2014 – a beginning and the end

4 Apr

Somehow months have gone passed since we updated the blog (Christmas)

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so here are some pictures of what we’ve been up to in between working and the arduous process of applying for various visas:

I went up to New Plymouth to visit my friend Hayley and her boyfriend Matt who both work with me – we went to the annual Festival of Lights there which was great

 

 

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And Craig went to Raglan to visit his friends and to achieve his number one travel goal – Catch a Big Fish:

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We won a barbeque and smoker from our local bottle-o which was a good start to the New Year, and made us more determined to find a place with a garden when our lease is up!

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I went and did the Skyline walk in Wellington from Karori to Johnsonville over the mountaintops…although without Craig my usually amazing sense of direction went awry and I ended up accidentally doing 26km instead of the 12 I was expecting because I missed the end but it was spectacular so I didn’t really mind

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Dad and Susan visited and we went all over the place, sea kayaking

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Nelson

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Dolphin spotting in Picton

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Takahe at Zealandia

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Drive-your-own-golf-buggy-on-railway-experience

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Geothermal parks in Rotorua

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Waterfall we found that comes out of the side of a mountain

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Delicious ice cream in Auckland – although the weather didn’t quite match up

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Ferry across from Wellington to Somes Island (a nature reserve)

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to spot skinks

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The cicadas hatched in Welly

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And I did Wellington Around the Bays, a 6.5km race from town to Kilbirnie along the coast

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And just before we moved from Newtown, we went to Newtown Festival which is a massive event with bands, stalls, food and entertainment and 70,000 people attend.

Wellington Ukele group

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Sea Shanty Society

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Flashdance dance-off

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My colleague and I cooked lunch for our entire team – roast beef and lamb sandwiches with roast potatoes, stuffing, apple sauce, horseradish sauce and kumara (sweet potatoes) and pumpkin with sticky toffee pudding and two cheesecakes. No one could move after that :)

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And we finally moved after spending 7 weeks looking for a place. We have found a lovely flat in Seatoun which is slightly further away from town than Newtown, but right by the coast and has a really nice feel to it. Our flat is only two rooms, but that is double the number of rooms of our last place so it’s definitely an improvement!

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Our flat is the bottom flat and the landlord and lady and their little girl live above us. They are very nice and have a little kitten who is a complete flooze and seems quite keen on having two families to love her

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There is an express bus which leaves from right outside that takes you straight into the city, but what I really love is being able to take the ferry from Queens Wharf (5 mins from work) home again. I saw six little blue penguins on the trip home on Thursday!

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So that is what we have been doing recently. My work visa was granted at the end of March for two years and Craig’s is (hopefully) not far behind. Our residency visas have also been submitted as we love New Zealand life and would really like to settle here, so we can’t claim to be ‘travelling’ any more so it seems like a natural place to end this blog. We are really glad we have this record of what we got up to over the last two and a bit years…sooner or later we have to face facts that now we have jobs and are staying in NZ hopefully, this is just real life! There is still a lot of NZ left to explore, even if we do have to go home eventually.

However, this is not the end of our adventures – in fact according to our midwife, the next one is due at the end of October….

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Sarah & Craig

xxx

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3 Responses to “2014 – a beginning and the end”

  1. Antonia's Donuts 5 April 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    Congratulations!!!

  2. wheresphil 6 April 2014 at 5:36 pm #

    Congratulations, great news. If you decide to stay in NZ, I cannot think of a better place to bring up kids. Traveling is never really over, you may just have to have a long break :)

    • To australia the long way 7 April 2014 at 8:06 am #

      Thank you :) we’ve decided, we’re just in the middle of trying to convince Immigration that NZ wants us!! Would love to live here if poss but we’ll have to wait and see!

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