Place 49 – Day 176: Auckland – Cornwall Park

We woke up at a pretty decent time and then we had some breakfast.

After breakfast, we got showered and went out for a fun day!

We drove to Cornwall Park which is a massive, beautiful park with animals in and around as well as a small ‘mountain’.

We started by walking up the small mountain. Along the way we saw some awesome looking trees!

We made our way to the top of the mountain and there was a ststue and a great view!

We walked back down and saw more sheep as well as cows!

We walked around for a while more and then found the Cafe for a drink.

The cafe was way too busy, so we walked back to the car to head home.

We were out for about 3 or so hours and the weather was cloudy but fairly warm. It was lovely to get out the house and we’d definitely go here again as it was beautiful!

We drove back and went to the shop on the way home to get food for the week and tonight.

We decided that tonight we would have duck pancakes, BBQ pork bao and spring rolls.

We picked up everything we needed for it and headed home with a stop to the Chinese supermarket to get a packet of Chinese pancakes.

We got home and Kim made a hotpot for the week and then made dinner!

Dinner was very nice but unfortunately we failed at cooking the pancakes so we went without!

We finished dinner and Kim sat and watched a couple of episodes of love island with Nicola whilst Curtis played games.

We then played some Fortnite and watched TV then went to bed as we have to go back to work tomorrow because apparently that’s how weekends work!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 175: Auckland – 1st SNC Goal!

We woke up surprisingly early today but didn’t feel too up for breakfast. Instead, Kim had a FaceTime with her family.

Once Kim did this, we watched some TV and then put on a wash.

We both showered and got ready to start the day!

We hung out the laundry and Curtis got his ice hockey stuff ready and then we played some fortnite.

We drove to the ice rink so Curtis could play his hockey game.

Curtis’ game was a good one and Curtis even scored his first goal in this league! It was a beautiful tip in off a beautiful shot. Good to get off the mark!

We drove to the shop and bought some pizza and the went home. We watched some TV and ate pizza then finished the night with some fortnite!

We have plans tomorrow, providing the weather is nice!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 174: Auckland – Korean BBQ

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and had one of two planned things to do and had to go to a client at 10:00.

Pretty awesome sunrise this morning!

Curtis did what he needed to and then drove to the client. When he got there, he made some changes on a couple of PCs and then did the rounds checking how people were.

One PC had a broken speaker which Curtis was unable to fix so suggested buying speakers. Curtis also checked that the scanning worked in that office too.

There wasn’t a huge amount to do there so he was there for about an hour (2 including travel).

When Curtis got back he ate lunch and then had to do make an instructional video for a client. This took about an hour.

Curtis had a few other things to do and then had some more time to get some training done!

Curtis left on time and got home at normal time.

When Curtis got home he heated the remainder of the cottage pie and ate that.

Kim’s Evening;

Kim and a few girls headed out into the city to a Korean place for dinner. They started with a mix of regular and chilli chicken on top of potato waffles. These were all delicious!
Then another lady joined during the meal just before we ordered the pork and kimchi hot pot! This also was delicious.

To go with the meals we tried a few sujus, these are a similar thing to the Japanese rice wine Sake. We started with peach flavour, which was very sweet and then went for original which was very much like drinking a spirit near. Finally we tried the blueberry suju which tasted surprisingly like grape soda, this was unexpected and Kim did not enjoy this one.

The girls all then headed to a bar where they all enjoyed wine, two had mulled wine and two had regular red wine. Kim tried some mulled wine, it turns out that she still does not like it!
After they finished their drinks the girls chatted for ages before finally deciding to head home. One called and Uber, ones husband picked them up and then Curtis collected Kim and another lady.

Both of us;

Curtis drove to pickup Kim and her colleague from the city.

Once Curtis picked them up, we drove Kim’s colleague home and then we made our way home and went to sleep!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 173: Auckland – Girls Evening In

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis went to work and got there really early, being the first one there.

They were out of instant coffee so Curtis made a pot of coffee which was actually good!

Curtis then checked emails and there was something urgent to investigate so Curtis investigated for about an hour.

Curtis had a lot to do in the morning and before he knew it, he was having lunch.

Once Curtis finished lunch, he’d be asked to do some things. Curtis got this done and then had some time in the afternoon to get some training done.

When Curtis finished work, his car was still out with his boss so he had to wait until 16:50 for that to get back.

Curtis got home and then waited for Kim.

Both of us;

Kim got home and brought stuff for dinner. She then went back out to get sides from the Indian!

We had a chicken curry (from a jar but way cheaper than from the takeaway!) and then Naan bread and samosas!

We ate this and then Kim had a girls evening with our roommate whilst Curtis played games.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 172: Auckland – Dessert Date

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and was the first one there!

Curtis made a coffee and got on with with some work.

Curtis was pretty busy and was getting inundated with calls and emails left right and centre all morning, but got a lot of cases resolved.

Curtis had lunch and then had some cases to resolve. At 15:30, all of Curtis’ colleagues left and then there wasn’t many calls coming in so it gave Curtis some time to focus on work he needed to get sorted.

Curtis then drove home and, of course, it started to raining!

Curtis got home and just chilled out. He did this for most of the evening and was feeling very tired!

Kim’s Evening;

Kim went out at 20:30 to see Tabitha.

They wanted dessert, so they went to ‘The Chocolate House’ for some chocolate goodness.

