Place 49 – Day 217: Auckland – Matakana & Orewa

It’s been a while since we went for an adventure, so that’s what we wanted to do today!

We woke up at 07:45 to speak with Curtis’ family. We spoke with them for about an hour which was really nice to catch up and also to discuss plans for their visit!

Once we spoke with them, we had some breakfast and got ready to go out.

We left the house by 11:00 and set off for our drive. The drive was around an hour away to a village called Matakana.

We had heard from Nicola that there was nice walks around there so we drove up there!

The drive was very scenic and a really easy one too. As we got closer, it started to rain which was useful for a walk! Luckily we brought the umbrella.

We got there and found a free car park. As it was raining, we headed right for a cafe.

We had a cappuccino each and shared a lemon and lime slice.

The weather got much better as we were inside and it actually got warm!

We left the cafe and went for a walk around.

We found the farmer’s market which they have every Saturday and we got a free shot of honey bourbon.

We then took the walk around the river which was beautiful!

We plodded around here for a while and then walked around the centre. There wasn’t really much, but it was nice to be out and just walk around!

We eventually left and on the way back we stopped in two places. We stopped into a historic pub with the plan to get some food but we decided we weren’t hungry and dint really want to eat, so we left, though not before Kim said ‘hi’ to the boarder collie she saw!

We left here and kept driving towards home. We came to Orewa which is like a beach side town. We stopped here to grab a pizza slice from countdown and to see the beach. It wasn’t that impressive but we got a photo which counts!

We then drove home which took a bit of time but nothing crazy.

We were very tired when we got home! We watched the first episode of Suits season 8 and then decided we should probably make dinner. We went to the shop to get some supplies for it.

We got home and Kim made our dinner. We had some Carbonara sauce left so we had that with fettuccine, mushrooms, bacon and chicken!

After dinner, Kim did the obligatory watching of Love Island with Nicola and then we finished the night with some Fortnite and then whiskey and ‘The Bridge’!

Perfect Saturday and great fun to get out for a bit.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 216: Auckland – Work Day Lunch Date

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis woke up about 15 minutes before he needed to start work and got ready to work from home.

He got some Weetbix and then started working just before Kim left for work.

Curtis had a PC to setup remotely, so he did that for 45 minutes to an hour and then answered some help desk emails and worked on them.

Soon after, it was 11:00 and Curtis’ work day was done! He spent most of the rest of the day doing very little.

Both of us;

At 13:45, Curtis picked up Kim from work and we had lunch!

The plan was to go to a nice Cafe which Kim was recommended, but we went there and we weren’t blown away with the menu, so we went to McDonald’s instead! It was more a lunch date for a chat and spending time together, rather than the food we ate.

Curtis dropped Kim back at work and then drove home.

Once Kim finished work, she got home and we just relaxed for a bit. Curtis fell asleep briefly and before we knew it, it was 19:00!

We went to the shop to get wine and Carbonara sauce and had Carbonara pasta for dinner with a glass of wine.

Nicola was watching the inbetweeners so we couldn’t not watch a couple of episodes!

Kim watched love island after and then we played some fortnite together followed by watching The Bridge.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 215: Auckland – TOIL Confirmed!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to the office early at 07:15 and due to not having much of a lunch yesterday, he planned to leave early.

Curtis was busy up until lunch with a few urgent phone calls coming in such as internet not working at a client!

After lunch however, Curtis had just a few things to do and due to having spare time he was able to get some Microsoft training completed!

Curtis did leave a bit earlier at around 16:00.

Before Curtis left, he got confirmation that he can use his 71 hours of time in lieu. Due to this, each Friday Curtis will work until 11:00 and then have the rest of the day off!

Both of us;

Once Kim got home, we put a wash on and made dinner. We had hoisin pork which luckily was quick! Whilst we ate, we watched Ackley Bridge.

Kim watched love island with Nicola and then after that we watched the first episode of season 4 of The Bridge which was drama filled as ever!

Curtis is working from home tomorrow until 11:00 and then he’s done for the day!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 214: Auckland – Washing Hockey Kit & Curtain Hanging Pro

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis already had a few things to get on with when he got to work, so he started on those before getting a phone call which would actually mean that most of his afternoon was booked out!

Before that was arranged, Curtis still had some things to look into from yesterday. Most of the work Curtis did today was investigative or interesting things that he hadn’t done before, so it was a nice change.

Curtis only had a 20 minute lunch due to the phone call he got in the morning as he needed to sort some things out for the lady. This took pretty much all afternoon and then Curtis left work at 16:15.

Both of us;

Kim invited Tabitha over for dinner.

Before Nicola got home and Tabitha arrived, Curtis washed his ice hockey kit! Curtis did this by hand and it seemed to work. Smells much better but obviously soaking wet! Let’s just say, the colour of the water afterwards wasn’t too appealing!

Tabitha arrived and shortly after, so did Nicola!

Nicola had bought some new curtains, so Curtis helped put those up. This was some excellent teamwork and Curtis mostly just hung the curtains (because he is so tall!). We now have thicker & darker curtains which should help with both the cold and the light. Great buy from Nicola there!

At exactly the point the curtains were done, we had dinner. Kim made sausages, mash, gravy and veg! Very British, winter-y and tasty.

Once we ate, kim spent the evening watching love island with Nicola & Tabitha.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 213: Auckland – Playing Catch Up

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis left late but still got to work early!

Curtis had a few things planned throughout the day, but they all got pushed back due to other emails and phone calls.

Curtis helped with training his new colleague during the day also.

Curtis had a few long conversations with clients. One of them changed their specifications of what they needed, so Curtis had some research to do there!

Once he was done with this, he spent the afternoon trying to figure out some permissions based questions and issues. This was interesting and made the time go fast!

