are playing in Australia,...>>>

Read More Apples

Posted on Thu, 06/08/2009

I have pretty much given up on eating apples over the last few years. Almost invariably they would be disapointingly floury textured when I bit in. Nothing like the ones I remember we used to get from an apple farm in Carterton,...>>>

Read More The puppies have left home

Posted on Mon, 15/06/2009

Been a big kind of day. We drove down to Turangi with our last 2 puppies in order to rendevous with people who were driving up from Paraparumu and Palmerston North to take them home. I felt like we were engaged in some kind...>>>

Read More More on Puppies

Posted on Fri, 22/05/2009

The puppies are growing up rapidly, and we are  into a nice sort of routine that isn't quite as fraught as the first few weeks. I  now understand why people looked at us sideways, when we mentioned casually that...>>>

Read More Puppies!

Posted on Fri, 24/04/2009

The puppies are here, and have quite successfully turned Rick and I into gooey eyed bores!. They are simply the most beautifully adorable things I've ever seen. Kazza is proving to be a spectacular mother - the power of the...>>>

Read More Waiting for puppies

Posted on Wed, 15/04/2009

My siblings and I, all had to do Speech and Drama when we were growing up. Something I never showed any real aptitude for, being the type of personality who is too rooted in my present to ever be able to indulge in the flights...>>>

Read More Te A Tour

Posted on Tue, 14/04/2009

We've just had a huge weekend, and its had absolutely nothing to do with the Jazz Festival that has filled Tauranga and the Mount with happy people. Rick and I didn't get to see any of the music, becos we were heading over...>>>

Read More The Specialness of Dogs...

Posted on Tue, 24/03/2009

I tried to send this link in the newsletter that I sent out electronically today, but something didn't transpute and it didn't work. I think its too cute not to pass on, so, for those who love dogs and need them in their...>>>

Read More Why would you?!

Posted on Sat, 14/03/2009

I have just had a wee afternoon siesta - the dogs and I, becos I seemed to be wilting a bit. Both my daughters came home yesterday, Courteney to stay for the weekend. Shes picking up her time trial bike at the moment,( having...>>>

Read More Home alone!

Posted on Sat, 28/02/2009

Both our daughters left home this week - Hannah returning to Auckland for her second year of study, and Courteney going to Waikato where she will study and train. She is happily ensconced in Bryant Hall I'm happy to now report,...>>>

Read More Mating our pooch

Posted on Fri, 20/02/2009

We had a cookschool today - we're now well into the current series, and we're enjoying the food and the people. And the wine, Mt Difficulty Target Gully Riesling. One of my life's missions is to try to convince people that...>>>

Read More Digital Photography

Posted on Tue, 03/02/2009

I have spent a reasonable amount of today flicking back thru old photographs - both on the computor and in a box under my desk. Digital photography constantly amazes me with both its immediacy in terms of the gratification...>>>

Read More Trout Fishing

Posted on Wed, 17/12/2008

I am currently writing the electronic letter for December,  which I'll send out shortly, something I seldom do in one hit. Normally I need a couple of drafts and a bit of time in between, just to ponder what I've written....>>>

Read More A witty email...

Posted on Fri, 05/12/2008

The below was sent to me by a friend, and elicited a chuckle , becos in these overtly politically correct days when we try to please everyone and end up pleasing no-one, I often ponder the simplicity of a benign dictatorship...    ...>>>

Read More Roses

Posted on Wed, 12/11/2008

A friend who has a very established, and quite stunning rose garden dropt me in a bunch of 'Just Joey" last week - huge blooms with a perfume that filled the restaurant. They attracted a massive amount of comment, and I now...>>>

Read More Courteney at Nationals

Posted on Mon, 27/10/2008

Labour weekend, and its been a busy one which is nice. Closed today as usual on a Monday, and Rick and I went over to the Mount as we normally do, only to find it occupied by most of the rest of NZ who were all keen to get...>>>

Read More Motu Challenge - October 2008

Posted on Sun, 12/10/2008

Let me take you for a pictorial explanation of yesterday, when my family and Ash Hough competed in the Motu Challenge - a gruelling multi sport event that encompasses a 70km mountain bike leg; a 17km off road run; a 52 road...>>>

Read More Floral Artistry

Posted on Sat, 13/09/2008

Rick and Courteney are over in the Waikato doing a club race at Morrinsville - Rick racing with some elite male riders, and I know he won't be able to help himself but attempt to keep up, or kill himself in the process -...>>>

Read More Wintertime musing

Posted on Tue, 15/07/2008

Tuesday is both the start of the restaurant week, and my bookwork day. We don't do lunches on Tuesday - its a day to get organised for the week to come, which involves for me,  clearing and responding to the answerphone;...>>>

Read More Wedding Anniversay Time

Posted on Tue, 29/01/2008

Actually our wedding anniversary isn't until the 8 Feb, but with various things happening prior to that, we decided to escape up to Auckland for a couple of days of relaxing and eating out and enjoying each others company. Our...>>>

Read More Christmas Wishes

Posted on Tue, 18/12/2007

As I sit at my desk emailing thru changes to the wine list, and ordering a tea delivery from Tea Total, and filling in the wage schedule to fax thru to the bank, and debating whether I should zap over to the supermarket now...>>>

Read More Re adjustment to normal life

Posted on Mon, 05/11/2007

Put on some high heels and went out for dinner with my husband tonite to Astrolabe. Had been planning on taking our daughters also, but they both declined becos of study committments, and since exams are looming, and I've...>>>

Read More All about Hannah

Posted on Sun, 20/05/2007

We have 2 daughters - one, who will be 18 in Oct and one who turned 16 in March. They are about as different as 2 females born reasonably close together, and both from the same gene pool can be. Hannah, the eldest, takes...>>>

Read More My First Blog

Posted on Wed, 31/01/2007

By virtue of the fact that my life is pretty busy - I don't get to spend much time, cruising the internet reading other peoples blogs, but the ones that I have got connected too, have convinced me, that the internet is an...>>>

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