Easter in Blenheim

April 15th, 2010

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

September 12th, 2009

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

Mechanical Guitar Machine

May 30th, 2009

Saw this guy and his cool machine a few years ago. Cycled there last Saturday and he was back and I had my camera ready. Click on the photos for the video. Here’s Phils website: http://www.myspace.com/akafilm

Bath Street Performer with his guitar machine
Bath Street Performer with his guitar machine

Active Circuits Ltd

April 1st, 2009

This is my company! The name now officially registered with companies office all ready to start when I get home to NZ.

Bristol Beer Festival

March 20th, 2009

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.