Living Category

Redneck Dad

The following content may offend some readers. Be warned. I sit down on a sunny morning, surrounded by a slumbering household, as nothing more than master of this keyboard. An over-weight, balding, arthritic, white, middle class (I suppose) male. And somehow, I am supposed to be apologetic for that. Because I am white, older and […]

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Summer Musing

Hot enough for ya?! Who doesn’t love it? Summer. And a bloody good one at that. The 2018/19 summer is the first one I have worked in a couple of years and it feels like the holiday I was needing, without realising I was in need of one. It is too easy to think the […]

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The Cost of Education

Doesn’t sound right does it? Teaching our kids, the next generation. Training them, giving them the tools they need not to just exist, to cope, but to grow and develop. More. Yes, teach the children of the nation to be readers and writers, to support healthy minds and bodies and help them explore and inquire. […]

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Last Weekendless Weekend

I know that doesn’t even make sense, but it does to me. It is Sunday morning. How do I know it is morning? You would think the neighbours rooster would be a key indicator, but the stupid thing never gives up it’s plaintive call, cock-a-doodling his way throughout all hours of the day. I know […]

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Cringe Factor

Have I fully of come of age? Because now, I am ‘That guy’.  We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas day with some of Claire’s family, down in the big smoke of Auckland. Twenty five or so loosely affiliated kin, together for a laugh and a smile and to share a feed. Stressful for those at […]

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The Times They Are a’Changin

Maybe not so much the times, but my days are sure about to get different. Life has turned a corner, or crested a hill. Whatever, life is about to change. It wouldn’t be fair to say life is changing for the better. That would imply the way we were living prior to this change wasn’t […]

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A New New Year

Good bye to Hoki Hubby. As the new year rapidly approaches, Wifey and I split open box after never ending box, setting up our old life in a new environment. We are still in Northland, not all that far from the place we called home for the last couple of years. The Mighty Hokianga Harbour, […]

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Dish Drying Dreams

Soapy detergent suds and a setting sun, to the backing track of the Smashing Pumpkins.  I hope everyone has a dishwasher. Here, at my place, unless I can convince the girls it is their turn, then I am it. The Dishwasher. Not Harvey Keitel The Cleaner. Nothing as cool as that for me. So I […]

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Bah Humbug

Great, here we go again! Enforced festivity anyone? December 1st. That’s right, for all you international readers, it has already begun for us here in the shaky isles. Christmas cheer, seasons greetings and all that. Time to roll out the decorations, debate the virtues of real or fake trees, start compiling lists of the naughty […]

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Sorry, How Much?!

Can somebody please explain the ‘letting fee’ to me?  My wife and I are renters. A few years ago we sold our home and moved on from Dunedin. A career step for the wife took us up the coast of the South Island to Kaikoura. A stepping stone move for Wifey and a change of […]

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