Saturday, March 31, 2007
We're off to Hawkes Bay www.hawkesbaynz.com for some r&r with hop along in tow. Naomi is joining us to see the sights and chill out at the vineyards.
We must be getting old as we're returning to the same place we stayed last Easter which is a cottage in a beautiful location at Cape South. www.capesouthcottages.co.nz .
It's been a funny week with the weather - heatwave and autumn in Wellington and extreme storms up in Northland that have caused huge flooding in the Bay of Island. Not what you need just prior to the holiday weekend. Hopefully it will continue to stay fine long enough for us to get the foundations cemented in on the house.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Based in Great Barrier Island off the coast of Auckland it is certainly a long way from England but I wouldn't necessarily class it as remote. Certainly not like the first Castaway Island in the Hebrides.
It seems that the 120 strong film crew are making the most of the local amenities and mixing with toursists and locals.
As a closet fan of the first series, especially Ben Fogle, I think its a total cop out by the BBC. You'd expect better standards of broadcasting but seems they've let them slip to appeal to the popularity of other reality programmes.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Reportedly traffic is flowing much better in town and it can take at least 3 minutes off the journey to the airport! Still, it will come in handy for when I do my first official visitor airport run in December when my parents arrive to see us.
I can't take conversations about rush hour seriously here in Wellington. Generally speaking the rush is only to the coupon parking (only $4 for the day) and unless you keep milkman hours you're unlikely to get those spots. Otherwise you may have to wait at a few traffic lights or perhaps a pedestrian crossing.
OK when it rains it does get busier on the roads, no doubt about that, but when you're commuting time is less than 15 minutes it's hardly anything to get too stressed about.
As all things in NZ you get used to the smaller scale. And after all, small is beautiful too!
Sunday, March 25, 2007
It feels frustrating for there to be no more progress whilst the sun has been shining this last week. The big job in the next week is to peg out the house site before the foundation piles are driven into the ground. The latter is not being done to the following week so we'll have to patient and adjust to kiwi time again for the next weekend's visit.
Still, its a beautiful part of the world and not a bad place to just soak up the view. Which is about all we could do today. Oh yes, and admire the drying mud!
A beautiful view to admire!
I keep thinking if I look harder I'll see something new that's been done!
Friday, March 23, 2007
I apologise that blog has been dominated by house stuff and the interesting side of New Zealand had disappeared, I'll try harder in the coming weeks to give you more insight into kiwi life.
The last seven weeks have been frankly too much work and not enough play. It seems that NZ Government has woken up earlier this year and it's been full on in the office, probably not helped by having my chief media advisor off for almost four weeks. Also, work related, I'm five weeks into one coaching course and two weeks into another so that's keeping me busy with reading, homework and being attached to the telephone for classes or coaching clients.
But at least the sun has been shining most of this time and the house developments have been fun to think about and watch. With only a couple of weeks to Easter I need to start thinking really hard about the domestic executive ambitions as I said I would declare my hand on my contract at Easter.
Just to reassure you, I'll not be signing onto a permenant contract. That is definite. I'm still focused on coaching and consulting in between getting the garden up and running, not to mention the menagerie of animals.
So, time flies and that's the way I like it. By the time my executive contract time is over I'll be ready for a new challenge of a domestic kind.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
It was touch and go whether they'd win the franchise but after a rich Wellingtonian Terry Serepisos stuck his hand in his pocket and put up the dosh we're now looking forward to a new home team to support.
MT is in heaven to think once again he can be a season ticket holder although I'm not sure how he'll tolerate the other footie mad followers. The Supporters Club has already announced itself as "Yellow Fever". Not quite the Barmy Army but am sure that it will shape up nicely as the name, colours and of course the players are announced over coming weeks.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
I don't think it had anything to do with the clock's changing, more of a southerly weather front travelling up the country. For those who want to make a call to us please remember we are 12 hours ahead of GMT after the clocks changed today. It will get complicated again when the UK clocks go forward for British Summer Time. Oh how confusing it all is but at least we only have one timezone to content with in this country unluck friends and family in US and Australia that have a continuous battled to synchronise the time.
These hives are not quite the traditional design we were expecting but on closer (but not that close) inspection it is clear that the bees don't mind as they buzzied around doing their stuff. Can't wait for the first lot of honey from hives on our land.
Hmm, not sure about this bit though - a quagmire of clay!
Drive and build platform, now clearly defined.
At least some of the garden is still intact.
Well a girl needs to keep here wellies clean.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Luckily the storms blew through Wellington earlier in the day but there was still plenty of stormy weather to be seen from the air. Here's a few pics to show what it was like.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Even before the builders have finished new residents are moving in. Bees in 12 hives courtesy of my friend from work Nadine and her husband Al who are building up their business to 200 hives. Hopefully you'll be able to see their new houses without any excavation by next week.
And no, it doesn't make any more sense looking at the plans!
Previous view from the gateway
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Yours truly walking the boundaries (yes, the trees and native bushland are ours. The fences separates the top and bottom paddock areas)
Views down station lane towards Tunnel Gully area
View coming back out the other side, along the former railway line.
Friday, March 02, 2007
This covers off the results of about 3 months work to prepare for a senior management conference which was completely thrown out of the window due to a last minute rethink by our leader. It's been a tortuous process to get the planning and preparation done and having seen the signs of change brewing in the air I started to prepare myself for the inevitable last minute trials and tribulations.
Being "over it" places you in a space where it really doesn't matter any more. An emotional detachment that protects yourself from disappointment, anger and frustration that can otherwise just gnaw away at you and potentially send you into a spiral of despair.
Whether it's adopting the kiwi attitude or simply that I'm just older and wiser, the hystrionics have washed over me this week and I'm already moving on to something more interesting and more satisfying that thankfully does not involve anyone from the senior management team.
Sitting on the deck this evening enjoying the evening sun, a glass of wine and reflecting on the fact that at last the house project is underway was so much more fun. And, remembering that the countdown to being a domestic executive has only 30 weeks to go. For once in my life, I'm really hoping time does fly by!
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Some kiwis think that we're mad to be building so far from town. We like to think we're part of an exclusive community that sees the merits of country living. Also, there's plenty of benefits to be close to the city, close to the Wairarapa and centre of a beautiful piece of countryside.
Kaitoke has plenty of history too. In fact, it used to have a railway running through it and there were some royal visitors on 15 Jan 1954 who stopped off in Kaitoke on their way back from the Wairarapa to Wellington. There's a campaign and plan to redevelop this railway route - see the following link for more details. http://www.rimutaka-incline-railway.org.nz/index.html