President’s Ramble – May 2019

Once again I have been busy, too busy running around after work and family. Over the ANZAC weekend most of the family had a few nights in Hamilton, enjoyed it very much, particularly the walk we took along the western banks of the mighty Waikato Awa (river) on Saturday morning near Franklin Bridge. Very beautiful and peaceful in the early morning complete with waka ama and skiffs on the water, other strollers, dog walkers, runners and an occasional mountain biker on the banks.

We also went to a highly rated Italian Restaurant – Adriana’s Restaurant. I would not recommend it other than their phone manner when we made the booking which was excellent, it seemed overpriced, underportioned, a bit bland in the flavours and we had a waitress who could not tell us much about the menu and wine list despite the fact she had been working there since sometime last year. However they must be doing something right as the place was buzzing, with an interesting mix of dress code amongst the customers. Some were in their “Sunday Best”, the chap on the table next to us had a nice shirt on mismatched with tight short shorts and jandals for footware! Plus there was everything in between.

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President’s Ramble – April 2019

Hello all,

This month the need to write has leapt upon me like a tiger, claws out onto the prey. I just wasn’t ready for it, so this has been written rather hurriedly, with me taking the part of the prey running desperately in whatever direction – just trying to escape.

Last month I again ended up working in the Bay of Plenty, and unfortunately I must write to tell you that between my last visit and you reading this, that “The Trading Post” in Paengaroa will have shut, Paul the owner/chef retiring into being more of a house husband while his wife goes out and does more work. No more crispy duck salads and the best cream brulees for me. Apparently a new restaurant will take its place. I do not know if it will be of the same quality or not, or even trade under the same name. What I do know is that Paul was a remarkable chef and will be missed by locals and travellers such as myself alike. Read More…

President’s Ramble – March 2019

The word has come out – limited space. I have sat on this for a couple of days as I most likely had a rambling ramble up my sleeves and have thought what do I cull? The answer is almost all of it. Hopefully the editor will throw in a picture or two instead as that is what I would like.

In the meantime hopefully you got my emails about the interclub with Wellington, unfortunately I know of at least two members with other functions on that weekend who won’t be able to make it – I am one of them. Please support the club and try and win the Auckland vs Wellington Trophy back off them.

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President’s Report – February 2019

2019 has arrived and I am still not ready for it. I can’t remember the last day that I took off, such is the life of the self employed, sometimes (like now) the self over employed and unfortunately at times the self unemployed! No complaints though, I have finished early this afternoon, opened a Stella Artois and am writing this instead of working. I will however start work after dinner again, after it has cooled down a bit.

Things that have happened in my life include – most of January I have been working in Auckland for a change, but have been travelling back and forth in all sorts of directions and for the first time had to pay the regional fuel tax on my Ute. Since July I had been working so much out of Auckland I had avoided it by filling up elsewhere including Morrinsville, Whakatane, Pongakawa, Hamilton, Rotorua and Ngaruawahia. Of these places the cheapest I have found being Whakatane. I have however managed to work in Rotorua once this month, yesterday in fact, a very long day, 14 hours chargeable, then 1.75 hrs breaks almost making it a 16 hour working day.

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Interclub Gymkhana – Sunday February 17th

This year Citroen is organising the annual gymkana which will be held at Papakura

Start time; 1pm; you are welcome to have a picnic lunch from 11am

Place; Peter & Judy Coleman’s place,

117 Gatland Street, Papakura

Continue through  the gate at the very end of the street and follow the drive through the trees, then turn left into the paddock rather than straight ahead up to the house.

See you there.

You do not NEED to compete. Spectators also earn points for their club to go to the Tricolore Trophy.