New Zealand has an extra days holiday today, Labour Day:

Fighting for the eight-hour working day

Labour Day commemorates the struggle for an eight-hour working day. New Zealand workers were among the first in the world to claim this right when, in 1840, the carpenter Samuel Parnell won an eight-hour day in Wellington. Labour Day was first celebrated in New Zealand on 28 October 1890, when several thousand trade union members and supporters attended parades in the main centres. Government employees were given the day off to attend the parades and many businesses closed for at least part of the day.

These days an eight hour day is normal.  It is so so nice to have the extra day of work and a holiday to celebrate Labour Day.


Late this afternoon I am going to try to attend a run with a few others through Ross Creek (through Native Bush and ferns etc).  I have attended three Monday nights now after work.  They cater for all levels of running, we run about 10 or so kms and have a couple of short stops along the way.  I would be one of the slowest but for me, running that far is a big achievement.


On Saturday I run my usual 5km Park Run, this week was the 22nd of October, therefore we could run in a Tutu (22).  It was fun, I wore a blue tutu.  Then after that I met up with 4 of my club members to do a off road walk/tramp straight after.  It was great, we walked up to about 800 metres above sea level, and did around 20 kms, it took us 5 hours as some of it was hard and steep. Great company and views and lots of sweating.😛


This weekend has been quite physical for me = yawwwwn, I’m getting old😛

Colin is making a raised garden for our vegetables.  He is using Maracarpa timber, it smells beautiful.  He is making a good job and it will save our backs bending over in our old age, ha ha.

This morning I took a photo or too of our cherry blossom trees just coming out up our driveway. They are very pretty.  The dogs and the cat , Sasha followed me.🙂


I am so looking forward to warmer weather and summer.  

Dunedin parkrun 22.10.16 - Tutu run

I have a ulcer in my mouth at the moment that is blimmin sore, I want to go out to a chemist/pharmacy to buy something to help the pain but most of the shops will be closed today.  Will get something tomorrow. 

Happy week ahead   …Donna

Dunedin parkrun 22.10.16 - Tutu run







I spent last weekend transferring some plants into a new garden by our clothes line.  Finally I completed something that I have wanted to do all winter.  I thought summer is coming therefore I better hurry up and break up some Astelia plants I wanted to move.

We decided to make a small patch of lawn near the clothes line into a low maintenance garden with low plants and ground covers.  The bit of lawn is a pain to mow with the hand mower.  Most of our lawns gets done on our ride-on mower, it takes an hour to do.  Then the small patch takes an extra 30 mins.  Well, no longer as I had the plan to convert it, to save us time and to look better.

I came home from work tonight after a busy week at work = yawwwwn and find that half of them have been pulled out and chewed and played with😦   Just as well Chevy and Bailey are cute.  

Blimmin dogs, I was angry for a while until they sucked up to me being all cute.  Buggar, I have more work to do again, replanting.  I wonder when they will out grow the puppy stage.  

We saw our Niece, Gina last weekend, she came down from the North Island where she has been living for a couple of years now.  It was nice to spend a couple of hours with her.  

Tomorrow I have my small 5 km run that I do most Saturday mornings at 8am, then meet up with my Harrier’s friends at 1pm for a walk.  Then Sunday I am volunteering at The Hospice.  No lie in for me this weekend on my days off. Maybe next weekend I can.  

I like this poem below:

The Naughty Little Puppy
She's lucky she is cute!
All day long she's chewing things.
I've yelled so much I'm mute, 
still she's chasing kids on bikes.
She's lucky she is cute!

She chewed my favorite boot 
The first night on Christmas eve.
She even pooped on route
To our home that fateful night. 
She's lucky she is cute!

My daughter's in cahoot
With this naughty little dog.
They yell and bark and hoot.
She feeds her from the table!
They're lucky they are cute!

The leash works to recruit
The children to her side, but
Her training's in dispute.
Surely guidance is required.
She's lucky she is cute!

Oh that naughty little puppy...
She's lucky she is cute!



