and yet there’s more……

Not far from Raetihi the famed bridge to Nowhere is a well know tourist destination, at RaetihiRetro the French Doors to Nowhere are yet to catch on with the punters.

When we have had time in summer to create the enclosed deck that will provide firm footing outside of these doors, maybe then the locals will start making a noise about the tourist value of such a destination, or maybe only those in the know will bother with a visit.

Also completed was the addition of both ‘real’ 1960’s artwork, the J H Lynch print (Woodland Goddess) is in it’s original frame and came from the antiques store at Turakina, ( )I got this as a birthday present for Zoe earlier in August, but then she chose to buy some very cool snow wear while in America so it became an anniversary gift.

The other painting is newer, painted in the ‘style of’ by Fifi Colston ( and presented to me by Zoe as a dual present, for both my recent 50th and also our 10th re-wedding anniversary, which fall on the same day.

All in all the two look very good as features on the lounge walls.


It’s the little things that make the difference


So we had talked about what to do about the floor in the new bathroom, and then Zoe had a beautiful and also cheap idea.

I rang City Timber (Thorndon Quay) and asked about ply options, within 10 minutes I had ordered two sheets of Fijian Kauri to be cut into ‘planks’ – these were given a solid polyurethane coating while Zoe was at the house last week by herself and then she cut and laid the floor as you can see.

A final sanding and poly coat before we left last weekend and it’s all done, smart, durable and warm under foot. Oh and the cost?

$210 for the ply and $42 for the polyurethane + Zoe’s labour costs which were red wine and being fed when I was there for the weekend.