Place 70 – Day 12: Victoria, BC – 2 Year Wedding Anniversary!

We have been married for 2 years, today!

When we woke up, there was leftover snow but no snow falling. We had breakfast and then got a few admin things done, some of which were blog admin as well as getting some forms we needed to get sorted.

We then wanted to head out, but it started snowing, so we put it off, but then went out anyway.

It was snowing a lot with a lot of snow on the ground also, as well as freezing temperatures, so we wrapped up nice and warm.

Linda had planned to take us out for dinner, but due to the weather we decided not to go, so we went to buy some pizza from the supermarket instead.

We stopped at a shop to get Curtis a neck warmer and then we went to McDonald’s to get a chipotle chicken snack wrap each.

After that, it was Tim Horton’s time for a coffee and doughnut and to see if we could win on their ‘roll up the rim’ game (when you finish your drink, you roll up the rim of the cup and it says if you win anything).

We each had a tiramisu doughnut which was ok and Kim had a hot chocolate whilst Curtis had a coffee.

Curtis didn’t win on his cup, but Kim won a free coffee! As we were leaving and didn’t want another coffee, we gifted it to another person who was buying one.

We went from here to the supermarket and got what we wanted and then chucked the pizza in when we got back.

We atea bit of the pizza, but it was pretty filling, and then struggled to stay awake and watch some TV!

thanks to everyone that has said congratulations to us today! We also have some cool changes coming to the blog and other things, so be on the lookout for that.

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 70 – Day 2: Victoria,BC – Tim Hortons & Phone SIM

We had a tremendous sleep in this morning, waking up around 11:30!

After waking up, we had cereal and coffee. We watched a couple of YouTube videos and then decided to get showered and head out for a bit.

The outside was certainly brisk at 8°C, but not uncomfortable.

We walked down the street to a shopping centre where we were looking for a prepaid phone SIM as we plan to stay in Canada for a while, providing our visas work out.

We compared a few places but found one that worked best for us and bought that.

After that, we found a Tim Hortons, of course, and we got doughnuts and Curtis got a coffee.

We chilled at Tim Hortons for a bit and then went back to the shopping centre for a bit of window shopping.

We then walked back to the apartment and that was us for the day! We didn’t want to do too much today so that was perfect.

Curtis then watched hockey and during that we ordered and ate Anne delicious Chinese food!

In the evening, we watched some TV with Linda and then we went for a walk to buy a few things from the supermarket whilst also getting a very tasty hot chocolate from Starbucks.

We watched one more episode and then headed to bed. We plan to get up at a better time tomorrow.

This time last year!

– 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 68 – Day 6: Kerikeri – Singing Bird & Split

We were up a little later at about 09:00 today as we were doing just 2/3 hours of cleaning today.

Kim spent the time washing the outside of the house and Curtis cleaned the inside of the windows. We got a lot done in the short time, which felt great!

Curtis watched hockey and we had tuna sandwiches for lunch.

We then booked up a place from Wednesday for a few days.

After that, we made dinner. Dinner was steak sandwiches, which were delicious as ever. Whilst making dinner, we had music on and soon realised that the bird was chirping along! We tested this by stopping the music and playing again and, she enough, when the music wasn’t on, the bird didn’t chirp…we found this much more entertaining then it should be!

We ate dinner and then spent the rest of the evening watching TV and films. We watched the film Split which was an excellent film!

Tomorrow, we have a plan to go out for the day, so that should be a good read.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 68 – Day 5: Kerikeri – Weeding Complete, Cleaning The House & BirdBox

We were up at the usual time of 08:00 and had some Weet-Bix for breakfast.

We got outside with the goal of finishing the weeding! It started difficult as the part we were on had a lot of tough weeds, but we eventually got it all sorted, which was a relief!

We then moved on to cleaning the outside of the house. To do this, we had a little process which was to brush everything down first, too remice the cobwebs, use the brush with a hose attachment to soap up the house and scrub it down, followed by hosing it down. Then, Curtis cleaned the windows.

We spent a couple of hours doing this and then we got showered and had some lunch.

We had leftover couscous from dinner yesterday as well as sandwiches. Kim then made coffees with the barista coffee machine…delicious!

Once we had those and chilled out for a bit, Kim did some more visa things and then we got ready and went out for dinner.

We walked a bit down from where we parked and there was a bar/restaurant which didn’t seem great from the outside, but we thought we’d give it a go.

Curtis ordered a salmon fillet with green beans, mashed potato & hollandaise sauce and Kim had a medium rare steak with mushroom sauce, salad and potato gratin.

We ate our incredible food and then wandered around the centre of Kerikeri, but there isn’t really anything there.

We then went to countdown to get some ice cream and headed back home.

Once we got back, we had a fun time trying to find the Apple TV remote and once we eventually found it, watched the film Bird Box to see what all the fuss was about. It was an alright film, but we don’t get much of what the fuss is about.

After we watched this, we had ourice cream and watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine before going to bed.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 68 – Day 2: Kerikeri – Housekeeping & Already Moving!

We were up at 08:00 this morning to have breakfast and coffee so we were ready for a 09:00 start.

Today was a heavy checkout day, so it meant that 6 rooms needed to be cleaned. These rooms are both studio apartments and also cottages.

We were joined by Laura, a Mexican girl who is lovely and also informative. She helped us get to know where things are and how things should be done.

Us three cleaned the 4 cottages whilst another person cleaned the studio apartments.

We stopped for a break at 12:00 and had coffee with some delicious cookies.

We finished our break and had just a few things to do, so we completed them and then it was shower time.

Once we showered, we jumped in the car and drove a bit further out of Kerikeri to another place we would potentially helpX, just to check it out.

This place is beautiful! It is a house with a stunning view. We will be doing some gardening, waterblasting both the house and the floor as well as some other tasks. This is a phase owned by a lovely Irish lady and her family.

We loved our brief visit so we will be finishing up here today. It just doesn’t feel right and isn’t really what we want to be spending our time doing, so we are off tomorrow, after doing our hours in the morning.

These things are always fun!

We got back, had some chicken pesto pasta and watched some TV before bed.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale