Saturday, 9 November 2019

I tawt I taw a puddy tat... and a bunny?

I thought I saw a pussy cat and a bunny on my neighbours' steps and I was right. How strange. At first, I believed they were unusual friends but it turns out the bunny was on the run and never to be seen again. Safe travels little bunny!

Photo source: KB

In other news, my Dad and I have both been in the wars this week. My Dad is a keen cyclist but crashed with another cyclist a couple of days ago. He's broken his collarbone so he'll need to take it easy for a while. Easier said than done for an active man in his seventies.

I was exhausted yesterday and spent the majority of the day in bed. Could be hormones (or lack of them), or maybe too much sun. Feeling less tired today but lacking energy. Luckily for me, my wonderful husband has been looking after me and we don't have any plans for this weekend.

I'm sharing this post with Saturday's Critters

Have a wonderful weekend.

Love KB

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

A beautiful morning in Weymouth

Whitesnake and I have decided to spend some time exploring our neighbourhood. We've lived in South Auckland for years but haven't visited as many local places as we would like. It's spring time here in New Zealand and quite wet recently so as soon as there was a sunny day, we hoped in the car and drove a short 10 minutes to Weymouth. A beach, some benches and a walkway awaited. Definitely will be visiting again.

Photo sources: KB

Sharing with Our World Tuesday

Love KB

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Poetry: Good Times

Photo source: Pixabay

Remember the good times
They'll serve you well
When life is hard
As tough as hell

Hot summer nights
Lying in bed
His strong shoulders
Resting my head

Laughing and loving
Wasting our days
Entombed in our room
Set in our ways

You doing your thing
Me doing mine
Coming together
For beer and wine

Life carries on
Memories remain
Don't let bad times
Leave their stain

Post bumped up to share with Poetry Pantry originally posted 11/5/2011 
Love KB

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Keeping up with KB

I can't believe I haven't blogged since May. Not for any particular reason I can think of really. So here's a post to catch you up with KB.

One stormy night, Whitesnake (hubby), cut his hand while trying to close a jammed window. He needed stitches at the time but it all healed up now. Scary stuff.

Photo source: KB

Recently we had family visiting from Australia, a lovely time was had by all. During their stay we visited a local restaurant for lunch. Whitesnake and I had heard great things about the restaurant from a friend. Unfortunately, Whitesnake had to send his meal back twice so we were extremely disappointed.

Whitesnake's brother and sister-in-law

After sending an email regarding our experience to the restaurant, we were happy to receive a phone call, an apology and a voucher for a free meal. Earlier this week we went back to the restaurant and enjoyed a delicious meal.

Photo sources: KB

That's all from me today.

Have a great weekend.

Love KB

Thursday, 2 May 2019

A Fun Break

Hi all,

Whitesnake and I enjoyed a quiet Easter break, followed by my birthday. I spent my birthday reading the third instalment of The Game of Thrones books, opening presents, eating lovely meals that my hubby prepared for me and drinking wine. Loved it!

Here's my photo for Skywatch...

Photo source: KB

Have a great weekend,

Love KB

Monday, 15 April 2019

Elevation by Stephen King

Shared with Teaser Tuesday and First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. Please feel free to play along.

Here's my teaser:

The steady rate of the weight-loss since then was worrisome, yes, but only a little. It was the clothes thing that had changed worry into fright. 

Photo source: Google

First paragraph:

Scott Carey knocked on the door of the Ellis condo unit, and Bob Ellis (everyone in Highland Acres still called him Doctor Bob, although he was five years retired) let him in. ''Well, Scott, here you are. Ten on the dot. Now what can I do for you?" 

Love KB

Friday, 12 April 2019

A Mixed Bag

Our Weather has been a mixed bag this week...Sharing with Skywatch 

Photo source: Pixabay
This week we met out new GP and she's gong to be a good fit for us. Whitesnake and I had our blood tested and all is looking good. That's always great news.

