Is it just me… ?

Or has the world gone information overload?

I am responding to that by burying my head in the sand. And discovering nice new things like voice record on my iPhone. And sending those voice recordings via email to friends. Well, once so far. But as an idea I like it.

I have also been rifling through all my favourite images that stuck in my mind ever since I began reading blogs. And I’ve been walking up and down a lot of hills. No, a lot up and down the same four hills. Well, two hills, but when you walk two hills that both have an up and a down side that equals four ups and downs.

If we don’t walk during the weekend I find very quickly my ability to roar up and down the hills dwindles. Especially when it’s warm and I’m wearing my raincoat. The time has come where I’m now in my Summer jacket. The other day I wore sandals. Is this not the middle of winter?

We went on a road trip. We bought a car and flew down and picked it up from Nelson. Where Melissa picked us up. Then dropped us off. And then we drove and drove. And we drove all day and much of the night. First from Nelson to Picton and on the Cook Strait ferry, then Wellington all the way up to Turangi. It was full moon and we drove across the Desert Road around 10pm. We could just make out the magnificence of the Mountains. Oh how I had miscalculated that I thought we were staying south of Ruapehu and that I’d be able to photograph it the next morning.

And beause I’m so utterly terrified of driving on the New Zealand roads and because it was so blimmin freezing cold we didn’t stop for any full moon desert mountain night time photos. Damn you fear. That was a silly waste wasn’t it! Oooh but I am not happy driving around icy roads on narrow two lane highways with no lights and big fast trucks. And children in the back.

Home sweet home. Well. Not quite yet. Not proper home. We’ll be properly at home in two months. And one day I’ll tell the story why we’re not yet back in our house. It’s about tenants and tenants leaving early and new tenants and twelve month contracts.

It shall make our arrival all the more sweet.

Speaking of sweet we watched our ship come in last weekend. The ship with our stuff on it. Oooh so nice. And so glad we did an IKEA landgrab because they even took the notice off their website that they’d bought land in Auckland. So it’s really not looking hopeful for us at all.

To which I say, time for everyone to boycott Freedom until they stop blocking IKEA in the courts. And I shall shut up now about that because that really is another issue altogether.






7 responses to “Is it just me… ?”

  1. Lorre avatar

    The latest Freedom catalogue just turned up among the circulars in our letterbox yesterday to say it was extremely boring is putting it mildly – yes everyone should boycott Freedom and pray for IKEA ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Lindy avatar

    No Ikea?!?! Now that really sucks- at least you’ve been just think of all the people in NZ and what they’re missing.

  3. aga avatar

    so not fair! no ikea in NZ?
    it means many trips to UK to shop here .
    hugs to you and your family , charlotte.
    have a good day. x

  4. lies avatar

    Nono ‘t is the whole world.
    Love the pic with magnolia leaves – leafing around in the wintersummer.
    Had a browse through yer flickr and some day I will overcome my flickr fear and set up an account but for now : Edith with the bib – made my day…
    We are so close now, lets get together soohoon.

  5. Nicky at Not My Mother avatar

    Freedom is blocking ikea from coming to NZ?

    That just sucks. I’m with Lorre, Freedom (at least here in melbourne) is overpriced and boring and not at all a competitor to ikea. Go away Freedom, now!

  6. heleen avatar

    Roadtrips are great! That desert road can be scary, even in the day ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes, we’re all praying for Ikea to come and save us from expensive boring furniture.

  7. Jacqui avatar

    The Desert Road + NZ drivers is scary at the best of times ๐Ÿ™‚

    I hadn’t heard about Freedom blocking IKEA, though it wouldn’t surprise me, they’d be out of business in no time flat (or a lot cheaper). I’ve also heard about planning issues to do with the insane traffic IKEA always generates and that many big box sites have it specifically written in to their permissions that IKEA can’t move in. Whatever the truth, it all adds up to overpriced furniture! I guess we just keep hoping that the desperation of Kiwis for IKEA triumphs in the end!

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