Favourite quote

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.
It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.
- Nelson Mandela

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Woke up early

Time for coffee before the rising sun.

Beautiful dawn breaking

Camera hobby restarting

Before heading home
With the new bathroom tiles

Friday, May 11, 2018

Last 6 days

Had a Sunday coffee - getting to be quite a regular thing, but had to be close to home as the car was low on petrol and trying to save - for oldest daughters wedding and some camera gear (stabilizer, mic etc) to video her wedding.
I did get an apology for not being invited to the Hens do. I wasn't expecting one anyway as my job those few weeks will be to be the "man" of the house and that's cool by me.


Tuesday is cheap arse Movie night - cinema was packed with lots of others who don't want to pay more than $10 for a movie. 
I saw The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (totally booked out for this session). Great movie and I will go back to see it again as it's definitely a must see fun movie. 
While I fell in love with the lead actress character, I found myself wanting to undress her - and steal her amazing dresses

Friday I got called back to the doctors. 
As a young child, I often pretended to be "Iron man", but now it seems that is, what is missing from my bio-system (no wonder the nuts and bolts have fallen off).
So here's a picture waiting at the chemist for my iron. 
I could just lick the iron, but knowing my kids, it's still turned on and would burn my tongue. 
Went to the supermarket afterword's (3.30), it was just after school and had to fight my way past lots of teenagers who had just left school.



Thursday, May 3, 2018

Hi Stress day

New Zealand lost it's number #8 wire mentality to meet the "International Standard".
So where I had a hole in the external wall for my car to get into the garage, when I filled in the hole with framing, weatherboard and drywall during a conversion, I didn't do a "bracing calculation". Silly me I though a hole had ZERO bracing and my infill would be a lot stronger than the current rating, but according to "the Book" the air was calculated, whereas my infill could weaken the structure.
The same thing was argued when I installed an extra roof support post as I didn't want to rely on the "certified" system, so I got a kicking from council for adding more strength to my garage.

Old (48 years old) configuration - hole where the garage door is
New configuration but more prone to wind shear even though the hole has never failed in 48 years????
With an inspection like that, I need to relax, and how better than getting out dressed.
First to the Doctors, but had to book a slot in another hour, so COFFEE time :)


Sorry, no make up except lip stick, got a busy day planned after lunch, so just a coffee, read the paper and headed back to the doctors.
As I drive in to the doctors car park, I recognized a work colleague at the next shop, but like most people and lucky for me, he was to busy to notice me (I hope).
Turns out I have Tennis elbow after using the post hole borer about 6 weeks ago.
The Doctor didn't even blink when I saw him, probably seen a few cross dressers before - or maybe he remembered me from my last visit :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

ANZAC DAY

We have a public holiday today, in remembrance of our solders, while it was mostly about those who died for our freedoms, it's also a way for us to pay respect to those who are still alive and even those who are currently serving in the military.
This morning while mostly fine, we got a slight drizzle of rain that most thought was fitting the occasion (not really a train wreck when you have synthetic hair)

After the dawn service, many head to McDonald as it's the only coffee and food provider open at this time of the morning. I found a corner table away from the crowds - well, only about 80 people here wanting a morning coffee and or breakfast but that's 72 people more than normal for this shop at 6.30 am


As for me, after my morning coffee, wife wants me to start painting the fence - wonder if it's going to rain some more.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Business-ish trip (aka 2 days of girl time)

The chance of a trip away is like winning Lotto, extending it to include a weekend is like Lotto "Power Ball"
Just wish I had a decent camera

My trip was to the top of the South Island - absolutely stunning mountain ranges, fjords, cafes and pubs.
For me, getting there was half the fun and my wife allowed me to dress pretty and even dropped me at the airport on her way to work.

 


First stop, the stunning town of Picton in the Queen Charlotte sounds, where our Inter Island ferry stops. I found a bar that served my favorite food - Date pudding

 








I visited the town of Nelson.
I used to visit here often as a teenager (they had a girls boarding school back then, made the trip worth while).
Today was just a coffee stop at McDonalds - as usual, followed by a visit to the cathedral where 4 priests were being ordained. I really just wanted photos of the architecture but stayed for the ceremony.

 




















Of course I had to try on a pair of boots like my daughter thought would look nice, then another and another.




















35 minutes later and still not finding anything I like I decided to leave the shop and head to Founders Museum.

Found some stunning old style corsets that they make and sell on site, what type of cross dresser doesn't fancy a lovely, tight corset?

 
 I had to play at the old dentist shop




















And like all good museum - there's a train ride (sorry, not steam, but an early diesel)
 


Latter that evening, I got dressed for a lovely dinner in Blenheim ( the wine capital of New Zealand)  "The Good Home" bar and restaurant where I had a fantastic Yorkshire pudding, a traditional English main course.


The next morning, I was saddened when I had to say goodbye to the fabulous couple I was staying with but not before having a fun shopping trip and a relaxing coffee with them.
They have a lovely home and a fantastic garden and made me feel like one of the family.
Every evening and mornings we chatted, all the while with me wearing my floral pyjama pants, bra and top.



 


I've a hundred more photos of the trip, these are a few of the better ones.

Just a fantastic trip and I wish you were here to share it (and some of the wine tasting) with me.