Having A Bit Of A Blogging Break

Hello/Kia Ora, dear readers. I’m sure you’ll have guessed by our absence that we’re having a bit of a blogging break. Moving from one country to another, amongst the pandemic madness, is taking some adjusting. We still intend to complete our final NZ stories, from Reefton to Auckland. Thankfully, Barry got his wine-soaked laptop repaired but is otherwise engaged for a while, training to earn some spending money (we’ll reveal more in the future). Consequently, he’s unable to upload his fabulous photos at the moment.

We’ve been relishing family time with my daughters and grandsons and will be catching up with other family members and friends shortly. NB Areandare hasn’t moved far recently, so there’s little to report about our UK boating adventures.

Family Times

Kim’s been back on board, this time teaching online for her new role in an International School in China. If all goes smoothly, she’ll be flying there next weekend … Kim uses the Boatman’s Cabin at the rear as her ‘office’ – where Barry has proudly hung the painting his Gisborne friend Keith painted especially for him to hang. A tribute to his love of Pink Floyd and Areandare.

We enjoyed a Family Fun Day, all together, in Fazeley a couple of weeks ago. Then Barry and I took the train to Whitchurch and spent four days in Malpas for Lisa’s birthday. Our eldest grandson and I had great fun at The Crocky Trail, while Barry took the youngest to a ‘Let’s Fish’ session in Blacon organised by CRT.

More recently, we had a day at Drayton Manor Theme Park – when I say ‘we’, that’s me and Kim and the grandsons, not Barry, who detests funfairs and theme parks with a vengeance!

The crazy crowds of people and lack of distancing has been most disconcerting. The Crocky Trail and Drayton Manor were the busiest I’ve ever known. Especially the latter with at least one-hour-long queues for the majority of rides.

Birds And Tests

We’ve enjoyed playing our new favourite game ‘Wingspan’, both together and with Lisa and Rob. Although initially reticent when Tom and Miriam attempted to teach us, we’ve been hooked once we got the hang of it whilst staying in Mahia. We’ve not been brave enough to try the Oceana Expansion yet, featuring birds from Australia and NZ. Next week we’ll have the European Expansion to play with.

If you’ve not played this game and you’re into games and birds, you’re missing a treat. Far better than staring at a screen!! It’s compulsive and extremely enjoyable.

And we’ve also started using Lateral flow tests. In the UK, we can buy a pack from a chemist or via the government website to test ourselves instantly at home. It’s a long way from the UK lockdown in spring 2020 when I couldn’t access a COVID test for love nor money living itinerantly!! I’ve started reporting daily to the COVID Symptom Study App once more, in the company of almost 5 million others.

I suspect it’s only a matter of time before we both succumb to the dreaded virus. Hopefully, having had both Pfizer vaccines in NZ, even if we do, it won’t be too debilitating. If only we could get the vaccines registered here. We have our certificates from the Ministry of Health, but it seems unless you’ve had one on the NHS program, they’re not recognised. It’s most frustrating. Anyway, we won’t be flying anywhere for a long time, so the fact we’re vaccinated is more for our health and those around us. It’s a no brainer as far as we’re concerned.

That’s all for now. We’ll be back soon …

8 thoughts on “Having A Bit Of A Blogging Break

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  2. 6 months away from blogging! Must be enjoying life or really busy.
    Hope your both well though.

    • Hi again Ade. Apologies for the tardy responding, it’s been a crazy long weekend for us! Not even on the boat …

      Yes, it’s the longest we’ve not blogged for 13 years. We’re enjoying life, AND really busy! Plus a few small challenges in our lives and also on the WordPress site. We’d drafted a number of posts to complete our NZ trip, but because we’ve not got back to them promptly, they’ve gone all weird (the photos in the slideshows) and Barry spent hours trying to work it out a few weeks ago then gave up in despair. Looks like we’ll have to copy and paste and start them again and it’s just not got to the top of our ‘to action’ lists. But it will get there again.

      I guess everyones priorities have been upended in the light of the ‘new world’ after/during the pandemic.

      Hoping all is good in your world?
      Sandra 😉

  3. Just back from a fabulous 12 days on our syndicate boat Honeystreet, based at Wrenbury and we cruised down the Shroppie to just past Gnosall and then returned, nice and leisurely and good to be back on the water. Must catch up soon. xx

    • Hi Phil & Cal. That sounds like a wonderful staycation. We returned from five days in Cornwall last night. There are some delightful places in the UK to spend time in. Definitely would be good to catch up before the year end if possible 😉

  4. HI Sandra, sounds like you are keeping very busy with family.
    You do know that you should be able to get Lateral flow test kits for free either via the Government website at https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests or free at a chemist. I’ve just ordered another box of them to be sent to our mailing address to be picked up. They may not be free forever, so we stock up when we can and use them when we will be seeing people.

    • Hi Pip. Yes it’s a bit full on but lovely to see them again lots of work too which I’m always grateful for.

      Yes I know we can get the tests free and a good idea to stock up! Hope you’re both well and enjoying life back on board 😉

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