2017 02 23 – And were back online

OK The blog is back online.   I was paying for a host in the UK for the last ten years and as social media has taken over and facebook is the primary way that people find out about life then the blog wasnt required anymore.  That and as we were posting daily to the FB the blog languished. So I parked it,  thought I’d let the hosting expire and send the domain name to a static site.  Anyhow, playing around this afternoon I decided to try the export the entire website feature, and managed to move it over the the free wordpress site.  Its got some limitations but I’m happier it’s now all back online and editable. I might even post some momentous family events. Still playing with it at the moment.    A lot of the functionality and customisation isnt available here, but what there is will do.

2017-02-19 Dad and the kids at Zealandia
Dad and the kids at Zealandia

State of the family Feb 2017 ?    Well my Dad came out from the UK and spent 6 weeks with us which was fun.  We went up to Rotorua and did the tourist thing, trips to Somes Island and Carterton.  Some hot days and some wet ones.  Dad managed to build a platform in the tree in the garden before he went and Amber is ecstatic with it. Rio can’t get up there, which probably  for the best.   Dad flew out on Tuesday back to the cold of the UK and its been sunny ever since, typical eh.   Work is good, Kids are fine and healthy.  I’d say we were blessed if I believed in an invisible man in the sky.   Life is good.

2016 02 06 – 19th Wedding Anniversary BBQ

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10 years together,  not quite yet, but on the 10th of February.  Tina arranged a BBQ in the garden for friends, not all unfortunately  but by heck the place was packed.  Terry supplied some fine steaks and a HUGE ham plus Black Pudding (Yum), Martin brought some more Black Pudding (cant have enough)  and folks brought all sorts of other sausages meats salads and desserts.  Now a day later the fridge  is fuller than it was yesterday pre BBQ.   We had a great time and are very privileged to know some wonderful generous friends.  Thank you for celebrating with us and making our day.  The kids had a whale of a time,  Amber and Rio didn’t get to bed till around 10pm,  still didn’t stop the buggers from getting up at 7am though.  So now its Sunday lunch time, and we’ve finally cleared everything up. Ham sandwiches for lunch carved off the bone, we’ll be eating it for a week,  and some sliced steak with hot chilli sauce yum.  Off blackberry picking this afternoon in the heat, might make a crumble for tea.  Thank you all.

2016 01 27 – Amber’s Seventh Birthday

2016 01 26 - Amber and Kitty 001Happy birthday to Amber today, one excited little girl.  We all woke this morning and she opened her cards from family and friends and a parcel from nana Jan.  Her present is Kitty, which she’s been begging for, for a few months.  We went down to the SPCA on Saturday and she picked out this little grey and white boy who kept everyone up on Saturday night with constant meowing.  He seems to have settled in. He knows where his little tray is, and uses it!  which is a blessing, and sleeps in Ambers room which she loves.   Today I’m at home this morning, and we’ll be heading down for a cake and fluffy before picking up the school stationery ( School starts next week !  Yeah)  Then I’ll drop her with Tina before I head into work this afternoon.   The big party for her is this Saturday when she’ll be holding a Rock Climbing party at Hangdogs for her girlfriends, then a sleepover on Saturday night.   Seven !  Seven years.  Is time accelerating?

2016 01 15 – Tina’s Birthday

So Friday was Tina’s Birthday and a long weekend for us all.  I booked the day off work and we planned to get up early and drive north to Waitarere. So we got up late and drove north to Waitarere.   Tina had a lay in bed and I prepped the kids to go in at a sociable hour to wake her with her presents.

2016 01 16 - Tina Birthday in Whiterea 001Quick shower and pack the bags and we were on the road before 11 !    We all stayed over at Stacey’s place with four families in all on the Saturday night.  Tents were put up for the kids in the garden which they all fought over to sleep in, and you guessed it, all of them in the house by 10pm and the tents empty :-).  Saturday night was a bit different, two kids managed to fall asleep in the tents but we ended up carrying them indoors when some party up the road was blasting out music till 1am.   Meals were BBQ’s and very very nice.  Martin got some black pudding from the local Dutch store which was divine fried up, and the days were spent snoozing and playing in the surf on the beach.  Tina had a surprise party for her birthday on Saturday and was very emotional.  A cool weekend with good friends.

2015 Summer Holidays

Well Xmas was cool, a beautiful day, with kids who were really excited. They were up at 0620 and dragged us from our beds telling us Santa had been. Everything was chaos and all presents unwrapped by 0740.    In the afternoon we attempted to drive up the coast with half of the population of Wellington. We never made it so turned around and spent the afternoon in the sun on the beach at Plimmerton with the Clarke Family. Steph made up a BBQ and Tina and Susie burnt the soles of their feet whilst walking to find some fire to set it off. The kids played in the surf and there were the normal amount of laughs and tears from six and three-year olds.

2015 12 28 - New Plymouth Camping Day 2 015Boxing day to recover and pack, then the next day we drove up to New Plymouth for a week with three other families.  A great little campsite on the beach and beautiful weather. No sooner had we got the tent up than we got down to the beach and ran around in the waves. Amber got the idea with her bodyboard after watching another couple surfing in the waves, Rio just ran back and forth.  Sunny days and interrupted nights with kids waking up and joining us in our blow up bed 🙂   Perfect Kiwi summer holidays with good friends.  New Plymouth was nice, it had some odd traffic ideas and routes but we got used to them. We visited the local Zoo, the magnificent park and went back on new year’s eve with the entire population it seemed to see the night lights.   The rain then set in, nothing too hard but plenty of it off and on.  Eventually we packed up on the Sunday in the rain and headed off at 0900 to get home around 1600 after 6 pee stops (for the kids, not me) and two food stops (for me).  Traffic wasn’t bad until the notorious roundabout north of Otaki, they really need to do something about that, we queued for 2 KM north of it, then through then nothing.  Monday we managed to get the tent up, dry it off and do a multitude of admin tasks cleaning up. Back to work tomorrow.  Oh, and seven days in the sun without issue. one afternoon in my own backyards and sunburn. Bugger.

