Mount Everest

My Everest Walk !!



So, back to School and Kindy for everyone tomorrow. It’s been a very busy couple of weeks, probably the busiest holidays we have ever had. We saw alot of people. We spent a few nights away with my in-laws and parents. While we were away I did part of the Everest Walk !! Puzzled ?

A view out towards Young Nicks Head

Kaiti Hill



It was called the  Kaiti Hill Challenge. Kaiti Hill is 130m high, so 68 climbs or walks gets you all the way to the top of Mt Everest (8840m).  This distance had to be done between the 13th of September and the 31st of October. I don’t really think you can put it on the same scale, but it’s a great theme for a walk. It got alot of people involved, including my mother-in-law. She is always a keen walker.

It was pretty impressive the number of people walking up the hill. Walking up and down took about 30-40 mins, so we did this twice two days in a row.  When you get to the top of Kaiti Hill, you have a pretty good view. You can see all of Gisborne, plus Young Nicks Head.    This is the spot that 12 year old Nicolas Young first saw in 1769 when aboard Captain Cook’s Endeavour.

The Endeavour
Captain Cook’s Endeavour

A couple of days ago, my mother-in- law sent me a text saying she had completed her Everest Walk. Sounds like she got up to 6 walks one day. That’s a bit of walking, and walking the same track over and over again.

So, holidays are always good holidays, but by the end of things I’m always ready for the end of things. The good thing this time of year is that it’s only one  more school term and we have the end of year. Sorry to sound negative, but I don’t really enjoy thinking about Christmas. I sometimes think it would be nice to go to bed about the 23rd of December, then wake up about the 5th of January.

I’ve just had a funny week when it comes to my Epilepsy. A week ago, I went a bit down the road and joined a fitness group. I told the Instructor about my Epilepsy, then about half an hour in had a turn. I felt it coming on. Things looked different. The Instructor was very helpful. She made sure I was ok to walk home. She even sent a Facebook message that evening. I have had turns the last 3 days as well. They have all had a reason, and all been very short. The reasons have being watching my son spill his cereal. It stressed me out watching him try and carry his place-mat and bowl at the same time. I knew something was going to spill. This led to my turn. The next day my kids were riding their bikes outside and my son called us out because my daughter was having problems on her bike.  Then, yesterday …. After dinner, my son asked if there was any pudding. “No”, I said. He didn’t like the sound of that, so more conversation eventuated. Then a very quick turn arrived.                                                                                                    So, as you can see, just little things that brought a bit of stress. It’s Sunday again, so I’ll be going to the fitness group again. Here’s hoping things will be ok.

All the best,

Bryce 🙂



It’s That Time Again

Yes, it’s that time again !!

What time ? This week is the last week of the 3rd school term. So, here comes 2 weeks Holiday for our boy, and a week or so away from School for my wife ( she’s a teacher ) . Our girl normally just has one week off Kindy when the School Holidays are with us, but these holidays she’ll have both off.

So, as we do in alot of holidays, we’ll go to Gisborne and stay with my in-laws for a few nights. Might say with my parents at their beach house on the way home as well. Family is very important, and it’s fantastic for Grandparents and Great-Grandparents to spend time with the kids. My parents are lucky in that respect. They are only 15-20 minutes away and we see them at least once a week.


I always look forward to the school holidays because it means I’m not at home alone with the kids. I’m lucky in the respect that my wife is a teacher and she gets that week or so away. But please don’t say to me that teachers get alot of time off work though. They put in big hours during the school term and time at school is required during the holidays. It’s not a 9 am-3 pm  job as many think it is.

My Epilepsy hasn’t been to bad lately, maybe slightly on the improve. So far this month I have had 3 turns. ( Complex Partial Seizures ) . Lets hope I can get to the end of the month without anymore. I’m currently in the process of ending taking Topiramate. They will be completely gone on the 20th of October. That will leave me on Lamotrigine & Levetiracetam.


Our daylight savings start this weekend . Bring on the summer. It’s slowly getting that tiny bit warmer. As I write it’s raining…. I’ll get wet when a go and get my daughter from Kindy in a wee while. Summer seems to get later and later every year.

Time certainly does fly. It seems like just yesterday it was last Christmas. Before you know it, it will be Christmas once again. There are good and bad parts to this. I do look forward to my daughter turning 5. ( Dec 2016 )  Alot of parents find this upsetting. Maybe I will when it actually happens. I have never been able to drive, so most of my days are at home, just the kids and I. A friend of ours, who’s son just turned 12 , said that it is frightening that his son is now 12. In a few more years, say 6, his son may be off on his own path. I fully understand where he is coming from. I also think of our parents getting older, like we all do. We can’t be here forever.

All the best,

Bryce ox