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Some solo Wellington months

Some solo Wellington months

Today’s the day! Finally, after 5 months of long-distance relationshiping, Kate is enroute from Brisbane as I type. Yay! It’s been pretty tough at times, the long-distance thing – but it was more the time difference than the distance I think. No matter what you do, you’re in a different mindset in the morning as opposed to the evening – and we could never match up. Anyway, we survived!

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Kate was superb, writing me a lot! I’m gonna miss the letters!

So I thought before the blog picks up interest again with Kate here, I’d quickly share some pictures and events from Christmas and the last few months.

I had a lovely Christmas with the family – after skipping Christmas last year it was wonderful to spend it with my loved ones.

Christmas BBQ!

Christmas BBQ!

Some cricket at the Korokoro School

Some cricket at the Korokoro School

On new years day Dad took us out on the boat, out to Ward Island where Dave got some mussels for lunch. A great day out!

Cruising the harbour

Cruising the harbour

Baby seagulls! Dave and Thomas got divebombed by the parents while swimming out!

Baby seagulls! Dave and Thomas got divebombed by the parents while swimming out!

I walked out to Red Rocks with a friend of mine too. The Red Rocks are a remnant of volcanic something something. There’s also a bachelor seal colony there too over winter – all the partnerless seals hang out together – but not over summer.

Limpets on the red rocks

Limpets on the red rocks

I’ve been wandering the city during lunchtimes at work – often there’s something interesting to look at!

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Ship in Wellington harbour

I’ve been working so not up to too much, but moving back home I have had to set the place up again. It’s was an enjoyable pass-time for a while, fixing curtain rails, fixing door handles, clearing the garden – real homey shit and it gave me a sense of purpose.

My only carpentry back in place

My only carpentry back in place

I’ve been really enjoying having the Skyline Walkway up to Mt Kaukau right behind my place. I took it for granted I guess, but a 20 minute walk from my doorstep gets me to the top of these hills – from there I see just rolling farmland and on nice days – the South Island. It’s wonderful being able to get ‘out of it’ so close to home – think I’m getting greener and greener and less in to cities as I age!

Post from the 'Crows Nest' walkway on the ridge above home

Post from the ‘Crows Nest’ walkway on the ridge above home

That said, I enjoyed seeing a few musicians at the Botanic Gardens during their ‘Summer Magic’ gardens festival. Every night for three weeks there was a band playing in the Soundshell for free. Just rock up, grab a piece of grass, bring a picnic and enjoy.

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My colleague from work is up there!

Not quite so early to session 2

Not quite so early to session 2

Over Wellington Anniversary weekend some friends and I went to Martinborough for the weekend (in the Wairarapa, an hours drive from Wellington). A lovely time was had, BBQ’s, wineries, cherrios at a new brewery, backyard cricket and a swim in the river.

Cherrios and beer tasting at the new Martinborough Brewery

Cherrios and beer tasting at the new Martinborough Brewery

Bit of this too

Bit of this too

Friends and I explored the Town Belt too – an interesting park above Thorndon. A weird cave, old quarry, gun emplacement site, radio tower, lookout post. Lots of stuff to explore – again, things I hadn’t done around Wellington before! And it was nice to explore this park I can see from home – now I know where and what is there.

See my place?

See my place?

Wellington from Te Ahumairangi Hill Lookout

Wellington from Te Ahumairangi Hill Lookout

That’s about it really! Oh we had a fire at work so got to see five Fire Engines. The bar drops when you’re not on holiday doesn’t it!

Fire in the disco!

Fire in the disco!

I’ve saved a lot of the touristy things to do with Kate, so stay tuned – things may pick up!

Larry's a 30-something chap interested in travel, being a dork and changing the world via less boring training.

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