Place 49 – Day 222: Auckland – Setting Up A Boardroom

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and had a bit to do briefly and was able to figure out the thing he’d been trying to sort out for the last couple of days!

He then had a phone call for an hour whilst trying to fix a few issues for someone.

At 10:00, Curtis had to go to a client to setup a polycom and Webcam in the boardroom.

As usual in IT, nothing worked as expected! Curtis was there for 3.5 hours and it still didn’t work as expected!

Curtis left the client and had to go to his company’s old office to collect a parcel. Once he did that, he went back to the office and had lunch.

After lunch (which was 15:00!) Curtis had a few little things to do and then it was home time!

Curtis is working from home in the morning tomorrow and then finishing work at 11:00.

Both of us;

Kim got home and then went right back out again. Kim signed up for the gym and did a yoga class! Kim has decided that she isn’t as flexible as she once was.

When Kim got home, she made a chilli con Carne with rice. Curtis cooked the rice and it was the best rice ever!

After dinner, Kim watched Love Island with Nicola as per most evenings.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale


Place 49 – Day 221: Auckland – An Amazing Pie!

Curtis’ Day;

Nothing too crazy happened today for Curtis.

Curtis had a slow morning but got a lot of team admin work done, which was useful.

Midway through the morning, there were a few cases that Curtis had to deal with and then it got hectic!

After spending two hours trying to figure something out yesterday, Curtis continued with the help of his colleagues, but didn’t get anywhere which was frustrating.

After lunch, Curtis had a few things to do but nothing crazy until he needed to get into multiple machines to put some software on them. After that it was was time to drive home.

The drive home was busy, but Curtis still got home at normal time.

Both of us;

Kim stopped off at the shop on the way home to get some food.

We wanted to make a pie, so we had a minced beef, mushrooms, onion and garlic pie with mashed potato on top as the lid. It was excellent!

Once we ate that, Curtis cleaned up and Kim showered. Kim then baked some lemon cakes (some were lemon and coconut!) and watched Love Island with Nicola.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 220: Auckland – Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work for the regular time and luckily, unlike yesterday, he didn’t have to fix anything right off the bat. That being said, the same issue did occur again later in the day!

Curtis had a lot to do during the morning, but it wasn’t busy in a bad, uncontrollable way, just busy!

In the afternoon, Curtis spent the whole time trying to figure one thing out, but didn’t get anywhere!

Curtis drove home at 16:30.

Once Curtis got home, he had the remaining stew which was still scrumptious!

Kim’s Evening;

Kim went home from work briefly, got changed and left again.

She went to the cinema with Danielle to watch Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. Kim loved the film!

Once Kim got home, she showered had some pesto pasta and watched Love Island with Nicola.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 219: Auckland – The End Of The Bridge…

Curtis’ Day;

The traffic was a little worse this morning for Curtis due to schools going back, but nothing too crazy and he still got there on time.

Curtis got to work and saw an email asking him to investigate why something wasn’t working. This took about 1.5 hrs of his day up, but it was interesting and a good brain teaser for the morning.

Once Curtis eventually had his morning coffee, his busyness didn’t stop there! He had a lot of new cases coming in as well as some old cases to get on with.

He had a lot of waiting to do and then it all came at once, right about when he wanted to have lunch.

Luckily, the afternoon was a little less frantic, but still productive!

Curtis thought that he was going to have a lot of traffic on the way home but there was actually less traffic!

Both of us;

Once we were both home, we heated up some of our stew for dinner and watched LadBaby.

Once we ate, Kim watched Love Island and we then sat and watched the final two episodes of The Bridge, which were dramatic as ever and we weren’t happy about it finishing for good!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 218: Auckland – Free Ice Cream!

We woke up at 09:00 and had some breakfast. We had omelets with ham and cheese.

We then got ready and had to go to get our weekly shop done.

We went to Birkenhead to shop as it’s a bit bigger than the one here in Northcote.

We did the shop and then came home and Kim started on the dinner. Kim wanted to make a beef stew with dumplings, so she whacked out the slow cooker to make that!

Once Kim was done with that, she went out for the afternoon with Danielle.

Kim’s Afternoon;

When Kim and Danielle arrived they walked around Sylvia Park and chatted away.

When they didn’t find anything there, they drove over to Onehunga where there is an outlet shopping centre!

They went to a couple of shops and then Josh joined them for the rest.

It was such a lovely afternoon. Kim and Danielle even managed to get free ice cream because they purchased things, what a win!

Our Evening;

When Kim got home, she made the dumplings for our dinner and put them in the slow cooker for about 30 minutes. We watched half an episode of The Bridge whilst this was cooking and then the rest whilst eating!

The food was absolutely delicious! The beef just fell apart and it was incredibly flavorsome.

It doesn’t look great but it was amazing!

Once we ate, we went on a bit of a binge and watched a few episodes of the Bridge. Unfortunately for us, it kept getting better and better so we just couldn’t stop watching, until it got to bed time, that is.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

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