Nothing else to report for this week but looking forward to Easter and my birthday over the next couple of weeks.

Have a great weekend!

Love KB

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Poetry: Consequences

Post bumped up to share with with Tuesday Platform Originally posted 4/5/2011

Photo Source: Pixabay

Twisting turmoil

emotions run amok

feelings laid out

like an open book

Nowhere to run

nowhere to hide

some secrets should

remain inside

The prison consumes

time to break free

nobody to lean on

I must depend on me

The heart is willing

the time is now

a little faith

takes care of the how

Have a great weekend
Love KB

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Catching Up With KB

There's been a lot happening since the last time I blogged...

Let's begin with a beautiful sky to share with Skywatch 

Photo sources: KB

Whitesnake and I celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary with delicious home made burgers. Whitesnake made the bread too! He's such a wonderful husband. 

Haircut for me

My parents came for a visit and stayed overnight. A good time was had by all.

I think that's everything. Have a great week.

Love KB


Sunday, 24 March 2019

Poetry: Four Seasons

Post bumped up to share with with Poetry Pantry  Originally posted 16/9/2008

Autumn leaves changing
Photo source: Pixabay
The past falls away
Preparing for the winter
The darkening of the days

Winter now consumes me
I take myself to bed
Hide under the blankets
Shake the monster from my head

Spring is now upon us
A change is in the air
Basking in the sunshine
I hardly have a care

Summer rain cooling
Reminds of change to come
Darkness will fade away
The battle has been won

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Life Goes On

A week after the devastating terror attacks, I've been trying to stay busy. 

A year after my detached retina surgery and all went well at the optometrist. Eye is still looking healthy, no cataract as yet and I'm getting new glasses in a couple of weeks. 

My eye a year ago 

Earlier in the week, I was featured on Poets United website. 

I'll leave you with an evening SkyWatch

Photo source: KB

Remember to tell the people you love how much they mean to you as often as possible. You never know when the last time you see them will be. 

See you next week

Love KB


Tuesday, 19 March 2019

An Interview with KB

I'm excited to share that I have been featured on the site Poets United.  Poets United is a blog community of  wonderful people sharing poetry. Love it!

Follow the link  to see photos, poetry and learn more about me : Life of a Poet - KB

Love KB

This post has been shared with Our World Tuesday

Sunday, 17 March 2019

One of New Zealand's Darkest Days

My heart goes out to the victims and families of this vicious attack. Whitesnake and I are safe but still in shock as nothing like this has ever happened here before. One of the great things I always loved about NZ was that I believed it was a safe place to live, I guess things won't be the same now.

An update from our Prime Minister

New Zealand's darkest day
Yet I have nothing to say
Anger trapped inside
Emotions I try to hide

Numerous countries I have roamed
But New Zealand, she's my home
Her freedom and her safety
You will never take from me!

My poem has been shared with Poetry Pantry

Thank you all for the love and support you have sent  New Zealand during this devastating time.

Love KB

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Introducing Sideshow Bob

Hi all,

Recently I was reading an interesting blog, (unfortunately I can't remember which blogger to thank), showing pictures of beautiful indoor plants. This reminded me that purchasing an indoor plant was on my to-do-list so whoever you are, thank you.

Whitesnake and I decided on a Maidenhair Fern as I'd managed to raise one to a decent age previously, (usually my houseplants die a miserable death). Anyway, we took him home and re potted him ( my houseplants are always male) and sat him in the corner.

Photo Source: KB

Later in the evening, my hubby began chuckling to himself and asked if the plant reminded me of anyone.... now his name is Bob. He's named after Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons. Can you see the resemblance or have we finally lost the plot?

Photo source: Wikipedia

Have a great week

Love KB, Whitesnake and Bob


Shared with Our World Tuesday

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Another Beautiful Day In South Auckland

 I'm loving the weather this week; sunshine but not too hot. It's also been an expensive week as Whitesnake needed a trip to the dentist. That's all from me today, have a great weekend and I'll see you next week.

