Yesterday was Colin’s Birthday.  Our Daughter and I went halves in getting him a neat pressie.  It was hard keeping the surprise secret.

Colin loves honey, he has always wanted to have a beehive.  He finally got his wish.  We have rented a hive for him for a year. 

We have lots of bees, it was delivered last night when Colin arrived home from work. The chap that owns the business was very discreet in keeping our secret for us.  He rang the door bell and surprised the heck out of  Colin.  He said ‘who’s that?’…I said ‘it must be your birthday present’.  Murray, the bee man gave us an introduction to having the hive out our place, it is so exciting.  We even got to peep into the hive and taste the honey.  There is about 60,000 bees in there already.  

Murray is going to come back and let us put on the suits and have a real good look at things soon.  Next Feb we will get around 16 kilos of honey, yum.  Honey is so so expensive in the supermarkets.  Our honey will have a taste of it’s own. 

We were going to get the hive for Colin for Christmas, but after I made inquiries, I  lost my job.  It is very expensive to hire them, but will be worth it and learning about the bees etc.   Murray will look after the hive and the bees during the year and involve us fully.   

Colin was chuffed.  After Murray left we went out for tea to Sampan, our favourite and cheap Cambodian Restaurant.  

This weekend we are away to Wanaka in Central Otago for our Brother-in-laws 50th Birthday Party. It is a 3 and a 1/2 hour drive, therefore we will stay the night at Colin’s Sisters house.




I started the day with giving Colin breakfast in bed, nothing flash but I had to take a photo of his morning pills (chemo pills) as it is the last time he is taking them today, the end of Jan.  
It has been 2 lonnnnnnng years of him taking them, and also the 5 1/2 months of chemo thru the drip in hospital…so thank god it is over.
His Oncologist told him to stop them the end of Jan, we guess he will be called in to the Hospital some time soon after another blood test… and possibly may have to get a bone marrow biopsy???(these are not nice) and then fingers crossed he will be told he is in remission forever!
Funny how such small pills can do so much to get rid of the nasty cancer, but creates lots of side effects.  We hope now that he will start improving his soreness and feeling unwell, his tiredness and also regain his eyesight back to where it was.   Big whoop eh, had to share this. :) :) :)
We wanted to celebrate and maybe go out for tea, as we said we would when I get a job and Colin stops his medication but we are going up to Wanaka for our Brother-in-laws 50th Birthday party next weekend, so we will celebrate in a few weeks time when we have not got expenses etc.
I had a busy day, I water blasted the paths I started months ago for two hours, then dug heaps of my Maori potatoes out of the garden, as I promised some of the staff at my new job some.
I also picked some chick weed out of the garden for our chickens, they love it.
Our Daughter and I are going to the Movies tomorrow night, ‘The Danish Girl’, it looks really good.  She asked me to go, I was surprised, so of course said Yes very quickly.  
I haven’t been to the movies for a long time, I am looking forward to going with her. :)
The young lass is on holiday for two weeks, she needs a break, as she works hard, almost every day working split shifts.  
Think I will jump in bed earlier tonight. Have a good week.



Oh I wish :(

It is suppose to be Summer and we have had constant rain for days now.  Yes, it is great for our water tanks, but geez, I am so over it now.  

I should be wearing shorts and outside in the garden pulling out the weeds, but no, I have my pjs on to keep warm and are thinking of lighting the fire :(

Sun, pllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaassssssssseeeeeeee come back. 




Hi all, I hope you have been doing well. I can’t believe that we’re already nearing the end of January.  Today was extremely hot and tomorrow is forecast for 27 degrees, this is hot for Dunedin, New Zealand.  Dunedin is near the bottom of NZ and the  world, below Australia.   No !!! we are not part of Australia as some people think :)

This Summer has been all over the place, cold one day with rain and winds, the next reallllllllllly hot.  One day this week it was so cold, we lit our fire at night to keep the chill away. Crazy!

I have really wanted to post at least once a week, but it just hasn’t happened. Hopefully once things settle down and I have got a few things completed then I will have more time to post and also read all of your blogs too.  
I have been meaning for so long to do a big update post on my job. I am almost through the second week of doing it, that is, cooking at a Child Care Centre near town.  I cook for 50 children and adults.   There are around 10 babies and 40 over 2 year olds and Teachers.  I love children, so that helps.

First of all I must share that I am absolutely loving working again after being shunted by my previous work place. The money is not great and it IS way to busy for the hours that they expect me to do the work in, but it is a good feeling getting out of bed every morning and driving to work.  Most importantly earning some money to pay the bills and living costs.  

