Category: Retirement

Waihi Train Station in New Zealand

This is not a kitchen sink, it’s a…..!

The Hundertwasser Toilets were bizarre toilets but this one in Waihi just made us laugh out loud! I talked about the artistic Hundertwasser toilets in my previous Travel Tuesday (or maybe that should be Toilet Tuesday) post. I hasten to add that these Men’s toilets in Waihi were not in anyway artistic, quite the opposite in fact,  but they did make us…

Hundertwasser toilet bloack in Kawakawa New Zealand

An artistic toilet block on the tourist trail in New Zealand captures our imagination

The Hundertwasser Toilets are one of the most bizarre toilet blocks I think I’ve ever seen. We missed them the first time.   We drove back up the street and there they were, how on earth had we missed them? Bright, colourful, artistic and brilliant!  Maybe the hundreds of motorcyclists riding up and down the street had something to do…

Beach at Christmas time

A Sentence a Day for December: A time for celebrations

December – in a Sentence a Day I can’t believe I’ve now been linking up my monthly Sentence a Day posts for six months. I’m well and truly hooked on doing them! In case you missed the earlier ones you, you can find them here: June, July , August, September, October and November I’m part of a group of bloggers from around the world who all link…

Focus is my word for 2018

How to focus on what you actually want to achieve

Or my alternative title to this post….here’s a few F words to start the New Year off with a bang! It’s not the words you may immediately think of, but it just so happens that most of my words below start with F! Instead of making (and ultimately breaking) resolutions for the New Year, I’ve joined a growing tribe of people…

Our retirement home at Hobbiton New Zealand

Guest Post Series: Reflections on My First Year of Retirement

Holiday Greetings to you all from the Land Down Under! Donna at Retirement Reflections kindly invited me to be a guest in her ‘Sundays at Six’ series and gave me free rein as to what I could write about. Donna has many interesting bloggers join her in her series and it’s great reading what everyone is up to in their various…

Sue's marathon finish

Sizzling at 60 – Meet Sue!

Recently I have enjoyed hosting a few guests on my blog as part of my People of Interest feature where I share interesting people with you my interesting readers. I have been posting these every Tuesday over the past few months. I believe everyone has a story to tell.  It’s true, everyone has a story and sometimes we just have to…

Melanie from The Wandering Darlings

What happens when you have a spectacular daughter out there?

It’s time to meet one of my favourite bloggers, Melanie from The Wandering Darlings.  I must declare, she also just happens to be my eldest daughter 🙂 Welcome to another edition of People of Interest where I get to share some interesting people with you, my interesting readers. I post these on Tuesdays. And that’s what happens when you have…

Snorkelling selfie while in Fiji for a destination wedding

What makes the delightful Birthday Girl interesting?

It’s time to hear from the Birthday Girl – yes that would be me! I’ve enjoyed featuring lots of interesting people here in my series of interesting people but as today is a very special day for me, I have decided to ask myself the 10 questions I usually ask my guest hosts to answer. Everyone has a story to tell.…

A travel bloggers trip the North Island of New Zealand

A Sentence a Day for November: Adventures in New Zealand’s North Island

 November – in a Sentence a Day Halfway through this year I joined some wonderful bloggers from around the world, for the Sentence a Day writing challenge, (you can find links here to my posts for June, July , August, September and October posts) and it seems like I’m now hooked on doing these monthly Sentence a Day posts! We all link up our posts using the…

karangahake gorge bridge 2

What you need to know to cycle the beautiful Hauraki RT for the first time

My husband and I are keen bike riders and Rail Trail enthusiasts and we take every opportunity to get out and about, seeing the countryside while riding our bikes.  Our little town has finally started building it’s very own Rail Trail and we are heavily involved in the project. In November 2016 we travelled with friends to New Zealand’s South…

Retirement Reflections is a guest on my blog

People of Interest #2 – Meet Donna

As I have enjoyed being a guest blogger a number of times, I decided to start a new feature on my blog and share some interesting people with you. I have always liked the quote:  “Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone is a writer, some are written in the books and some are confined to hearts.” Savi Sharma It’s…

Travel thoughts - care, share and respect

Travel thoughts – Care, share and respect!

Every journey is a voyage of discovery – Clare Boylan The adventure is over. We are home and have been for a while now. The clothes that reeked of smoke from the campfire and physical exertion are clean again, my husband’s beard has been removed, the car has been emptied and bags lie around in anticipation of being put away…until the…

Travel Loving Parents

Originally posted on thewanderingdarlings:
My parents have recently retired which, when they are still in their very early 60s/late 50s is really bloody early. I had like 5 mins worrying about what they would do with this new found freedom of the daily grind then I realised they are going to be even busier now than ever before. You see…