Fish'n'chips


No visit to NZ is ever complete without a good feed of fish'n'chips. Toby and I ate them while watching the sun go down over Lake Taupo. Perfect low brow/high brow moment.

Rangitoto


Toby and I ate ice creams at Mission Bay overlooking Rangitoto. A seagull joined us.

Aucklanders


Matta, Ellie, Katie, Richard and Arti are all Aucklanders now. I always used to say that all Aucklanders were wankers (except for Lucy and Gareth). I guess I'll have to eat my words.

Fishing with Opa

I went fishing with my 89 year old Opa, my Dad and Toby at the mouth of Tauranga harbour. Opa spent twenty years fishing at this spot and he knew exactly where to anchor. The strong current meant we drifted a little and once the two hills on the horizon were unaligned, Toby had to hoist the anchor and reposition the boat. I think he had to do that 8 or 9 times. Fresh snapper for lunch made it all worth it though!

Arti and Richard (Part 3)


Love is a temporary madness,
it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.
And when it subsides you have to make a decision.
You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together
that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.
Because this is what love is.
Love is not breathlessness,
it is not excitement,
it is not the promulgation of eternal passion.
That is just being "in love" which any fool can do.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away,
and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground,
and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches,
they find that they are one tree and not two.

Louis de Bernieres

Arti and Richard (Part 2)


Arti's gaye holud where all her female relatives and good friends got to rub turmeric paste all over the brides body. Very fun.

Snotface


My favourite movie of all time as a kid was Drop Dead Fred. And so I tormented my little brother by calling him "snotface". It drove him mental. It still makes me laugh!

Happy


On a Sunday night in Wellington, there was no better place to be than Happy. A very good, old friend of Toby's, Lucien, was playing with his band The Troubles. Another dear old friend, Kate, joined us for some wine, jazz and some rather bad jokes, courtesy of the drummer.

Arti and Richard (Part 1)


Arti and Richard's wedding was a 3 day mix of traditional Indian and Western ceremonies. Day 1 was the Sanji night- lots of traditional dancing, yummy Indian food, music and fun. All the girls looked so beautiful in their saris.

Maranui


Chocolate milkshakes to die for at Maranui with Toby and his little sister, Elizabeth. Not that Biffy is so little these days- she's taking off to work in the Philippines in just a few weeks! 

Dark corners


So I went to The Library and who was lurking in a dark corner? Postie Dan of course. Some things don't change.

Jesse James and the Outlaws


Jessie James and the Outlaws (featuring my brother Daniel on drums) playing on a gorgeous (but windy) Wellington evening at the Soundshell.

Absolutely positively


Wellington! Catching up with Jenni, Ellie, Kerryn and Amos, Kate and Joe in the botanic gardens.  All of us Wellingtonians at one stage or another. It's good to be back.