|Me on Ohope Beach|
|My kids with their cousins, Ohope Beach|
|Wally's Fish and Chips|
|Dad, Pietra and Cy, views to Whale Island|
After studying for seven years to qualify as a barrister and solicitor, I completed a one-year post-graduate journalism course. I emerged from that course jobless. There were only three journalism jobs offered to the class and it was evident I was not considered for any of them.
|Kevin and Cy on Otarawairere Bay|
After a few years I had not exactly made it in newspapers but I was getting there. I worked for, among others, The Times, the Mail On Sunday, The Daily Telegraph and the London Evening Standard. Television and radio stations began to feature me as a travel and consumer expert.
|Mum and Dad's beachfront|
|Mum and Dad's house|
|Mum and Dad's front garden|
I also started this blog and now find myself plagued not only by what might have been in the past, but also fussing about the future. Where will the blog lead to? Anything or nothing? Or does that matter? Is it enough to be just writing?
What the heck is the answer? Whatcha doing? I ask Joseph, 16, who lives next door to my parents. He's sitting on his skateboard ramp with his friend Hone, also 16, both looking out to sea. They are the top two Under-18 Longboard Surfers in NZ. "Waiting for the waves" says Joseph.
|Hone and Joseph at Ohope Beach|
|Mum and Baby Harley, Mum's backyard|
|Mum and Harley, 13, Mum's backyard|
"Mum" said Harley: "I don't think those people remembered you." He was absolutely right. We laughed all the way home.
Have you ever felt you were starting over again?