Major changes this year

Hi everyone, enjoying 2015 so far, we have lost teeth, changed jobs, started kindy and more.

Amber is still enjoying school, just coming to the end of term 3, and almost another year done, next year she will be changing to the sunshine team. Baby is growing up so fast.

She is starting to attend her friends 7th birthday party’s OMG.

She is tall and skinny and very much an Elsdon. She is getting her new glasses this week with her vision improving.

Rio turned 3 in June, and is now at kindy 5 days a week, he loves it but it’s very tiring. His language is coming on in leaps and bounds, really being articulate in conversion and repeating everything.

He’s a real outdoor kid, having fun in the spring weather jumping off the fort that grandpa built on to a beanbag.

Scott and I are well, I am doing Stepember this month to get fitter and Scott has joined us up to the gym, with him going everyday and me doing hot yoga (believe me its really good).

The house is taking shape with decorations nearly finished in the dinning/front room. I have big plans.

No visitors as of yet booked to come and see us this year, but we are away camping over the summer period so that is to look forward too.

I am still volunteering for Plunket but now also have a new job at Touchwood nursery furniture, which is more hours and local. Busy busy.

The UK

Things that I thought I missed about the UK:

1) Family

2) Friends

3) Cheap stuff

4) English Pubs

5) A Pint of cider

6) Skips & Quavers

7) Driving newer cars

8) Haribo & Haagen Dazs Ice cream

9) Shreddies & Shredded wheat

10) Manual Cars

Things I realised I had actually missed from the UK

1) Lee

2) Mum & Pops

3) Scotts Family

4) Tasha

5) Squeeze

6) Ruth

7) Getting to know Hannah (what a absolutely gorgeous new SIL I have)

8) Other Family

9) Other friends

although it was nice to eat, drink and visit the UK, turns out the only things I miss are people.


2014 – Dec 2nd – Tina and Amber fly to the UK

So, I’m a single father for the next couple of weeks, Tina and Amber having flown out of Wellington yesterday to the UK for her brothers wedding to Hannah.  First day went well, Dropped the girls off at  the airport with a few tears, the flew to Auckland with no issues and I put Rio into Kindy with a few screams. Its going to hit him hard after attending for three days a week part time, to full days for five days a week.

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Got home and the dog had crapped three times on the floor and puked on the sofa, the sod, one was a pool of runny poo.  Thank the gods that the Roomba hadn’t kicked off and gone through it.  I found it in Rios room, with a sting from a balloon wrapped round its wheels.  Phew.

Rio arrived back home last night calling out for Amber, and this morning calling out for Mummy.  I explained they were on holiday and he seemed to go “OK” and accept it. Bacon and eggs for breakfast and I tempted him into the car with a Dora chocolate yoghurt.   Dropped him at Kindy at 0730, and he looked wary.   He was tucking into his yoghurt when I said bye bye, and the opened mouth chocolate screams of betrayal echoed the corridors as I fled. 🙂

Got the gang round for dinner tonight, should be good.

My Reading with Tina Budd

Well its been forever again and thats my fault i have been so very busy, between work, kids, house, volunteer stuff, organising the UK stuff and being very sociable with parties, bbqs and more.. But i have to tell you about my lovely experience with Tina Budd.

Tina is an english bird so we got talking last year when she moved out to NZ. Our paths were destined to cross as we kept missing each other until i won a free reading at a fundraiser. Below is what I was told. I’m not a great believer in this sort of thing but Tina knew things that couldn’t have been researched through facebook etc.

Tina says that her spiritual visitor was a lady with the name deerdre or gladys she would have been a great aunt on my mums side. She described the way that the woman was talking to her and it was my mums personality to a tee, she changed subjects rapidly so i wrote random notes.

Pie charts & Graphs with figures will be important, she then said she got blurry and felt dizzy, like swaying and couldn’t focus. A black dog was coming into the family and older one that might need to be saved. Amber doesn’t miss a trick where as Rio is more go with the flow. Amber is strong willed and will have a huge conflict with a close friend in the next 2-18 months , there will be rockyness and Amber would be forceful. Amber has a really good friend whose placid.

A change of work for me, similar line of work, change of company, she could see that i will be working with children on a almost full time basis for the next 2 – 3 years. Big move out of wellington with the number 5 around it. south island/auckland connected with scotts work, Scott will apply for a job and offer is too move, will agree on 6 months trail. Im going to love the move.

A baby loss was a girl names milly not tragic just emotional conversations about trying again one def not and one maybe. Spirit telling her as we have one of each we don’t need more kids. Blunt, unemotional and Direct. I’m not a mumsy mum and we are fine as we are don’t need anything more.

Scott will be invited to a deep sea fishing trip by someone from his work, he will go and enjoy. I felt let down by a girlfriend this year and friend doesn’t see what the issue is. and doesn’t see why i’m upset. Lesson to be learnt is her lesson. need each other she didn’t realise how much she upsets some people. Just got to work it out. She will need my help, needs to be something to work through before we get close again. Suspected marriage issues with her, not getting upset just shouting.

Talked about PND – no i am not going to let this beat me, i don’t need help, pulled myself out thumbs up.Normally shug and just get on with it. Another animal dog? 6-12 months, word of mouth old dog 10 -12 years, will be fit & healthy.