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Going to the dogs worth the effort, as lakeside sizzles
The glorious weather
motivated friends and me
to take the dogs out to
Glenorchy last weekend.
conversation but it seems the
Glenorchy lakefront on a sunny
day is definitely the place to see
the smoking hot real men. Well
worth a return visit.
Meanwhile I persevered with my
New Year's resolution to make
more effort with dating websites.
Others must have made similar
resolutions as I received five
messages in as many days. That's
unusual. Alas, most were not
really suitable, by reason of age
(22) or distance (West Auckland).
Dating someone almost young
enough to be my son and dating
someone at the other end of the
country has its flip sides. It's not
out of the question and an open
mind is helpful but so is a reality
What I have noticed is how many
people post photos that resemble
police mug shots. Of course it's
not all about looks. I was
interested to read in last week's
Mirror that it's not just me who
ranks a great sense of humour as
One chap in Wanaka who sent me
a message sounded promising.
I replied. However, between
sending the message and logging
back on later in the week he was
no longer a member. He either
met someone quickly or my
profile terrified him. Next step --
write new profile. Top priority,
someone who makes me laugh.
Queenstown's Single Girl is
looking for true love. Advice and
potential candidates should be
emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A life of backyard bliss
Get wet: Summer fun, Kiwi style.
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Long hot summers bring
out the NIMBY (Not In My
Back Yard) in me.
Visiting the backyard of
my childhood recently evoked
many deep-seated memories.
Ours was not a flash pad with an
outdoor schist fireplace or
manicured flowerbeds but
nonetheless it was fiercely
protected and exceedingly well-
Dad renovated many a car, we
kids tented in a supposed state-of-
the-art inflatable and often self-
deflating igloo tent, my sister
swung on our solitary garden
feature to show off her white
Beatle boots, Mum cultivated her
manure patch which surprised us
all by sprouting pumpkins that we
refused to eat, my father did hand-
springs proving to us that he
would have been selected for the
English gymnastic team had the
war not intervened, and my
brother coerced us into endless
cricket matches, even using the
said Beatle-booted sister as the
wickets on more than one
For the past 20 years we have been
privileged to own a couple of acres
of backyard in a pristine
Being our very first home after
years of living in hotels
surrounded by car parks, or high-
rises, this patch is quite special to
us and especially to my dear
Our hobby farm proved interest-
ing, especially the winter feed-
No lamb chops were forthcoming
but our large domain afforded
enough room for our darling elder
daughter to drive at an age I do
not wish to publish.
For those Old Farts out there, you
will recall it as the venue for a
series of Backyard Bandstands.
Backyards of all shapes and sizes
are an ongoing Kiwi institution
and I'm proud to say our commun-
ity may well be in good hands.
When catering at Lake Hayes
Pavilion last weekend a couple of
young freedom campers tapped on
the door while we were setting up
for a wedding to inquire as to
where they could park their car
up for the night.
Jackson, working for us to pay
back debts incurred by her own
recent overseas backpacking
jaunt, staunchly and protectively
enunciated why such people are
Perhaps I am in the NIMBY camp
Ann Mann was a Queenstown publican
and now owns a wedding and event catering
business. She is heavily involved in the
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