Photo source: KB

This photo has been shared with SkyWatch Friday

Friday, 22 February 2019


Hi all,

A busy week for us with appointments with the doctor and the dentist. I have experienced difficulties with blood pressure in the past so it was fantastic to hear that my blood pressure was perfect!  

Whitesnake and I don't have a lot planned for the weekend so I'm looking forward to lots of reading and blogging. 

Have a great weekend! 

To be shared with Poetry Pantry and Tuesday Platform.

Photo source: Pixabay

She builds me up
When I'm feeling low
No need to think
The words will flow

Sometimes I giggle
At the lines we share
Did I write that
Blissfully unaware

When I'm stuck in a rut
She whispers and taunts 
Words don't make sense 
Her rhymes she flaunts

Silently mocking 
When I'm feeling my best
Lurking beneath the surface
With my misery suppressed

She knows I'll be back
We are one and the same
Her words I must write
Or she'll drive me insane

She's gives herself freely
Time and again
I can't thank her enough 
Poetry, my trusted friend

Friday, 15 February 2019

Valentine's Day

Hi everyone,

Whitesnake and I celebrate Valentine's Day every year. All relationships have ups and downs but I do believe that since we have been together, most days for us are like our version of Valentine's Day.

After we enjoyed a sleep in, our neighbour popped in for coffee and a chat. Whitesnake and I prepared home made pizza together and spent most of the evening watching Game of Thrones. My husband is a huge fan of Game of Thrones but I'm watching it for the first time. I used to laugh when Whitesnake watched the show because every time I walked into the room, there was either bare breasts or fighting so I didn't believe it would be my cup of tea. I'm actually enjoying GOT (which we have started watching from the beginning) and looking forward to reading the books soon.

A relaxing day at home together is our perfect Valentine's Day. Did you celebrate?

Below is a photo taken from our back door which I have shared with SkyWatch 
and Our World Tuesday 

Photo sourec: KB

Have a great weekend.

Love KB

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Poetry: Black Widow

Bumped up to share with  Tuesday Platform. Originally posted 20/10/2010

Her prey is found so easily
She spins her web and waits to see
Her trap is set, she'll make it clear
That loving her was your idea

She's the answer to your prayers
She'll steal your heart while you're unawares
Photo source: Pixabay
A chameleon, swapping and changing
Becoming the girl you dreamt of possessing

She has you now, where she wants you
No turning back, try if you must do
She'll devour you and spit you out
Isn't this what the game's about?

Time to move on,
Find fresh prey
There's plenty more
Begging to play

Love KB

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Happy Waitangi Day, New Zealand

A fun week for me so far...

Monday was my second to last CBT session with my therapist. Loved it and will write about it in detail on my health and wellness blog at a later stage.

Wednesday was Waitangi Day, a public holiday in New Zealand. Whitesnake and I spent the day relaxing at home as it was a hot day. Actually we've enjoyed several hot days recently but thankfully today, the rain is falling and watering our vegetables and garden.

Here's a photo I took on Waitangi Day, which I am sharing with Skywatch Friday.

Photo Source: KB

Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you again soon.

Love KB

Monday, 4 February 2019

Poetry: Gossip

Post bumped up to share with with Poetry Pantry ,originally posted 27/4/2011

Sweet seduction
Sows the seed
Wanting, yearning
Fulfilling needs

Momentum builds
No turning back
Doubt consumes
Fuels the attack

Whispers abound
Rumours spread
Pulling back
No searching ahead

Truth forgotten
Scandal full blown
Lies take on
A life of their own

See ya later
Love KB

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Rescued Hens

These little beauties used to live in cages until our lovely neighbours adopted them. The girls look so much healthier than when they were first brought home. Hubby and I feed them when our neighbours travel. This morning, they were waiting at the gate for us.  I love the clucking noise they make when they hear us coming and the fresh eggs are delicious.

