Sunday, May 20, 2018


The Broadcast started at 9 p.m. and the actual wedding not until 10 p.m. so we did not expect to watch it.  We watched an earlier programme at 7 p.m. on the first 100 days of  Meghan's introduction to Royal Life.  We did not watch the following hour long programme about the planning for the wedding but at 9 p.m. I put the television on again to have a look at the build up to the wedding.  We were so enthralled we watched until 12.30 a.m. when they were driving through Windsor.

Meghan looked radiant in a lovely simple dress and I particularly like her small bouquet and read this morning that it was made out of flowers that Prince Harry had picked.

The sermon by the Reverend Bishop Michael Curry was all about LOVE and stole the show.

We wish them the very best for a Long and Happy Life together.

Monday, May 14, 2018


The Quarry Gardens is a subtropical garden in an old quarry created by volunteers.  It is where we went for our weekly Parkinson's walk this morning.  Doug stayed home as his neck is still very sore. One can walk around the gardens themselves or up the hill and I went with the smaller group who tackled the hill.

There was fog in the morning at home which had cleared but as I drove the short distance to the Gardens it got thicker but quickly dispersed to leave a lovely sunny day.

There was work going on at the top of the carpark so instead of going across the bridge I was able to photograph it and the gardens behind.  Going up the hill I didn't get to walk through the actual gardens.

Before we went up we saw the new sculpture by Chris Booth

 Whangarei Quarry Gardens was generously gifted funds by a local philanthropist to go towards a permanent sculpture for the gardens.

Gardens manager David McDermott said the sculpture represented a new chapter in the gardens' story, one which staff, trustees and volunteers were excited about.
"The impressive scale, considered materiality and symbolic kaupapa of this work aligns beautifully with the gardens' aesthetic and vision. We wholeheartedly thank the donor for her generosity. We also thank Chris and Rata for sharing their passion and craft while on the site at the gardens," McDermott said. 

Booth said the piece was fifth in a global series of Varder living sculptures. Varder is an old Nordic word for cairn.
Varder I and Varder II were built in Denmark in 1998, 20 years ago, and are still being consumed by the greatest recycler, fungi, as planned.
Varder I had moved only about one metre in that time.
Varder III and Varder IV are in the Netherlands, III is 14 years old and IV is 2 years old.

We got high up quite quickly.  Our cars look small looking down.

Friday, May 11, 2018


Doug has now painted Sophie's gate at the front door.  Very useful in keeping her in when deliveries are made.  He has also painted the two lighthouses he made.  He stopped today to get the lawns mowed before the rain came and also went to the Osteopath as he has hurt his neck somewhere along the line doing the painting.  The rain did come - not sure if it is still raining as it is dark now but it is forecast to continue for the weekend with a heavy rain warning for tomorrow.

Before and after with the dog gate repainted.

and the repainted lighthouses that Doug made.


There is still the gate to paint when the weather clears as long as his neck improves.

Monday, May 7, 2018


Yesterday was our First Wedding Anniversary.  How time flies.  Friends took us out for a delicious lunch.  

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Doug's Latest Task

Many years ago Doug's youngest daughter gave him a concrete dog.  Doug being Doug, he painted it.  When they shifted up here the dog came as well and was getting a bit worse for wear.  The time has come for a rejuvenation.  He has had a new paint job and new eyes ( I suppose the equivalent of a cataract operation for us).

The poor old fella looks a lot better - well he would have to wouldn't he.

Thursday, May 3, 2018


Doug has been busy, as always and has almost finished the front entrance.

He still has the gate to keep Sophie in to paint then he can move on to the inside jobs.  Well done Doug.