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  • Down Time Down Time

    Well we have been a little busy here at Dawes HQ recently creating a new website for our blog - you may have seen the notice on our blog page. We are still working on it and it's become a very interesting little challenge! So why the change? Well after a couple of years of blogging we felt ...

  • Tony Pepperoni Tony Pepperoni

    At the weekend we celebrated our good friend Tony's 40th Birthday - known to some of us as Tony Pepperoni, amongst other things! Tony is a Londoner who has been in Kiwi-land for many years, married to the gorgeous Denyse who is a kiwi and they have two stunning girls. You have probably seen them...

  • Happy School Days Happy School Days

    I am pleased to report that all is going well for Bethany at school, she is absolutely loving it!  I linger in the morning just watching what she is doing, if I head over for a goodbye kiss and cuddle I normally get a wriggle and an embarrassed voice that says "get off mam". 5 going on 15 I thi...

  • Weekend Walkies Weekend Walkies

    Once again we popped on our walking shoes and headed out. The weather wasn't the greatest and we did most of the walk under our hoods. The choice of walk this time being a place called Tunnel Gully, I had heard about it from my wonderful friend Julie who takes her boys ('boys' being Fortnum and ...

  • Meeting John Grogan Meeting John Grogan

    Does the name sound familiar?? Well it should do, Mr John Grogan is the author of Marley & Me, you may know it better from the blockbuster movie that is showing in the cinema right now. Last night I was lucky enough (along with my gorgeous friend Jo) to go to a cocktail evening in the com...

  • Dog Squad Part 3 Dog Squad Part 3

    Once again we popped on our SPCA capes and stood anxiously smiling at the shoppers heading in and out of New World in central Wellington City. Bethany came along too, she was an absolute star shaking the bucket for the whole hour and offering stickers to those who donated. Although this time she d...

  • A Rare Occurance A Rare Occurance

    Yesterday Michael had a day off work which meant a whole 6 hours together of free time without Bethany!! Gone are the BC (before children) days when all we needed to worry about was maybe eating at some point in the day. Our day started with getting organised for school, washing, h...

  • 105 Today!! 105 Today!!

    A gorgeous yellow Labrador came into the world 15 years ago today and she was named Poppy. Poppy could tell some stories I bet! In the 15 years she has been part of so much, she has watched Michael and Helen grow, leave home and have children of their own. She has watched her loving 'mother' Lyn...

  • Bush Fires Bush Fires

    Things we used to read in the local paper about the rest of the world whilst we were back in England did what they were supposed to do, shock us, interest us, yet never affect us. Of course reading about all the doom and gloom in the world was the norm, since being here in NZ I now never go near a n...

  • Boot Buyers Boot Buyers

    Today we decided that after living here for nearly 3 years we had accumulated too much stuff, stuff that was starting to go into boxes and the back of cupboards - stuff we didn't need, stuff that could be someone elses treasure. So we rocked up at Lindale Farm and parked up next to the other 1...

  • Cold Snap

    Naughty Jack Frost has decided to bring the cold a little earlier this year, or maybe it's just colder where we live now which is away from the coast. This time last year we had been in our home only a few months so maybe we didn't notice the cold, or maybe the climate is different this year.Along w...

  • Hot Off The Press!

    As I pulled open the door on our mailbox which is situated at the end of our driveway, I saw the brown envelope peeking out and knew what it was straight away. I ripped frantically at the envelope - and there it was! Bethany and I stood in the street and screamed with glee, we danced about whilst lo...

  • Scenic Sunday

    Well it's been quiet again here at Dawes HQ, the whole past week has been filled with packing Bethany off to school, pacing the floor and clock watching - hopefully soon I will find some type of routine I am comfortable with!We've been out and about this weekend, really just soaking up the glorious ...

  • Off She Goes…

    As I stood there over her bed I could see her chest rising and her eyes flickering with dreams of what could be. Every night since she was born I spent it by her bed, watching, kissing, touching her little hands. Five years had passed, a lifetime to such a little being, a being who lived in the mome...

  • Discovering Marlborough: Finale

    Picton was glowing in the glorious sunshine, we wandered for a while stopping to pick up a take away lunch. Onwards we drove towards our final holiday destination; Nelson. The road was an easy one and the views were amazing, made even better by the blue skies and the stunning array of white clouds. ...

  • Discovering Marlborough: Part Two

    As we huddled under the covering at the office of the Cougar Line water taxis, we stood excited but worried what the weather was going to bring us. The lovely lady in the office promised us the heavy rain would clear up and that gorgeous New Zealand sunshine would shine. Being English you get used t...

  • Discovering Marlborough: Part One

    It had been a while since our last family holiday together - in fact it was July last year, so we felt it was time to have a break away. So a 'break away' from what? Well Wellington is just amazing and to be honest I do sometimes still find myself in holiday mode, it's very easy to feel that way her...