I’m feeling a bit disheartened. There were not very many people at the Auckland climate march. Maybe a few hundred? I feel a bit disappointed about this. Don’t people care? It … Continue reading Creepers against climate change
New Zealand’s centre-right National party won by a landslide last night granting a third term to John Key. This is apparently an unprecedented result because often support starts to wane … Continue reading Congratulations to John Key
We’re planning to attend the people’s climate march in Auckland tomorrow despite having lots of other things to do like an open home to prepare for. I told the kids … Continue reading What’s a country?
I went to my very first WordCamp yesterday at Auckland’s AUT and it was fabulous. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire day: all the speakers were terrific, the people were incredibly … Continue reading Auckland WordCamp and “The Smell”
I’m giving a talk at Auckland WordCamp later this month. Matt Mullenweg volunteered me for this when he was in Auckland recently. We were talking with the Auckland WordPress group … Continue reading WordCamp Auckland 2014
A church on the North Shore of Auckland is building a sparkling new church hall with a cafe. The new building is coming along nicely and will provide services for … Continue reading God loves carparks
I never thought I’d be so pleased to see Auckland but I was very happy when my plane landed here yesterday. I had a really great time in Hawaii but … Continue reading Auckland, Minecraft, and dolphins
My mother-in-law is currently staying with us so Ben and I took advantage of her offer to babysit and go out for dinner child-free. This is the first time we’ve … Continue reading Life before kids…or not
Today we took Dad to Browns Bay, a beach suburb on Auckland’s North Shore. Once upon a time it was a summer holiday destination for Aucklanders wanting to get away … Continue reading Browns Bay, Auckland
I thought I should give Dad a break from doing chores around our house so today we took him to the top of Auckland’s Sky Tower, a 328m structure in … Continue reading Auckland’s Sky Tower
Cycling on the footpath sucks. It really does. I’ve just returned from cycling Elizabeth to kindergarten and I’ve started cycling on the road for parts of the trip now. In … Continue reading Cycling in Auckland part 2
Today is a great day. For the first time ever, I was a commuter cyclist in Auckland. I finally overcame my fear and cycled Elizabeth to kindergarten, a round trip … Continue reading Cycling in Auckland
I understand that we all have differing ideas about what we find beautiful and pleasing to the eye, but is there anyone who would choose the first photograph below over … Continue reading Roads, traffic and Braess’s paradox
Don’t be daft! As if I’d post a photograph of myself in a bikini on the web for all to see. I just wanted to see how many perverts there … Continue reading LOOK: a pic of me in a bikini!
Daniel, who is 7 years old, got his first phone call the other day. I answered the phone and heard a young boy politely introduce himself and then ask to … Continue reading Phones calls, traffic, the bridge and beards
I have great news which I’m finally allowed to blog about. Some of you may have observed that in the last week or so my mood has improved. But then, … Continue reading I have an announcement to make
I rode my bicycle today for the first time since arriving back in Auckland. Here is my Auckland bicycle: It was very strange riding a regular bicycle again. It’s not … Continue reading First bike ride in Auckland
This evening I officially became a New Zealand citizen. I know what you’re thinking: she hates the place, why would she apply for citizenship? Yes, it’s all true. I don’t … Continue reading I am a fraud!
I am hobbling around like an 80-year-old today. The reason for this is that I’ve started running. I hate running but it’s exercise and I no longer have Busby for … Continue reading Running
We will be leaving the UK at the end of this month and so I have started to think about what my life will be like back in Auckland. The … Continue reading An open letter to Gerry Brownlee