End of another weekend away

Sunday morning, the dogs are walked and am contemplating the day before departure.

Wade came up from Auckland to join us for the day and stayed until after tea.

We had an interesting day with a morning of surf-casting (without success) and ended with a great swim in the quarry.


The surf rolls into the mouth of the quarry and makes a great swim.

The afternoon was spent checking out the eye lids for pin holes and after many hours I still had found none.

The rain came and settled in for the evening and carried on latter into the night. No other option but to watch a movie recorded on the on-board NAS. Justice League does not really do it for me but I can say it was a good filler for the evening.

Back to the plans for the day – We will hang on until the tide comes in and then have a swim in the quarry prior to leaving. Hopefully we beat the traffic build up or we can just go slow and add to the congestion.

Te Arai – Home of Casey, Amber and Kite fishing

For all the thinking that I had actually done some real work this morning I now realize that it would have been more productive just staying in bed. It took from 07:30 to 12:00 (breakfast to lunch for the fly boys) to fill the Dogonit with water and sought out my fishing gear.

Left in home in a deluge and looking forward to the trip back to our old stomping ground where I did a lot of kite fishing with two of mans best friends Casey (foxy cross) and Amber (Dachshund / Corgi cross) 20 years ago.

First stop was to pick up Trish and enjoy Wades support with her coming away while he prepared to go to work. The trip was non plus the only major difference was that Donna was a real back seat driver while Trish kept me sane up front.

We had checked out with the Auckland Regional Parks about Te Arai and the apparently the most eastern, southern, western facing  car park was where dogs were allowed if you knelt at the entrance and bowed to the north chanting Phill Goff is great, If you are confused then please talk to Donna and ask her about the conversation. It would have been interesting the conversation  at lunch time in ARP lunch room as well.


We arrived and found a quiet spot out of the wind which was from the east  and allowed us to put up the awning. We went for a walk and on our way back we were approached by a young man asking in a bloody foreign accent. (Must have been south of the Bombay’s) if we could help as he had a flat battery in their motor home.  Like a lamb to slaughter, muggins went to help.

Like a good soap opera the story unfolded in segments of guttural comments between the husband and wife with children looking on with complete shock and horror.  Both House battery and Truck battery were flat. Apparently they arrived in NZ form some Scandinavian country (the wife was blond-has to be Scandinavian) 4 weeks ago and they acquired the motor home in top condition and were assured that the batteries were new. (Got to love the tourists- yes there was a toilet on board). Apparently his wife had spent the afternoon defoliating her legs with an epilady using the 230 volt inverter (draining the house battery) while listening to the radio (draining the engine start battery). The first 15 minutes assisting was spent locating the batteries. The wife disappeared over the dunes I think to contemplate life in general. The long and the short of it was  that we connected the engine battery to the solar panels to charge it up so as they could be on their way. (another happy camper). Always makes you feel good – not so much in helping others but knowing that there is some one in deeper shit with the missus. (not often I get to feel this way)

A couple of beers and a glass or two of vino with tea and we decided to have a walk along the promenade (flash – if you know a fly boy they ill explain it to you) an we met a couple. The husband was bought up on a farm on Waitara Road and was sent to Fielding Ag to college. (Donna went to Fielding AG) He married a lady who was born in Otorohanga (River Road) and was sent to New Plymouth Girls – She must be a quite a bit older than me as she knew my sister in law.

Great night had with more wine and a brandy. Looking forward to tomorrow.


Leash Free Dog Parks

This post will be posted on the Motoring With Pets in NZ face book page. The feed back I got when we posted the Leash Free Dog Park Map on the page last time was great – By the time I went to up date the map with all the great feed back I could not find the post. I have set up a Blog/website “dogonit.nz“with the Map attached so you can set up google/explorer bookmark. So please if you could give the same great feed back as comments against this post. You can find the post on “dogonit.nz/wordpress/blog“.

Sh_t Happens

The Dogonit website was hacked and the database literally deleted. I left the FTP port open (for the those that are curious). But we had it covered with a back up of the site and the database. The only issue was that the backup was a weekly backup so we lost the last trips posts and comments. Lesson learnt we have closed the FTP port and now do a daily backup.

After this crap it must be time for a holiday. So we are off tomorrow not sure where at this time either the east coast or the west coast. (I know that was a no shit Sherlock moment). The wind was meant to swing to the SW this week but it has fluffed around in an easterly direction giving me all the excuses I need  to be undecided.

