There are only five sleeps to go now before our expected 'release' day on Saturday 5th September. So long as our day 12 COVID-19 tests are negative ...
I recall watching the trees budding and blossom sprouting as winter turned to spring during late March in the UK when we were 'locked down’.
That sounds odd, doesn't it? A day off Managed Isolation? How can that be? No, just a day off 'work' with far less screen time
Time in MIQ is speeding by. Tomorrow morning will be our halfway point. We still haven't worked out a way to get back to Gisborne on 5th ...
Five days into our Managed Isolation, and we're over a third through the requisite 14 days already. I don't think we're 'suffering' at all.
Forty-four years ago today, a monumental event in my life occurred. On 26th August 1976, at 10.36 pm, my eldest daughter Lisa Marie was born.
Today was the first COVID-19 compulsory MIQ test day. We waited apprehensively, hoping someone would come early enough for us to be able to go outside
Today is our third day back in New Zealand; the second full day of Managed Isolation. Being 'stuck' in a lovely hotel room is beginning to feel like our 'new normal'. Admittedly it's frustrating at times, as there are obviously things we want to get sorted now we're here but are unable to. But it … Continue reading MIQ Day 2 – Back To Work
In case you're not aware, MIQ stands for Managed Isolation and Quarantine. Part of the NZ government's 'Unite Against COVID-19' plan ...
Have you heard of Dave Dobbyn? He sings a very 'famous in New Zealand' song called 'Welcome Home' which I've been listening to rather a lot recently.
Well, that was weird! I've flown to New Zealand and back to the UK at least 14 times since 2001. So far as I can recall, every flight was almost full. Sitting in a massive plane with hardly any passengers felt wrong. Conversely, it was out of this world amazing! To have the luxury of … Continue reading A Most Welcome Sight
We enjoyed a good night’s sleep in the huge Premier Inn bed last night. My timing for the alarm could’ve been improved - we didn’t leave sufficient time for a half hour wait for breakfast to be served! But never mind. That’s a minor point. The hotel was extremely well managed with hand sanitiser freely … Continue reading Second Stage Successful So Far
Today we began the long journey 'home' to Aotearoa. Of course, we have two home countries now. The UK and New Zealand. Only one 'home' though, and that's NB Areandare.
Any midwives reading will be familiar with the transformative and often terrifying transition stage. The period in labour between the 1st & 2nd stage.
We had a magnificent weekend in Mountsorrel. What a splendid place it is. Well kept, and the locals appeared to relish living near the river.
I’d forgotten what a contrast cruising on rivers are to canals. Leaving the delights of Trent Lock on Thursday morning, we turned right ...
We’re finally progressing towards our planned destination at a swift speed. I returned the hire car to Enterprise in Fazeley on Monday morning. Fortunately my elder sister Kath was able to collect me from there and get me back to the boat. Barry and Kim had by then moved to Alrewas! Great service from Enterprise … Continue reading From Fradley To Trent Lock
Can you believe it's August already? How did that happen? I’ve intentionally not posted since last Sunday, as since then Areandare has sat empty ...