We travelled up to Hamilton for the last of the round-robin games last weekend- we managed to find an amazing pub which had been converted into the "Unofficial Welsh Embassy" . We watched the All Blacks game from there and with the singing (even a bit of Max Boyce) it felt like we were [...]
Earthquakes, floods and now snow- and once again I hear that the Eastern suburbs have been worse hit.
Thomas is trying to sled down our drive (which has hardly any slope) on a tea tray and I am working in the study watching him and trying to keep warm.
Ww are finding it hard [...]
We finally made it to Fiji! 26 Years after we first attempted to visit here (that got aborted by the coup), and after 3 other attempts which failed for all sots of reasons including leaving it too late to book, we have finally had a holiday in Fiji. Ironically we actually booked to go to [...]
For my father Cpl Thomas George Wright of the Royal Engineers (WWII) and for all who have served in conflicts over the years.
For The Fallen With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across the sea. Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, [...]
We are enjoying some family time down at our bach (thats Kiwi for holiday home) down in Twizel. We all love this area for its rugged natural beauty and for the lakes and mountains, but I particularly love the town as it is a “little battler” that survived despite being constructed a temporary settlement.
Thomas’ school (Windsor) has done a lot of work on classroom kotahitanga (“A right place for everyone and for everyone a right place”), as part of its work on developing lifelong learners, but the importance of having the right learning environment was really brought home to me on our journey through the West Coast.
We took the opportunity of a trip to the West Coast to introduce Thomas to some of his family history- or layers of family (as whakapapa means). Thomas’ paternal grandparents are both from the West Coast and we visited Greymouth and found the house that Pop grew up in, the harbour where Thomas great [...]
For my “big” birthday last year Howard bought me a Pandora bracelet, which has been added to over the past year. Each bead signifies a significant event or memory from my life.
I have a “T” for Thomas, a mortarboard (trencher) for when I got my Masters, a silver and diamond ring to signify our [...]
I am having a very strange week. Thomas has gone to the YMCA camp at Wainui and is no doubt having a great time, but it feels very odd at home. I get up in the morning and can head to work when I like, and do not have to worry about getting back at [...]
We had the Earthquake Commission (EQC) assessors round to look at the house today. Despite hearing various horror stories they were very pleasant and helpful, and spent almost 2 hours inspecting the property. We knew the concrete pad below the house was damaged as it is cracked through the laundry floor, kitchen floor and garage, [...]
After what was a pretty difficult 2010 for many of us in the South Island I am determined to start this year in a new frame of mind. New year, new start is my motto- we might still have aftershocks but we will get over this and 2011 is the start of the rebuilding of [...]
1. Bookshelves in playroom (only one in house which is not bolted to the wall)
2. Playstation and TV ended up on the floor- no damage!
3. Bookshelf bolted in place so limited damage and only a few chips of the pottery
4. Crack that runs diagonally across the laundry floor
5. Large crack [...]
Today is the 33rd anniversary of my father’s death.
Thomas George Wright 6th August 1909-20th April 1977
This photo was taken in 1946 and Dad is wearing his demob suit. He was an engineer in the Royal Artillery and met Mum (a nurse) whilst recupertaing after being shot at Dunkirk. He died when I was [...]
After almost 14 years and a big of nagging from Howard (well gentle questioning) I finally applied for my New Zealand citizenship. I must admit throughout the process I was quite ambivalent, and even on the day of the ceremony was not fussed about whether I did it or not. However once I was in [...]
In late September we had a great family holiday over on the Gold Coast, during which we travelled down to the Southern Cross University Lismore Campus (just across the NSW’s border) for my graduation for my Masters of Business Administration.
After all the years that my family have supported me through my study it [...]