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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Shaggie, Mar 27, 2014.
Sounds like hell. You did well to put up with it all
5 degrees and raining here
I have very supportive friends (and followers) who keep me strong...
Couple of wee short excursions over the past couple of weeks...
First to Fools of Desire in Rangiora - if you follow the ‘Cafes’ thread you’ll have seen this pic..
Then a couple of days ago I put the first scratches on my beloved (and rare in NZ) 4 wheel baby....
To cool off and clear my head I thought I’d sneak out over the hill to Lyttelton for a cuppa....
There were dogs to pat
And the pride of the Chinese merchant navy....
Sadly, got home to find my (other) baby still scratched (no Christmas Elves had fixed it )
Merry Christmas to my lovely loyal followers!!
Stay safe and have fun and love over the Holiday Season.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours, Shane. May 2020 see even better riding for us all.
Great pictures and nice bike!
Merry Christmas an a Prosperous New Year to you and your family Shane.
Cheers Dave! Right back atcha.
Yep, Merry Christmas and New Year Shane.
Hi there all ! Welcome to 2020!
Geez time flies when your getting ol....having fun!
Quite a bit has happened since my last post so settle in with a cuppa....
I managed to get lucky with my Christmas roster and had days off 23-27 December (anyone who works for an airline will appreciate the magnitude of this ) and so the plan was to head to my sisters small farm in the Waihopai Valley near Blenheim at the top of the South Island (more correctly referred to as The Mainland here in NZ).
A very early start had me in Kaikoura about 0730
The road up the coast has always been one of my faves, especially on two wheels but also on a sporty set of four but since the Kaikoura earthquakes the roadworks have been onerous in the extreme......
HALLELUJAH!!!! No (expletive deleted) roadworks!!!!!!!!
I tell ya, it was the bestest () trip up to my hometown for years n years!!
After arriving , I was put straight to work (no lazy luxurious holidays on my sisters farm! ), mowing - having the tiniest lawn ever at home, using a ride on is a bit of fun...
Unexpectedly, my mother in law passed away early hours of the 24th and so I was back on the road South again much earlier than expected. :-(
So, as you can imagine, Christmas was a little weird this year but ShaggieWife is a pretty amazing lady (albeit with pretty poor choice in husbands of course) and still managed to have her extended family over for the annual house wrecki...er....Christmas brunch etc etc .
ShaggieSon has recently developed his father’s love for horological gadgets (our budgets are sadly definitely beer not champagne) and so I got him his first mechanical watch on a deal through Drop.com a few months back...he was super stoked!!
Back to work in early January I had the very rare occurrence (for me anyhow), of passengering (deadheading) across the Tasman on the way to a week of duty so I grabbed the opportunity of sitting in the flight deck for both take off and landing...best seat in the house!! And as uncomfortable as my usual crew seat
Muddy our Captain said we were staying as far as we could from this ‘wave’ cloud formation, saying it would definitely be the worst turbulence we’d even been in....
Did some exploring in Sydney that trip.....
Mega dollar waterfront house in Elizabeth Bay
I love its industrial look.
Called into see Farrah.....
Went around the corner to do my usual sticky finger marks on some exotica....
Kings Cross Still Life
During this trip, flew to Queenstown and was very fortunate to have this lovely father and son team with me in Business Class...Eric and Emilien from Strasbourg, France. Emilien was about to compete in his first Formula 3 race at Highlands Motorsport Park (gorgeous track btw) after a extremely successful 2019 in KZ2 karts in Europe!
Such a treat to meet them, they were exceptionally nice. Emilien did great in his first F3 races with two top 10 finishes!
Had to tough it out in Fiji the next day....poor me....
On the way back to Sydney, met some more super lovely guests, and the hubby let me wear this for a while (and to make ShaggieSon jealous haha)
Worth about NZ$105,000.....
After recovering from that, once home, went golfing with ShaggieSon at a new course for us (Charteris Bay GC - gorgeous) and I had my usual game of swearing occasionally interspersed with a decent shot while ShaggieSon knocked it out of the park as usual.
Found a very cool cafe next door
That bacon and egg sandwich with brioche bread was to die for!
Was quite chuffed with myself and managed to repair the scratch I put on my four wheel baby before Christmas...
So celebrated with a wee ride to Lyttelton (of course) and then out to Godley Head where I found folks parapente-ing....
Looked pretty cool thing to do....
Thanks for making it this far!
Assuming you fly for VA ?? I'm a controller here in the states at Houston Center
Good grief, it looks awful down there, how do you cope?
I’m long suffering! And I’m doing it for YOU so YOU don’t have to....
what can I say? I’m a giver, obviously
Shane; that sandwich almost had me licking the screen. Looks so delicious.
@B10Dave it was E X C E P T I O N A L !
ShaggieSon and I recently joined an local FB car enthusiasts page.
Their first meet of 2020 was last Sunday and included a tour of a local classic car collection followed by a drive to a famous country bakery and then home.
An eclectic collection of cars, no pretentious idiots (well there was one but 1 of 60 cars is not bad eh) and for the return leg from the bakery, I asked if ShaggieSon could occupy the spare seat in the days ‘star car’ and the owner was pleased as punch to say yes! Lucky ShaggieSon
Some nice wheels there
Shane; bunch of great pictures. Was the pretentious pratt driving the "Eco friendly" blue car?
No. That might have been understandable but sadly one of the more expensive supercars.