Place 49 – Day 361: Auckland – Wednesday Night Vietnamese Coffee

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to the clirnt around thr same time as previously and someone arrived shorty after to let him in.

In the morning, Curtis got something completed from yesterday and another completed from scratch, also.

At 10:30, Curtis had it planned to see someone and get their PC sorted, but they were not there, so he was unable to get that done until around 11:30. Unfortunately, this one took ages to configure itself, so it wasn’t done until 15:00.

After this, Curtis started another but then left around 16:00. Curtis’ colleague got one completed also so there are only a couple remaining to complete, which means it should be completed this week!

Curtis drove home, with little traffic.

Both of us;

We had dinner shortly after we were both home. Dinner was just leftovers from yesterday, but we added more BBQ sauce to the pork, which made it even more delicous!

After dinner, we sat and watched Blue Planet 2 but we both became tired around 19:00 which is too early, so we decided to go out. We drove to Takapuna, parked up and walk to Tok Tok, where we just wanted a Vietnamese coffee!

The restaurant was very busy, but we got a seat briefly and enjoyed our coffee.

We had some people sit next to us and we briefly chatted with them. They realised we were British so asked if we’ve enjoyed our time here and we chatted about it for a bit.

After our delicious coffee, we went back to the car but taking the long route so we could have a bit of a walk.

Once we got back home, we watched a bit more TV and then went to sleep!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 359: Auckland – Steady Progress

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to the client and his colleague was not there, but Curtis did get it around 07:20 which was earlier than usual for this client.

The day started with Curtis needing to finish a machine from Friday, which took roughly 2 hours to finish and then a few more minutes deliver to and train the user.

Curtis had the odd thing to do here and there after this until around 12:00 when he went to get a coffee and had a bit of a walk.

After this, Curtis was pretty full on until 15:00, but then he had a few things to help people with and, before he knew it, it was 16:20…so much for leaving at a decent time!

There wasn’t much traffic for Curtis on the way home. When he got back, he did the ironing and collected the laundry.

Both of us;

Kim got back and it was so hot that we needed some fresh air, so we went for a 30 minute walk. We used this time to chat about our days with each other.

We got home and were lazy so had pizza for dinner, with a side salad.

We watched some TV and that was the end of the day for us.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 354: Auckland – Crazy Rays

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis was incredibly tired when he got to the office this morning, so coffee was the first thing on the agenda.

Once Curtis was a bit more awake, he went through his emails, replied to the ones he needed to and then he realised he’d given most of his work away as he was expecting to be onsite from today.

Curtis took back a case he had given away to do that before he went onsite.

At 11:10, Curtis ate his small lunch quickly and then left to go to the client.

For today and the next few days, Curtis is assisting with the migration, similar to the trips he did all around the country.

Curtis was at the client all afternoon and felt that it was fairly successful. He did a scoping of the site to get a bit familiar with it as well as then migrating a couple of users.

Curtis left the client and drove home, which only took about 25 minutes or so.

Both of us;

Kim made a delicious spaghetti bolognese for dinner, along with a side salad and garlic bread.

After dinner, we went for a short walk in the Domain, where the clouds and sun combined for a terrific photo!

we watched two episodes of SAS: Who Dares Wins and then hit the hay!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 347: Auckland – A Peaceful Lake & Many Dogs

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis was very busy again today, hitting 11:00 incredibly fast! Curtis had to do some work fairly quickly in the morning, so he focused on that until around 09:30. This was fairly complicated and something Curtis was unsure about, so ut took quite a while.

After this, Curtis had a few things planned but got a phone call from a client and had to fix something for them urgently.

After lunch, Curtis had a Skype meeting with a client to determine what they are looking for regarding development.

Curtis spent the afternoon doing some development and then it was already home time!

The journey home took 45 minutes and there was a lot of traffic due toa a few accidents south of the city.

Both of us;

Once we were both home, we had the same dinner as yesterday and also made our lunch for tomorrow.

After an hour or so watching TV, we got bored and headed out for a late evening walk around 20:15.

During the walk, Kim got to see many a dog and they were all happy to see her!

The Onepoto Domain is right next to our house and there is a great peaceful lake in the centre, which looks even better at night!

We got back home and watched Trevor Noah’s latest standup show and then headed to bed.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 336: Auckland – Long Bay

Kim woke up at 09:00 and made coffee and breakfast. Curtis woke up at 10:00 and then we had our breakfast.

We finished breakfast and got showered before we went out to Long Bay which took us just around 20 minutes to get to. The weather was good before we left, but it was not as great when we left but was still very warm.

We got to Long Bay and finally found a parking spot. It turns out that Long Bay is also a campsite as we had to go through that to get to the parking.

There were people all around on the grass areas just chillimg and/or BBQing!

We walked down to the beach and just kept walking! We walked left to start with, including past the rocks at the end of the beach. We walked for as far as we could before turning around and heading the other way.

We got to the other side but there was nothing there and the weather was starting to get bad, so we made our way back to the car.

We got back home and went back out right away to get the shopping for the week.

We got back from that and Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim went out with Tabitha. They sat and had a chat at Tabitha’s house for a while and it was great to catch up!

Once Kim got back home, she made a tremendous dinner! We had Moroccan lamb with a couscous filled capsicum and a side salad. Along with this, we also had homemade tzatziki!

After dinner, we had some strawberries and watched some TV.

Tomorrow will be so much fun!

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This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 325: Auckland – So Much Development

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis had some follow on development work to do from yesterday, which he started but then had a few cases come in that he had to sort, which he showed his new colleague how to do, too.

