Monthly Archives: June 2011

Driving on the wrong side of the street

New Zealand, like Japan, Great Britain, and some other Commonwealth countries, drives on the left side of the street. That is not a problem, usually. At first, we kept saying out loud to remind each other, “Stay left.” Now we … Continue reading

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Two Months and Counting

We’ve been in New Zealand for two months tomorrow. We are both amazed by how much we have done in these short sixty days. This is simply a recap of some of the things we’ve done: We bought a car … Continue reading

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Winter Heating by Firewood

Our first night in our new villa home last month, we used an electric heater and a fan. It was quite chilly, even with the heater running. (Remember that New Zealand, being in the southern hemisphere, is entering the winter … Continue reading

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The Sound of Music in New Zealand

Andrew purchased a piano several years ago, back when he lived here in New Zealand, before he moved overseas. While he was overseas, some friends of his in Whakatane kept it for him. This worked out well for them as … Continue reading

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High Speed Broadband Internet, New Zealand Telecom Style

25 May, though blog is written on 19 June When we signed up for internet, we thought we were going to get “naked broadband”, which means that you don’t have to have a telephone with it. We use cell phones … Continue reading

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Reunion at Whakatane

28 and 29 May, though written 17 June. Andrew lived and worked in Whakatane (pronounced fuh-kuh-TAHN-nee) before he moved overseas to Canada and Mexico. We visited Whakatane a few weeks ago, along with our new puppy Tazmin. From home, it … Continue reading

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New Zealand Civil Union

Yesterday was the two year anniversary of our Commitment Ceremony, and we decided to have our New Zealand Civil Union on the same date. New Zealand legally recognizes same-sex couples, and a civil union is one way to make it … Continue reading

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Christchurch Earthquakes 13 June 2011

Yesterday, Christchurch, New Zealand experienced a series of earthquakes. Fortunately, there were no deaths and few injuries. A few buildings that were already damaged in the September and February quakes received additional damage. Over 50,000 people were without power overnight, … Continue reading

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Our New Sailboat's Maiden Voyage

Since yesterday was so rainy, today was the first time we were able to take our new sailboat out. We backed up the trailer into the water and offloaded the boat into the choppy water. I worked from inside the … Continue reading

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A Coffee Table and The Flood

Yesterday we drove about an hour north to Coromandel Town to pick up a very nice coffee table that we bought on TradeMe for $30 ($24 US). My guess is that Coromandel is so far away from most people that … Continue reading

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