The games we’re play­ing:

NZ Life & Leisure - - Summer Loving -

Bar­bara: Two of our grand­daugh­ters – Si­ina and Tiia – like to en­ter­tain us with the ukulele. At the mo­ment they live on a boat at North Har­bour while their house is be­ing built. A fel­low boat res­i­dent taught them how to play by Beethoven.

I love a big red such as an Aussie shi­raz but Hawke’s Bay chardon­nays are pretty darn good too. At the mo­ment, we’re drink­ing Beach House and Babich. One of my favourite wine shops is First Glass in Taka­puna, or I’ll shop on­line at Ad­v­in­tage (ad­v­in­tage. co. nz).

Se­ri­ous Fun, the bi­og­ra­phy of Alan Gibbs. We went on the sculp­ture walk around Gibbs Farm in the Kaipara re­cently so I’m re- read­ing this book, which is an open and hon­est ac­count of his life. And

by Kerry Howe who kayaked around the Hau­raki Gulf from Auck­land to Bar­rier and up north. It’s an en­light­en­ing story on the his­tory of the islands in the Hau­raki Gulf. Pi­lar. Ode to Joy

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