Wow, it has been sooooo busy these last few weeks. I can feel myself getting older every day.😛  Here are a few photos I have taken over the last two weeks to show you what has been happening.


Our first lot of lambs were finally born last Saturday, we have five in total now.  These adorable triplets were born first, their Mum is feeding them all and taking care of them. 


This is one of our favourite ewes, she is getting old now.  She always comes up close to the fence so we can rub her curly head.  She is an Arapawa Island breed sheep, they shed a lot of their own wool.  We call her ‘The Neck’ , as she has a really long one.🙂  

Our beehive has been added to, the bees are making lots of honey for us. Another hive box was put on top.  We will soon be having a look inside the hive, our beekeeper who is looking after our hive is going to bring some suits up soon for us to have a glimpse, we can’t wait.  Colin has started a two day course learning about bees, he is finding it really interesting.


This is one of the new Street Art walls in Dunedin City, it is pretty cool. One day soon I will go for a walk around town to view it all.  There are some very talented artists around.


Yes, my Karmann Ghia is finished =🙂    This is a couple of sneak previews of it being put back together.  I have a post to come on my car to share with you soon. Carpet samples are on the bonnet, yes I did pick the green one.



 And my Harriers Athletic’s Club season finished last weekend.  :(   We will still all catch up and do some summer walks together.  I received a couple of certificates at the Prizegiving last week with ten different awards on them for races.  It was probably my best achievement this season since joining the club 6 or so years ago.

  Most of the time we just do social walks though on Saturdays, but I do love pushing myself in races.  The photo of me above is when I was knackered in a recent race – the Cadbury Half Marathon.  This was the end of my walking as fast as I could, 21.1 kms later, in 2 hours, 40 mins.  I was 4th female over the line and 7th overall.  I was the first Walker in from my Athletics Club.  I was happy with my effort on the day. 

Tomorrow night after work I am meeting three friends for dinner, it will be nice to catch up with them as I haven’t seen them for a long time. I hope the restaurant has a couple of different Gluten Free options🙂

I think I need to go to bed early tonight for a change…yaaaaawwn




Geez it is so windy today and cold.  I have been busy already and it is only midday.   I woke up with a rotten head cold yesterday and sore throat and feel a little lousy.  I still got out of bed early and made Colin breakfast in bed for Father’s Day, as our Daughter is at work.  Then I mowed the lawns, they took so much longer due to the state they were in and not being done for weeks over winter.  Then I picked up some cow poo from the paddocks for my friend, Tom’s compost heap.  Man it is heavy in the sacks I collected for him.  Our two cows were playing games with me and running around and trying to eat the sacks.  Little shits.  

Time to thaw out inside and have a coffee.  Our Daughter should be home soon to give her Dad a gift I know she has got for him.  

Yesterday Colin went to a Bee Keeping course for the afternoon, to learn more about bees and us having a hive.  He said it was really interesting. They have the second part of the course in a couple of weeks, that will be the practical side of it.  Our bees haven’t been coming out much lately due to the cold.   They are wise.🙂

Yesterday while Colin was at the course I went to Harriers.  We had to take another plate of food for afternoon tea.  Lots of people take sweet cakes and really unhealthy stuff…people love it and gobble it up but I decided to make a healthy option, I made energy balls.  And I made them Gluten Free as I always miss out.  Sometimes if we have an afternoon tea I take fruit.   Last weeks sandwiches were a favourite, not everyone likes sweet food and prefer savoury.  Oh I still hate having Coeliac Disease. 

My Brother came as a visitor for the first time to my Club, he went for a run in the wind with the Medium Pack of runners.  He enjoyed it and managed ok, he pulled his hip out this week, so took it easier.  

He wants to join my Athletics Club, maybe next year.  He is Coeliac too, so I grabbed  him two of my Date and Citrus energy balls to eat before they were all gone.  I must say they were tasty.  I managed to take a photo before I left home.

Below is a photo of Turbo, our adopted cat, taken recently.  He is so big & heavy now…and so cute.

