Today His Lordship and I went and helped an old friend sort some of the music in his garage. That friend is Bernie Allen, and he has had a life in music that spans from the 1950s and still continues today. For the best part of 15 years Bernie has simply been unable to open one of the doors of his double garage due to the many, many boxes of music that live there, and of course, there is a story behind each of these boxes. Continue reading “Thank you for the music”
I recently wrote that in France you are never far from a good meal. I have since had cause to stop and re-think those words, because on this trip, I have to say, the food was decidedly underwhelming, with some exceptions.
About this time last year, having recently sold our Auckland house, and with the prospect of loosening the noose around our necks that an Auckland mortgage brings, we planned a European cruise. Continue reading “To cruise or not to cruise…”
France is famed for many things that we all know and love – cheese, wine, romance (a la cinq a sept – that time when a man goes to visit his mistress before going home to his wife). The villages are so charming, the language sounds both erotic and exotic, and you are never far from a good meal. Continue reading “The pharmacies of France”
Last week I went to Christchurch for work for a night. It is the first time I have been back to Christchurch since late 2010 when I was there briefly between the September and February earthquakes. We had a house there and we called by to check it out when we were passing through town to see ow the tenants were faring, and to check on the reported damage.
Continue reading “We built this city …”
So much has happened, where do I start? How do you summarise two weddings, a son departing for the other side of the world, giving up my job, His Lordship starting a new job, and having to move house in a few paragraphs? Continue reading “The nest is empty”
Sometimes making a major change in your life is something you keep looking for excuses to put off, until finally it becomes clear that you are, in fact, obfuscating. For me this preparation started some two to three years ago as I started to increase the levels of freelance work I undertook within the library profession. Continue reading “Taking the plunge”
What a delightful start to the day! His Lordship told me that a guy would be coming at 8am to fix our back door. You see, we were burgled back in June via the back door, which was kicked in, and finally now someone is going to fix it. It’s been nailed shut for the past six months. Continue reading “No butts about it…”
If there’s one thing I really hate, it’s when you ask a sales assistant in a shop where something is, and they point vaguely into the distance and say “it’s over there…” Where? Over the hill? Over the rainbow? Over the moon? Continue reading “Over the rainbow”