Wednesday, 20 February 2019


Today we are waiting for Oma....she has been battering New Caledonia and other points around we can but anticipate her path.. Queensland, New Zealand, back where she came from???
It looks like we may get off lightest in Whanganui with heavier weather North and South of us... hopefully the areas driest and with fires will not get drowned as in Australia
Meanwhile we have been having a steady light rain shower, just the thing to wet the ground and sink in instead of dashing down and away.
Who knows what the weekend will bring!

Monday, 18 February 2019

Pretty and fascinating


Sunday, 17 February 2019

Life goes on

Yet another beautiful sunset...each day is starting a little cloudy, then clearing to hot sun...we now have a total fire ban in Whanganui and South Taranaki.
We may have rain o Thursday depending on the track of the category 3 tropical hurricane OMA, presently over Vanuatu... we are keeping an eye on its tracks.

Meanwhile our longer weekend rides with a group start on the other side of the river, 15 minutes ride away..a good warm up! They are on the road by 7am, and when we finish in a cafe for breakfast at 9am we have missed the heavy traffic and the sun is just getting really hot...and you have the rest of the day left!!  Some of them are working so it fits in with everyone.
We are enjoying living at the Hikurangi Stayplace..we lend a hand when needed as it's basically a one man band with his new partner and two cleaners five mornings a week, two hours each day.
There are some nights, when events are on in the River City when here are 70 people staying!!  That includes the dozen or so longer stayers.
It's a hard life for them but provides a marvellous relaxed stayplace for the customers at a very reasonable cost.
All being well we know where we'll stay in two year's time!
We'll have other friends to return to as well, both old and new.
We have extended our stay another week into March..but then we'll be heading North, sad to leave friends but looking forward to seeing others.

Friday, 15 February 2019


Not a lot, but welcome all the same! Then a beautiful afternoon, just the thing to dry the washing before we went for a ride late afternoon as it cooled again.

Day out

I had a day in town o my own yesterday..browsing around then helping a friend on her library stall at the One Billion Rising event.
People already library members could borrow books there and those not could join right there..and borrow. She is an outreach librarian, so this was the library reaching out! As it was a womens' event all the books were about women specific problems or by women.
I looked after the stall while she joined in the flash mob dance which would be travelling around the world for 24 hours..same song, music and dance....
Then she took an easy Zumba class.
She, her husband and 10 year old son moved to New Zealand from Belgium ten years ago..and a year ago moved to Whanganui.

It's a lovely inspiring place..wish we could stay!!

Thursday, 14 February 2019

My valentine

Thankyou Pirate xx

Sunday, 10 February 2019


Hello fellow potter, commenting on the saviac wheel would be good to get in contact and talk wheels!!

Games end

Sunset and moonrise over Whanganui

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Cat resting

It's hot...

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Wednesday, 6 February 2019


Last night. Breathtaking.
Today is a bit chilly, and windy..we have met friends for coffee, and been for a ride..and now the stayplace is filling up.. we've had some table tennis players but today two teams of South African volleyball players have arrived from Auckland.. it's beginning to feel full !..just two spare beds in the whole place!!

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

A walk into town

 A Tonka toy doing  "U" turn!!

 A pile driving crane working from a wooden platform on piles..... historically there was a row of shops and houses there...but at a point where the main force of the river flow hits
 Local shop
 And into the River City...

 Home again after joining in on a track training session this afternoon..yet another beautiful sunset.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Sunday, 3 February 2019

The Games are over..

Over for us as the cycling was compressed into the first three days!
Now I'm waiting for the washing machine to finish..for the second time...

 Before the games started we visited the friends we usually stay with..Izzy is 12 and still going ..a Huntaway/Labrador a bit of collie!
No photos until yesterday as I don't carry the tablet in my bike bag just in case...
We went to Brunswick just outside Whanganui for the road race..he raced, I had a nice ride the reverse way around the course.
There is a beautiful village hall there dating from the 1870s istr.

 Ready and waiting
 And off
 And our friend Fred Blom's car....
Now to hang out the washing and go for a ride.