Twenty-twenty. It's been a traumatic, often terrifying, yet strangely transformative year few will forget in a hurry.
It's difficult to believe we've almost completed our fourteen days of Managed Isolation. Weirdly, I'll miss it!
We fully appreciate that being able to return to New Zealand at this time of the world's history is a precious gift.
This morning began early. My alarm was set for a 7.15 am start to get ready for a House Party at 7.30 am with three friends ...
Under 'normal' circumstances, I'd be posting a blog Wednesdays' and weekends. For me, daily blog reading can become rather tedious ...
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.
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.
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.
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.