Monthly Archives: July 2012

No More Tunnel Driveway, Good As

Well, despite what our one neighbor and we said, our other neighbor went ahead and cut the tree which was overhanging our driveway.  He pointed out that the tree was probably too low for his stock trucks to pass.  So, … Continue reading

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Heavier Rains, More Flooding, and a Huge Tree Across our Drive

Yesterday and last night was a huge storm, with wild winds and lots of rain.  When we woke this morning, Andrew commented that our creek was roaring loud.  Everything was soaked, but all our orchard trees, both old and young, … Continue reading

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Heavy Rains, Flooding, and a Slip (Mudslide) on our Drive

We had a huge downpour the other day and night here in Whakatete Bay, and it raised the level in the creek out behind our place and created several flash floods around the Coromandel Peninsula.  Many highways were closed, and … Continue reading

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Pacific Islands Galore

A little over a year ago, I didn’t know much about the Pacific Islands.  I’d never even heard of most of them. There is so much to learn when one moves to the other side of the world, not the … Continue reading

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Whakatane Colin and Glenys Visit

You may remember that a little over a year ago, we visited Whakatane and stayed with Col and Glen. They are great people, and we enjoy both their company and their conversations.  Well, they returned the favour and stayed with … Continue reading

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Dave’s Crown From Dental Studio 114 in Auckland, New Zealand

As I’ve written a time or eight, we like (and often use) Grab One deals. We’ve subscribed to be notified each day about their new deals, and we continue finding some.  If we actually lived in Auckland (or another large … Continue reading

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Piha, New Zealand, and the Lion Rock

A couple weekends ago, Andrew and I took a drive out to Piha  Beach (pronounced “PEE-hah”)  as a diversion from driving straight up to Auckland. Piha Beach is a nice little settlement and is a popular surf beach west of Auckland. … Continue reading

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CouchSurfers and Settlers of Catan

Andrew and I have used the CouchSurfing website many times as we’ve travelled around the world. We’ve stayed with CouchSurfers in Canada, the US, Mexico, Argentina, the Netherlands (Holland), Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, and Belgium, as well as here in … Continue reading

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