It wasn’t much of a fun Christmas, not having a wage plus being unable to go away and having to hang around waiting and hoping on some on-call work from Kmart to come in.  Maybe next Christmas will be better.  I like the people (Staff) at my new job, they are all friendly and it is a good atmosphere to work in amongst the children.  I wouldn’t mind taking a few of them home.  :P

It is a lot different than the office work that I have been doing for around 20 years, I am physically working my socks off, doing all the dishes myself and the laundry too.  Today I was sweating like a wee piglet.  

I am thinking that this year things will get better for us.  A change may be as good as a holiday. I am hoping they  (the Managers) will look at the hours, as it is way less than I need and are used to working, I think they realise there is too much for someone to do in 5 hours.  Fingers crossed.  I will still keep my name down at Kmart for the odd bit of on-call work on a Sunday when I am not volunteering at The Hospice.   This will help boost the hours.

While I felt very excited this summer when I made the leap to apply for this Cooks job rather than my usual Office work , I was also very nervous about what to expect as I basically was thrown in the deep end when I started.  The previous Cook was not so good :( and didn’t bother to come in then didn’t come back, ….hence I have had no training. :(

Some people are so ungrateful having a job.

The thing is this job is within a huge Learning Facility here in Dunedin, it could leave to further things/hours or if it doesn’t work out as in this Position, then it could likely be a stepping stone to other vacancies that may arise.  I may have just gained my exact niche in this new position.  I will see how it turns out.  I was a 3rd Cook many years ago at a Hospital and also did some Diet Cook work as well, therefore have a bit of experience and all of the cooking and food hygiene certificates that are required.

I do feel I am lucky to have work now, and getting the job out of 30 people that applied.   ‘Onward and upward’ for things to continue to improve.  As a family, we feel we have had way too much bad luck over the last 7 or so years, the last 3 have been extremely hard with Colin getting cancer and me with my bowel problems.  We hope and wish for nice things to come our way.  

Hope you have a nice weekend to come.  I want to do a huge walk, I think I may have to look at the weather forecast though, and take some sunscreen and a cap, and also a woolly hat and raincoat  , ha ha :P






Years ago, Colin and I brought this concrete Gnome? for a present for my Mum, Jean.  She loved him and decided to call him Noel, after our ex brother-in-law’s name.  Mum thought the name suited him.

Noel is very heavy, we have been the owner of him for a few years now since Mum died.  I love moss and lichen and character, BUT Noel needed a makeover as you couldn’t even tell what he was anymore.  I have spent the afternoon scraping it all off, with a blade and hard brush.  I have to share his ‘new look’ with you, as he now laying there in all his glory for everyone to see. 

He would be nice painted, but would cost a fortune for all the colours,  I think I will leave him ‘as is’.  I bet Mum is happy now after his spruce up.  :)  I will find a good spot for him near our house rather than hidden in the garden over at our barn.  

Colin pointed out a different opinion to me, he says Noel is a Leprechaun with his pipe… so we have just googled the difference between a Gnome, Leprechaun and a Troll.  

It is quite interesting, this is what Mr Google tells us:

Gnomes: A gnome is a legendary creature characterized by its very small size and subterranean lifestyle.

The word gnome is derived from the New Latin gnomus. It is often claimed to descend from the Greek gnosis, “knowledge”, but more likely comes from genomos “earth-dweller”.

Often featured in Germanic fairy tales, including those by the Brothers Grimm, the gnome often resembles a gnarled old man living deep underground who guards buried treasure.

Leprechauns: In Irish mythology, a leprechaun (Modern Irish: leipreachán) is a type of male faerie said to inhabit the island of Ireland. They are a class of “faerie folk” associated in Irish mythology and folklore, as with all faeries, with the Tuatha Dé Danann and other quasi-historical races said to have inhabited Ireland before the arrival of the Celts.

Trolls: Are a fearsome member of a mythical anthropomorph race from Scandinavia. Their role ranges from fiendish giants – similar to the ogres of England – to a devious, more human-like folk of the wilderness, living underground in hills, caves or mounds.

SO, therefore…. we think Noel is a Leprechaun ????







It has been a pleasant day here in Dunedin today, after a freezing cold morning.   It rained heavily all last night.

 We have heaps of birds where we live :)  A lot of natives.  

Colin loves the Tui’s, he is always spotting them or hearing them singing in our garden.  This year we seem to have more than usual around.   They love all of our Flax bushes and also our Cabbage Trees that are all in flower.

They are beautiful birds, we also have Mawporks and Wood Pigeons, lots of fantails, parrots, ducks and magpies about the place.  Sometimes there are Hawks, I hate them.  Our neighbour has Peacocks, now and then a few of them wander over on to our five acres.


On Monday I start my new job, I am feeling a little apprehensive and nervous.  I am sure it will all work out ok. 




Happy New Year to all my fellow bloggers and readers.

We didn’t do anything on New Years Eve, which was fine by me this year as I have been working so many casual on-call days and hard late hours etc that I was pleased to just sit home.

