Easter in Blenheim

We took a road trip over the Easter break to see Sarah (Ian’s Sister) & Clinton in Blenheim, leaving Thursday afternoon we drove down to Wellington to catch the 3am ferry across the Strait to Picton before a final short drive to Blenheim getting there in time for breakfast.

Friday afternoon we went out to the mouth of the diversion for a bit of fishing and for me some photography – I definitely had more luck than the others :-).  Saturday a bit of retail therapy was required in town before hitting St Clair vineyard for lunch and a bit of wine tasting, just to be able to properly compare the wine we tried 3 other vineyards, my favorite being forrest – lovely desert wine.  Sunday we headed to the Farmers market for breakfast and of course purchasing some fine local produce, then had a easy relaxing day at home.  An early start (8am ferry!!) on Monday to head back to Auckland, stopping at the Southward car museum.  We had a good trip home, traffic wasn’t nearly as bad as I was expecting – just a shame about the speeding ticket – oops.

New Car in New Zealand

Been back in New Zealand for 5 weeks and we finally bought a car today. Was quite keen to get a manual Toyota station wagon. After watching TradeMe for a while, we finally found one up in Dargaville at http://www.dargavilleford.co.nz/.

It’s a 2002 Toyota Camry, 2.2 litre, manual with 141,000 kms on the clock, New Zealand new with only one owner. After a nice drive back, we’re happy with the purchase.

Here’s some more pictures: http://2lostkiwis.com/gallery2/v/2009-09-12/

Some more details on the car here: http://www.carjam.co.nz/car/?plate=aqr307

Toyota Camry

Bristol Beer Festival

An annual event for us with Richard, Ian, Adam & Friends was great fun as usual, this year I did particularly well in choosing my beers, following my skilled analysis of which names sound the best, and did not choose any I didn’t like.  I was a little disappointed in the lack of bearded men this event normally draws – the men of the south west must have finally found razors.  After beer we had the necessary curry to round things off.

Oliver – London

Thursday 26th Feb, Amy organised for a group of us to see the musical Oliver with Rowan Atkinson playing Fagin.  It was brilliant, we had great seats in the front of the stalls, so close you almost felt part of the show.  The cast really was amazing specially the kids, their performance was so good it was hard to believe they were only 10-13 years old.  I know I’m raving like a lunatic about the show but it is the best show I’ve ever seen.  For this performance we had Laurence Jeffcoate as Oliver, Ross McCormack as the Artful Dodger, Jodie Prenger as Nancy, Jay Bryce as Bill Sikes and of course Rowan Atkinson as Fagin.  View Oliver website

We also had a nice surprise while waiting out front of the Theatre Royal, Daniel Radcliffe walked right past me on his way into watch the show – my very first celebrity!

Valentines Day

Feb 14th – the day most boys in a relationship dread. Ian was great this year he took me to see “My bloody valentine 3D”  🙂 it was your typical cheesy horror just what I love to watch, hate to say 3D effects haven’t improved all that much…..

Jeanette and Ian have found their way Home