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Past lives

September 20, 2016

Last week, our old home & business Pen-y-bryn Lodge was featured on a NZ TV programme called Kiwi Living.  We heard from many people who saw the programme, some we had not heard from for years, who saw it and thought of us.  We owned the Lodge from 1997 until 2010 when we sold it to James & James.  We were very fortunate to find such a lovely couple to take over the reigns from us and who have gone on to add their stamp on the place.  

For those of you who reside out of NZ, you can watch the programme via the link here.


December 13, 2014

What do you call having a holiday from your holiday lifestyle? No? I don’t know either, but that is exactly what we are doing. We have flown south and not for the temperatures that we have struck either. However the temperatures are immaterial as the warmth we have received has more than made up for the ambient temperature.

We flew into Christchurch on Wednesday, picked up our rental car, a few formalities and we were quickly underway. Our first destination was Oamaru where we headed straight to the pub to meet up with Helen & Don and Jocelyn & Lex, our quiz team mates from days past as it just also happened to be the final quiz night for the year. We managed to catch up with a few other familiar faces around the town over the next day as well as checking out what is happening in the town.

There seems to be a shift in attitude in the town, with lots of vibrant businesses and people especially around the old part of town. It is great to see the place is buzzing at last and you are spoilt for choice with plenty of good cafes and restaurants.

The seashore area in particular has received the most obvious improvements with the recent building of a steampunk themed children’s playground and a cafe which is just under its final build which will soon be opening.


IMG_0200.JPGmore of the playground


IMG_0194.JPGSteampunk Tearooms detail

We left Oamaru Friday morning heading to Ashburton to spend some time with Roy’s son Jason and wife Erica and their 4 children. They live on a few acres just south of Ashburton and lead very busy lives looking after their
menagerie which include sheep, cows, pigs, chickens and of course 4 young children. This sign was eldest grandson Dante’s bedroom door