We are having spare floor carpets made for the motor home and they are going to be fitted in the morning so will be off at midday.  Picking up Trish on the way so will have an on-board guest for the first time.

Will post when we arrive at the weekend retreat to let you know where will be suffering.


Home Base Again

The weekend in Leigh went well – (just a peek into our future) – The repairs to Dogonit were all good and made the trip even more enjoyable. Mac and Rose seemed tired when we got home – The travel seems to take it out of them more than us. Not sure if the “Rally Style” really suits. I think the issue is that the program they run to is very structured and suits an older crowd (Not good for us young ones you know)


Apparently in the old days when the club was founded the Rallies were family oriented with kids etc. Thirty or so vans would set and only 15 would arrive and the weekend was spent either towing in the broken down vans for repair or assisting in roadside repairs.

With today’s more modern motor homes and the regulatory requirements of making modifications put the cost out of the average family. I was surprised not see caravans and a younger average age.

At home for a few days while the weather passes and I will get some contract work completed. We may head north for a week so as I can get some fishing in.

Watch this space


Leigh – Auckland Chapter Rally

What a great day!! We woke and decided to walk the dogs together to work off the AMAZING fish and chips [and the chocolate] we ate the night before!! We walked down to the wharf – watching those intrepid fisherman about to embark on a day’s fishing.

Obviously our pathfinder (Rodney) chose a route that was up-hill and down dale with plenty of stairs but it was worth the view!!

We relaxed until it was time for the dog show. We were entered as participants number 5 (Rose) and number 7 (Mac). There were 12 dogs in the events and they all provided varying levels of entertainment. Mac and Rose did reasonable well and Mac was in the running just missing out on 3rd prize for the agility section. Rose took out a prize for the best look-alike lol (her brother was her closest look-a-like and Mac won 4th in the agility section. The judges were extremely impartial – ‘Simon Cowell and Cruella De Ville’ added plenty of entertainment to the event.

Leigh school provided a great venue with toilets and a hall and it was well-managed by some amazing volunteers.

Hi De Hi campers

All good got the new AV/NAV system installed and home by 13:00 or 1:00 pm for the fly boys reading this post. Picked up Donna and the two terrors and did a quick mercy dash to the whole sales for some sanity juice.

Arrived at Liegh at 15:30 or just after afternoon tea (fly boys times again) Quiet trip with the dogs sleeping all the way.

We are the youngest here by I think at least 10 years. All good Donna in her eliment. I felt guilty re the comment of volentary euthenasia in my earlier post. Had to laugh there is an agility course for the dogs tomorrow will be interesting if half the humans can keep up.

Liegh fish and chips for tea. Snapper was to die for.  Early night so as we keep the up with the rest of the crew tomorrow. Lots of photos tomorrow mainly stills (not lot of motion happening)

Good night sleep tight.


A typical day of departure

Today we are off to Leigh to a Rally for Dogs in RV’s. (Hi Di Hi campers) Prior to going however we have to get the AV/Nav system installed. This week has been one were even in semi retirement the stress of trying to just buy something makes you want to vote of selective euthanasia.

We had scheduled for Wednesday all the small warranty issues to be dealt with by Zion Motorhomes. Included in this was the installation of a new AV/Nav system.  (The one that came with the motor home was Puss to put it polity – Sony.) I had sorted out to but a JVC – Kenwood to replace it. This was meant to be delivered on the Wednesday. Yeah right PBT couriers and the distribution center for JVC – Kenwood couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery. Listen every body Pokeno is rural next time over the Bombays have a look at what is class as rural.

As you can imagine it didn’t arrive so had to leave without any system installed. It turns out it took PBT Couriers 36 hours to deliver it to NZ Post so as they can deliver it. Go PBT Couriers Ra Ra New Zealand owned and all.

I am as I write this post in Pokeno awaiting the delivery (?). A Rural NZ Post van has been and gone and believe it or not the driver is owner operator and can not deliver for NZ Post in this area and a non sign written electric van will appear in the near future which delivers for NZ Post. Confused – If not please explain it to me some time.

If the system does not arrive on the next courier I will have the Sony system reinstalled so as we have a reversing camera. That will save Donna having to guide me into parking spots etc. and probably creating a very stressful event.

Will post latter to advise the outcome.

Leigh Auckland Rally

Looking forward to this rally as it’s all about the dogs. Best dressed/agility etc. lol……thinking Mac & Rose will be spectators……no dress-ups Nanny but will wear a bandana.