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Lake Pupuke Regatta: 27 October 2012

Well finally here are the pictures, that I salvaged from my drowned cellphone…




Posted by on 9 November, 2012 in Uncategorized


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These boots were made for…

Rowing crews are not all just about ‘pulling on the stick’…

There are other serious matters such as rowing crew vs parents table tennis competitions…

First to 7 points, round robin knock out.

Crew vs Parents 1

Crew vs Parents 2

Crew vs Parents 3

So I suppose y’all want to know who won?

That would be the mum in the brown top and jeans in picture 1.  (Complete with high heeled boots).


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Posted by on 8 November, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Go Jump in the Lake

The blog-master apologises for the lack of photos in this blog post…  it was supposed to have had pictures of the younger youngling’s first ever rowing regatta…

However, the blog-master fell into the lake trying to take a photo, (in front of son and friends and several hundred other spectators) and drowned his cellphone, so once the memory chip has been extracted and dried out, there may be photos in a later post.

Hot Tip:  Do not stand on the slippery edge of the lake wall and lean out, trying to take a photo of son and friends sitting on the same edge of the lake wall and expect to remain dry.

Now where is the nearest cellphone shop…





Posted by on 29 October, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Lost and Found

Yesterday, we took the youngest youngling to rowing, and stopped after training for lunch at a cafe, as you do.

We then returned home, as there was a bit of rubbish in the car, asked the youngest youngling to de-louse the car on disembarking.

Youngest youngling, then proceeded to gather up all his rowing gear and then dumped the pile onto the floor of his bedroom..  (standard operating procedure).

Fast forward to this morning… and time to leave for work, school bus etc…  (we all leave together).

I can not find, my jacket, cellphone, keys or wallet…   search the house…   (sans younglings bedroom, I mean who would think to look there?)…   I phone my cellphone…  can’t hear it in the house.

The last place that I remember seeing my jacket is on the back of the chair in the cafe the previous day…   it is that ‘in-between’ kind of spring weather, you need a light jacket outside, but inside you take it off because it is too warm…  (but I digress).    I phone cafe…  no they have not seen my jacket with keys, wallet and cellphone. We had used my wife’s keys to drive home.

Perplexed I leave for work…    then once at work, I set about cancelling all my credit cards etc at the bank, cancelling my drivers license, putting a hold on my cellphone, calling my insurance company to put in a claim, filing a police report because the insurance company said I had to…

Then I realise that if someone has stolen my jacket at the cafe, with my wallet and keys, that there is more than enough identification in my wallet for them to find where we live, and persons unscrupulous could be busy cleaning out the house and then using my keys to load the loot into the back of the car that is still at home, and then drive away with the lot…   (yeah yeah, I know worst case scenario…  but you kind of have to think about that…)   after all even though the cats were inside, I suspect that they would just meow at the burglars to fill their bowl with biscuits…  (but I digress again..)

SO THEN I decide that I need to come home and call a lock smith to re-key all our locks, so home I come and call said lock smith, who is very prompt in arriving to re-key all the locks in the house about seven in total.     After the lock smith has been on the job for around half an hour, my wife then calls and suggests that the youngest youngling may have taken my jacket out of the car, and have I checked in his room…?

I go and check.    Sure enough on the floor of the room amongst various piles of teenage detritus, I find my jacket, keys, wallet and cellphone.

Normally a misplaced cellphone in the house can easily be found by ringing it…  but in this case it was muffled by my jacket pocket and various other clothes piled on top thereof.

By this time the lock smith had just about finished his work.

So now I have a pile of useless (cut in two) credit and bank cards, as once you report them lost they get fried instantly… they will take a few days to be replaced…   and a lock smith bill of $150.00..   (he was a bit apologetic at having to still give me the bill…  but hey the work had now been done.)

Then of course, I needed to call all the banks, cellphone company, insurance, police, etc, and tell them that all the stuff had been found…   at home…  duh.

Fortunately, I could re-activate my drivers license again with yet another phone call, and save the $38.50 fee for a new license.   Yay.

We also have a new set of very shiny house keys. Yay.


Posted by on 24 September, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Chicken Gravy

Dear Ambassador

We are pleased to advise that the left over chicken gravy from this evenings roast dinner has been poured over your biscuits.

In other news, one of the younglings will be at home all day tomorrow on something called ‘study leave’.

This effects you in that we will ensure that he schedules in a break from this ‘study’ and that at some point during the day he obtains a suitable infusion of fresh air, by way of taking you for a walk around the block.

So as you will well appreciate, human exams, and and more importantly this thing called  ‘study leave’ is actually very good news for dogs.


Your Humans





Posted by on 27 August, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Starting today and all next week the eldest human youngling has something going on called ‘mock exams’…

This does seem to be causing quite a bit of a ‘to do’ amongst the two legged inhabitants of Schonheit Castle, but what relevance this has to the four legged inhabitants remains to be seen.

The Ambassador does however understand that taking regular breaks from study, involving fresh air and walks around the block may be involved, in the overall strategic plan.

As for the feline inhabitants of Schonheit Castle, well quite frankly they think it is “Much Ado About Nothing”…

…unless of course the biscuit bowl is empty.


Posted by on 24 August, 2012 in Uncategorized


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The Great Catsby

This past week we have been hearing quite a lot about “The Great Catsby”…  well I think that is what the humans said…   apparently it is some early 20 th century fictional story that one of the human younglings had to read and then write 800 words about, for an English assignment.

Problem is; the human youngling in question thought that “The Great Catsby” was a load of old cat barf… after all what 16 year old boys wouldn’t…  (his Dad read chapter one and gave up…)

The resulting cat-a-wailing that eminated from his room during the week was rather something to behold.

Anyone would have thought they were trying to feed him ‘stale’ cat biscuits that had been sitting in the bowl longer than 30 minutes!



Posted by on 21 August, 2012 in Uncategorized


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