FOUNTAIN PEN THAT WENT TO WAR
When my mother crossed the bar a box of my fathers treasures became mine. As a fountain pen nut I was overjoyed to find the Conway Stewart he received for his 21st.
That served him for the rest of his life, away at war, and at home with Cyclone Fence and Gate.
CHRISTMAS IN A 17 FOOT BOAT
Christmas 2002 Joan I took a cruise in a 17ft Navigator yawl I built in my garage.
WAIRUA hauled us and our gear on quite a long journey amongst the islands of the Hauraki Gulf.
life in the navy
It could be tough and you stuck to the routine or you paid for it.
The culture and the system that evolved as large groups of men lived in confined spaces for long periods of time.
NAVY IN TUSSOCK COUNTRY
You joined the navy to see the sea and the world so how did you end up here on the Desert Plateau. That is as far from the sea as you can get in the North Island.
the loss of hmnzs neptune
A sad story about the loss of many New Zealand sailors in WWII
BUDGET WHITEBAIT FRITTERS
They cost you a Kings Ransom and the supply is very seasonal and intermittent.
Here is a way you can enjoy this Kiwi Rite of Passage whenever you feel the need.
WHATS WITH THE WHALES
That is not a poke at the Royal Family.
Few whale images on this site and you might wonder why.
Because I can is a good start……
RAIL DISASTER NEAR IRIRANGI
On Christmas Eve 1953 the northbound train plunged into a river with great loss of life. The Officers and Crew of HMNZS Irirangi were among the first to arrive and lend assistance.
This is my summary of the tragic event.