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Work and play

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It looks like I have the day off today but I can't be sure just yet! Last week I worked 4 days in a variety of schools - everything from a little country school with just 9 year 1 children in my class to a very posh, well resourced school teaching 28 year 6 boys maths!!! Mostly I get the call at about 6.30am but sometimes it seems schools have not remembered they need a relief teacher until the last minute and I have had 9.00am calls!!!

Gerald is continuing to enjoy his new job, he says it is a good challenge and is making him use his brain which I think we both needed to do after our 6 months of not working!

This weekend was a little more relaxed than usual, we had dinner with some of Gerald's family members on Friday (thanks Tim and Renee it was delicious!) and then the rest of the weekend was low key with the only action being a trip to the gym together on Sunday morning!

I worked on Monday and am booked in for a job tomorrow but yesterday as I had not had a call I decided to go and see Kirsten at the zoo. I had the best day! Kirsten arranged for us to go behind the scenes to see the new baby giraffe. It was born just over a week ago and is gorgeous so I took a few pics of course! I also went to the quarantine area and was allowed to go in with the tamarinds and the kiwi. I was even allowed to touch the kiwi - they have sooooo many feathers! As I had stolen Kirsten from her desk for quite a while I offered to help her do some work and so i spent some time in the vets lab taking photographs of tiny frog skeleton xrays on the lightbox ready for archiving!

As you know Gerald did not win the photo competition but he did get an email to say he was a highly commended runner up and as a result was rewarded with 2 cinema passes for sky city so it was kind of worth hassling you all for the whole week to get your votes!!!!!

This weekend we are off to Hamilton again but this time for the Balloons over Waikato festival instead of the rugby. It is a hot air balloon event with balloons of all shapes and sizes taking to the air throughout the day doing various activities and at night there is a 'balloon glow'. It looks great from photos of previous years so it should be a good way to spend some time.

So that's it for now, hope you are all ok

Posted by bumblebum 12:11 Archived in New Zealand Tagged living_abroad

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