This was amazing. They would not allow photos so I only snapped this one. There were 440 children in the production and the theatre at the Bethlehem College (where it was held) was full. Our Jay was in there somewhere. The kids had to muscle up to do three appearances over two days. Exhausting to think about it. The theme was about Richard Pearce (New Zealander) who beat the wright brothers to fly. He was given the name 'Mad Pearce' and was known locally, right from school days, as being eccentric.
Mar 21, 2023
Mar 13, 2023
We had a great time climbing the rocks and bashing some bush all the way up to the deep ponds west of the bridge. The boys were brave enough to plunge in undies only. Later, when we got back, I was a ball of sweat only just standing up. Lewis said, "Pop, I loved that can we do it again?" My reply? "no bloody way mate"
Mar 4, 2023
Jay and I decided to summit the Mount (Mauao) today. It was very hot, but beautiful. It was almost 3 years exactly since the last time we did it together. This time he flew up. I just sweated!
These guys live in a large tree at the back of our house. They are a big pain when they bomb our roof and pool. That aside, I watch them hunting and foraging on the Matua mudflats and they are an amazing bird.