long live the king

forget the queen, the king rules here in island bay. in the too good to be true category this portrait of elvis is featured prominently in our local grocery – the island bay new world. not sure you can see…

sitting on the dock of the bay

88 days after our container left our house it framingham it has arrived in wellington. Tracking Information Container : MSCU5003138 Type : 40′ DRY VAN Status : IN TRANSIT Shipped To : WELLINGTON, NZ Shipped On : 30/08/2007 LOCATION DATE…

howdy neighbors

island bay beach is closed to dogs from 9 am to 7 pm during daylight saving time so our new weekend ritual is to head off a bit before 8 and spend the early morning at the beach. at 9…

november 22 – just another day

what i did today: got up at 0545 put the kettle on took the dog out made the coffee showered & dressed walked to the 0651 bus rode into town with the other worker bees work, work, work came home…

more english than england

one of my former london based orange colleagues posts occasionally to his journal – usually focusing on design topics. recently he reflected on some of his favourite words that were disappearing from common use in england. no surprise that many of the…

student parking

remember when kids walked to school? before the school bus stopped at every block. and before the kids sat with their parents in their idling suvs at the bus stop? the local take on how to get to school. [jboss…

he’s coming to town

santa that is. today was the santa parade. if you were looking for a cute small town parade that you hadn’t seen since the 50’s then it didn’t disappoint. it will not be confused with the rose bowl parade or…

this is where we live

yesterday and this morning jackie and i went for a walk with gromit down to the beach. a quick few blocks and we’re there. (click any for larger image) the coastline reminds me of portland – wild and rocky in…

famous

fryphone is in the news quite a bit this week. unfortunately (fortunately?) it has nothing to do we me. stephen fry – likely one of the most famous and popular members of the british empire has written a piece in his blog about…

parole hearing

yesterday marked gromit’s 30th day in quarantine – and after a final check by the maf vet he was cleared to go. one more big milestone. we’re all together again. 2 weeks until final milestone – container arrival. (let’s go!)…

867-5309

now that we’re in our rental house and have our phone hooked up our contact details have finally settled down a bit. to head off some obvious questions – yes, some mobile numbers are shorter than others (jackie’s has one…

will the students stand please

i’ve completed my first week of commuting on the bus and have learned a few new things. the buses run on time so i need to also. twice this week i arrived at the bus stop 2 or 3 minutes…

may i have your attention please

it has been pointed out to me from several sources that i did not give jackie’s arrival proper coverage. i’m sure it is attributed to the emotional overload of the event. so gather round please. thank you. i would like…