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Emily recently had to do some homework which involved delivering a short talk about the amazing things she was going to do with her life. As she is somewhat – let’s say focussed – on tigers, the amazing thing she chose was to look after tigers in the wild.
As she was allowed to use any medium she combined spoken word and video. The video linked here is what we made on a Sunday afternoon and she loved it. We kind of I like it too!

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We’ve had the apple peeler/corer/slicer for a while. A bit of a fun toy which has the added benefit that suddenly the kids want to triple their fruit intake.

So faced with a few spuds to peel I decided to remove the slicing part and just use the machine to peel the spuds.

Having shared that on Facebook, a friend suggested removing the handle and attaching a drill instead. This was the first attempt at using the drill, running at the lower of two speed settings that my drill has. The girls wanted apples for pudding, so I’ve reattached the slicing/coring part.

This was the funniest thing the girls had ever seen apparently. I was fairly entertained as well. But I felt that there was more to gain. So we loaded up another apple, switched the drill up to high speed and well… See for yourself!

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It’s been a while coming, but I’ve finally finished the series of videos from our Nothland Road Trip we did with Rob and Natalie back in March.  Lucy said the other day “Wouldn’t it be exciting if the Jucy van came down the drive with Rob and Natalie!”

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Thursday morning was a bleary-eyed and very tired one.  The wind had come up over night and the tent had been pummeled and buffeted along with squally heavy rain AND the noise from the surf on the beach down below us.  Something about the three sounds together meant that we (being me and Josie) got barely any sleep, dropping off for short periods then waking again soon after.  The girls managed to sleep through it all of course, whilst we emerged from our tent thinking that maybe we’d have been better off using all the guys and ensuring they were all pulled tight before we tucked in for the night.  Note to self:  If a tent is made with eighteen guy ropes, use eighteen guy ropes.

The previous day we’d seen a sign for ‘Northland Field Days’ just a few km away outside Dargaville and wondered what it was and if it would hold any interest for us.  We’d loosely aimed to get quite a bit further north, but decided to check out the Field Days and stay for a few hours if it was worth it.

A brief stop at an i-Site (tourist information) confirmed that the Field Days sounded hugely exciting!  A bit like a county show in the UK, Natalie was especially excited (even more so than Josie if such a thing is possible) as the whole agricultural/country-side theme is something she’s been around her whole life.

As it was the first day and still a weekday, the show wasn’t overly busy, but still very well attended.  Josie read somewhere that these Field Days, which take place around the country, are a significant economic indicator.  Farmers really do go there to buy new tractors and barns and stuff.  If people are spending money in the rural economy, the whole economy is good apparently.

The first exciting thing we stumbled across was Doug the Digger.  A mini digger set-up for kids to use.  I’m not talking a kids version – this is a proper digger you could use on a building site.  The brilliant guy manning the stand invited the girls up and Lucy charged at it.  Strapped into the seat, wearing her hi-viz, the man helped her to move the bucket and the arm.  Once Lucy had led the way, Emily reluctantly climbed up, but once she was in she forgot herself and loved it.  The man changed his patter to suit Emily’s age, a very rare skill for adults, to correctly pitch their jokes and teasing at the right level given the rapid changes kids go through as they grow.  He was more hands-off with Emily and let her control the digger without him helping.  How often do you get that kind of experience?

We split up for while leaving Rob and Nat to watch some Spanish Riding (which turned out to be english dressage by a Nana in a Spanish dress) whilst we took the kids to the Fonterra tent for some free dairy products and colouring in.  The kids managed to get some temporary tattoos all the way up their arms of various Fonterra brands whilst we were in there, which then stuck around for days and days and days.

After joining up again we were all starting to flag so headed for food with thoughts of an early exit.  Finding an angus beef stand we ordered some burgers and sausages.  It was startling how stupid the woman serving us was.  We had a ticket which quite clearly showed we had ordered 3 burgers and two sausages.  She seemed unable to match up the ticket with the food being presented to her from the grill.  First we got one burger, then two sausages, then we said we wanted two more burgers, so she tried to take the sausages away.  We explained the order was three burgers, so she gave the next two to the woman behind us in the queue.  We explained we had ordered three, so she tried to give us three more.  I was losing patience and civility by this point but thankfully (whether by coincidence or judgement) she managed to finally get our order right.

