A life just as ordinary

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Labour and Socialism – lurch left.

I don’t vote Labour or left wing. Never have. Doesn’t mean that I can’t have an opinion on what might make me vote for them though, or ideas that might … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · 5 Comments

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

Beach Life – Summer 2013 – #10

Took the camera on the stroll around the point at Mataragi. It was low tide and it’s somewhat more accessible. It’s getting more popular too which isn’t a bad thing. … Continue reading

January 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

Beach Life – Summer 2013 – #9

I write this the day after the day before. Yesterday, the weather was average, cold and a bit showery.  But I was made to go for some exercise with MrsPdubyah, … Continue reading

January 2, 2014 · 3 Comments

Beach Life – Summer 2013 – #7

It’s still really nice here, weather is behaving itself by and large.  To be honest I don’t know how I haven’t got a tan going on, it’s been mostly sunny. … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · 1 Comment

Beach Life – Summer 2013 – #6

Well here we are then. At the beach house. this is the view, well this is the view when you hold the camera up a bit higher than eye-line, but … Continue reading

December 30, 2013 · 2 Comments

Beach Life – Summer 2013 – #5

Sunday then.  Today would be the day that we are finally getting our act together to get to the beach. It’s taken a while. MrsPdubyah just went out to get … Continue reading

December 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

Restaurant Critic #4 – Flavours of India – Browns Bay

Well what an eye opener this was when we first came here. We’d been used to having Indian food take-away and Dine-in from Chand in Mairangi Bay , where the service … Continue reading

December 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Beach Life – Summer 2013 – #4

Still not quite at the beach, but ’tis the day before christmas. 8:45 MrsPdubyah sends me a text, she has to work today, at the local mall. Text reads “Car … Continue reading

December 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

It’s not where you’re at it’s where you’re from.

Part of being where you are is knowing where you came from. I’m from a family that has a chequered history, not unusual. and the family tree is a journey, … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Beer at the beach house (Bach) Yeastie Boys + Firestone Walker + Panhead – Englebert Pumpernickel

Yes indeed a collaboration between the nice people at Yeastie Boys + Firestone Walker + Panhead , to bring you the Englebert Pumpernickel. A ridiculously pale beer with an immense … Continue reading

October 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

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

The 12 ways of Christmas – The Holiday with the ‘folks’

We’re lucky enough to enjoy a beach house. We’re lucky enough to have ‘Christmas‘ in the summer months, being as how it’s New Zealand and it’s all the other way … Continue reading

December 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

The 12 ways of Christmas – The Tree

This year might be the year when we don’t have a traditional tree decoration at home. By decoration I mean a tree with things on it. As a child the … Continue reading

December 9, 2012 · Leave a 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

Happy Families – the one with the recap #2

Anyways we crack on ….  There are many more things to tell If you remember we had an aunt Peggy  – it turns out that she was not a relation … Continue reading

August 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Those Three Little Words…

Empty Nest Syndrome. MrsPdubyah was moping about the house yesterday ‘unfulfilled’ and generally mooching and moody, #1Son has allegedly left home and MrsPdubyah yesterday used some of my beer tokens … Continue reading

July 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

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