This photo is a hat I found on a website, I really would like to buy one or get a pattern to knit it.

Have a good week everyone,D



Hi all, what a busy weekend, yesterday I had our Harrier’s Athletics Club Saturday afternoon walk, we walked a lot of hills, and through the Dunedin Botanical Gardens.  I think we walked around ten kms.  It was a warm winters day.  We then catered for another Harriers Club for afternoon tea. We all had to bring a plate of food. I made a huge plate of ham and egg sandwiches.  By the time us Walkers returned they were gone :O   I was told they tasted nice.

This time I didn’t want to watch everyone eat yummy afternoon tea, so I made myself two special sandwiches and took them along all wrapped up with my name on them.  I found some lovely Gluten Free bread at the supermarket in the morning, it is Tumeric bread. It is Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Paleo.  It’s very soft, tasty and such a pretty bright colour.  I was relieved so see they were still on the table …no one had touched them.  Another Club member who also has Coeliac Disease was standing there feeling out of sorts watching everyone eat, so I did the right thing and offered him one.  He was very very happy and appreciated my gesture.  His was gobbled up before I unwrapped my one😛  It was a good day, I was given a surprise cup/trophy at the afternoon tea also for my ‘out of town race’ a couple of weeks ago. Normally the whole club goes up to Alexandra and does a 10km walk or run.  Only a few went this year. 

I was the only Walker who attended.  The same lad I gave a GF sandwich too won a cup for the 1st  member from our club to be finished , for running it.   And I got a cup for being the 1st Walker from our club to finish.  Funny I was the only Walker that went up, but I was still so so chuffed and surprised.  And excited as I didn’t know that a Walkers Club even existed for this event. I was gobsmacked.🙂

Then today I did a Fun run and walk, my Brother did the 10km run, and I entered the 5km walk.  I did my two laps, finished and then supported my Brother and run one of his final four laps with him.  He was tired, but did well as he has had the flu.  This fun event today is in preparation for a Half and Full Marathon that is coming up in two weeks time.  It is run annually by my club.  Last year Colin and I marshaled for it in the cold.  I decided two weeks ago to walk it this year = 21kms.  Steven is going to run it.   I haven’t had much time to practice with my new job and working longer hours.  I will have to try to find time, somehow in the next couple of weeks.

The good part of today, apart from the practise was that I was the 1st Walker home, by a long long way to the 2nd person. I was shocked.  No times are taken and no names as it is a practise and fun event, but I am still very happy .  ;) It was nice to see my Brother too as we have been out of contact for a couple of years.  

I took a photo of some of us walking yesterday and my sandwiches as they looked so pretty.  I think I will be in bed early tonight.



Hi everyone, it has been a long time since I did a post. I have been reading others from time to time , but not able to do a post myself.

It is not from a lack of not wanting to write something or from a lack of having nothing to write about, quite the opposite really.

Lots has been happening, both good🙂 and bad😦

I have managed to do a bit of crocheting, I am still making the Peggy Square blanket for our Daughter, I started it before Christmas for her Birthday in May.  I forgot how many squares you need.  It is probably about three quarters done. Maybe she will get it next birthday😛

I have a new job, I had to resign from the other one, I loved the children I was cooking for but the staff/teachers were not very friendly.  I was working so hard, there was way too much work for one person to do and I was physically running all day.   I really was treated like a slave and ignored.  I managed to hold on to the job for 7 months, the ‘Cooks’ job  I thought I had applied for ended up being about 20% of my work day.   The rest was laundry, cleaning and dishes.😦

Anyway my new job is great…I will tell you more later.  I am now working full time, and working with lovely staff.🙂  I am tired though, using my wee brain a lot.

Also I have to tell you… my Karman Ghia is almost ready to drive🙂   Colin has just taken it in to get certified =🙂  After only a couple of minor things to fix, it has passed.  He and I are very happy.  They are very thorough at Certification.  They check and test everything.  They get all the welding checked/tested and every new or modified thing checked with a fine tooth. I guess they have to when you improve or renew or modify a car. It is all about safety.  Colin has done a great job.  I can’t wait to get in it and drive it.  All that needs to happen now is the carpet and the door panels put on.  Colin even upholstered them himself.  I am so lucky.  

