Apr 29, 2014

Autumn On The Lake

McLaren Falls park starting to colour up as the weather gets cooler

Apr 27, 2014

Easter Eggs

The kids came around to open their eggs

 Thomas doing the business
 And enjoying the rewards
 Then into the hot pool

Wild Tree

On the base track of Maoau this Pohutukawa seems not to have a good growth strategy

Avaiation Moments

Balloons over Waikato
 Paragliding off Mauao (The Mount)
 Matakana island below and in the background the Kaimai range
 Kaman SH-2G Seasprite Helicopter showing off at the airshow. No6 squadron RNZAF. One of 5 operated by our air force for special missions including surface and sub surface warfare (Practice I assume)

Apr 25, 2014

ANZAC Dawn Parade

Mt Maunganui Cenotaph
A Crescent Moon and Venus align over the  the cenotaph.
A massive crowd this year and kids of all ages attending many proudly wearing medals from family servicemen and women from years past.

Grace did me the honour of coming to the service with her Pop.
It was an early start and kids can't see much in a sea of adults but they hang in there.
Fly past. deHavilland Harvards

Apr 23, 2014

Flight Delays

Air New Zealand flights are often delayed for "engineering" reasons when in fact it's all those Germans on the airfield holding things up 

Apr 22, 2014


At the Tauranga Airshow 2014
 And after the show a celebratory smoke out on the tarmac

Apr 21, 2014

Tauranga Walk About

Harbourside Restaurant. Many nice meals here. Needs a little paint outside.
 Devonport Towers
 One of our least known archades
No excitement here....

Apr 19, 2014

Easter So Far. Marginal Weather

 Main beach Mt Mauganui with north easterly weather moving in
Later in the evening this view from Matua mudflats
Getting a quick walk in between showers this retaining wall around the Month base track

Apr 18, 2014

McLaren Falls

This guy was trying to decide if he could Kayak this drop and he was going through the motions (dry run so to speak)
But he gave the idea away. The falls were pumping today.

Apr 17, 2014


It rained today. Heavily. Wind was strong from the north east. The storm system is moving south just in time to ruin many peoples Easter plans.
For us
Inside the house.
A very gutting leak that caused me to break the Gib to free the entrapped water (11 litres of it!)
Very disturbing as this comes from a reroofed part of the house and the interior ceilings had all been repainted as well. 
Grrrr! Mount Roofing Ltd we need to talk.
 Meanwhile outside 
It was a beautiful evening as the weather lifted for a while over Matua and the park.

Apr 16, 2014

From The Old Album

Way back in time before computers, cell phones, Mcdonalds and Red Bull just hanging out with Dad was not a bad day for us kids.
This is my bro Ken doing just that while leaning on the old family Morrie 

Sulphur Bay Rotorua

 Just a 5 minute walk from Rotorua city center is Sulphur Bay at the southeast end of Lake Rotorua.
A strangely eerie place. The water is acidic, sulphurous and mineralised and small fumaroles can be seen, as can acid etched bits of wood (quite beautiful). Of course being close to town there is the inevitable examples of random rubbish like the kids sandal below.
The area has history and the link will take you to more info

Apr 15, 2014

Hora de la Fiesta

Party time.
Rob and Sarah's Mexican night out.
Next day was a very sad sight and not a maraca to be seen. Just pills....

Apr 12, 2014


In The Quarry today with the old digger (Not the guy taking the pictures please!) 

Little Monkey

TePuna Quarry. G will climb anything given half a chance

Safe Haven

P Class yachts in Pilot Bay. Storm clouds building.