Place 68 – Day 3: Kerikeri – The New Place Is Awesome!

We were up again at 08:00 for our morning of work.

We had some breakfast and then started cleaning. We had just 4 rooms to clean. One of the rooms needed additional beds putting in, so we did that also.

We finished up the cleans around 12:00 and then had a coffee break. We had some coffee and cookies, as we did yesterday.

Once we finished our break, we cleaned the reception wetroom, which took a while but it looked much better once done!

We finished this, showered and packed up. We said goodbye and thank you and then left to our next place, with a stop at the bakery up the road! We saw it the other day and thought it looked terrific so we had to go. We shared a delicious beef and salad sandwich and then Curtis had a cinnamon and raisin roll whilst Kim had a chocolate doughnut.

We were sufficiently full, so we drove to our next place.

We arrived and got settled quickly. We did a bit of weeding, for around an hour, before we showered and relaxed a little.

We were then introduced to the husband and he was also delightful! He showed us a few things that needed to be done as well as how to do certain things and where things were.

We then had a long chat with them whilst they prepared dinner. We had burgers for dinner with egg, pineapple, beetroot, cheese, tomato, salad and sauce…a ‘kiwi burger’. We also had kumara wedges with it.

We chatted a bit more and then we washed up and headed to bed. Up early-ish tomorrow with some fun jobs to be done!

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

Place 49 – Day 370: Auckland – No More Work in NZ!

Curtis’ Day;

There’s really nothing to report on for Curtis’ last day at work! He did very little, other than at 15:10 when he started helping his boss with something which took about an hour or so.

After this, Curtis was driven home by his boss and he had to leave the car there, seen as it was a work vehicle!

Both of us;

Kim got back from work but forgot the prosecco she was bought as a gift so she went back to work to get that.

It was also Kim’s last day, but she had her Christmas party at ‘The Wharf’ not too far from our house.

Kim had a really good time at the party and everyone was complimenting her and saying she was great at her job, which is always nice to hear!

Curtis collected Kim from the party around 00:10 and he also picked up Kelsey.

Curtis drove Kelsey home and on the way back stopped at KFC for Kim, but they were closed. In replacement, we went to McDonald’s instead.

We got home, Kim ate her food and then we slept.

It’s so good to know we have no work left here as well as some really awesome things planned!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 369: Auckland – Company Christmas Lunch

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to the office quite early but didn’t have much to do at all.

Curtis found something to do to keep him busy, until he received a couple of emails with some things to do.

After getting these done, it was again quite quiet until around 12:50 when there was a phone call to say that a client down in wellington had no internet connection!

Curtis and his boss investigated for a bit and tried to get a hold of them, but once they did get a hold of someone it seemed to fix itself. That was good, as Curtis had his company Christmas lunch.

The accountants had prepared a large feast and some of Curtis’ colleagues’ family came to celebrate also.

There was a large assortment of meats as well as many vegetables and bread rolls, followed by cheesecake, pavlova & fruit salad.

Curtis was given a leaving gift of a pair of winter gloves, which is incredibly useful as he doesn’t currently have any.

This lunch went on for a couple of hours and then everyone cleaned up, but Curtis had some work to get done. Shortly after, Curtis said his last goodbyes to some people and then drove home. Tomorrow is his last day!

Both of us;

Kim came home briefly but had to go to an appointment, so Curtis drove her there. After this was done and Curtis picked her up, we came back home and had some risotto.

Kim went out to see Tabitha and had a delicious dessert as usual!

Kim got home after this and it was quite late, so we sorted things out and then it was bed time!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 368: Auckland – Sudden Change of Plan & Babysitting

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to the office as usual but then after reading some messages, he noticed that he had been asked to go to the client he had been at last week.

Curtis eventually made his way to the client. He had to wait for a colleague to come into the office before he could leave. After arriving to the client at 09:00, Curtis was right into action and didn’t stop from there! He was given a treat of stollen and a mince pie though, which helped!

He left at 15:20 and the traffic was quite bad.

Both of us;

Luckily, Kim had made risotto yesterday, so we didn’t have to make dinner. We heated dinner up and ate it whilst watching a video on YouTube.

Kim went to babysit from 19:30 until 22:00. Kim got a lot done in that time! Kim was able to book a lot of things we needed to get booked, which was great!

On a side note, here is a photo of Kim looking christmassy today!

Kim got back home and it was then bed time.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 367: Auckland – Tuesday Turmoil & Sewing

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis was actually in the office today, which was a big change from being at the client!

When Curtis got to the office, he didn’t have too much to do, other than some admin. He was pleased that it seemed it would be a calm day…he was wrong!

Shortly after Curtis arrived, there were multiple emails about critical websites being down, from multiple clients.

It turned out that there was some software on each server which was slowing them down to the point they stopped working!

Curtis and his colleagues spent the whole day attempting to remove this software and get everyone’s websites back up and running. Whilst this made the day go fairly quick, it wasn’t the chilled day Curtis had hoped for.

Curtis drove home around 15:35 and arrived home around 16:00.

Both of us;

We went for a walk once Kim was home as the weather was still amazing!

After our walk, Curtis made his incredible rice again to go with the remainder of our chilli con carne.

Post dinner, Kim had to re-sew her strap back onto her handbag as well as a dress strap. After this, we went to Glenfield Mall so Kim could look for something to go with her dress for her Christmas party. We then went to the shop and bought items for Kim’s work lunch tomorrow.

When we got back home, Kim spent a while making a delicious risotto for the next few evenings.

We watched a few videos and then headed to bed.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 366: Auckland – Monday Morning Madness & Sweetcorn Avalanche!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis arrived and didn’t have to wait at all as his colleague had a key so was already inside.

Once Curtis got inside, he was unable to start doing what he wanted to do as the internet was down!

Curtis and his colleague spent a few hours atrempting to test and fix the network issues and then eventually it just all worked again, which was brilliant.

After this, Curtis could actually do what he needed to get done for the day. He had to go to each person in the office and set something up for them. This took a bit of time and then when that was done Curtis wrote a 7 page guide for the users.

When Curtis drove home, the weather was Incredibly hot!

Curtis got home and went to the shop quickly. When he got back home, he opened all the windows and doors to get a nice air flow.

Both of us;

Kim got home and after a bit of a relax, she went for a brief walk in the sun.

After, we ate leftover chilli on nachos with a side salad. Kim caused a sweetcorn avalanche when she accidentally threw sweetcorn all over the floor!

We watched The Apprentice Final and then some YouTube videos before sleeping.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale