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The End Is Nigh

Less than six weeks and counting

sunny 16 °C


It's been a while since I wrote on this blog thing, so thought I'd write a quick entry while Anita is at the Chiro.

So, we've not got long left now. Which is a shame, because it's been fun. But at the same time it will be nice to be on the move again. And there is the fact that New Zealand is bloody cold at the moment! Not as cold as we get in London, but it's down to 3 degrees tonight in balmy Auckland, and double glazing and central heating are not things in the standard building language here! Being in an apartment block is not so bad - the surrounding apartments help keep us warm, much warmer than other houses that we've been in recently!

I've been playing hockey while here, which has helped me stay in constant aching pain: practice on Tuesday at 9pm (cold!), training run on Thursday and game on Sunday, my poor aging body just doesn't have enough time to recover! And even though I'm playing centre forward, I have yet to score a goal. But the position does mean I spend less time running about, which is a good thing (both for me and spectators I am sure).

Our poor little Golf ('Kubes') has passed away, leaving us richer due to the insurance company thinking it was worth more than what we paid for it. Well, thats what we think they said - 5 grand is what they think and we bought it for 4.5k. Nice. We've decided to go with a cheap rental for the rest of the time we are here, costs only $19 a day. Much cheaper than buying, insuring, fixing, registering etc our own one.

And Telecom has decided they want me for the rest of my contract. They had told me it was going to be cut short, finishing the contract a couple of months early, the date was going to be the 24th June. But today I got the news that they want me right through to the 3rd September. Which is nice, a pity that we leave in July. :o) They'll get over the news I am sure.

What else? Plans for the next 6 weeks are underway. There are lots of people to go see and say good bye to, a rugby test in Hamilton to go to, a sisters birthday in Wellington (where we have booked to stay in a lighthouse!!), figuring out how to get all our junk back to the UK again, getting tax refunds and planning on what to do once we are back! We've already decided on a date for a "We're Back" evening in Wimbledon, and Anita is starting to look for a car to buy already. I guess it's almost time to start looking for a job over there too (any offers?).

I better go now - dinner needs to be cooked! Hope you are all well and enjoying the glow of NZ football team! Go the All Whites!! Wooo! (yes Pete, white is the new black, at least for the next couple of weeks)

Thats all for now!

Posted by Big.G 00:13 Archived in New Zealand

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