Category Archives: Family

Jubilation!

We have two reasons to be especially jubilant. The first is that our application for NZ permanent resident visas has been approved. This process has taken more than five years and a boatload of paperwork and other associated red tape, … Continue reading

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Play Day!

Just in case you hadn’t heard, today is international Play Music on the Porch Day. And we did just that, for a while, and then we all moved out closer to the street to continue. To introduce the family band, … Continue reading

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Isolation Antidotes (43): Sweet Summer Sunset

Seven years ago today we were, as usual at this time of year, at our cabin in northern Minnesota. It had been a very lovely day, and our daughter Batty was there for a visit. As the day drew to … Continue reading

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The Oww and the Pussycat

I’ve highlighted our Grands on several occasions recently, but it’s really been quite a while since I featured the smallest member of our family—and even longer, I believe, since I posted an actual selfie, rather than just including myself in … Continue reading

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A Grand Day Out

During our first escape from the city, about which I wrote a couple of posts ago, while we were in the Hamilton Gardens, we corralled the four grands together for a group shot. CD and I, and all their parents, … Continue reading

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Isolation Antidotes (30): From the Forest, Frondly

One of the highlights of our recent family trip to Rotorua—our first excursion out of town since the pandemic started—was a visit to a forest of California redwoods on its outskirts, the first of which were planted some 117 years … Continue reading

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Isolation Antidotes (11): Sweet Sunset Serenity

Nine years ago, almost to the day, we were making our first visit to the cabin for the year, and Squiddy was back with us from New Zealand for a couple of weeks. We only stayed up there  for two … Continue reading

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Skeptical Saturday

I started out to develop a new Silly Saturday post and, while I was looking through my archives of photos of our animal companions through the years, I came across this portrait that I made almost exactly 18 years ago … Continue reading

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Boxing Day (only a month late)

Kids of all ages love to play in boxes, right? I know that I did when I was one—and I still do, though they are usually quite a bit bigger now than they were then—and I see the same tendency … Continue reading

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For the Birds–Again

I have written about Muriwai Regional Park several times before, and it holds a very special fascination for me. It contains a magnificent beach on the western shore of the North Island, in the Waitakere Ranges, a little less than … Continue reading

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