On a unhappy note, Colin’s Brother died last week of cancer😦  He was only 54.  It is so unfair.  He was operated on prior to Christmas, it was in one lung and two ribs.   The ribs were removed and part of one lung.   He recovered well, but then started breathing badly again and being sore, the doctors thought they got it all.   Only a few weeks later he was told it was in more ribs and throughout his bones??  We can’t understand why it spread so fast, or was it not picked up at the operation?  A couple of months ago he was given 2-3 months to live. I think he got about 2 and a half of those months.  It is so unfair.  He stipulated he didn’t want to have a funeral, we have to respect that, but it seems hard to accept he has died or to try to put closure on him not being here.  I guess time will help and we do hope to get his ashes soon so we can scatter them somewhere nice. 

It was a bad week, our Daughter was in a car accident on Wednesday of the same week😦  Someone hit her car on the passengers side, he never saw her.   Lucky that it wasn’t her Drivers side and lucky she is unhurt as the car is a mess.  She has saved for over 2 years for this wee car on a low wage.  It is such a pain having to get it fixed at the Panel Beaters through his insurance, (we are still waiting to hear if it is able to be fixed).  And also the inconvenience of being without a car for weeks. We are all sharing cars at the moment so she is able to get to work each day.

I said to Colin, ….it must be someone else’s turn to have bad luck.   We honestly have had about 12 or so years of it.  It should be the bad awful people in the world that have the grief we what we have experienced.  Surely… more good times in life is yet to come.  Really it makes you think and appreciate the good times, and the things we do do and have or own,. compared to those that are poor, under nourished and without a home.  

I am volunteering at The Hospice on Sunday again, therefore I plan on making someone that needs a lift to have a smile.  I love chatting to the patients while I am working and cleaning their rooms.  :) They seem to enjoy talking too :))

That’s it from me at the moment.  I hope all my favourite bloggers and followers keep on keeping on too and smiling.  




Wow what a cold day in wintery Dunedin.  

This morning I volunteered at The Hospice for a few hours.  I chatted to a really nice patient who was not much older than myself. We had lots in common, I think she enjoyed our talk.  It certainly made me feel good helping out there and making someone smile.

I arrived home to find Colin working on my VW, he was wrapped up really warm in the garage.  It won’t be too long now before the car is finished =🙂

Have a look at my next project that I have just finished. I brought this duchess (set of drawers) from a recycled store some time back for $30.  




It was an oldie, one that use to have a curtain around the front.

That is the reason for the big top on it and overhang at the front and sides.  It was quite ugly but I could see the potential and that it could go from an ugly duckling to a swan again. 


I started it a while back but with work and general busyness I hadn’t had much time to complete it.  A few weekends ago I got stuck in. I stripped all of the paint off with a heat gun and then sanded it.  I was told it was rimu, it turns out that only the drawers were on the inside.  It is pine, therefore I decided I would paint it.


I had brought some handles from a Nelson market when we were up there at Easter with our VW Club.  That tells you how long the project has been going.   The handles are from India. I decided to distress the cream paint as the pine already had knocks and dents on some parts.  Then I painted only one drawer a different colour.


Time for the curtain, I picked up some lovely vintage inspired fabric from Spotlight and sewed the curtain up.  I will have it pulled back all the time, I just wanted a curtain for the prettiness rather than using it.  I am pleased with the way it turned out. Actually I wouldn’t mind a skirt in this fabric. ha ha




Colin’s younger Brother has come over from Brisbane, Australia to see Grant, the older Brother with cancer.  We still haven’t seen him yet, he has been in Dunedin for 5 days now.  I bet he is freezing cold.  Grant will be so happy to see him.  

That’s it from me.  It is too cold in the office.  Our two dogs are very wise and are sitting in front of the fire.  Have a good week coming up.



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