Friday, 30 January 2009

Staying in touch

I should say "trying to".  James and I have just managed to reply back to his school (a few weeks later than we should have).  We have all been pretty busy unpacking, working in the garden, catching up with family and friends and not to mention chasing down some jobs.  The later search is going quite well, we are both onto some good prospects but the market is very quite. 

I created the following montage showing the boys and these wonderful French books which the Le Got school gave them as Christmas presents. They are really very good and have been helping to keep up our french practice. Also shows a bit of our Auckland life.


Friday, 9 January 2009

Boxed Biscuits


At lease they didn't melt. Yes, our precious cargo of some 160kg has arrived safely after its long journey home.

These boxes were excited unpacked and inspected - it was just like Christmas.  No real damage thankfully, only a few scratches and dents.  I stacked up all of Ange's 'bargins' on the dinning table and it will interesting to see where they all up. I have few spare empty boxes - well five actually.

It has been a busy week and our house is looking almost habitable, a big improvement from Tuesday.  Best of all is I now have all technology running, all except the PS2 which has got tired of waiting for the upgrade to arrive as retired itself..  How will we survive without a Playstation?

Tuesday, 6 January 2009


After a rather long day travelling north to Auckland, we finally able drive down our driveway, reclaim our home and restart our lives back in NZ.  Shuttles, Flights, in fact everything was on time and we had no drama whatsoever.  The best news of the day was that all our belongings in storage were dry and undamaged after the wettest NZ winter in 10 years.  This is all thanks to a combination of good planning, positive thinking and an seemingly endless supply of good luck. 

Unpacking will take us a full week and then we'll still have to deal with a huge pile of left over junk.  Ange has her heart set on a garage sale, I almost suggested calling this a "brocante" or vide-grenier" but then I released she would most likely buy up everything on offer, so we'll stick with garage sale.

Our boxes from France are just a few days away.. they have arrived in Auckland and I'm working through the customs and MAF procedures which help keep our great country free of nasty pests.

Speaking of little pests, our three have been having a great time re-exploring the house, finding old toys and generally bashing the shit out of their trampoline at the bottom of the garden.  They are definitely pleased to be home.  Henry has taken over Jack's room and Jack is camping in with James until his new room is ready.  They all had haircuts todays, well overdue but we are sticking with the long rebel look. 

I had now gone almost two weeks without access to the Internet which, I've decided, must be exactly what it feels like to be a heroin addict going into detox.  My wrists are still intact but only just. A very special thank to Vodafone who have delivered our broadband two weeks earlier than expected/ contracted...  

As this post will bare witness, I'm back online.  Phew.

I'm definitely still missing France but at the same time it is great to be home. We have all had to switch out of 'France Mode' and back into 'Kiwi Mode' - this must sound a bit clichéd but it is very real and strange feeling.

One thing I am not missing is the northern winter.  Summer is just great, especially the long warm evenings.  I feel we have cheated the seasons and I don't feel the slightest bit guilty. Check out the temperatures for Paris.. Brrrrrrrr.