Starting a new project for the old jonesnz site. The site was most recently providing information and allowing queries about Karapiro Accommodation but that no longer exists (at least we don’t run a place of that name anymore).
Over here in Pirongia we are in lockdown for 4 weeks so let’s see what we can find to occupy ourselves. Fair warning, it may be less than riveting.
There will be some Minecraft and many walks to see the goats. beyond that we’ll see.
On this, the day before we started lockdown I worked on a site for Pirongia Heritage and Information Centre:
If you want to comment or contribute to the blog, let me know via richard who resides at jonesnz and com.
So, we have had no new cases for, I think, 28 days now and there isn’t anyone in NZ who has Covid 19. With no foreign tourists, the campervan people have greatly reduced their prices. So now we decided is a great time to get out on the road.
Level 1 officially starts only at midnight tonight but in our travels on the road we have see a lot of level 1 behaviour.
Ana came for our first night so that was fun for all. Although Ana was a bit reluctant about the walking stuff.
Still it was fun in the van.
Since we took her back home we’ve spent two days in Coromandel and now moved on to Red Beach north of Auckland.
Tomorrow we’ll go further north, maybe Russell or the Kari Kari Peninsula
Besides the 100K in 14 days challenge Hania and I completed another marathon. We finished the whole 9 series of Seinfeld. I leave you with this because its buzzing around my head for days now, you might as well have it too.
I first visited New Zealand in 1979 and again in 1980 but I’m not sure that I have photos, maybe somewhere. Of course it was a totally different experience then, a long trip too. Returning on BA 001 took something like 30 hours with stops (no getting off) in Sydney, Perth, Bombay and Frankfurt as I recall).
The cars were old and beaten up, “You’ve arrived in Auckland, please set your clocks back 20 years” as the old joke has it.
New Plymouth was the destination and seismic surveys over the Maui gas field. The 6 o’clock swill was still on. I’d never seen anything like it down at the dock bar in NP. The barmaid filling row upon row of pint glasses from a hose.
According to the article it was abolished in 1967 but not at the docks in New Plymouth I’m pretty sure – for the public bar anyway.
Hania and I came first in 2000 to see if it was a place we would like to settle in, hopefully our last move too. July was cold but clear for the most part and coming from Singapore we really appreciated it. We slept 10-12 hours for the most part – making up for the deficits of the previous 2 years – neither of us could sleep well there with the constant heat and humidity.
We were in a camper van and the first thing to buy was a hot air blower.
We arrived in Christchurch and our first stop was Akaroa – I still remember the fish and chips – a massive piece of blue cod and real potato chips.
Akaroa was originally settled by the French and the street names still recall that time – as does the graveyard.
Below is a bit of NZ history. Even in 2000 you could take your empty plastic coke bottle and fill at up with draft beer at the bottle shop.
I’m sure we have more photos from that trip somewhere because we travelled much of the central South Island in our 30 day stay.
So the blog will become a bit more intermittent as we exit lockdown and will have reasonable freedom to move around now. I can even play tennis again.
Ana, Vicky and I completed our 100km in 14 days today. Mike took a photo but I don’t have it yet. We know every street in the village by now and I have had enough of Alexandra Redoubt for a while.
I have enjoyed the walks but I feel that I am due a break as I’ve also been doing some pretty heavy bush clearing on the property. Two more trees down today (small trees I hasten to add, I’m not all that good with a chain saw that I want to tackle anything big). Next project is a path down into the gully and I will be doing a bit of hauling soil around unless I can find some local friendly guy with a little machine.
A week or two back Mike, Vicky and I joined sharesies at Mike’s suggestion. We’ve all invested in shares we think will grow (it’s a stock market app). So far we are breaking even with some good and some bad choices. Did I say bad? I meant shares with future long-term growth potential of course.
Yesterday I figured the move to level 2 would boost a couple of companies and guessed correctly so that’s good. However I also though that Air NZ and Auckland Airport shares wouldn’t sink any further. Ho Hum.
I also filed my tax return and am due far less than I thought since I already contribute PAYE on my superannuation. Woo hoo. So I ordered a single malt online and a honey bourbon for my sweetheart.
Today we saw the outline of Level 2 restrictions. We can meet with people outside of our bubble. The key thing is that they be traceable, just in case. Therefore I think I will be able to play tennis again.
We will be able to travel outside our regions so can holiday in New Zealand as well. I don’t care so much about eateries really but I do feel the need to patronise our local places rather than see them go broke.
I already bought take away from our local cafe to help them out more than because I really needed a pork and apple sausage roll (delicious by the way).
I can get my hair cut.
I also believe we will be opening to other Covid-free nations in a little while and I could certainly take advantage of a week or two over in Western Australia.
Sorry to my friends and family in other places though, not having it so good. Winston Peters, surprisingly, is responsible for Jacinda and thus our current situation. Ah the joys of proportional representation.
We’ve played eye-spy a lot on our recent walks and we are running out of new things to spy. So Ana had the bright idea of C for Crackly leaves. I mean it’s pretty good in one way but we did have a problem explaining how that wasn’t really fair – using descriptive words makes it just too hard.
We have had some good ones though, Ana came up with concrete today (kerb-stones and driveways) which we totally failed to guess.