RIP Yoshi

19 11 2012

This is something I never wished to have to do. We found our little boy, Yoshi, dead in the driveway last night.

RIP Yoshi

No real idea what happened. We went out, came back 3 hours later and found him dead. He seemed intact and didn’t look like he had suffered.


Everywhere I look I see him. His toys, his fur, his life and energy. Worse still is his sister, Nikki, really doesn’t know what is going on. They were never apart. Eat together, play together, sleep together. Now he’s gone.


Rest well my little Yoshi. You ARE missed.

Banana Noms

4 10 2012
Banana Noms by BaboMike
Banana Noms a photo by BaboMike on Flickr.

Monkeys and Asia. They hang out, hassle tourists and steal their food. This one stole the banana out of a tourist’s bag. Cute but be careful.

Reflections of Kuala Lumpur

21 09 2012
Reflections by BaboMike
Reflections a photo by BaboMike on Flickr.

Wow, over a month ago. Time flies. Anyhow, we spent 3 weeks travelling up from Singapore through Malaysia and into Thailand. Spectacular countries, amazing people and awesome food.

Here’s the famous Petronas Towers of Kuala Lumpur. You can see all the people taking exactly the same photo. I did too. However this one was different. Pointing down into the pools of water (part of the fountains out front) you can get an amazing reflection of the towers.

I’m trying to work on adding more interest to my pics, not just the object/site/building but also some of the people.

Hope you like.

Saint Bean

10 08 2011
Saint Bean by BaboMike
Saint Bean a photo by BaboMike on Flickr.

No, no updates, just a photo to amuse you all.

Who do you think this looks like?

Its actually a saint from a cathedral in Antigua, Guatemala.

Another Week Gone, Another 2 to Go.

29 07 2011

Ah, another week. Its all getting closer. 12th August is our settlement date. So ready to move in. The place we live in currently while really nice is small, and now we have our own place sorted out we are both itching to move. We just want to get into the new place, learn its quirks and eccentricities and start the next chapter of life.

So, what have we been up to this past week. Well, ignoring the 3 day Migraine that has finally left me alone, not a huge amount. I do have a photo for you. Bonus double ristretto for those who can identify its location (without cheating). You must visit to claim!

Derwent Whale

What else has been going on. Last weekend we got sick of house stuff and decided to become tourists again. This time we went South. About as far South as it gets, we hit the end.

The End of the Road

Where exactly? look at the pretty map!

Hastings Cave Map.png

Why? We went to the caves and the the thermal springs. The caves themselves (Hastings Caves) were discovered by some loggers who were actually poaching timber at the time. Not the biggest cave we have visited but pretty fun all the same.

The Crazies



Susie Stalactite

We did see some other cool stuff on the trip down. This pier was a private pier, locked to us, but not to the birds.

Bird Pier

Bird Pier

Bird Pier

Also Mount Adamson which is almost like a mini Mt Fuji

Mt Adamson

And lastly some shadows.

Forrest Shadows

So, this weekend. More furniture shopping, some cleaning and organising, some seeing friends. Maybe even a movie. Really though we just want to move in and enjoy our house.

Full Steam ahead, or hurry up and wait

21 07 2011

So. It’s virtually all done. Contracts signed, papers stamped, faxes sent, everything done. Well, almost everything. Now we just have to sit back and wait. Currently we are set to settle on August 12th, meaning that we pay the money and get the keys then. So exciting.

Of course, first a picture to show you.

Mt Wellington

This is the view we have in the mornings. Snow on that there mountain. Lots of snow. Enough snow I’m told to be able to go cross country skiing. Now there’s something I want to try out one of these days.

Back to house. We’ve got plenty to get on with over the next 3 weeks. Since putting things in storage back in July 2006, we’ve probably forgotten much of what we have. That said, we know some of the big stuff we do, and don’t have. Fridge, yes. Sofa’s, yes. Bed, no. TV, no. etc etc.

So the shopping begins. We also need to get delivery organised for suitable times. Luckily, for me at least, time off isn’t a problem. I’m told that up until a couple of years ago I could have got some bonus “moving house” days off, but that perk has been scrapped. Can’t say I mind, its a pretty good place to work as it is.

Shopping. Last weekend we went bed shopping. So much choice, so many different price points, technologies, colours, firmnesses etc etc etc. We tried a few, found one we liked, then tried a different one for a laugh. Wow, magic. We bought the nice fancy one. Expensive 😦 But half price 🙂

What else, not much. Work is getting busier, my head is getting fuller. The projects are simultaneously getting clearer and fuzzier at the same time. Normal really.

Its all Happening

9 07 2011

So much going on. Life is busy, crazy, stressful and fun.

First, a photo. Think of what France means to you and what kind of image could sum up France. I came up with this from the amazing town of Le Puy-en-Velay. What could possibly be more french than a citroen 2CV against the backdrop of an ancient cathedral.


So, a week and no blogging. Bad me. Why?

We bought a house!!! Well, everything is signed and just awaiting us to dot the final i’s and cross the final t’s. Sooooo exciting.

What house. Where? Why? Who? What other questions beginning with W can I dream up?

Lets post the link so you can see yourself.

Its an 1850’s cottage which has been updated and extended a bit, on an internal block. 3 bed, 2 bath, garage, deck, garden and all everything we could want.

Rob, our property hunter found us this place. We both looked and loved it. We then let him loose to do his magic, and magic he did. An amazing deal was negotiated. No idea how he managed it, but even by his standards this is a ripper. So, with any luck, we might be moving in within about 5 weeks, fingers crossed.

Work is getting crazier too. Fun but busier. Exciting.

Fun fun fun,