Kim had a s’mores sandwich with Italian meringue.

Kim was the for a couple of hours and had a really nice time.

Both of us;

We actually watched some TV before Kim went out and then she headed out for a meet up with her friend.

When Kim got back it was 22:30, but that’s enough time to watch some TV! We watched another episode of The Bridge and then went to sleep.

Crazy that it’s nearly the weekend already!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 171: Auckland – It’s the police! 🚨

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis woke up and surprisingly wasn’t cold!

He got ready and left the house at the perfect time. It still wasn’t light out and didn’t get light until after he was at work.

When Curtis got to work, his laptop decided to do a windows update! This took a while but he got some emails replied to via mobile.

The morning was pretty standard until an incident occurred which Curtis had to manage. Curtis spent a few hours managing and sorting this before having lunch.

After lunch went steady and then he got a call at 16:00 where he had to fix something which took until he left at 16:30.

Curtis got home and got changed and as he was doing so, he heard very loud sirens. He had assumed it was going past, but it never stopped. He looked outside and saw a police car blocking one side of the road, a person standing next to a car and a person laying on the ground.

Soon, the person on the ground was put in the police car and another police car arrived.

Both of us;

Kim got home to the madness and got the rundown from Curtis. Eventually, it all calmed down and the police left. It was something interesting to see when getting home from work!

Kim started on the dinner. We had a cottage pie… It was amazing.

We are this and then spent the evening watching dramatic TV series’.

We have also been working on something exciting which you’ll hopefully hear about soon… Though we can’t say anymore just yet!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 170: Auckland – Lunchtime Catchup

We had an alarm for 09:30 but missed it and woke up at 11:00! We were meeting Vicky & Mike at 12:30 ( we stayed with them for a week and Kim helped looking after their children) a while ago. You may also remember we went to their child’s 1st birthday party in February.

We got up and ready to go and were out the door around 12:00.

We got to their house and had so much to talk about! We chatted for a while and Mike made a delicious vegetarian chilli!

We ate the food, chatted some more, had a glass of wine and then had some homemade apple crumble!

We stayed for a little longer and then had to leave to go to the shop. It was lovely to spend some time with them and catch up.

We went to the shop for a few items then went home.

We got home and had some dinner and watched TV for all of the evening.

Back to work tomorrow, but it’s only a 4 day week!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 169: Auckland – An Extra Day Off!

We woke up around the same time as yesterday and had a lazy morning.

We had cheesy scrambled eggs on toast with a hash brown each and Curtis had a coffee.

We then, when it was post-midday, left to go to the shop. We had a few things to get, mostly a hairdryer and the main food shop for the week.

We got home and played some games and watched some TV then Kim made some dinner. She made an incredible spaghetti bolognese and we spoke with our housemate.

We then decided to all watch a film! We watched Attack the Block, which Curtis realised is not as good as the first time he saw it.

We then watched some TV and played some Fortnite before heading to bed.

We have an extra day off tomorrow, due to the Queen’s Birthday and we have a plan for the afternoon, which should be fun!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 168: Auckland – Man-Slippers

We woke up at a pretty reasonable time and due to this, Kim went to geta McDonald’s breakfast.

Once Kim got the breakfast, we got back into bed and watched the latest ‘Humans’ episode.

We then found out about a show which is set in Malmö and Copenhagen, both places we have been! It was in both Swedish and Danish also which we love (with English subtitles of course!)

We watched that and then finally went for showers and got ready. We played a bit of Fortnite and then drove to Botany for Curtis’ hockey game! It was a game against last place and they won 2-0 comfortably. That’s 4 games unbeaten in a row! Below was an end of period flurry with Curtis and his linemates trying to score!

The game finished and we went to The Warehouse to get some slippers for Curtis. He got some standard slippers and we got a red bull too because it was cheap!

We got home and Kim made Chinese chicken which was delicious! We had this with some of our 2kg of spring rolls that we inherited!

We watched some YouTube videos whilst we ate and then played fortnite for the rest of the evening which we did very well at! (2nd, 2nd & 3rd) in a row!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 167: Auckland – Getting Smashed, Mate

Curtis’ Day;

The weather was warmer this morning which was a change! Curtis got to work and had the obligatory coffee and before he knew it, it was 11:00!

Curtis got a lot done today, having a whole list of items to complete as well as new cases coming in.

Curtis got told that he needed to build a new PC in the afternoon so he had to do that fairly quickly.

Curtis’ workplace also had a courier leave a package outside without anyone’s knowledge!

Curtis left for home on time and got back really quick!

Curtis didn’t do much in the evening other than laundry.

Kim’s Evening;

Kim dropped her car off at home and then got a lift into the city with some co workers.

They went to a bar called Rex bar and had a few drinks and then Kim bought some food for everyone.

An hour later they all decided to head to another bar. One called the sweatshop where Kim and Curtis had already been for a night out. Three of the people, Kim included, decided to walk the 15/20 minutes and others chose to Uber.

Kim stayed at this next bar for an hour or so before asking Curtis to pick her up.

She had a brilliant evening and it was so lovely to meet people outside the work environment!

Both of us;

Curtis drove to pick Kim up from the pub and then drove home.

We hung out the laundry and then ate some pizza!

Bed time.. No work tomorrow and a 3 day weekend!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale