A life just as ordinary

Just like you, but different

The one with the Tooth Fairy.

I found the today when I was looking for something else. It’s a note from my daughter from many years ago to the Tooth Fairy about a tooth that had … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sporting your life vicariously – the return

MissPdubyah gave up playing Club Hockey 18 months ago, and all Hockey at the end of her time at College. Much to the despair of MrsPhil and myself. After all … Continue reading

July 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Auckland Lantern festival 2013

The Auckland Lantern Festival is celebrated on the first full moon following the Chinese New Year. In 2013, the event, from 22-24 February was held at Albert Park in Auckland. This year … Continue reading

February 24, 2013 · 6 Comments

The 12 ways of Christmas – The Dinner

Since I moved from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern (England to New Zealand) I’ve always struggled with the concept of  Santa, Trees, Snow, and the “full’ Christmas dinner. There … Continue reading

December 15, 2012 · 1 Comment

Happy Families – yes you’ve left home but…..

MrsPdubyah and me, well we’re a nuclear family, 2 adults, 2 children, cat, or more correctly now 4 adults and cat. Even more correctly 3 adults at home and one … Continue reading

October 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Two Funerals and a wondering

To be honest it’s been a few funerals,  but specifically I’m thrown off by axis by one of which was this week, the other from 1988. This week the funeral … Continue reading

October 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sporting your life vicariously – the last Tournament – Aftermath

The Final Federation Cup Hockey Tournament for the #1 Daughter is done and dusted. After the two games on Monday the dye had been cast and the girls were then … Continue reading

September 8, 2012 · 1 Comment

Faith, Same sex marriage, and Children.

New Zealand is on track to remove barriers to same sex marriages. We have Civil Union legislation, but this is a sort of half-way house thing. Removing an arbitrary sex … Continue reading

July 28, 2012 · 3 Comments

Growing up – “It’s no use we’re losing her Captain”

Such a timid thing, I though. MissPdubyah has all the worldliness of a tea-spoon. This is the daughter who had to look up a map to see how to drive … Continue reading

July 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Growing up – the one with the still leaving home

It’s been an intriguing week. Boychild has signed his tenancy agreement with his girlfriend and a new landlord for a place in Kelston. All his worldly goods in a couple … Continue reading

July 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Growing up – the one with the leaving home.

#1 Son is about to leave the parental home and set up a love nest with this girlfriend. It’s been a while coming. As a father I’m pleased that he’s … Continue reading

July 7, 2012 · 3 Comments

Sporting your life vicariously – the one where they end in tears.

It’s down to the final few games of College hockey for Ms17 (MS18 in 37 days she informs me), and last night was the final of the local secondary schools tournament. I’d forgotten how … Continue reading

June 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ms17 and the driving licence

After the last effort, where 40 in a 50, and 50 in a 60 zone don’t cut it for the examiner, Ms17 had another crack at it today, in the … Continue reading

June 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Growing up – the one with the frustration.

I care about my children a lot, and whilst by no means the best parent I think that between me and MrsPubyah we did an okay job. Currently #1 son … Continue reading

May 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

Not a complete disaster but…

tragedy could have been averted by not driving at 40 in a 50 zone and 50 in a 60 zone. Driving like you’re driving for Miss daisy isn’t going to … Continue reading

May 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Some Questions for the Whangarei daycare

I have two views on these stories : Daycare ‘bullies’ for kicking out HIV boy – National – NZ Herald News.  and  HIV boy childcare ban a human rights issue … Continue reading

May 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

My Weird Belief System- Involuntary mass medication

I was reminded today when reading an article about Folic acid in bread to  ‘reduces’ birth risks –  Folic acid in bread ‘reduces’ birth risks – National – NZ Herald … Continue reading

May 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

From the St Cuthbert’s ANZAC Hockey Festival.

I wrote about the saga of the School Uniform blazers. These are just a few of the picture I took of MissPdubyah at the St Cuthbert‘s ANZAC Hockey Festival which … Continue reading

April 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Growing up – the one about finding a job

It’s not easy finding a job at the moment and #boychild is finding this out first hand. Having passed some A levels (he’s fairly bright) and deciding that further education didn’t appeal … Continue reading

April 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

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