Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday 22nd June 2018


SHE SAID:


HE SAID:

Still sorting my music file, this time putting a selection onto my phone, I cranked out a few tunes before driving down to Uralla again. Not for anything exciting, just to look at caravans for ideas, and a few minor things.
Thursday 21st June 2018


SHE SAID:


HE SAID:

I dived in and started trying to sort out the music file on my laptop. I have 23,000+ items in that folder, so I needed to put it into some order, then delete duplicates and rubbish I don't want. It is fun to see what is there, but it is also tedious.

That is why I thought I'd treat myself to a dark beer at the Uralla brewery in the afternoon. Heading out after lunch, and after Skyping with Mum, I came across a police Random Breath Test set up on the Uralla outskirts, about 500m from the brewery. So, after warning the few brewery patrons enjoying a winter brew of the RBT, I only had one sip of the new dark ale, as a taster, rather than my planned pint. A pint would have been fine, and I was not worried about blowing over the limit, but it just seemed to be the sensible option. Especially if the beer was so nice that I needed a second one!

The evening was another sport-fest, with AFL, World Cup Soccer, and a Cricket ODI on TV.
Wednesday 20th June 2018


SHE SAID:


HE SAID:

I managed to catch up on some recorded TV shows, as well as finishing my Netflix binge (for now, at least). I still did a few things about the house, but nothing exciting.
Tuesday 19th June 2018

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Still cold, but not wet. So I braved the journey in to Armidale for fuel and food, and a few other things.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday 18th June

SHE SAID :

The rain has finally arrived! Well I got 4 rain free days here in New Zealand, which could be some kind of record!

We managed to miss getting too wet and headed to Kiataia for a drive, stopping at a tiny local history museum there. Then onto the southern end of 90 Mile Beach (which isn't...).  It was back to Kiataia for lunch, and returning to Coopers Beach the same way as we came. But we stopped several times for photos; the blue skies and sun had returned by then.



HE SAID:

I awoke to some very welcome, albeit very light, rain this morning; all rain is welcome in this district. The weather was forecast to be worse than yesterday, and it was. There were gusty squalls most of the morning, but no snow! If it got to 5 degrees today I'd be surprised; a good day to stay by the fire.

I was very pleasantly surprised when a near neighbour popped in for a chat, and brought some yummy slice! My elevenses was pretty good today.

Sunday 17th June 


SHE SAID :

I had two walks on Coopers Beach today. The first was cut short as the tide was coming in & covering the sand, but the second, just before sunset, was better, longer & full of photos.

I made a huge pot of Pumpkin and Coconut Soup, of which we had some for lunch.
We enjoyed a quiet afternoon at the house; it was warm and sunny. 



HE SAID:

It was a fairly ordinary day, weather-wise. With a forecast maximum of nine degrees, and only making it to about 7, and with a few snow flakes drifting on the air, I waited until peak-warmth, about 2pm, before heading out.

I had plans to go to a local brewery to check out their products. But when I followed the GPS' directions I ended up in the middle of nowhere. So I switched to Google Maps on my phone, and ended up amongst tyre shops and mechanical repair businesses instead. Getting rather annoyed about the navigation failures, I looked up the brewery phone number and gave them a call. The surprised man that answered my call basically explained that the business was closed and awaiting fire regulations approvals, and that it could take months. I didn't bother even asking where the brewery actually was, as we'll be long gone. But how hard is it to mention the closure on their website?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Saturday 16th June


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Molly was my tour guide for the day. 

We headed for Kerikeri and the Packhouse Markets, and had a quick stop at the shops. For lunch Molly suggested we go to the river. We sat over looking it at the  scenic Pear Tree Restaurant. There is an old Missionary Stone House, a quaint church overlooking the river, and another old wooden house here; just lovely.

More scenic stops: Rainbow Falls, Whangaroa fishing village, and Molly's childhood village of Totara North. Loads of photos, sun, and new sights for me.


Deidre and Merrylegs heading for a trot


HE SAID:

Another proper winter's day in Arding. A frosty start, then it was cloudy, breezy, a couple of light squalls with very little rain, and a 20 second spattering of hail around dinner time. I nearly went out, as I had a couple of things I wanted to do, but, you know... winter.

Tori's mum came over after lunch and took Merrylegs, the pony, for a trot around the property and down a nearby lane. I think they both enjoyed themselves.

My evening overflowed with sport, though the results were disappointing, with the Aussies going down three from three. Between the TV, laptop, and mobile phone I managed to keep up to date on the Rugby test against Ireland, the cricket ODI v England, the World Cup soccer v France, and the Hawthorn v West Coast AFL match. I had to give up though, when all the football had finished and the cricket had yet another rain delay.