Before we left I really wanted to go and catch a fire brigade demonstration of what happens when you pur water on burning oil.  This is something everyone should see (watch the video for the critical moment!) as it’s so impressive.  Rob also had a go on a drink-driving awareness game, which involves a test of dexterity and coordination whilst wearing some goggles which disorientate you as if you were a bit drunk.  The woman who went before him showed barley any difference in her performance – used to it maybe!  Rob however, managed to entertain everyone by falling on his backside.  This attracted the attention of a local reporter who interviewed Rob for one of the smaller Northern papers.

Our final adventure of the day was to have a ride in a cherry picker owned by the power company.  A fifteen meter high ‘bucket’ used for working on live lines – the man explained to Emily and Lucy that the shaft was made of fibreglass and that his working day was spent in this ting working on live 11,000 volt power lines!  They hadn’t got a clue what he was talking about, but I was very impressed.

A few hours turned out to be enough for little people and big people who hadn’t had any sleep.  We really can’t recommend going along to one of these Field Days enough if you get the chance.  A fantastic day out and amazing value at just $10 for adults to get in.  Doug and the bucket ride were free and there were some great deals inside as well.

For us it was time to move on and strike north.  We weren’t sure how far we’d get having had our detour, but we had a full tank of gas, we were wearing shades and eating M&Ms.

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Spring Camping

Our first camping trip of the year was to the Coromandel and a great camp ground at Cooks Beach.  The journey up on Friday afternoon was appalling.  There are roadworks to replace an old single land bridge and as well as there being a queue for the single lane bridge there were hand controlled road works as well.

One of our favourite attractions is a place called Waterworks, we spent a great afternoon there looking around and playing on all the stuff.

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Tired Swimmer

My legs have been hurting all week.  The cramp I suffered on Sunday really left it’s mark on my poor calves and up until yesterday they were like mahogany.  I got a fantastic massage from Absolute Body Focus yesterday and it’s made a world of difference.  I really do think that having a good sports masseur is worth so much more than a new gadget of gizmo to help your training.

See if you can spot the discomfort in my face in this very brief video of the end of the race on Sunday.

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It’s been over a month since my last post.  That is truly dreadful, I feel quite ashamed.

A couple of weekends ago it was New Zealand Father’s Day.  It’s a different date to the UK version.  Josie got the kids all excited and whipped up into a frenzy… a week early.  She tried to tell Emily she’d made a mistake, but it didn’t stop Em bursting in on Sunday morning around 7am, shouting “Happy Father’s Day Daddy!”

A week later on the correct weekend I was truly shown a magnificent day of appreciation.  It started earaly in the morning with a written note.  The note had a big ‘L’ drawn on it and the words “lovely presents from Lucy’.  I got some fantastic choccies and biscuity stuff that Lucy had made at day care and then I got another note with an ‘E’ on it.  “Lovely presents from Emily” followed.

Very excitingly I got a Sushezi Sushi making device.  It’s an amazing thing.  It resembles an artifical insemination device you might find on a farm.  Thankfully the stuff that comes out of it is much more tasty… You boil and season your rice as normal and then load up the tube like device with 1/2 a cup or so.  You can then use part of it to make a channel in your rice and load up some filling.  As the tube is kind of split in half lengthways the final stage is to press the two halves together and then turn the screw thread plunger to compress the sushi to just the right consistency.  Once done, you can just push a perfectly formed sushi ‘sausage’ out onto some seaweed and roll it up.  Hey presto – perfect sushi.

Anyway, back to father’s day.  More notes and getting dressed, we headed out to a cafe for some yummy food.  The girls took the opportunity to make the most of the skatepark thanks to the early morning and slightly overcast weather.  Some kind soul from the previous day had smashed a bottle on the park and that was going to be really bad for any of the kids that would descend later in the day.  Looking around I spied the most likely source of a broom – The Salvation Army!  A very nice porter leant me a truly huge holy broom with which I smited the glass bottle right off the park.

The day progressed and we headed into town to visit our newly opened art gallery.  It is truly fantastic – they have done an amazing job of renovating the old part of the building and adding a lovely new part.  We stayd for ages and grabbed some nice food hall lunch before heading off.

After briefly pausing to watch some boys doing Parkour (and the girls having to have a go of course) we decided to make the final call of the day to the Wynyard Quarter.  This is an area of waterfront in Auckland that has sat undeveloped and somewhat derelict for years.  In time for the Rugby World Cup they have done an amzing job of renovating it and putting in public areas for play, rest, eating and drinking, contemplation and mediation.  Art works and sculptures sit alongside huge benches on wheels that make use of the dock areas old rails.  Really thoughtful.

I have to say it was the most lovely day of feeling loved by my girls. 🙂

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