Although the weather has been, and continues to be, erratic and predominantly wet, we're adoring being back in Gisborne with family & friends.
New Zealand and the UK have opposite seasons. Many people prefer the cold at Christmas. I personally love the warmth and long light days!
Twenty-twenty. It's been a traumatic, often terrifying, yet strangely transformative year few will forget in a hurry.
Our beloved floating home was taken out of the water last month, to have her hull cleaned and coated. Debdale Wharf generously sent us photos.
We fully appreciate that being able to return to New Zealand at this time of the world's history is a precious gift.
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
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 ...
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 ...