Well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME .. I’m 50 ! 🎂🎉🎉
This is my October round up of 2023 so far 😮

Well, crikey, I’ve been busy this year, running a business ( Central Communications ), dating (more on that later 👧), parenting a dog 🐶, camping ⛺, and a massive family holiday 🛬.
So let’s get on with it ….

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Matt made the Vodka.
Thanks heaps man!
You’re a legend!

Penny update

Penny is now (as of today) 46 weeks and 6 days old!
She’ a big dog now, not a puppy.

She’s completed puppy school (and made a best friend called Willow while there), completed a term of obdience school, had a her first night camping with her friend Willow … time for a video 🥰

I’m loving her to bits, and she makes the best companion.

Here’s some pics:
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The Grandies ❤️❤️


Kashious turned 2!
He’s a great kid, he’s so much fun 🤪

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YAY!!!! Grandson number two!!!!
Welcome to my world Kaiden.
Born 30th January, what a bundle of cuddles.


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Truck Norris

Well, the truck has gone though some massive upgrades.
Most notably is the winch and winch bar on the front.

I had help importing a Max Generation II winch bar from Australia.
Then proceeded to go through the low volume vehicle certification process.

This wasn’t as hard as I imagined, but it made me nervous for a while; I could’ve ended up with an illegal truck. 😧

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I’ve also installed some drawers in the back, a UHF radio, a cool GPS device (Garmin Overlander), an awning, some more lights, some front brush bars.
Crikey, what a year of mods, and I’m not finished!
The tent will get an upgrade pretty soon.

Oh yeah, and the hard lid was removed, and replaced with a canopy from Xplora

The adventures

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If you don’t follow me on youtube, maybe now is the time to start.
@loudas on Youtube …. check out my channel.

Here’s a small list of the places I’ve been this year so far:

  • East cape / Motu road
  • Waipakihi
  • Tukino
  • Clements Mill
  • Rangitoto mountain
  • Northland
  • Ninety mile beach
  • Napier
  • Cape Palliser
  • Wellington
  • Taupo

Just a few places out on adventures. 😆

The holiday with the Sims family.

Karen (my sister) and her family came to NZ for a holiday.
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They were kind enough to let me tag along with their NZ holiday.

First stop, Christchurch.
We stayed in a nice hotel.
Went to the antartic centre….

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Went up the port hills….
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Then we caught the train up to Aurthur’s pass, then on to Flockhill station….

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It snowed while we were there, and I woke to a snowy scene one morning….
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Then we drove to Lake Tekapo….
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We walked up Hooker valley while we were there….
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of course I photographed the church….
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then we drove on to Queenstown….

Went horse riding in the Dart river for a day….

Spent a day up Coronet Peak….
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What a wild holiday, thanks heaps Karen and Family.


While on the topic of holidays.
I’ve had one day at Whakapapa this year, and I don’t think I’m going to make it back again this year.
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So, as I mentioned previously I took Penny to puppy school.
She met a best friend, Willow, and well, I met a new lady.

This is Ami.
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Since April, when we first got together, we have been touring New Zeland as much as possible.
Ami has absolutely been the highlight of 2023 for me. 👩‍❤️‍👨
or Kaiden ….. oh tough call. 👶

Here’s some selfie spam….

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