Sunday, 25 January 2009

I went for my first kayak for a year today. The last time I went out it was with my lovely Rosie dog who died last February. I paddled towards Te Atatu, under the motorway and around Waterview lagoon. This is a maritime reserve area so the idiot jetskiers and blokes in big boats are not allowed there. It was just me, my mate Geoff, the waterbirds and the fish. The lagoon is surrounded by mangroves and there are channels or creeks that you can gently travel up. The serenity was amazing. I feel very blessed that I can carry my kayak down to the water from the house and step into a calm an beautiful environment. Life is good, but I really missed Rosie and felt that she was watching me.

Sunday, 4 January 2009


The character Victor Meldrew is the best known grumpy old man on television but the real character Arthur Smith the English comedian truly defines grumpiness. He is one of the characters on that great TV series 'Grumpy Old Men' and his low-key, cynical observations are a treat. Everything in life is a hassle to Arthur - he detests kids, travel, restaurants, crowds, shopping, foreigners, the English - everything. Delightful.


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