Last weekend, I went to Pukerua Bay which is about half an hour North along the coast. I’ve been offered a washing machine by Barbara from the TUM alumni network and I wanted to go and pick it up. Since it was a very nice day, we went for a walk with views of the coastline:
Then down to the sea where we had a look at the rock pools and what’s in there:
Their house is in a fantastic place, with views of the sea and Kapiti island. In the late afternoon, we even could see Mt Ruapehu (about 250km further North). It was good for me to see that there are indeed nice houses in NZ, even though I cannot afford to live in one of them.
Barbara bakes her own sourdough bread, really yummy, I haven’t had such nice bread for months. If our oven was better, I’d probably start to bake my own bread now.
The washing machine is quite a good one, with 1450 spins per minute, which is very helpful when you live in a cold and damp house. The machine is running right now, and I can actually feel the floor vibrating and the windows are rattling when it’s in full spin.
My work contract has been extended by the way. Carfree week was a success, with about 1/4 of staff having participated. There were a few shop vouchers to be won, and our CEO did the prize draw.
The summer will be quite busy for me. We are going to launch our internal car-pooling in Wellington early in November. To have a better chance for matching rides, I’ve invited a few other governmental organisations to join us.
From December to mid March, we plan to run a big promotion of cycling as a transport joice. In March, there’s ‘Walk to Work Day’ where we should do an organisation-wide promotion, too.
In February, I’d like to go on a tramping holiday with Pete. No idea whether I can get three weeks off in the middle of a big promotion. But February is the warmest, driest month which makes it the best one for tramping. March is still ok, but can already be quite chilly at night in the mountains. January are school holidays here, so not my preferred choice either.
21:19 now, I should probably go to bed because Pete has to get up really early tomorrow morning. He’s signed up for a bike race that starts at about 9 in the morning, that’s about one hour driving from here or even more. That’s really inconvenient about sharing a bedroom. I’d rather sit and listen to a few CDs now, but then Pete cannot sleep, and I will be dead tired tomorrow, too.
Klaus moved my stuff to my mother’s place a week ago, which was awfully nice of him. He also packed a couple of things for me I wanted to have here, and Barbara took them with her when she came back from Europe two weeks ago. That’s actually why I’ve got a bit of a better choice of CDs here now.
The washing machine has finished now. There was a strange noise while it was running that I do not quite like, will have to check out now what it could be.