Road trip

We’re really out of practice doing this! :) Just driving, sitting on beaches, collecting interesting shaped and coloured stones and sea shells, more driving, find a motel eventually. If we had not so much stuff in the trunk we could alternatively rent motorbikes next time. I should bring that up in a family meeting.

 

Orana Wildlife Park

A park with huge compounds, feeding schedules and the opportunity to really be within the lion’s den (the wire framing of the cage seem to be non existent compared to the massive bodies of the hungry cats. We stuck to the zebras and giraffes :P

 

Mini Olympics – little gods in action!

After several months of practice class 5&6 finally had the chance to show off their talents. The camp was set up near Christchurch, with kids from Motueka and the Christchurch School as well. The Pentathlon disciplines in short: Run: Marathon (1,5km.) or mini marathon (400m), Stadion Sprint (100m); Jump: 3 Standing Jumps, 3 Long jumps;…

 

Oh no!

Arghhhh! There’s a stormtrooper in the sink!

 

East Coast

When we were first thinking about leaving everything behind a decade ago, New Zealand was uncharted territory for us, a dream.  Since then, we not only have been here (quite frequently ;) but seen and experienced a lot more than we hoped for. Nonetheless, some places never cease to amaze  us. Like Christchurch … always…

 

A week off!

Christchurch we come – looking for recreation, attending Mini-Olympics of Anna’s class, a piano …

 

The kitchen is in!

The guys from Bays Joinery did a great job with our kitchen. They didn’t fight my unusual design concept and managed to create maybe the largest bamboo bench top ever seen in New Zealand. :) Our design considerations were: We want to look into the room while cooking, not onto a wall. Hence the island…

 

Painting the walls

These guys kept us waiting a bit too long, so our move-in date was postponed by 11 days. But they did a great work!  

 

Moving again…

We knew that it probably wouldn’t work out to finish the house until our neighbors come back for this summer season. But the day we moved to a temporary tourist unit in Riwaka, which was arranged for a 2 weeks stay, our builder hit us with unexpected bad news: They need another 2 weeks until we…

 

The broody hen

“broody” definition: A hen that is committed to hatching chicks is known as a broody. The state of being broody is controlled by instinct, hormones and lighting conditions. Left to her own devices, a broody will lay a clutch of eggs, then stop egg-laying and sit on them for 21 days (more or less) until…

 
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