The Curvy Mary

Great Uncle Bill shows off his prize possession: the Curvy Mary. Max got to sit behind the wheel. Not sure which had more fun.

Misty mountain by the sea

We spent a weekend in Tauranga recently, staying at Mount Maunganui. The Mount (as it's known) will forever be for me the place of teenage New Years parties with my girlfriends, and excessive sun and booze. And guys doing laps of the main.

So many years ago now. I'm all grown up. And a misty cool early morning beach trip with my kid was just what I felt like. No more getting drunk in the sand dunes for this lady.

(Oh and I updated the previous post so you can find Toby's book online. Here you go.)

Party? Yes!

Next Thursday is the day! Toby's book, Don't Puke on Your Dad will be launched! There's a bit of a party at Beatnik, his publishers. Here's the video invite which I shot. Come along, the more the merrier. I am so, so excited. 

Toby and I talked about the idea of this book before Max was born and the book just kind of grew along side Max. It was so hard at first for Toby to find any time to draw, with the sleepless nights and working days and just being a new dad. But he stuck at it and I am so proud of him. 

It's kind of impossible for me to be unbiased (I do feature a bit) but I think the story the book tells is so easy to identify with for any parent, and Toby talks about being a dad with such honesty and humour, it will make you laugh and cry. Probably at the same time, which is kind of what parenting is like sometimes.

It'll be available in bookshops next week! Or you could get a signed copy at the party. And you can order it online here. All just in time for Father's Day. Wink wink.