Place 49 – Day 225: Auckland – Piha Beach

We woke up naturally at about 08:00 but didn’t want to get out of bed so we stayed in bed until 09:30.

We wanted to do something fun today, so getting up early was a good idea!

We got out of bed then decided we didn’t want to start the day just yet.. So we played a little bit of Fortnite.

We eventually had breakfast, nothing crazy just a couple of crumpets each, then started to get ready to go out.

We left the house around 12:00 and drove for an hour west to get to Piha Beach. The was a really beautiful scenic drive!

The beach is a black sand beach, which is caused by volcanic rock!

There were huge rocks around also, which made for some excellent photos!

We wandered around the beach and the day was perfect for it! Not too hot but by no means cold.

Kim noticed that one of the rocks (which was a mini-mountain really!) had stairs going up it. The only problem was that we couldn’t get across to it because there was water in the way. The plan was to find a way to drive to that side and explore.

The rock in question

We went for a walk down to the other side of the beach before we left to find out way across.

We got to the other side and climbed over some rocks to another small beach. On this beach we unfortunately saw a deal seal and a dead (big) bird of some sort! This was clearly an unlucky beach…around the corner from that, there was a big set of rocks which the waves crashed off of and the waves went incredibly high!

We then left here and went to find a way up to the other rock.

We drove down the road for a little bit and found a car park to park in to get there.

We had to walk for a bit and then got to the rock. It turns out that the rock is called ‘lion rock’!

We walked up it to the top (at least the top of where you are allowed to go) and got some photos. We also sat for a bit because it was tiring!

The view

We then made our way back down and we were getting increasingly hungry on the way back do decided it was lunch time.

We drove to a cafe we saw on the way to the beach which was called Elevation. This is the highest cafe in Auckland.

The food was great but the service wasn’t too good, unfortunately.

Curtis had eggs benedict and Kim had a cheesesteak sandwich!

After this we drove home and did nothing special for the rest of the night. We just watched some TV and had a quick dinner of homemade Chinese chicken with rice.

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This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 224: Auckland – Big Win & Post-game Beverage

We woke up at 10:00 and Kim FaceTimed her family.

Once Kim was done with that, we had a ham, cheese and egg bagel each for breakfast.

Once we were done with breakfast, we got ready and headed out to Onehunga.

We were going to find some new work shoes for Curtis as his current ones have holes in and Kim was looking for some clothes, too.

We went to a few shops and Kim got a couple of exercise tops and a skirt and Curtis didn’t find any shoes!

We left Onehunga and went to Glenfield Mall on the way home to do the weekly shop.

We stopped in at Coffix when we got in and had to wait a while as it was busy! Once we got our coffee, Curtis’ wasn’t good at all which was a shame!

We then stopped at a couple of shops to look for shoes for Curtis and eventually found some nice brown ones.

We then did the shop which didn’t take long and then we came back home.

We did a bit of a clean when we got home, doing the vacuuming.

We then drove to Botany for Curtis’ ice hockey game.

The game was a really good one and the Curtis’ team got the 4-2 win!

After the game, we went for a drink with Curtis’ colleague Colten and his girlfriend Sarah. It was nice to sit and chat, until the music got too loud which is when we left!

We then got home and Curtis showered and we watched some funny videos whilst eating leftover pizza as dinner!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 223: Auckland – Lazy Friday Evening

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis woke up at 07:15 and began work around 07:25.

Curtis didn’t have much to do in the way of cases, but had a lot of admin to do, so he did that.

Throughout the morning, Curtis picked up a few things here and there and got those sorted and then it was 11:00 and Curtis had finished work!

Curtis got showered at 11:00 and put the dishwasher on as well as putting the clothes washes on.

Kim decided it was a good idea to throw her lunch on the floor today, but Curtis came to the rescue and picked Kim up and we went to a place that makes really nice wraps. Curtis had the lamb wrap and Kim the chicken. They were delicious!

Curtis dropped Kim back at work and went home.

Curtis spent the rest of the afternoon playing the NHL 19 Beta which was released today!

Both of us;

Kim got home and we played sone fortnite. Kim was planning to go and see the planet mars at the planetarium but it started raining so that didn’t happen!

We weren’t hungry for a while and then after Kim and Nicola watched love island, we both became quite hungry, so we ordered a Dominoes because it was late and we are lazy..

We picked it up and sat and watched a few TV shows whilst we ate.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

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