Curtis got fuel at lunch and then after lunch he had to deal with a tricky case which took up quite a lot of time but was also quite interesting.

Both of us;

We were both very tired when we got home, but also very hungry! Curtis put on some rice and we had the remaining leftovers from yesterday for dinner.

After dinner, we wanted to go for a walk but it took us nearly an hour to eventually move and go outside.

We went for a walk in the park nearby and Kim got to see a few dogs and also ride the zipwire!

We got back home and Curtis ironed whilst Kim showered and then we watched a couple of TV shows before sleeping.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 319: Auckland – Takapuna Evening Beach Walk

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis actually had stuff to do today!

When he got to work, Curtis was informed that a client in Christchurch had no internet, so he called them to see if he could resolve. Curtis was able to resolve the issue pretty quickly, which is good!

Curtis then got a call regarding something he helped with yesterday and had to investigate that for most of the day.

Curtis started lunch and then had to cut it 30 minutes early as he had to help sort out a PC for someone remotely. After that, he then had to investigate the issue for the lady he spoke to on the phone previously, followed by setting up a PC for someone. He wanted to leave early, but left 15 minutes later then he wanted to, but still left early.

Both of us;

Once we were both home, we wanted to go for a walk along a beach, so we drove to Takapuna where we saw there was a triathalon happening…random for a Wednesday night!

We walked along the beach and spoke about our day. It was perfect weather for this, too!

We left here and stopped at the supermarket on the way home.

We had enchiladas for dinner with the leftover meat from yesterday’s.

We watched the final of the Great British Bake Off and then chilled out for an hour or so before heading to bed at a better time than normal.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 62 – Day 2: Bland Bay 🇳🇿 – Jetskiing & BBQing

We woke up around 09:00, had a coffee and then Kim made some pancakes with bacon.

The sun came out pretty quickly so it quickly became hot!

Some of Josh’s family came up to join us in the festivities in the morning. We all chilled out for a while and then Kim, Daniellle and Josh went out on the donut for a few bumps around!

Later in the afternoon, some of the guys went out to fish.

Whilst they were fishing, we walked with the others across the road to another beach and then around the corner to yet another beach. We did have to go over some rocks to get there, though.

We walked all the way back and got back to the house where we briefly chilled out and then Josh took Danielle and Kim out on the Jetski!

Once they got back, it was almost time for dinner! Josh’s family went home and then Curtis and Josh lit a pretty mean fire whilst the BBQ was being cooked.

We sat around the fire for a few hours before coming inside and having some dessert of chocolate cake, strawberries and some lemon pie.

We all went to bed pretty early…being outside all day does that to you!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 304: Auckland- Onehunga Shopping & Cornwall Park

We woke up way later than planned or expected, at 11:30!

We had a quick bite of breakfast, showered and left the house.

We met Josh and Danielle in Onehunga, at the mall.

The mall was very busy! We walked around the mall with Danielle and Josh, stopping in a lot of shops. The mall is an outlet mall, so lots of great deals! Kim got some sunglasses and Curtis got some swimming shorts.

We left here and Curtis wasn’t feeling great, so we grabbed a bottle of orange juice to drink. We then drove over to Cornwall Park and walked to see the sheep and lambs!

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The lambs!

We left Cornwall park and headed to Glenfield mall. The day today had odd weather. we were warm and then absolutely freezing, especially once the wind came in.

When we got to Glenfield, we went to get just a couple of items from the shop (pasta, wine & strawberries…A normal shop!) And then went to get a coffee from Little Things, which as excellent as always.

We got home and did a bit of laundry, then watched the Great British Bake Off.

After that, Kim made hoisin duck and mushroom pasta and we watched some YouTube videos whilst we ate.

After that, we watched the apprentice.

Once we were done with that, we played some Call of Duty with Kim’s friend Ryan, then it was bedtime.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 297: Auckland – Couples Weekend Away

We were up at 07:30, which was a little late for the time we needed to be up as Josh and Danielle arrived at that time also! We rushed and got everything we needed into the car and then off we went.

We stopped at mcdonalds for the mandatory road trip breakfast, and then went onward to Matakana.

Josh’s grandparents have a house up in Matakana, which we were going to for the weekend.

We stopped at the supermarket en-route so that Kim could get the food for dinner as she was making it.

Once we got to the house, we stopped out stuff and went for a walk down to the coast side where we walked along rocks to a small beach, then we walked up the side of the hill for a nice view!

Both of us cut our feet on the oyster shells around the rocks, so Danielle checked Kim’s feet to ensure they were ok!

We left this area and walked back, through all of the incredibly deep, thick mud, and made it back to shore.

When we got back, we walked all the way back to the house where we had some homemade pizza from the pizza oven!

After pizza, we relaxed for a bit and then went down to the coast to use Josh’s new boat! The weather had changed so it wasn’t as nice as it was, but the boat ride was still fun. We went to a nice beach off the coast, which had beautiful sand and no-one there. When we pulled up there were two stingrays there!

We decided to leave that beach as it was getting windy and we headed to Matakana via the water. On the way, Josh realised we may not have enough fuel, so we drove back and ki km and Josh went onto the rope swing instead.

Once we finished this, we went back to the house and got ready to have dinner.

Kim and Danielle made chilli and lime chicken with corn on the cob and home-made wedges.

We ate our dinner in front of the fire outside and then went inside to play cards.

We played rummy as well as drank some of Josh’s 15 year Glennfiddich, our honey bourbon and some Jameson from Josh’s grandad.

We all eventually got very tired as it had been a long day, but an incredible one! We had great fun even just chilling out drinking and playing cards.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale