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Sydney...then Aotearoa!

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | Views [625]

Its 0727 Sydney time and we have arrived safely from Bangkok. Both tired, grubby and ready to stop but we’re almost there now! Fortunately enough time before our flight to Christchurch for us to freshen up, download the latest ... Read more >


Through Bangkok one more time...

THAILAND | Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | Views [593]

Arrived in Bangkok to go through more security checks before waiting in the warmth and sun (a change from London!) to board our plane after it had been cleaned and re-stocked. The flight to Sydney now – have had lunch, watched some TV and ... Read more >


Time to go home

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 9 Jan 2012 | Views [595]

This morning Roni was up for brekkie with Laura before she took off to work. Rawiri was working from home so Roni kept him company while she finished her book until Bray got up. Once he emerged and made contact with the PS3 Roni went upstairs ... Read more >


Crawley with a Windsor bonus

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 8 Jan 2012 | Views [580]

A cooked breakfast to start the day – bacon, qorn sausages, onion, mushroom, egg and toast. Tasty! After midday we hit the road for Crawley, this is where Roni’s family lived when she was born but she hadn’t seen it since being ... Read more >


Cake Catastrophe

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 7 Jan 2012 | Views [606]

Today Laura had a big christening cake to make so that began early in the day. Everyone got up a little later than usual after a late night last night and relaxed with books/net/tv/NBA2k12/making cake decorations for a little while before ... Read more >


Quality PS3 time in Codicote

UNITED KINGDOM | Friday, 6 Jan 2012 | Views [659]

Old man Bray had quite a sleep in this morning...Laura and Rawiri went off to work and Roni enjoyed a chance to read over brekkie before popping to the post office for one last birthday mission. Once Bray was up we put washing ... Read more >


Happy Birthday Brayden!

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 5 Jan 2012 | Views [677]

This morning Roni was up early for more laundromat time down the road – getting everything shipshape and clean for Chantell’s return tomorrow. The weather started wet and wild but eased off by the time Bray was awake. While the washing ... Read more >


Fun with ice

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012 | Views [548]

Bray survived his first ice skating experience today – without falling over even once! An astounding feat. We headed to the rink at Natural History Museum nice and early to beat the hordes and were blessed with good weather this time. An hour ... Read more >


Seeing some of our people...

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | Views [509]

Today was pretty much the wildest weather we have had on the whole trip! It was raining a little bit this morning when Roni toddled off down the road to do our washing at the laundromat and while we ate brekkie the wind came up and rain ... Read more >


East London town exploring

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 2 Jan 2012 | Views [486]

Today we set out to see some of East London as we previously hadn’t got in amongst it there a whole lot. Tube to Whitechapel where we exited to blue sky, sunshine and a commanding view of The Royal London Hospital before wandering the street markets ... Read more >


Lazy first day of 2012

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 1 Jan 2012 | Views [608]

We all took it slowly this morning to get vertical. Eventually up, dressed and clean Roni and Laura tidied up and got ready to face the world while the boys went hunting and gathering. They returned with tasty kai in hand – hot dogs (frankfurter ... Read more >


Last day of 2011!

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 31 Dec 2011 | Views [532]

Roni was up early being entertained by the ever energetic squirrels of Tooting over a cup of tea while she read a book before attempting further catch up on the journal with some success. Bray emerged eventually and after getting clean, ... Read more >


Catch ups and face masks

UNITED KINGDOM | Friday, 30 Dec 2011 | Views [546]

All the relaxing, eating and drinking finally drove Roni to go for a jog this morning before getting clean and catching the tube to Richmond. She arrived early so explored the main street and centre of town before meeting Ali (friend from ... Read more >


The Natural History Museum...mainly.

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | Views [565]

This morning we set out for the National History Museum, planning on maybe getting some ice skating in before exploring inside. Light rain put paid to that idea so we went straight inside instead. That building is COOL. We probably took ... Read more >


Shakespeare's Globe and the Thames

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | Views [547]

Today we decided to go ice skating at the Tower of London and visit The Globe Theatre. In the end only one out of two of these goals was achieved – through no fault of our own! Set out early to beat the hordes and catch the Circle ... Read more >


Monopoly time!

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | Views [595]

Even Roni was a slower starter today after her late night/early morning with The Godfather . Still managed some time watching the squirrels (the Tooting squirrels are hyperactive so there was much to keep her entertained), reading for ... Read more >


Boxing Day in London

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 26 Dec 2011 | Views [513]

Slow start today as all the food and beverages of yesterday had taken their toll. Roni was up with the squirrels and Lara for a morning latte before baking us all croissants from a can again – love those things! Games of Citadels were ... Read more >


Christmas Day!

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 25 Dec 2011 | Views [664]

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY! It’s Christmas! Roni was up early watching for squirrels on the fence and emailing people back home but was soon joined by Bray and then Lara. Emails and facebook posts flying, soon followed by fake snow produced ... Read more >


Almost Christmas...

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 24 Dec 2011 | Views [526]

Time today for a slow start as we opened the last window on our advent calendar from Maren, wrapped presents for our orphan’s Christmas in Clapham and thought about Christmas in NZ for our loved ones... Eventually we got sorted ... Read more >


Bubble truck!!

UNITED KINGDOM | Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | Views [673]

Today we finally saw a car actually using the electric recharging station on Elgin Ave! We walk past it every time we go to the tube station or head down Elgin Ave and had noticed the designated space with glowing blue poles but it was ... Read more >


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