NZ Getaway

Did I mention I spent a lovely week working from home?

I flew in the Sunday and we had dinner with family in Mana before the 3ish hour drive back to the farm.

I worked from home during the week, and finally bought a converter for my Surface (laptop) so I could attach a big screen – makes life so much easier!

I spent a day at the field days (where the hell have the livestock gone?! My fave part) learning all about Agritech in NZ. I wrote a blog about it, you can read it here.

I caught up with my cousins for dinner, walked my friend’s dog with her, had lunch wth my good friend Mike (and his sister Hayley and babies Harrison & Knox), moved the cows with Dad, got a pedicure with Mum, spent time with my family and finally met my neighbour’s baby. Oh and I spent an hour at my old High School chatting to students about how the working world is changing.

Three monarch butterflies hatched while I was home and Mum and I found them just after they had come out of their chrysalis. It’s lovely to be so close to nature and the animals. Speaking of which, the cows are finally getting used to humans and Mum and I had them eating out of the palms of our hands.. literally… we fed them apples.

Luckily for me, my favourite Bluff oysters were in season early and I shared three punnets with Dad. Cheese sizzlers are another Kiwi favourite and I’d have one or two with my breakfast.

Saturday night we had a get together with friends and family. I had accidentally (oops) bought a bottle of ’05 Dom Perignon on duty free so we celebrated life and a happy day with that and had a lovely meal (thanks Ma) in fab company.

On my last day, we went for a walk around the back of our land, admiring the trees that were planted a few years back. Dan, Caro, Mum, Dad and I set up a table underneath the apple tree (which was absolute laden with fruit) and sat in the sunshine enjoying leftovers and banter. It’s probably my favourite thing we did.

Oh! I went to a rodeo! On the Friday. It was cray. I drank Tui (had to) and watched cowboys ride bulls. It was excellent.

Many think that when I’m working from home or remotely, I don’t actually work much. The truth is far from it. I work my usual 8.30-/6 pm, spending my lunch with my family etc and then I’m on call until around 8pm. All my colleagues are still at work and I need to jump back on here and there. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work away that I put in extra effort and sometimes miss a bit of what I went home for. Just have to work on that balance!

I went back wth Dan to Wellington on the Sunday and worked from his place Monday. Mum & Dad came down for dinner and we went to Hippopotamus, which while was a fab evening, was shocking service.

 

New Year 2016 on the lake

My brothers and I were all quite content chilling at home for NYE however my Mum seemed to think this was absolutely appalling and secretly made some calls to see if we could get a house by the lake two days before NYE.Houses at Lake Taupo were gone WEEKS before New Year. I know because I had looked. My jammy Mother got a call back 5 mins later from the real estate to say there had been a cancellation at a lake house right across from the water, it slept 30 (okay 15) people and would we like it at a discounted rate? She was uber excited but immediately met with hesitation. We came around quickly though and decided that we would indeed take the house for four nights.

The next day we were packed up, in the car and heading north. Mum, Dad and I in the Cruiser and Dan, Luke & Caro in Dan’s beast.

The house was beautiful and massive, with floor to ceiling glass windows and million dollar views. We were all excited pulling up, looking around the house and deciding who would sleep where. We eventually ended all upstairs with the entire downstairs free.

We swam in the lake, went for walks and coffees, spent time together and cooked BBQ’s on the deck. Perfect.

NYE rolled around I was quite content again just drinking my bubbly on the deck, watching the sunset and chilling. Come 11.30pm, the boys, Caro and I were walking to town with all the other half cut visitors (I swear half of our town was there) to watch the fireworks. We made it just in time.

The ‘cool’ bar – good knows why the hell it is cool with expensive shitty drinks, drunk as can be patrons and scungy interior had a 20 minute wait. Screw that, we went to Cobb & Co and made our own party! We eventually made it to a bar with dancing and ruled the dance floor (well Luke did) until 2.30am. Of course there were no cabs to be seen so we started the 20 minute walk home with the now 100% cut visitors. Great entertainment.

Lovely to bring in the New Year with my family. Who knows where we will all be next year!

  



  
  
  
  
  

A ‘quiet’ Christmas 

Yes this post is late. Yes I have been busy and yes I will try keep up to date better!
I flew home from Brisbane to my other home in NZ on the 22nd to help mum with the Christmas preparations. The only help I probably was in reality though was picking at all the food she ate and telling great stories to keep her entertained. 

We had a quieter Christmas this year. Our neighbours, the Keddies joined us for lunch which of course turned into dinner. 

We had a blast playing ‘corn throw’ (it’s called something like that) where you have bags filled of corn and are trying to throw them into a hole in an angled board about 6m away. After a few champagnes Beth & I were nailing it. After a few more, we were napping with the rest of them. 

As always, the food was delicious and plenty and we had a lovely time. I was spoilt by my family who all bought me really thoughtful gifts. I hope they felt spoilt by me too. 

(Few random pics from my holiday thrown in too)

    
    
    
    
   
   
    
    
    
    
    
   

What’s happening?!

Sooo a few thing have happened of late, hence my absence.

Firstly, I got a new job! Yay me! After looking for months it’s easily the one I wanted the most and I think suits me the most. Super excited to start on Monday.

Secondly, new job is in Brisbane – so I’m moving! Four days notice to move interstate is not easy. My luggage was supposed to be picked up on Monday and seeing as tomorrow is Thursday, I’m not holding my breath for a swift arrival.

Thirdly, yes four days! Seeing as I had a trip booked to go to the Justin Timberlake concert with my brothers in Auckland I decided to extend my trip and see my family in NZ before I start working full time again and have limited leave available.

Fourth, I’m in NZ. You may have gathered that from above but I’m at home and making the most of being with my family instead of telling you lot about my life. This leads me to why I’m blogging at nearly 1am in bed..

Further explanations to come soon 🙂

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