A Travellerspoint blog

May 2012

Cats, Kaiser Chiefs and Catch-ups.

sunny 18 °C

I realised it had been some time since I last wrote an update so here goes....

I am now half way through our 10 week term with my new class of 5 year olds. All is good so far, they are a lovely bunch of children - all 13 of them! I will have more join them this term so the luxury of a small class will soon be over.

We have been up to various stuff over the past month or so...We went to see the Kaiser Chiefs play at The Powerstation and had a brilliant night. We had seen them play twice in the UK last year, once at the Isle of Wight Festival and again at Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park. It has to be said, they obviously enjoy playing the smaller venues as they put on an amazing show and had much more stage presence than when we had seen them during the UK festival period playing to huge crowds.
We had a quick day trip to Hamilton to see Gerald's mum as it was mothers' day. It became a bit of a family gathering with everyone meeting at Gerald's brother David's place for lunch and a catch up.
Tuesday nights have found us in the city taking part in a pub quiz with friends. We have been slowly improving the scores and our position getting into fourth place on the last attempt.
The cats have finally been able to venture outside and have been enjoying exploring the garden and having new experiences such as walking on grass which they both hated to begin with! For quite some time they just wandered around the garden and then the other day Roxie discovered that if she climbed the olive tree she could reach the top of the fence. She subsequently fell off into the neighbours garden, had a good nose around there before heading back under the gates. Within an hour or so Rufus followed in her footsteps and now they are regular visitors next door. It is great that they can now go outside and let off steam as we were regularly coming home to unravelled loo rolls - one of their favorite pastimes while we are not around!
The weather has continued to be pretty good despite the fact that it is just about winter now. The days are sticking around 18 degrees and are mostly blue skies and sunshine. The difference is that nights can get cold now, last week it got down to 5 degrees which was a shock to the system! This week it is not supposed to get lower than about 11 at night, I do love the NZ climate! The other week, from our balcony, we noticed Mount Wellington looking pretty good in the sunshine
it looked so lovely we decided to take a stroll to the top in an attempt to find a geocache there. We enjoyed the walk but had no luck with the geocache! That was our second attempt so maybe third time lucky...? Mt Wellington is Auckland's youngest onshore volcano at somewhere between 9,000 to 10,000 years old. It has some cool craters once you get up to the top and the views are great.
Last weekend we had a flying visit to Sydney. It was my friend Nancy's 40th birthday so we headed over to celebrate with her and at the same time caught up with Gerald's oldest brother Michael as he lives in Sydney too. We headed off straight after work on Friday and got home Sunday night so it was a quick trip but really good to catch up with everyone.
I think that covers the main events of the past month. Hope you are all well.

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