Place 62 – Day 1: Bland Bay – Amphibious Boat, Waterskiing & Bonfires

We woke up nice and early this morning to get up to Bland Bay.

We left and stopped at the supermarket, which we arrived to just before it opened for the day.

We got all of our supplies, got some breakfast and headed off.

We got up to the house around 10:45, settled in and then went out on the boat! They have an amphibious boat which has wheels as well as being a boat so you can’t drive it right into the water! We had a great time in this boat as we went to a couple of beaches which we walked around.

We finished up with that and when we got back the sun was scorching so we sat outside for a few hours just catching the sun.

It was then decided that people would try Waterskiing! This didn’t work too well as it was too choppy, but people got a few goes out of it.

Once the boat was back, Josh sent out a contraption which goes out into the water and had a lot of hooks on it and catches fish, using a fishing line.

We all sat around drinking and chatting with all of the surrounding neighbours when a boat drove into the contraption, causing it to get a bit damaged and wrap around the propeller of the boat! People were able to salvage it and there wasn’t much damage. We were even able to get the few fish that had been caught on it!

Shortly after it started to get a little colder, so we went inside and had our dinner which was nachos.

We saw the beautiful sunset go down, too.

After it became dark, we lit a nice mini bonfire and all sat around that eating s’mores, listening to music and having a laugh!

We finished having the fire around 22:10 as everyone was exhausted but it was an action packed and really fun day!

Tomorrow should be just as fun!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 61 – Day 1: One Tree Point – The Long Weekend Away Begins!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis’ Day was ridiculously busy! He spent most of the day fighting with the Mac still as well as a lot of cases that came in. There isn’t too much to write about other than the fact he was busy!

One of Curtis’ colleagues had their last day today, so at 09:30 there was a ‘morning tea’ for 30 minutes to say goodbye.

Curtis heard on the radio about a crazy police chase with shots fired and a whole road closure, so he had assumed that the journey home was going to take a while, but it did not!

Both of us;

Kim got home and we packed the last few items for our long weekend away and then Danielle and Josh picked us up from home and we set off.

We stopped at mcdonalds for a bite to eat and then carried on before arriving at One Tree Point, where Josh’s mum has a nice house.

We are just staying here for one night before we drive further up north, but the house is beautiful!

We arrived and Kim was having a great time with the dogs that are here. We all sat down and watched a film called Upgraded which started off rubbish but actually got pretty good.

Once the film was done, it was 23:00 so it was bed time!

We are up nice and early tomorrow to continue our drive up north.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Places 49 – Day 309: Auckland – Sundae Treat

Curtis’ Day;

The power was back on at Curtis’ office, so he went there in the morning.

Curtis got to the office, made a coffee and then started working on a Mac that he had been given. He was trying to move files from the Mac to an external hard drive, which any other time is easy, but it just would not do it so that took most of the day, too.

Curtis had two phone calls in the morning also, one lasting an hour and then one right after for 25 minutes! A busy morning for sure.

After the busy morning, the afternoon was less busy, until Curtis started to look at setting up a USB print server, which didn’t seem to work and before he knew it, it was the end of the day for Curtis.

Both of us;

We had a nice simple spaghetti Bolognese for dinner along with the remaining wine.

After dinner, Kim popped out to get a free McDonald’s sundae each which we got from the monopoly promotion. We then watched the Great British Bake Off whilst eating these with some strawberries!

We are off up north with Josh and Danielle for the long weekend, so it should be another interesting weekend!

We packed this evening so we are ready for going tomorrow evening.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 308: Auckland – Half A Power Cut & Steak

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to the office for 07:15 and was busy right way.

Curtis still had his usual admin to do, but also some other work.

A laptop arrived that Curtis needed to test as it was reported as faulty, which it definitely was when he looked into it!

Curtis was busy for most of the day with new cases coming in that all took a bit longer to complete, but they were interesting and it broke up the day.

Around 13:00 there was half a power cut at Curtis’ work, meaning no more coffee! Luckily, the desks behind Curtis had power so he had to move to there for the rest of the afternoon

Curtis finished up for the day and drive home.

Both of us;

Kim went to the shop on the way home and got two scotch fillet steaks, potatoes, broccoli,mushrooms and asparagus which is what we had for dinner.

As usual, it tasted amazing!

We finished this and watched TV for the rest of the evening.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 307: Auckland – Doctor Visit

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis was working from home today due to having the doctors right after his work time, meaning he wouldn’t get home in time otherwise.

Curtis’ morning was slow, so he did his usual admin and then did some training for pretty much the whole morning, with a few small cases to do in between.

After lunch, Curtis got a little busier, having the odd thing to do, but again, not a very busy day.

After work, Curtis drove to get Kim from her work so we could go to the doctor.

Both of us;

We got to the doctor and didn’t have to wait too long to go in.

Curtis was going to the doctor as he had an odd ear/jaw pain for the last week so wanted to get it checked. Luckily, the doctor couldn’t see anything bad with the ears, so thinks it may be more of a jaw issue so gave Curtis some jaw exercises to complete and see if that helps.

When we got home, Curtis made some of his excellent rice to go with our leftover fajita meat and sauce.

Once we ate we watched NCIS:LA and some other TV shows and then made lunch and went to bed. Crazy that it’s Wednesday tomorrow already!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 306: Auckland – A Walk for Chocolate & Fajitas

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis left early but due to people being back to work after the school holidays, so he got there at about 07:15.

