Author Archives: Maureen Longo

Bursting Our Bubble

Departure Day A farewell photo, taken high above Ohope from Julia & Derek’s house Mr. Bill and I have burst our bubble. It happened just before the clock struck twelve, on May 13th, when New Zealand went from Alert Level … Continue reading

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Caught Out!

Caught out. It was bound to happen, sooner or later. This is what comes of playing Juliet to my Romeo. With a kiss and an embrace, Mr. Bill and I part in sweet sorrow, when he leaves for Whakatane Hospital, … Continue reading

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Kia Kaha

Be strong. Be kind. No matter where we are in this world, we are all in this pandemic together. This will be a serious post for Travels with Mr. Bill. Please let me extend a heartfelt thank you, to everyone … Continue reading

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Iron Lady

Mr. Bill has learned that he’s in for a merry dance, when I take the lead; which is what led to our misadventure, in the 2013 Ohope Beach, Ironman Challenge. Standing alongside Mr. Bill, gazing wistfully at the colourful banner, … Continue reading

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Mother Nature Weeps

Mr. Bill is on the move once again. Mr. Bill shifts and Mother Nature weeps. No sooner were our bags packed yesterday, in anticipation of today’s departure, than the wind began to moan, begging him to stay awhile longer. However, … Continue reading

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A Short Black, a Long Black and a Flat White

“A short black, a long black and a flat white”, I half expected the sentence to continue, “walked into a bar”. However, this wasn’t yet another variation on the classic bar joke but three of the ways that Kiwis enjoy … Continue reading

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A Change in the Weather

Mr. Bill was on the move again and Mother Nature sat up and noticed. Foolishly he thought that he could quietly slip away without any fuss. He may have loaded the suitcases into the car and navigated around the construction … Continue reading

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Living Down a Sunny Dirt Road

Mr. Bill’s peculiar super power of attracting cyclones has not gone unmarked in this blog. It cannot be denied that these powerful storms find Mr. Bill irresistible, pursuing him across the hemispheres like a jilted lover. The latest stalking ended … Continue reading

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The Ditch Witch

She’s here! She’s here! The Ditch Witch is in Florida! And it appears, that she is enjoying a busman’s holiday in the Sunshine State. Not long ago, Mr. Bill returned panting from his daily jog. It was excitement and not … Continue reading

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A Hot Mess

    This story is for Allen and it’s a story I never intended to write. However, after regaling Allen with my ‘loo misadventures’ he roared with laughter and urged me to tell the tale. How could I not oblige … Continue reading

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