After an incredibly convoluted, complex and challenging journey to our 'second home country', finally, we really are back IN New Zealand.
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’.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
One of the reasons so many people choose narrowboat living, is to slow down. When we made our New Zealand return plans, we booked Areandare into Debdale Wharf ...
After such a magnificent blue-sky day on Sunday, the British weather resumed it's grey and damp outlook. You have to grasp sunshine while you can here!
We’ve now well and truly left our lockdown location behind, having made tentative plans with our three-month bubble buddies to return for a reunion in 2021.
Cruising off the Llangollen Canal in Monday morning, we met quite a few boaters en route. There was a couple from Scotland on their boat with two dogs for two weeks ...
Yesterday, Saturday 4th July, marked the day the people of England start to ‘enjoy’ more freedom again. Boaters who don’t live aboard can stay aboard ...
The mixed messaging and new challenges seem to be continuing here confusingly in the UK. One minute the government says one thing, the next it's all change.
We relished the quietness of a few of night's mooring near Bettisfield, watching the spectacular sunsets once again, right on the edge of the Welsh border.