Jan 16, 2017

Family Stuff

William Reed (my great grandfather, mum's grandfather)
William was one of the sons of James Reed and Kahumahinga.
Below is a link that family might find interesting.

Jan 13, 2017

Cheesy Rider.

So while I am swanning around at Taupo Rob headed off to see her cousins in Matamata. I think she found a new lease on life once she threw her leg over this beautiful Milwaukee machine, a famous Harley Davidson. Hell she suits it!
Route 66 here we come.....
Seriously these bikes are all classic, retro and state of the art in one beautiful package.
Talk about living the dream, that's what her cousins seem to be thriving on.
Go hard guys.


Family Boys

This is a classic for our family. 
These are my bro's and my kids. all boys.
I bet they stay in touch as years go on.
Left to right.
Brad, Paul, Shuan.
Rob, Daniel.

The Range

 A different range this time.
This time cracking the 200m distance. The white arrow points at my almost invisible black target.
This is the range between Tauranga and Rotorua. Tech Park. (NZDA 300m range)

Spot Of Golf

Just a small taste of how the other half lives.
Wairaki Golf Course Taupo.
Rob and I left Tauranga early, had breakfast at the famous 'Sweet Rose Cafe' in Tokoroa (you need to do that...) then on to Taupo for the golf.
We arrived early, checked out Huka falls then got to the course and sussed out the protocols and rules etc. Actually nice people, relaxed atmosphere and very nice facilities.
Everything easy, no stress until you hit that first ball and then the stress is all self induced as was mine....
Rob played well. I played NOT well but enjoyed the entire experience despite being crook and trying to cough up my bloody lungs!
At the end of the 4 hours round (with carts) we sat on the balcony of the club house and had a nice late lunch like a couple of spoilt brats.
Rob with cart 15
 Me same!
 Bit hard to see here but the elevated tees are a feature at Wairaki as is sand. Strange little beaches all over the course. We checked most of them out....
 Beautiful setting with a a St Andrews like stone bridge.
Not long after this on another hole we were surprised with the appearance of a beautiful proud deer that appeared out of the surrounding bush and proceeded to graze on the low hanging leaves of one of the trees later we saw a group of four. Of course Wairaki is not only a golf course its a wild life sanctuary.

 Me!
The Huka falls stop. Later that day a young guy went down these falls on a body board. A really crazy guy. This is seriously dangerous water. There is a Youtube video.
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Jan 10, 2017

Something Different

A great way to get your mind focused and enjoy a little countryside quiet between blasts!
My target is stapled on to the board at the end of the range where the white arrow is pointing.
Scope mandatory.
Got a lot to learn.
This is a range in the hills of Taupo.
In case you are wondering what that nifty little orange flag is about well it tells other shooters at a glance that the gun is unloaded. Good to know that especially when walking down range to check your target patterns.

Jan 6, 2017

Graphic Attitude

One of the better wheel covers!
Took me a few moments to click...

Dec 27, 2016

More Christmas

A beautiful Christmas table at Grace and Thomas's
They kick right into ripping paper.
 The rats at the ready
 So you know the old trick. Let's agree not to buy anything for each other.
But on the day......


 At Jay's place now.
Grandma and Jay

 Dad watches Jay give out presents. A real Santa
 Mum, Nana and Aunty Jenny are Santa's little helpers
 Jay kicks his new ball (actually threw it right at me...)
 I wanted to ride this baby. A real machine that is electric powered.
Lucky kid.
 Dad assembling the balance bike. No instructions needed....
 Grand dad and Nana inspect the new play equipment
All in all a great day. We are so lucky.

Dec 26, 2016

Ovation Of The Seas

She glides silently across the harbour early this morning.
Hundreds of people were up to brave the cool breeze to watch the largest passenger ship ever to visit. In fact its one of the largest in the world today.
Built in Germany and launched in April 2016. This is a monster by any standards.