Photo source: KB

This post has been shared with Saturday Critters

Love KB

Monday, 28 January 2019

Happy Anniversary Day, Auckland

Hi my friends,
Whitesnake and I are enjoying a relaxing long weekend as Auckland celebrates Anniversary Day. The actual Auckland Anniversary Day is tomorrow - 29th January,  but today is a public holiday so Auckland can enjoy a long weekend. 

Auckland Harbour - Photo Source KB
I've been thankful to have the day off every year since I moved to New Zealand, without really knowing much about it . As I moved here in 1984, I decided it was long overdue that I  I learned about what I was celebrating. So here goes...
Explorer and first governor of New Zealand - William Hobson arrived in New Zealand in 1840 and signed a treaty with the Maori people, which led to New Zealand becoming a new British colony. Hobson founded Auckland later the same year and named it the capital of New Zealand. A small regatta was held in Auckland that year and by the following year, the regatta and Auckland Anniversary Day, (the date Hobson first spotted New Zealand) was established. 
Apparently,  'the regatta is the largest one-day event of its kind in the world and is the central attraction of Auckland Anniversary Day.'  I found very interesting as I live in Auckland and don't remember hearing anything about this large event but Goggle informs me of these facts, so it must be true! 
So instead of attending the regatta with our fellow Aucklanders, Whitesnake and I made our own fun. Drinks, home made pizza and laughs were shared with a friend on Friday night.  I knew I'd had a fabulous night the following morning when it took me a few seconds to remember how to drive my car.

Last night didn't go as well, I drank too much wine and yelled at my husband for no reason. My husband is the kindest, most generous. loving person on the planet so as you can imagine, I'm feeling incredibly guilty and have vowed to never drink the evil red wine again.  

I intend to spend the rest of the long weekend grovelling, relaxing and NOT touching a drop of red wine. 
Happy Anniversary Day, Auckland!
Love KB

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Poetry: A Year Ago Today

Bumped up to share with  Poetry Pantry , originally posted 21/9/2010

A year ago today
Didn't expect to feel this way
Forlorn and ashamed
No one else to blame
Photo source: Pixabay

A year ago today
Why did it end that way
Lies and deceit
No thoughts of who would weep

A year ago today
No one standing in my way
Hearts trampled in my wake
Their give, to my take

A year ago today
Gave my old life away
Too late to explain
My excuses, no ones gain

A year ago today
A new life on its way
His love will find a way
To guide me through this day

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Poetry: Misunderstood

Here's a poem I wrote a few years ago. Bumped up to share with  Poetry Pantry and Tuesday Platform. Originally posted 13/10/2010

Photo source: Pixabay

You would have understood me, had you waited
Would have loved me instead of hated
Your words cut deep and hurt me
Misrepresented and dirty

A mystery still unfolding
Begrudging instead of holding
Let loose on a sea of hate
Bide your time and commiserate

Battles fought, still raging on
Lovers distraught, mind has gone
You could have loved me, if you'd waited
Destiny and fate untranslated

Have a great week
Love KB

Friday, 11 January 2019


Photo source: KB

This post has been shared with Skywatch 

Love KB

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Puzzle Time

I've been working on this puzzle for ages. Not that it's finally finished Whitesnake (hubby) can have his computer work station back. He's been very patient.

Photo source: KB

Love KB

Thursday, 3 January 2019


I haven't anything to report today so I decided to share a sky shot instead. 

Photo source: KB

This post has been shared with Skywatch 

Love KB

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Community Pantry

Look what we discovered while we were taking a walk this morning; a community pantry. Available for the community to drop off food for the less fortunate to collect as needed. Hubby and I dropped off an item we had left over from a Christmas hamper. A wonderful idea. 

Photo source: KB

Kai is the Maori word for food - feed
 Love KB

Shared with Our World Tuesday