Zeph is a dog who knows he’s a handsome boy. The other day, I was sitting with my laptop on a table and next thing I know – a cute face and a wet nose appeared. Naturally, he was wondering when his dinner might be served LOL

His favourite place is on his pet bed in the sun. Just look at that pose! He’s saying I know. I’m very regal. And this is why we often call him King Zeph.


Yes, well. Quite a few days of heavy rain, so the build did not start yesterday. Today is sunny – sort of – but then it clouds over and boom, rain.

The next few days are supposed to be sunny and the builder says it’s looking good. The frames have arrived and I’ll get photos as soon as I can.

Meanwhile, how bizarre!!! I saw this shape on the shower screen door the other day. El Hubs thinks it looks like a sheep. I think it looks like a rock art painting of a horse. Karma most likely 🙂

I didn’t touch it in any way. It’s a naturally-produced horse LOL

Nothing happening this week, as I predicted. No sign of the frames, although the builder has been finding out what’s up. He’s been told they’re ready to go by end of June. We’ll see!

Meanwhile, a photo of sweet girl Zsa Zsa to keep us happy.

Well, looks like the house frames may not be ready by June 25. That’s when our builder arrives (by leaping over the fence since he’s our next door neighbour). So not quite sure what’s going on yet. The next few days will reveal all.

Meanwhile, I’ve had great news. My wonderful Aussie mate and my god-daughter have decided they are fed up waiting for me to visit Sydney again. They are coming here on September 29 and will stay until October 6. Unfortunately, there’s no room in The Shed for guests, but I recommended a great lodge that we stayed in several times on our scouting missions around the area.

My god-daughter we actually call my god-niece and I’m Auntie Kim. I last saw them both in 2013 – five years – and now Emily is nearly 7 years old. I’m bracing myself for the shock, although we’ve talked on Skype quite a few times.

I’m busy thinking of things we can all do from dolphin and whale cruises to visiting the local chocolate cafe (naturally!) to riding horses. Apparently, Emily wants to learn to ride. Really looking forward to their visit.

We are also thinking we might have to go to South Africa for Christmas. El Hubs has not seen his mum or sister since 2013 or his son (who lives in Brazil) and is thinking of also going to South Africa to visit the family. I think this would make it my sixth visit to South Africa. I’m really keen to go back to Madeira and also Lisbon. I’d like to visit Brazil again and we’ve talked about going to Peru with El Hubs’ son. All up in the air at the moment.

The Z Team continue to love the Far North and spend all their time outdoors. Except night-time of course. Zsa Zsa has a special place she likes to sit in the morning to soak up the sun.

Zeph and Zsa Zsa really love it up in the North Island. They spend far more time outdoors because the weather is usually great (putting aside the monsoonal rain we can get). We have a little patio area attached to The Shed and their pet beds are here for them to sit in the sun.

Have you ever heard the English Pointer howl? Zeph is a master at it, so I thought I’d link to a video of him doing his thing. He has different howls. The one you hear in the video is his I want to play howl or the I want to go for a walk howl. When Zeph howls, Zsa Zsa tries to accompany him but hers is more of a yap.

Zeph also knows how to pose for “dog portraits”. Loves his photo taken!

New Zealand has just entered winter (June 1) and so the weather is a little colder. But certainly not as cold as we experienced down South. The Z Team still like their blankets though.

Here is the Pointer howl.

And some photos of the Z Team. Enjoy!

We’re in a waiting phase at the moment. The concrete slab guy is booked to come back on May 29 and 30, so he can complete the polishing of the slab. We’ve had a fair bit of rain over the last two weeks or so, but the slab appears to have cured. So I think the job will be completed on May 30. I will bring you all the news and photos.

Meanwhile, our cows are waiting. And Zsa Zsa is waiting (in this case, for her dinner).


When I first came to New Zealand I was told nope, no spiders here. Let me tell you there are indeed spiders in NZ, including the Australian redback which has apparently hitched a ride on cars brought over from Oz. I know the redback is in the Otago region, not so sure about the North Island.

Then there is the white-tailed spider and the katipō. This latter spider I hope to never meet up with as its bite is extremely dangerous. I can take comfort in the knowledge that the katipō is endangered and no deaths from its bite have been reported since 1901. However……

what friggin’ huge spider spun this web???

It has appeared in the last week, just outside the door to The Shed and near my lavender bushes. I took the photo above in the early morning and it is not doctored. I shot it in black and white.

I am keeping an eye on this web!!

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