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The Mystery of the Unknown Great-Grandmother

Old photos can be a bit of a pain, unless you know the people in them, they can be meaningless.  Even more frustrating is when you know darn well they are relatives but you just don’t know who! Thus brings us to The Mystery of the Unknown Great-Grandmother… As part of the box of photos I … Continue reading

On the hunt for decent takeaways – Five Stars Vietnamese Restaurant – Fendalton

It was my 31st birthday (again!  🙂 ) and my choice for takeaways.  I was tempted to go back to My Hanh but in the theme of trying the different options for takeaways in the area decided we should try Five Stars Vietnamese Restaurant in Fendalton.  We have been here before but again it was years … Continue reading

Gallipoli Exhibition at Te Papa, Wellington

Visiting Wellington last week I took the opportunity to visit Te Papa – Museum of New Zealand to visit their Gallipoli exhibition. The exhibit was created by Weta Workshop, the same team who bought the movies from the The Lord of the Rings series to the big screen.  This time, they turned their hand to these incredible … Continue reading

And this week’s dining in Upper Hutt, Wellington

Upper Hutt, Wellington – jewel of the north, or maybe not.  But what it lacks in entertainment and culture, it makes up for in Indian restaurants.  There were about half a dozen that I saw, some doing Chinese or Malay style cuisine as well. A short few days away from home for work to this … Continue reading

Doglets go to the beach

It was a drizzly autumn day last weekend, and as dachshunds are fair weather doglets only, we decided to chance it and hope for the best with a trip to the beach. Good decision, as it cleared a bit while we were at the beach, and the doglets could have a good run around and … Continue reading

On the hunt for decent takeaways – Mosaic by Simo – Addington

I’ve been a bit slack posting this review, not because it was bad – quite the opposite – it was so good that I don’t want others to find out about it… We were running round doing some errands last weekend and were a bit early for lunch so Welcome Cafe wasn’t open yet. My friend … Continue reading

ANZAC Day

Every year on 25th April both New Zealand and Australia have a memorial day called ANZAC Day.  ANZAC day is the equivalent of the US Memorial Day or the UK Remembrance Day.    Commemorative services start at dawn in both countries and also in Turkey.  It commemorates all New Zealanders and Australian’s killed in war and … Continue reading

On the hunt for decent takeaways – Zab Thai – Upper Riccarton

The birthday boy chose Thai for dinner and picked an old favourite, but one we haven’t been to in ages –  Zab Thai at Upper Riccarton, just near St Peter’s Church.  Takeaway only, no dine in here. He picked Chilli and Garlic (mild) & Peanut Sauce both with Tofu (and vegetables).  I placed the order on the phone and … Continue reading

Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge: Day Five — The Practically Worthless Coin Collection

Welcome to my fifth post for the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge. I was invited by Terri from https://terriwebsterschrandt.wordpress.com/ to participate in this blog series. The theme for my challenge is “Inheriting my Grandparent’s crap” 🙂 So for the last installment in this blog challenge, the biggest challenge for me was which item(s) to use in this last … Continue reading

Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge: Day Four — Inheriting the previously inherited

Welcome to my fourth post for the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge. I was invited by Terri from https://terriwebsterschrandt.wordpress.com/ to participate in this blog series. The theme for my challenge is “Inheriting my Grandparent’s crap” 🙂   My Grandfather had a sister, her name was Mima.  She never married or had children. When she passed away, her belongings … Continue reading

Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge: Day Three — How many ashtrays?

Welcome to my third post for the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge. I was invited by Terri from https://terriwebsterschrandt.wordpress.com/ to participate in this blog series. The theme for my challenge is “Inheriting my Grandparent’s crap” 🙂   My Dad upon giving me these vintage ashtrays said “you have to keep them“… Lets have a little count should we? … Continue reading

Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge: Day Two — The Christchurch Exhibition

Welcome to my second post for the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge. I was invited by Terri from https://terriwebsterschrandt.wordpress.com/ to participate in this blog series. The theme for my challenge is “Inheriting my Grandparent’s crap” 🙂   When my Dad and his sister cleared my Grandparent’s home following the death of my Gran, I remember Dad coming home explaining … Continue reading

Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge: Day One — The Hideous Vase

Welcome to my first post for the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge. I was invited by Terri from https://terriwebsterschrandt.wordpress.com/ to participate in this blog series. The theme for my challenge is going to be “Inheriting my Grandparent’s crap” 🙂   I suspect this photo was taken in the 1960s.  Featuring my Grandad (who’s war diary I have … Continue reading

On the hunt for decent takeaways – Coach Corner Takeaways

I feel I’ve been a bit remiss in not doing a review on the traditional kiwi favourite of a Fish’n’Chip shop – these are usually small, family run businesses. Most neighbourhoods have a handful of Fish’n’Chip shops to choose from, and they usually offer more that just fish and chips. Often they have a selection of hamburgers and … Continue reading

Why earth hour is a load of bollocks!

This year, earth hour is 28th March and again we will not be participating.  What a load of bollocks! Last year I wrote a post on why we would not be participating in Earth Hour.  You can read that here. If you are participating this year, ask yourself why? What are you doing for the … Continue reading

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