The three of us sat together, there was nothing on TV (as my Father would call it …’The Idiot Box’).  We stayed up until about 1pm then hit the hay.

On New Years day Colin and I went to the Horse Racing up at Waikouaiti with some friends from our VW Club.  Waikouaiti is about 30kms north of Dunedin.  I am not interested in the racing really, and I am scared of horses, but I do enjoy the atmosphere being there and also that it is a fun family day out.
After our BBQ lunch, I was talked into hopping on a Ferris Wheel with my little friend who was there, he is 7 years old and such a lovely wee fella. He wanted me to go on with him :) 

Last time I was on one was years ago with my Brother and Sister, it stopped at the top, for a lonnnnnnnnnnng time.  We were pooing our pants, especially my Sister Brenda, who apparently Mum said, sat there frightened with her legs apart.   Not very lady-like when you are wearing a dress…but she was only about 7 or 8 years old :P

After getting on, being talked into it by young K along with his Dad and Grandad Ken, I was screaming like a big baby when it started going higher.  I think it is more the fact that the engineering on the wheel looked so dodgy and unsafe, there was rust and cracks everything.  My hands were so clammy and my knuckles were white.  My legs were shaking too, Grandad and Dad thought it was hilarious when on the first round, they stopped at the top! to let someone off.  I had already told them why I didn’t really want on there. I am unsure how the contraction would pass any Health and Safety tests, it groaned, it cracked and made popping noises. 

 K, the 7 year old sat beside me and reassured me…in the end I was ok, but was happy to get on the ground.  That was enough excitement for the day/week.

I drove home as Colin had had a couple of beers.

It was nice to do something and get away for our first day trip. 



Today I went for a big walk into town, then back up through a hilly suburb of Mornington.  I was away for 3 hours.  This afternoon I did some weed eating with our petrol weed eater.  I have never used it before, only the small electric type ones.  I was wearing my ear muffs, safety glasses and pink gumboots :P and had fun whacking down some of the knee high long grass in an unused dog run.

I think I will sleep well tonight.

Finishing with a photo of Turbo, our adopted cat  :) He is adorable




Late this morning I left home in the drizzle with my coat on to do a long walk.  It ended up being longer than I thought, I walked 21.14 kms = a half marathon.    I have used up a good whack of the day :( but at least, finally, I have had time to do a decent walk.

I left home at 11 am and walked to Brighton Beach, south of where I live.  The weather improved along the way.  Colin was going to pick me up when I had had enough, but he and our Daughter went out to look at a new car for her at the Car Sale Yards and broke down on the way home in her wee car :(

Colin had to end up walking up the hill to home to get his car to tow her  little Mazda home, it had blown a radiator hose.  Yesterday he spent the whole day replacing the water pump in it after the car stopped after overheating on her way home from her caregiving work the previous day :(  

Colin had noticed the hose a little soft but as our Daughter wants to replace the car soon,  he didn’t want her  to have any added expense as well as paying for a new pump.  They were coming up the hill and the hose exploded, water and steam everywhere :(  Colin is off to town to buy a hose now, lucky this time he can fix it for her without any extra labour costs by a mechanic/garage.

So they couldn’t come and collect me when I was tired and had enough walking, I had to turn around once I got to the Beach and walk most of the way home.  I was out for almost 4 hours, I did stop to talk to two people though along the way.

 The first chap was a Farmer on the way to Waldronville, I commented on his sheep to him over the fence from the main road.  We need to buy a few more as we have too much grass.  His breed are Texel, real good stocky healthy sheep.  This lovely man ended up knowing my Father Ted, from when he worked at the Water Department.  He said Ted was a ‘hell of a good man’, talking to him and him saying that made my day. Dunedin is a small city, everyone knows someone else.

 Then further along the way near Ocean View, half way to Brighton Beach a lady was walking her dog,  it was part Lab and part Collie. The dog, a boy called ‘Henley’ was on a lead but came up to me, I patted him and chatted to the lady for a while.  The dog liked me patting him, she asked if I would like the dog as he is too much to handle for her.  She had rescued Henley from the Dunedin Dog Rescue like our Daughter did with Bailey, but she didn’t have the energy to walk him all the time as he was full of  too much energy. 

She was serious and said how much he loved me, (probably from patting him) she asked if I could consider having 3 dogs :P

 I told her I wouldn’t be married any more if I came home with another pet as we have 3 cats and 2 dogs already. Colin would kill me.

Someone will take him as he was a lovely dog.

By the time Colin picked me up I was almost back at Green Island, almost home. I was feeling and probably looking a little knackered.  But at least I DID get my walk in that I wanted.
I can’t believe tomorrow is the last day of the year.  I hope that next year we get some good luck, including our Daughter. 

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