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NZ lockdown day 4

Today was cool and overcast much of the day, though the sun did come out for a while this afternoon. After a sleepy start to the morning I gave the kitchen a bit of a cleanup and disinfected the benches and high touch areas around the house like doorhandles and light switches. Possibly overkill, but […]

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Fort

My wife convinced me to build a play fort for my son’s birthday. It seems to have come together OK:

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Journal

24 to 30 July 2017

Something I’m wanting to do is to keep an online journal as part of the function of this website. Obviously it is public so some things would not be appropriate to publish here, but considering how much of what is posted to social media networks can easily become public this is probably not too different. […]

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Everyday Life Things

Just an old garden rake

I was mowing our lawns today, and because the catcher doesn’t work very well on our lawn mower, was using an old bamboo leaf rake inherited from my grandfather to gather up the grass clippings. The irony is that this old rake, with many tines broken off, is still more effective than a newer metal […]

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General

What it means to be fully human

Profound words from an advocate for the mentally disabled To be fully human is really to discover who I am. And who am I? I’m a member of the huge human family, where we’re all brothers and sisters wherever we come from, whatever our culture, whatever our religion. We were born in weakness. We will […]

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Everyday Life

Vida

We said goodbye to Vida today. She was finding it hard to get around and had lost a lot of condition but it still is hard to put a dog to sleep. She was a good friend and always happy to see us. We got a kakabeak plant for her spot in the garden, she […]

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Everyday Life

Ride on a steam train

One of my 101 goals has been to take my five-year-old son on a train because he has always been fascinated by trains but travelling by train is a rare event living in Dunedin, New Zealand. An ideal opportunity arose at Labour Weekend when the local railway trust had short passenger trips along the harbourside […]

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Everyday Life

Missing them

Alone at work in the middle of the night.