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Halloween Pics

Posted in General on October 31st, 2013 by mish

Quite a few asked to see some pics from ‘The Big Night’.

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Pumpkin suit was hand sewn by Mom under strick directive of Nat.  And while it was a favorite at parties and school, Nat opted to be a storm trouper for trick or treating.  Thomas made a super ‘Super Mario’. Seen here before trick or treating with good friend Zoe (Pyramid).

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Uncle Matt, or should I say the big bad pig, showed up too, but was unsuccesful in scaring the small children.  And that’s all she wrote.

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Parksville Townhouse For Sale

Posted in General on September 16th, 2013 by mish

It’s been a long time in coming, but at long last it’s on the market.

Here’s the MLS link:










If you know anyone looking for something out on the Island it’s an awesome location. Please forward the link!

Hope to get a more interesting post up soon…its been a busy but great summer!

Midnight Saskatoon Time! Happy New Year!

Posted in General on January 1st, 2013 by mish

The year in all, went as well as can be.
With Thomas in grade one and Nathaniel in school-pre.
Imbaw tackled school boards, to ensure good educations.
While reveling also in family vacations.

Much music abounded with two pianos played.
On our Steinway and Heintzman side by side duets were made.
Thomas and Nathaniel mastered many new tunes,
while Michele continued with old Claire de Lunes.

With much sorrow we remembered those lost to the sublime,
as well as watched NRC’s slow spiraling decline.
Battles were ongoing against the usual foe.
But finally that housekeeper, early in the New Year, should go!

For 2013 we look forward to more running.
Both in sneakers at marathons and in our new boat sunning.
Disneyworld in May?  Hey Hey!
A trip to France? In the fall perchance!

Wishing you all, all the best in 2013, from our ice castle to yours (Yes we turned our backyard into a skating rink! With the Cosmic Funk blasting on the iBear it made for a crazy New Years Eve on ice!!).


Notes from a NZ Road Trip, Jan 8-17, 2012

Posted in General, Travel on February 23rd, 2012 by mish

Here, finally (despite Nathaniel), are some NZ North Island roadtrip pics!  A brief overview [Map]:

Day 1 we drove Napier to Matamata [Detail Map]. Three in the cheap seats in the back, three in the middle and two up front.

Day 2 we visited some funny holes in the hills [Detail Map] and then drove Matamata to Whale Bay in Raglan on the West coast [Detail Map].

Day 3 it was a bit rainy so we checked out ‘Bridal Veil Falls’ and then hit the beach some striking and dramatic images. Thomas was psyched!

Day 4 was all beach. Day 5 was all beach too. Nathaniel couldn’t get enough of the sand!

Day 6 we drove from Raglan to Ohakune in Tongariro National Park [Detail Map] stopping at the glow worm caves near Waitomo.

Day 7 was 4 degrees C and pouring rain in Ohakune so we bailed on the planned canoe trip and headed for Whakapapa Village (pronounced with an F) [Detail Map]. This day was especially noteworthy as follows 10AM: We did a  great hike up a ridge overlooking the area, it was abit windy. 12PM: We visited ‘Mordor’ up on the slopes of Mt. Ruapehu, at which point we realized we had lost Nathaniel’s Blanky up on the Ridge Hike (DISASTER!!!). 1PM: Imbaw and Aidan did the Ridge Hike again to no avail. 4PM: Michele and Aidan (Aidan was keen on the exercise!) did the hike again and somewhat miraculously Michele spotted Blanky in a divot between shrubs not far from the top (PHEW!!!). We all slept well that night until the town fire alarm went off at 3AM – which Michele was frantically convinced indicated the Volcano was erupting. So much for sleeping…

Day 8-9 we drove from Whakapapa Village to Rotorua [Detail Map], where we soaked in thermal spas, visited a fantastic wildlife preserve (Rainbow springs) and celebrated Thomas’ Birthday poolside.

Day 10 we drove Rotorua back to Napier [Detail Map] stopping at some volcanic parks where we watched mud bubble. Phew!

Click on any one of the partial thumbnail images to see the full versions. Once in the full version screen you can get to the next picture by clicking ‘next’ in the bottom left corner:

Some NON-roadtrip NZ pics will be hopefully be coming shortly!

Merry Christmas 2011 from the Loewen & Storer’s Down Under!

Posted in General, Travel on December 24th, 2011 by mish

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas from the side of a hill under a  Pohutukawa (Christmas) Tree in Napier, New Zealand.

We are visiting Imbaw’s sister (who lives here in Napier) and her family (the Farquar’s) for 5 weeks of fun down under. Click on the photo to see a larger version.  Back row from left to right: Michele, Imbaw, Nathaniel, Aidan & Alli. Front row from left to right: Nyssa, Thomas & Boudicca.