The first week I was settling into to our house. This meant a couple of trips to Christchurch bringing my stuff out of storage. Oh my goodness. I’ve got so much stuff, and so many clothes. After 863 days with two tee-shirts, two pairs of shorts and two pair of undies, I can’t get over the choices I need to make every morning.
And the food. It sits in the fridge, and I can eat at anytime of the day, and I understand the food, and I know which foods I like. No longer is it a lottery every time I eat a bowl of cereal, or take a bite of bread. I have marmite, lots of it, biscuits I like, cheeses that my palate understands.
Woohoo. The shower is always hot. All the electric plugs work, light bulbs make the
evenings so much longer, and I’ve slept in the same bed more than two nights in a row.
This is amazing.
And I’ve been working. I taught my first First Aid course since Nepal, and ran a second course for Hiking NZ guides. It was so amazing catching up with all the guides and crew, and meeting and challenging the newer guides. Oh I love my work.
I’m lucky enough to live in a village where my “crazy” ideas, which have been milling
through my head for 1000s of kms, are listened to, and I’m encouraged to work on them. That means lots of exciting (I love exciting) challenges for me, (and I love challenges).
Hey, haven’t I just recently cycled around the world? I reckon I can do almost anything now.......
The Hiking NZ course was run at the Boyle River. It’s been a long time since I was there, but its just so beautiful. Then last weekend, I went orienteering at Castlehill in the Arthurs Pass area, and that was gorgeous. And this weekend I drove a shuttle for a group of kayakers, up into Molesworth, across Malings Pass, and down into the Waiau River. It was snowing. It was stunning. It was fabulous. New Zealand is amazing. You’ve got to come visit me. You’ve got to come visit New Zealand.
Here are some websites to help you choose your New Zealand Adventure (mention that you know me, and where you know me from, and there may even be some special deals available):
I’ve got some guiding work coming up, which I’m very excited about. In between times, I’m working on some new exciting projects, and cutting my way through the jungle my garden has become. My family are all spending Xmas with Juliet and I here in Hanmer Springs, which I’m really looking forward to, and we expect to host lots of my friends from all over the world. Remember, Xmas to Easter is our summer. And then in August,
Juliet and I are hoping to join some friends on a Hiking trip to Peru. Check out this link:
Why don’t you come and join us?