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Hello again
Wednesday, April 15, 2020      11 comments

Hello to my dear Sparkly buddies. How have you been? I've had an interesting time since I checked in last. It was long ago. Had my house burned down last time I blogged? Anyway, there have been many changes. I hope we are all surviving the... Read more
Monday, May 27, 2019      5 comments

Hello dear Spark buddies, how are you enjoying your spring? It is the end of autumn here in NZ and I am taking advantage of the mild weather to get as much cycling in as I can. I am back at work after my holiday and have dismissed my chauffeur... Read more
Re entry
Monday, April 15, 2019      7 comments

My break is coming to a close, this time in a fortnight I will be arranging my work wardrobe. So it is time to return to normal sleep patterns and catch up on the news I have been mostly ignoring on my holiday. My work as a researcher means I h... Read more
Schedule of loss
Tuesday, April 09, 2019      7 comments

There is such a thing and we have just received ours in the wake of the fire at our house. It doesn't have many things, about 90 lines, many involving multiple items that the insurer suggests we write off. Some are precious and we will probabl... Read more
Tuesday, March 26, 2019      8 comments

What a lot has happened since I posted last. A right wing terrorist from another country committed an act of terror against Muslims at prayer in two mosques in my home town. Fifty have lost their lives and another fifty injured. Many families ... Read more
Wednesday, February 27, 2019      8 comments

Today I poodled about making bread, Bircher muesli and a Jaffa smoothie (banana, cocoa and orange with oatmeal and almond milk.) yummy! After lunch I went for a swim. There has been a storm which pushed a lot of cold water up from the south, s... Read more
Progress towards the new normal
Wednesday, February 27, 2019      6 comments

Our insurance claim has been accepted and a team is clearing all our possessions out of the house. They will be assessed to see if they can be cleaned, and some magical process will make them fresh as new! The house will be scaffolded and wrap... Read more
Getting a grip
Thursday, February 21, 2019      9 comments

A week after the fire water is still making its way down to the other two stories of our house. It's warm so mould is taking hold. We have not heard that our insurance claim will be accepted. Our tenants would love to return to the house but w... Read more
A Valentines Day I won't forget
Thursday, February 14, 2019      10 comments

We are a day ahead of many northerners so today is Valentines Day. In a surprise development, DH and I are spending it in a local hotel. We've been married for about 30 years, and surprise nights at a hotel are not in our normal repertoire. Bu... Read more
Pleasantly tired
Monday, February 11, 2019      10 comments

Ive been preoccupied with the new kitchen, so didn't follow my plan for this little break. No yoga, but I HAVE been biking or swimming nearly every day, with a bit of gardening thrown in. My staycation coincided with a warm spell of summer weath... Read more
The warm sea.
Sunday, February 03, 2019      8 comments

I didn't ride my bike today because I went for a swim at a different beach, which is on the Tasman Sea. The water was so warm, I could hardly believe it when I got in! We were visiting a friend who has a weekend bach in a place called Pukerua Ba... Read more
Got the gears going
Saturday, February 02, 2019      6 comments

Thank you all for your feedback about kitchen renovations. We have started marking out the kitchen and clearing out unwanted bits and pieces. We screwed an extension to the bench to give a sense of where things will be. I went for a bike ride ... Read more
First sea swim in home waters this year
Sunday, January 27, 2019      11 comments

The country is having a heat wave, except for us, but it was lovely this afternoon and I went swimming at our local beach. It is in a harbour and there are a few 🚣 moored quite close. There are also a couple of wharves and a pier to swim to. So... Read more
Question about kitchen renovations
Wednesday, January 23, 2019      12 comments

I'm thinking about renovating the kitchen which was built in 1963 and not changed since. Any tips from those of you who have done such a thing? What's your best tip, the thing you were most pleased about? And what would you do differently next... Read more
Plans for this year
Sunday, January 20, 2019      6 comments

Now I am recovered from my bug, it's time to set my intentions for the year. Nothing much new, just more of the same, really. Fitness wise I will continue with my swimming - loving my new flippers and expecting my kick will improve as the... Read more

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