First Day Skiing

skiing-2.jpg, originally uploaded by Craig vR.

Jem, and I took the older kids up to Porter Heights for some fun on the snow. It was Clemency and Hadley’s first time on skis so it was good to see them enjoy it and take to it well.

Clemency has skated a bit previously so was off […]

Finally up the Port Hills with Jem

After being home for four months I finally got on a Mountain bike ride up the Port Hills with Jem. Lovely early Saturday morning ride up Rapaki track (constant uphill grind), along the Summit Rd and traverse track before heading down the hill through the Victoria Park bike park. Plenty of fun and some […]

3 Months of Ketchup (catchup)

I know everyone wants to see photos of the US Road trip, but I have to clear the back log and hold you all in suspense. So here is a summary of the last three months in Irvine with a whole bunch of photos.

AUGUST: ┬áBack in August it was fill in time after the excitement […]

Brownies and Fun Trips


Had a bit of field trip mania over the past couple of weeks. First off I helped out with Clemency’s Brownie troop (460) as they worked on their hiking badge. We took an afternoon stroll up to the top of Turtle Rock learning useful information about hiking. Unfortunately they forgot to mention that […]

February Update

February has grinded past us with a couple of interesting events, but now that we are into March already I though we could do a quick summary.


Craig’s Birthday – A quiet family affair at Ruby’s on a Tuesday where the kids eat free and the Birthday boy gets a free Sunday and song. A […]