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Study in Blue and White

8 Apr



Bentley: 1938 4.4 litre Drophead Coupe

7 Apr

This may be the last of the cars from this year’s Art Deco weekend.  But it is another splendid example of the beauty that is Bentley.

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Why Do I Feel Guilty?

7 Apr

0730 and a call from Wendy to ask if I’d look after the two youngest whilst she took Martin to the Practice.  Son One is working there today and Son Two is going over to take Misty to the dog groomer.  Dora the Explorer is in dock so they are down to one car and I needed mine today.  No problem.  They played Monopoly and Scrabble and ate boiled eggs with Marmite soldiers whilst I got on with the morning’s tasks.  

At 0700 I had put on the TV to see the news but, primarily, to get the weather forecast.  There was to be an explanation of the proposed Whanau Ora scheme which interested me.  TV One’s Breakfast Programme stayed on.  Now I’m not a great TV watcher although I would definitely not like to be without it.  I certainly am not a watcher of morning TV.  But the TV stayed on in the background this morning.  The children obviously have a capacity to multi-task and watched and commented on the news and programme generally whilst playing their games. 

So please tell me this: why did I feel guilty having the TV on?  Why?

Oh What World Within Your Branches Lives?

6 Apr


On the left of the paddock in front of The Cottage.  These trees are truly alive with the music of hundreds of birds and insects and the rustle of each tiny breeze

Daylight Saving Ends

6 Apr

Now that daylight saving has ended I know that I’ll not be alone in having to come to terms with the reality that is long nights.  As it gets dark earlier and gets cooler the whole essence of life that is New Zealand begins to falter.  For me life in New Zealand is a life lived outdoors.  I probably spend an average of well over 6 hours a day outdoors.  I drive a car without a roof.  I have large ranch sliders which remain open most of the day (and would be open most of the evening if it were not for the insects who come in to the light).  As the days draw in those opportunities for outside living grow fewer.

The long nights in Scotland never worried me.  I would hunker down with the central heating and the fire and use the long winter nights (midwinter on Lewis means that it’s dark at 4.30pm and not light until 8.30am) for all the things that one can do on long winter nights.  I relished them.  But then I knew that when midsummer came it would be light throughout the night – it is possible to read the paper outside at 2 am on midsummer’s night provided, of course, it’s not raining!  Everything is relative however and when I’m on Lewis on a warm summer’s day I look at the temperature in Napier and often find that my summer temperature might be exactly the same as the winter temperature in Napier. 

All this is, however, rather academic for me because in 15 days 19 hours and 34 minutes (approximately) I shall be leaving my New Zealand autumn to rejoin Scotland in the spring.

It’s not a bad life, I have to admit.


5 Apr

I know that some of you will be getting rather bored with my car postings but I love these old cars so I’m indulging my own desires as well as the few out there who may share them.  In this case this is not unlike the Bentley my Uncle Eric owned many years ago.  These were, of course, taken at Art Deco Weekend.

DSC06172 DSC06173 No shortage of instrumentation

DSC06176Now that is an engine in it’s raw beauty without today’s electronic wizardry

DSC06177 And how is that for an handmade leather fan belt?