11 August 2015

You write a blog post, it gets read, then it disappears into the depths of your website archives.
We'd like to think that over time our writings have delivered more and more helpful information to our readers, and there are posts worth featuring.
So here are a few links to the topics we've written about thus far:


General information about driving in New Zealand including driver's licenses and safety.



What decisions there are to make when buying or building a mobile home.


A majority of our posts in this category, expanded and illustrated, now feature in our e-book:



While neither of us are professionals, occassionally there is a photo we take worth sharing.



Ideas and issues that nationals may take for granted like medical care, what to do with rubbish, when shops are open, and our culture.



Random acts of kindness for the budget-conscience.  This is where you will also find our 12 monthly posts on what we were able to do for others in our community and beyond.

Inspired to do a RAOK?  Check out our current fund-raiser:

26 February 2015


Art Deco weekend is overwhelming in it's sights and sounds.  Whereas you can wander around the streets any other day and your brain is trained to block out the normal (attire) during Art Deco it simply can't.  Everything is an assault on your senses.  Working with that we find it helps to choose just one or two events to focus on.  This year it was the Born to Move dance encore (for the girls) and the Automobilia parade.


The former gave a top notch hour-long dance performance, and the later boasted over 250 cars this year.  


The parade was definitely too long to really captivate and hold one's attention and unfortunately inconsiderate public stood right in front of where our family had been waiting in the blazing sun for 45 minutes for it to begin.  Disappointing.  


The dance encore however combined story, music, theatre and dance - one of my favourite being the Gershwin's 'Blah, blah, blah" below.  The infatuation between the couple was palpable and had me wishing I was their age falling in love again.


[These images were taken from about 50m away from the stage unfortunately so not as crisp as I would have wanted but good enough without a telephoto lense.]

Bringing Gershwin's 'Blah Blah Blah' to life


Originally written for East is West
Used in Delicious (film) (1931)
Resurrected for Nice work if you can get it on Broadway in 2012
(Music by George Gershwin)
I’ve written you a song,  
A beautiful routine.   
(I hope you like it.)   
My technique can’t be wrong:   
I learned it from the screen.   
(I hope you like it.)   
I studied all the lines that all the lovers sing;   
Then just for you I wrote this little thing:  
Blah, blah, blah, blah, moon.  
Blah, blah, blah, above;   
Blah, blah, blah, blah, croon,   
Blah, blah, blah, blah, love.   
Tra la la la, tra la la la la merry month of May; 
Tra la la la, tra la la la la ‘neath the clouds of gray 
Blah, blah, blah, your hair,   
Blah, blah, blah, your eyes;    
Blah, blah, blah, blah, care.   
Blah, blah, blah, blah, skies.   
Tra la la la, tra la la la la la, cottage for two--   
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah darling, with you!   



Madison Bowey, http://www.starnow.co.nz/MadisonBowey



Sailor's proposing to their captain that they need women on the ship!



A couple of the multitude of Art Deco buildings that can be seen any day in Napier if you only look up; and a couple of fly-over shots.


Emmerson St, Napier


Public Trust building, Napier


Fly-over up Emmerson Street, Napier


Aerobatics at the top of Upper Emmerson St, Napier

Hawke's Bay
29 January 2015


Atlas shot this footage while we were in the Coromandel and I couldn't help but try to overlay some music to it so I could share it with you.  I hope you enjoy it.

[He didn't come out intending to shoot a video and you can probably tell from the elementary graphics and effects that it is my first time editing, right?!]


We've only watched the sunrise as a family a very few times - all while we have been away from home.  

I can see how if you are in a mobile home without black-out curtains, you would be up earlier in the morning anyway, so perhaps we may see more sunrises (and sunsets) on the road.


Here are a few other still images:







How can we learn to see and appreciate the sunrise, beyond the metaphorical, as an opportunity to start afresh each day?