All was well when Curtis got to work, and for most of the day, actually.

Curtis knew he had to take a PC back to a client, but other than that he didn’t have much to do.

Curtis ended up having a fairly busy day with new cases coming in, but it was a ‘good’ busy.

After lunch, Curtis had some more work to do and was busy right up until he left for the day.

Curtis was surprised when he left and there was no one on the roads and got home very quick!

Both of us;

Kim got home from work and we went right out for a walk. We walked to the shop to buy chocolate and the odd dinner related item. The weather was so nice we just had to go for a walk!

We got back from the walk and Kim made steak fajitas which were amazing as ever!

We then just watched TV and videos all evening and it was great to chill out.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 305: Auckland – The End of Hockey in NZ

We woke up at 09:30 and had homemade crepes for breakfast. We had strawberries and chocolate sauce with them, too!

Once we ate this, we both showered and then Curtis watched the Leafs game.

Whilst Curtis did this, Kim did some admin for our next location and vacuumed.

Once the hockey was finished, we went to Glenfield Mall to do our weekly shop.

Before we stopped, we did the usual and got a coffee from Little Things and Kim also got a chocolate peppermint slice.

We then did the shopping and drove home.

We got home and Kim made food for lunch, which is a homemade sandwich filler of chicken and bacon with mayonnaise.

Tabitha then came round and we headed to Curtis’ play-off quarterfinal game.

The game was a good one and went to a shootout! Curtis’ team were 2-0 up and Curtis got an assist on each goal, too.

After that, it went to 3-2 to the other team and then Curtis’ team tied it!

Curtis’ team dominated the overtime but couldn’t grab a goal, so it went to the shootout where the game ended with a loss. That is all the hockey Curtis can play here in NZ so now he had to wait for if he plays at all in the next location.

We then went to Carl’s Jr and got a burger with Colten, Sarah and Tabitha and then drove home and went to bed!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 304: Auckland- Onehunga Shopping & Cornwall Park

We woke up way later than planned or expected, at 11:30!

We had a quick bite of breakfast, showered and left the house.

We met Josh and Danielle in Onehunga, at the mall.

The mall was very busy! We walked around the mall with Danielle and Josh, stopping in a lot of shops. The mall is an outlet mall, so lots of great deals! Kim got some sunglasses and Curtis got some swimming shorts.

We left here and Curtis wasn’t feeling great, so we grabbed a bottle of orange juice to drink. We then drove over to Cornwall Park and walked to see the sheep and lambs!

Lambs_CornwallPark
The lambs!

We left Cornwall park and headed to Glenfield mall. The day today had odd weather. we were warm and then absolutely freezing, especially once the wind came in.

When we got to Glenfield, we went to get just a couple of items from the shop (pasta, wine & strawberries…A normal shop!) And then went to get a coffee from Little Things, which as excellent as always.

We got home and did a bit of laundry, then watched the Great British Bake Off.

After that, Kim made hoisin duck and mushroom pasta and we watched some YouTube videos whilst we ate.

After that, we watched the apprentice.

Once we were done with that, we played some Call of Duty with Kim’s friend Ryan, then it was bedtime.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 303: Auckland – Broken PCs, Call of Duty Release & Drinks with Friends

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to be office early, as per usual, and was able to finish setting up a laptop he was setting up.

Shortly after, Curtis got a phone call about someone’s PC not starting up. Curtis sent them some guides of things to try but it was no use, so Curtis went to pick up the PC in the afternoon.

Once Curtis got back to the office, he spent the whole time trying to fix that PC.

Eventually, after a couple of hours, Curtis was able to fix the PC, but then it was home time.

The traffic wasn’t great on the way back, but Curtis was still home at a good time.

Both of us;

Kim got home a lot earlier as her work had a power cut so she got to go home early!

Kim went out with a work friend and had some drinks and some food.

Kim then went to her friends house and played on their virtual reality games, which was fun!

Curtis spent the whole evening and night playing the new Call of Duty with Danielle and Josh!

Curtis picked up Kim from her colleagues and then we came home and went right to bed.

We’re going shopping with Danielle and Josh tomorrow.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 302: Auckland – Playing Games Together Again

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work too early again! When Curtis got to work, he was unable to access the main case system, so he couldn’t see or update any of his cases! This went on for most of the day, until around 14:30 when it was fixed.

Curtis started setting up a laptop, but had to go to the client with the virus infected server and look at that.

When Curtis got there, the server had no internet connection and, after a few hours of trying to get it to connect, Curtis finally did it and it was back online. Unfortunately though, he was still unable to install a good antivirus and some things still didn’t work quite right, so he suggested that a new PC is purchased to resolve the issue.

Curtis left the client around 11:00 and went home for the rest of the day to work from there.

Curtis setup the laptop for most of it, at least the amount he could do without being able to access his systems. Once it came back online at 14:30 Curtis spent most of the time after that doing admin and catching up.

Curtis finished work at 16:10 and just played games.

Both of us;

Kim was going to go to the gym, but her gym shoes were wet as she wore them in the rain.

We had dinner, which was leftovers stir fry, and then we watched an episode of cuckoo.

For the rest of the evening, we played some games together, which we haven’t done for a while! We played fortnite and State of Decay 2.

All of a sudden, it was 23:00, and therefore bedtime!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale