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AllBlacks, Bill Bailey and Roller Skate Cars!

An update from New Zealand

sunny 16 °C

So it was true...the insurance did pay us $5000 for a car we bought for $4500!!!! We are guessing that the car getting written off was a case of 'every cloud has a silver lining'. There is no way we would have got that much for it by selling it and we would have had all the hassle of trying to sell it before we leave but not too soon so we would be without a car. As I had quite a few jobs pre-booked I hired a little car (the Roller Skate as G calls it!!!) for just $19 a day so the excess money from insurance paid for that.

I'm pretty sure my working days are over for this trip, schools broke up for the holidays today for the next 2 weeks and I doubt there will be any calls the first couple of days back and then we are off to Fiji. So no work for me until September 1st when I return to my UK school. I am looking forward to having my own class again although I have had a little taster the last 2 weeks as I was covering a honeymoon and had the same class of year 2 and 3 children everyday. They were a lovely class and it was mostly event free, although I had a new child start on my first day and by the 3rd day he had been suspended!!! He had a big file accompanying him to the school and I had been pre warned that he was a 'troubled' child - he didn't disappoint! I had a nice send off today and was told to get in touch if and when we return to NZ as they would be happy to have me there if a job was going.

Hopefully the weather will be nice during the holidays, today was sunny, warm (16degrees) and blue skies. It is amazing to think it is the middle of winter, I was just in a T-shirt and jeans during play time.

Last weekend we had another trip to Hamilton as G had tickets for the All Blacks v Wales game. I stayed at David and Eriko's and helped to entertain the children with Mary while the other's were at the game. Gerald finally got to see a team he supports win a match!!!!!! Mind you it has been over 50 years since Wales won a game against the All Blacks, imagine the stick he would have got if they had lost!

Tuesday was 3 years since Gerald and I met so we celebrated by having a delicious meal at the sky tower and followed that by going to see Bill Bailey live in Auckland City. He was well worth going to see and definately made us laugh the whole way through.

Not much else to report at the moment.....hope everyone is well and happy.

Posted by bumblebum 21:37 Archived in New Zealand Tagged living_abroad

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Well everything is the same over here. Have kist finished school reports. Hate this time of the schoool year, so hectic but at the same time really nice with good weather and knowing that the summer hols are just around the corner. We are off to Italy for Charlie's wedding in Portofino. Have bought loads of dresses, Just have to make up my mind which one to wear. Dieting as well and am not doing too badly. Ran half a marathon between Denmark and Sweden. Enjoyed it! Have fun! xxx

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