Friday, June 29, 2007

Island of Two Halves

Usually I'd refer to New Zealand as a land of two halves - the North Island and the South. But even the South Island has been divided over the last few weeks. While we in Canterbury basked in gorgeous winter sunshine the far south was plunged into Artic conditions.

Our friends, Kate and Craig, took themselves off to Queenstown with their 3 children. Despite weather warnings, record snow dumps and road closures they were determined to make it through to the Winterfest and Craig's long anticipated Shihad gig.

After nearly 2 days (with an overnight stop in Invercargill) they made it. And well worth it it was too by all accounts!

With temps below zero, hats and scarves required!


Alex looking uber-cute!


Mum Kate and Alex

Meanwhile, back in Waddington, we were filling our rented trailer with all the rubbish we'd pruned, weeded and hacked out of the garden - in t-shirts! This time last year were had been snowed in for a few days but, as yet, we've had no snow apart from some pathetic flurries last week. Mount Hutt is open now, but the higher slopes aren't in great shape... yet. It's a shame as Warren is itching to get on the slopes and I may go for some more lessons! Gulp!

Hmm, what else? Oh yes, the local firemen's social do! What a laugh. We got spruced up and headed off to the Sheffield Community Hall where we met with our neighbours and friends from the village. It was great to catch up with those I've missed since giving up my jobette at the garage. And, it was the first time in yonks that I've waltzed! What great fun and, despite having a few to drink, I managed not to sign up for the fire service!!

We're planning a trip down to Otago and Southland for August, can't wait, it's been a while since we did any exploring. Hopefully we can pop in and see Kat and Rob down near Invercargill and see how they're getting on!

This time next year I could well be round my parent's house as we're hoping to sponsor their emigration here very soon! Watch this space!

Oh, that reminds me. In a couple of months time we shall be eligble for CITIZENSHIP as we'll have been here 3 years! Time flies!

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9 Comments:

At 12:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Woz waltzing?

 
At 10:44 PM, Blogger katsblog said...

snow - wish we'd get some snow -I was gutted that we didn't have time to go to QT, but hey theres next yr!
Nice to hear you had fun - I'm signed up for the rescue course...I fancy rescuing some beefcake LOL

and guess what - our house has insulation inside the walls (dug a hole in the wardrobe to check!)

elecy blanket on and ready helen!

keep the dancin shoes warm

Kat

 
At 12:43 AM, Anonymous Lil' Bro' said...

Glad to see us back here in blighty are not the only ones having weird weather, its rained here almost every damned day since APRIL! So much for summer 07 :(

 
At 5:41 PM, Blogger Helen Leggatt said...

Woz? Waltzing? What do you think? :-) Needless to say I had to dance the night away with lots of uniformed firemen - shame!

Kat - we're down to yours between 20 - 25 August! Will let you know travel details.

Helen
x

 
At 4:28 PM, Blogger TJM said...

Hi Helen
We haven't met, but i've read your BizReport articles for a while and just now decided to check out your NZ blog. Great stuff! We were in Nelson area for a couple of months a few years back, bought a house in Stoke and planned to return after we complete our second adoption next year. But for now, we are in the U.S. again.
Great blog.
TJ

 
At 4:30 PM, Blogger TJM said...

Helen, Don't know if my last post/comment made it through. Have enjoyed your articles at BizReport and since we've spent some time in NZ and plan to someday live there for a while, too, i wanted to say a quick hello. Great blog.
TJ

 
At 4:32 PM, Blogger Helen Leggatt said...

TJ - Thanks so much for your kind words and for leaving a comment :-)

I hope it's not too long before you can come back to NZ and live in your house in Stoke - Nelson is a stunning area to live!

Best
Helen

 
At 9:07 AM, Blogger Marrisa said...

Hello Leggatts! Well its been so long since an update on your blog that I thought I would just drop in and say 'hello'. We linked to you a while back and wrote some details on your blog...I wonder if you saw it?
We love your blog, I hope we see more posts soon as we love to hear about your life xxx

 
At 9:38 AM, Blogger Helen Leggatt said...

Hi Marissa! You're right, the blog has been rather neglected of late due to workload. However, we've just been on a trip round the bottom of the South Island so there's lots to add!

I'll get cracking on it soon, honest!

Been reading through your blog too, what a hoot and your piccies are fab!

Best
Helen
x

 

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