Curtis was able to leave work on time, too!

Both of us;

We had leftover Thai green curry for dinner with another homemade lazy egg which was even better than yesterday!

After dinner, Kim watched love island and Curtis played some games.

We then watched some TV and headed to bed.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 212: Auckland – Homemade Thai Green Curry

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work at 07:11 which is a record! Just 10 minutes to get to work

Once Curtis got in, he got setup, made a coffee and checked his emails and the helpdesk emails.

Curtis had a client to get to for 10:30, so he left at 10:15.

Once Curtis got to the client, he had to look at some webcam issues and then some server issues. He was then asked to setup a laptop also, but he couldn’t complete that fully whilst there so he took the name down and planned to complete remotely.

Curtis drove back to the office, but before that he had to get coffee for the office. When Curtis went to the supermarket, he took about 10 minutes to find parking!

Curtis left the supermarket and had to get fuel, so stopped off for that.

When Curtis got back to the office, he had some lunch and then had to help train the new colleague at his work.

Curtis had a lot to do in the afternoon and wasn’t able to get it all done, but can do it tomorrow morning.

Both of us;

Kim made a wonderful Thai green curry with lazy eggs for dinner. We watched some of the first episode of season 2 of Ackley Bridge and then Kim watched love island with Nicola.

After love island, we finished Ackley Bridge.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 211: Auckland – High Tea, More Shopping & Another Goal!

We woke up at 09:00 but refused to get out of bed.

Once we did, we had muffins for breakfast again and then got ready for the day.

Kim had high tea in the early afternoon, which Curtis was driving her to.

Kim briefly went to her friend’s place to try on some clothes to see if she likes them. She did so she kept some!

After this, Kim and her friend came back to our place and waited for another friend before Curtis drove them to high tea.

Kim’s Afternoon;

Kim and the ladies went out to afternoon tea. Curtis dropped them off at the Sofitel and they went through to the dining room.

Each lady had a glass of bubbly, a coffee or tea and a third of the three tier tea. It was so lovely to catch up and have a good giggle.

After they finished the tea they all agreed to order another bottle of bubbly and continued the fun!

Curtis then came to pick everyone up and dropped everyone home, because he is amazing like that!

Tabitha kindly picked Kim up and they headed to the shopping centre. As Curtis had a hockey game in the evening it made sense to head over to Sylvia Park because itโ€™s on the way. The girls spent hours slowly plodding around the shops and catching up, it was so lovely.

About 45 minutes before the game Tabitha and Kim did the 15 minute car ride to the rink.

Our Evening;

Kim met Curtis at the hockey rink for his game and Tabitha came to watch, too, as well as one of Curtis’ colleagues!

The game was dominated by Curtis’ team and they won 3-0, with Curtis picking up one of the goals!

After the game, we had a chat with everyone that came to watch and then we drove to the supermarket to do our weekly shop. We didn’t have much to get so it didn’t take too long.

Once we finished the shop, we drove home.

We got some beef ravioli and red wine and herb sauce for dinner because it was quick and easy! We ate that when we got home and then it was almost bed time!

Curtis is at a client briefly in the morning but then back in the office.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 210: Auckland – Wedding Prep, Shopping & Babysitting!

We woke up fairly early at around 08:30 and had some breakfast. We had bacon and egg muffins with bacon and egg on the side!

Once we ate, Kim got ready to go out to help with Danielle’s wedding preparations!

Kim’s day;

Kim headed out to the wedding venue and met up with Josh and Danielle. It was lovely to catch up with them and be able to help out with their special day.

After this, the girls headed out to Albany to go shopping. They spent a few hours walking around and didn’t really buy anything. Josh and his brother then met up with the girls and then they all went out to lunch, just a quick stop in McDonald’s. Kim then headed home.

Both of us;

When Kim got back, we played some fortnite and relaxed before she got ready to go back out to baby sit!

Kim’s evening;

Kim headed out to babysit for Vicky and Mike. It was so easy and laid back, the girl where as wonderful as they always are. The youngest pretty much took herself to bed, there was no struggle or tears which was nice and then by the time Kim went back to play with the eldest she had fallen asleep in the living room, so Kim carried her to bed and relaxed for the evening. The eldest was a little poorly and woke up a few times, but it was all good. Kim spent some of her time watching TV and the other time she spent FaceTiming her family, which was lovely! When Vicki and Mike came home Kim popped to KFC on the way home to grab Curtis something for dinner.

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This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 209: Auckland – Finally Found Our Indian Takeaway?

Neither of our days were particularly special. Curtis had a pretty busy day with a lot of variety and Kim had a good productive day too.

Once we both got home, we had to decide on what to have for dinner.

Kim had been told that a nearby Vietnamese place was good so we went to look at it.

It didn’t look that great when we got there, so we went to an Indian instead.

The food was pretty good, if not a little spicy. Curtis had their special dish which was lamb in a thick gravy style sauce and that was great! Kim had butter chicken. We also had samosas and Naan bread.

Kim watched love island and Curtis played some Xbox. Once Kim finished watching TV, we decided we just wanted to lay down and chill out, so we did!

We then slept pretty early as we are both exhausted!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 208: Auckland – It’s NOT Coming Home

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work early again as he forgot that there was less traffic due to school holidays.

On the plus side, Curtis had some stuff to do and the England game was on, so he could watch that, too!

Curtis’ Day went really quick as a lot of phone calls and emails. Curtis was the only one in the office from 15:00. As Curtis got to work early, he left at 16:15 and drove home.

Both of us;

For dinner, Kim made chilli and lime breaded chicken with Mexican style rice and a cheese stuffed pepper. Another great meal!

Kim then watched love island and then we watched the final episode of the series of Humans.

We just chilled for the last bit of the evening.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale