Place 70 – Day 14: Victoria, BC – New Shoes & Annoying News

We were up early today and ready to go by 10:00.

We walked up to Fort St where we caught a bus up to Saanich as Kim had a doctors appointment up there.

We got to the appointment early and Kim was seen early, which was a result!

We left the doctors and walked around the corner to a bus stop and caught a bus to Uptown mall.

We were on the hunt for some new winter shoes again.

After looking at uptown, Kim put aside some Timberlands and Curtis found nothing.

We walked down to Mayfair, the other mall, to look for shoes some more.

We went somewhere Linda suggested which is a big warehouse of shoes.

Curtis, after trying many pairs of shoes, was able to find some really nice dark brown timberland boots, too!

We succeeded! We celebrated by having a KFC, which was similar to the ones we get in the UK, which was great!

Unfortunately, whilst we ate, we found out that our travel plans have changed slightly. We had planned to go to another city to a concert, but the dates have now been moved to October, just 10 days before the show! We only just booked the flights to go and that was around £500.

We are going to make the most of it and go to this city for 4 days as planned, but it doesn’t seem that there is much to do. It is a real shame and we are both disappointed as we were really looking forward to the concert!

We made our way back to the shoe shop for Kim to collect her shoes and we both changed into our new kicks before we headed home on the bus.

Once we got back, we chilled out and did some admin regarding us having to change our plans and then we had dinner. Linda made crispy chicken thighs with vegetables and some delicious bread.

Once we ate, we watched some TV but all started to fall asleep, so we headed to bed.

Odd day today, having a great success with the shoes and then having the bad news about the concert….but that’s traveling for you!

This time last year!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 70 – Day 9: Victoria,BC – Snowy Beacon Hill Park

The day started with a lot of snowfall, butt nothing was laying on the ground.

We got showered and ready to go out and noticed just before we left that there was quite a bit of snow settling on the ground, so it was going to be a snowy day!

We walked up the road to a diner Kim went to a lot when she used to visit. This was called the Beacon Drive In.

We got there and the snow hadn’t relented at all, meaning everything was very much snow covered.

We ordered some breakfast. Curtis got eggs, bacon & toast and Kim got an egg, bacon & cheese muffin with hashbrowns.

We left the drive in after we ate and Curtis watched two had two cups of coffee (because why not when it is free refills!). After this, we went across the road into Beacon Hill Park, which was completely full of snow as it was barely being used.

We walked around for a while and then found a squirrel which we said hi to!

We left the park and went down to the city to look for some winter boots to eventually replace our shoes as they’re becoming tattered and not as waterproof after 2 years of constant use!

We found some perfect boots for Curtis, well, one shoe was anyway, so we put them aside so we could get some money and purchase later.

We went back to connect the shoes once we picked up some cash. Curtis then tried on both shoes, and one was completely different from the other! It seems they are terribly made, so we said no to those, which was a shame. We walked around a bit looking at other shoes, when we then heard some drumming, so we went to investigate.

There was some sort of Japanese apple celebration going odd, weirdly, which we watched for a bit before we left.

We then walked back home via the supermarket.

For dinner, Linda made us chicken parm with vegetables which was very delicious! We chatted for a couple of hours at the table with Linda about all kind of things and then watched some TV together.

We got a couple of things booked up for coming weeks and then went to sleep.

This time last year!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 69 – Day 1: Kaitaia – An Octopus, Crabs & Clever Seagulls

We said goodbye to our HelpX hosts in the morning when they went off to work and then we had breakfast, got ourselves ready and tidied the room.

We left the house after packing the car and drove up to Kaitaia.

Kaitaia is our base town for a couple of things we want to do as it is in the perfect location.

We got to our accomodation, a nice B&B with a lovely pool and it also backs onto a river! The owner was nice enough to let us check in early and gave us some hints. It’s actually a really nice room! A little small, but really nice.

We got unpacked here and went to find some lunch.

We drove down to the town, parked up and walked around. There wasn’t much there, so we got a subway amd drove back to the room to eat it.

After lunch, we went out for a bit of the evening. We are near the 90 mile beach, which extends over a lot of Northland.

We got to a point called Shipwreck Bay, which we thought had a shipwreck there, but we didn’t see anything and we also had to either pay to park there or drive onto the beach, which we didn’t really want to do.

We drove back up the road and found the perfect parking spot (for free) and wandered onto the beach. There were a lot of rocks but we wanted to walk on them, so that is what we did! We walked towards shipwreck bay until we couldn’t go any further! Along the way, we saw fish & a lot of crabs in between the rocks.

As we were about to head back, Kim saw a crab sitting next to the water and took a bit of a closer look, whilst filming, and to both of our surprise, there was an octopus which decided it wanted the crab!

We stuck around this area for a while, watching the octopus move around and hoping it did something else. Low and behold, it did! It wanted to eat a fish, so it grabbed it.

We moved on from the octopus and then saw a seagull swoop down and grab a crab. It flew away with it and then drop it. It then picked it back up again, flew higher and dropped it again. We thought this was accidental but it turns out it was deliberate to try and crack it open, which it did!

We left the beach after walking back and stopped at the supermarket to get some drinks for the next few weeks.

We got back and watched some videos until we got hungry and then we went to one of the few places for dinner. Curtis got a steak with peppercorn sauce and Kim got a fancy chicken burger. Our food was alright but the service was awful so all in all we gave it a 5/10.

When we were back home, we watched some renovation TV shows on the TV we have in the room.

Tomorrow we have a cooked breakfast here at 08:30 so we’ll be up for that!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 68 – Day 8: Kerikeri – Cold Start & Fancy Moon

We were up and ready to go for 08:30. We got the areas we would be working in prepared and then started work.

It was a bit chilly this morning (at least in comparison to the last few weeks) so the shaded area was put on the backburner and we started in the sun instead.

Kim washed the back of the house, which is the largest area with the tallest parts also, so that took quite a bit of time.

Whilst Kim was doing this, Curtis cleaned the inside windows, getting most of them done.

We finished up for the day, showered and Curtis then watched hockey. After hockey, we did some research and then our host came home and we had a chat and they chucked a rotisserie chicken on the BBQ for dinner.

After dinner, which was tasty, there was a blood moon which was beautiful!

We sat down with our host and watched some renovation related TV shows and then it was 23:00 so it was bed time!

Tomorrow is our last day here, but we have enjoyed our time at this HelpX a lot.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 374: Auckland – Christmas Day 2018

We were up at a decent time this morning and it was time for Christmas!

The weather was terrible, as ever, on Christmas day in Auckland.

Kim made some bacon and egg sandwiches for breakfast.

Shortly after breakfast, once we opened some presents and got ready, we attempted to go for a walk on Takapuna beach as it had stopped raining. Unfortunately, it rained when we got in the car and, when we say rained, we mean it bucketed down for a while, so we turned around and came back home.

We all got into comfy clothes and watched the July 22 film, about the Utøya & Oslo attacks in 2011. A very good film, actually, though not the most uplifiting of films!

After this, Kim began working away on our Christmas dinner. This took a couple of hours, but was well worth the wait. We had roast potatoes, roast sweet potato, mashed potato & sweet potato mash, beetroot, asparagus, potato gratin, cauliflower cheese, yorkshire puddings, stuffing, carrots, mushrooms and gravy.

After dinner, with our full bellies, we watched the film Elf which was a great throwback!

At 22:00, we spoke with Curtis’ family for a catch up, followed by Kim’s sister Abbie.

We then all went to bed as we’ve done nothing today so we’re very tired.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 348: Auckland – Scrubbin’

Curtis’ Day;

For the first time in over a week, Curtis was not in a rush to get anything done in the morning. That being said, Curtis did get some things sorted in the morning, so that was a success!

Curtis had a client ask if he could do a screen share to show some things he wouldlike changed within there system, so Curtis did that which lasted for an hour and a half.

After that, Curtis had fuel and then had lunch.

Post lunch, Curtis spent the rest of the afternoon working on the stuff he had found out from the client and made very good progress!

Curtis took a different route home to see if it was quicker and it was!

Both of us;

Kim went for a walk when she got home and then once she got back we had some dinner.

We had breaded chicken wraps with kumara chips.

Whilst making dinner, we managed to accidentally put the packet of wraps on the previously used, and still hot, stove top! This proceeded to melt the plastic onto the stove top and we then had the fun job of figuring out how to get the melted plastic off.

Curtis scrubbed it for a while with some stove top cleaner and eventually got 99% of it off…and now we have a very clean stove!

We watched The Apprentice and then headed to bed.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 343: Auckland – Thanksgiving Party

We woke up naturally around 09:30, which is the perfect time. We ate some cereal in bed and watched some videos whilst doing so (and Curtis had a coffee, of course).

Once we woke up and showered, we spoke with Kim’s family regarding our trip and just to catch up.

After this, Curtis watched the Leafs game and Kim went out to do the shopping.

We chilled out for a while and then had to get ourselves ready to go out.

We were invited to one of Kim’s work colleague (and friend) ‘s place for a thanksgiving meal, with a few of their other friends.

We arrived and had champagne to start with, so it was definitely a good start!

We listened to music and chatted as people arrived. Shortly after, we played ‘Head’s Up’ which Curtis was not good at! We played that until dinner was ready.

We had chicken, potato salad, cauliflower cheese, multiple salads, buns & coleslaw!

After we ate, we had some dessert of pumpkin pie as well as pecan pie. Both homemade and both delicious!

We then chatted for a bit more and then afterwards we played a game which was basically like Cards Against Humanity but with movie quotes…it was actually better than Cards Against Humanity, too.

We left around 23:00…it was a successful and fun night!

We got home at 23:15 and got into bed…Turns out we were tired!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale