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

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Car back to the mechanics

 During the annual safety check, the mechanic picked up the fact my shock absorbers were leaking oil and needed replacing.

I could have done it myself, but my mechanic gets a parts discount that makes it the same price whether I do it or they do it. My mechanic knows me in either mode and today asked about one of my older cars that he hasn't seen for a while. I sold it for a reasonable price.


While out, I stopped off for a coffee and a read of the newspaper at Columbus Coffee Botany Junction.

So, really every day, I relax with a coffee and reading the cafe's newspaper. It probably would be a bit cheaper to have a newspaper delivered home and have a coffee at home, but with young adults and now grand children at home, not to mention the wife who has so many garden projects, there's no way to relax there.






Friday, July 16, 2021

Still looking for something

 Really need to get out more - no not crossdressing but hiking and getting up into some mountains, it doesn't help that we don't have any mountains close (when I lived in Australia as a 6 & 7 year old, I was always out in the bush).

Looking to join a club that gets me out of Auckland and into the remote spots where the air is good.

Until then, I suppose it's all about the coffee.







Sunday, July 4, 2021

Getting a little bored with needing to crossdress

Some days I can't be bothered shaving, putting makeup on, some days I wish I didn't have this need.

I'm not saying never, but a couple of weeks off would be nice, it just feels like it's getting old - maybe it's the winter blues.

But until then, it's dressing time.








Sunday, June 20, 2021

Am I tough enough

 As a young person, I did a bit of time camping. In those days there was a tarp for a floor and a tent over the top. I've spent a lot of years since, getting used to some really comfortable mattress.

I though this weekend, I might try to re-discover my younger self. I bought a tent, dusted off the old sleeping bags and headed off.

After a few hours I arrived at my camp site around 6pm. It was already night but with a bit of moonlight I was set up within 5 minutes.



I had forgotten that between our current hours of darkness and bed time there is about 4 hours. I think I got bored around 9pm and fell asleep. It was quite a good sleep, but I did have to climb out at 4.44am for a toilet stop - yes it was raining and unpleasant standing outside, but I was soon asleep once more.

I was planning on tramping up a mountain, but as it was an advanced track in summertime, without the 6 hours of heavy rain that I woke up too. On some sections they have chains to help people haul themselves up, but having slippery mud tracks just makes it bad, not fun. So instead I decided on a walk around Hamilton Gardens to see what's new. I loved the new stuff, chatted to quite a few people including a group of young ladies (23ish).




At the cafe, having a late morning tea. As I was leaving, one lady approached and said "hi, lovely morning" and I responded in kind, while she full body scanned me - Actually while she was probably 10 years older, she was still attractive so I didn't complain and kind of regretting I didn't have a longer conversation. I'm not sure what was going on as on my way out of the gardens, about 200 older people were coming in as a group, with name tags and boxes of stuff.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Pub and skirt hunting

No, not hunting for a bit of skirt, looking for a replacement skater skirt as my slightly rubber like one had perished to the point of unwearable as it clung to itself making it a bit short occasionally. 

But first, time for a drink at the local


I proceeded to shop at Sylvia Park, pretty much in every clothing shop without success. After an hour and a half, including rest stops, I decided I wouldn't find a replacement on this trip even though I had tried on about eight different outfits.


Maybe Newmarket shops would be better? 

No luck there either after an hour of searching. Maybe I just have to wait until summer now.