Saint Bean

10 08 2011
Saint Bean by BaboMike
Saint Bean a photo by BaboMike on Flickr.

No, no updates, just a photo to amuse you all.

Who do you think this looks like?

Its actually a saint from a cathedral in Antigua, Guatemala.

Another Week Gone, Another 2 to Go.

29 07 2011

Ah, another week. Its all getting closer. 12th August is our settlement date. So ready to move in. The place we live in currently while really nice is small, and now we have our own place sorted out we are both itching to move. We just want to get into the new place, learn its quirks and eccentricities and start the next chapter of life.

So, what have we been up to this past week. Well, ignoring the 3 day Migraine that has finally left me alone, not a huge amount. I do have a photo for you. Bonus double ristretto for those who can identify its location (without cheating). You must visit to claim!

Derwent Whale

What else has been going on. Last weekend we got sick of house stuff and decided to become tourists again. This time we went South. About as far South as it gets, we hit the end.

The End of the Road

Where exactly? look at the pretty map!

Hastings Cave Map.png

Why? We went to the caves and the the thermal springs. The caves themselves (Hastings Caves) were discovered by some loggers who were actually poaching timber at the time. Not the biggest cave we have visited but pretty fun all the same.

The Crazies



Susie Stalactite

We did see some other cool stuff on the trip down. This pier was a private pier, locked to us, but not to the birds.

Bird Pier

Bird Pier

Bird Pier

Also Mount Adamson which is almost like a mini Mt Fuji

Mt Adamson

And lastly some shadows.

Forrest Shadows

So, this weekend. More furniture shopping, some cleaning and organising, some seeing friends. Maybe even a movie. Really though we just want to move in and enjoy our house.

Le Puy-en-Velay

21 07 2011

This was really our starting point in France. The ancient town of Le Puy-en-Velay. Took me a good few weeks after having been there to be able to remember its name. Why did we end up in Le Puy? No idea other than it was a few hours drive from Lyon where we picked up Felicity (Peugeot 207).

We started the day in Lyon having arrived the night before. Lyon itself, no idea. We spent the night in an airport hotel in order to pick up Felicity first thing the next morning. We were very pleasantly surprised by Felicity. Brand spanking new, we got her through the Peugeot Open Europe lease program. So cheap for a new car. Fantabulous.

So, Lyon to Le Puy as seen below. Of course, we had some quirks driving in France for the first time. Excitement was had all around.


What is Le Puy-en-Velay famous for? Its old cathedral and the chapel on top of a rock. As well as the statue of the Virgin Mary overlooking the town.

Look, lets have some pictures. They are more fun than me waffling.

First, an overview of the town.

Le Puy-en-Velay

Our Lady and the Cathedral

The old Cathedral

Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Puy

Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Puy

The Chapel on the rock, the Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe.

Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe

Chapel on the Rock

And the Statue of the virgin Mary. Its hollow, and you can climb the whole interior, right into the head. Scary but fun.

Notre-Dame de France

All in all, a really interesting, historic and fun place to start a road trip through South West Europe.

Full Steam ahead, or hurry up and wait

21 07 2011

So. It’s virtually all done. Contracts signed, papers stamped, faxes sent, everything done. Well, almost everything. Now we just have to sit back and wait. Currently we are set to settle on August 12th, meaning that we pay the money and get the keys then. So exciting.

Of course, first a picture to show you.

Mt Wellington

This is the view we have in the mornings. Snow on that there mountain. Lots of snow. Enough snow I’m told to be able to go cross country skiing. Now there’s something I want to try out one of these days.

Back to house. We’ve got plenty to get on with over the next 3 weeks. Since putting things in storage back in July 2006, we’ve probably forgotten much of what we have. That said, we know some of the big stuff we do, and don’t have. Fridge, yes. Sofa’s, yes. Bed, no. TV, no. etc etc.

So the shopping begins. We also need to get delivery organised for suitable times. Luckily, for me at least, time off isn’t a problem. I’m told that up until a couple of years ago I could have got some bonus “moving house” days off, but that perk has been scrapped. Can’t say I mind, its a pretty good place to work as it is.

Shopping. Last weekend we went bed shopping. So much choice, so many different price points, technologies, colours, firmnesses etc etc etc. We tried a few, found one we liked, then tried a different one for a laugh. Wow, magic. We bought the nice fancy one. Expensive 😦 But half price 🙂

What else, not much. Work is getting busier, my head is getting fuller. The projects are simultaneously getting clearer and fuzzier at the same time. Normal really.

Its all Happening

9 07 2011

So much going on. Life is busy, crazy, stressful and fun.

First, a photo. Think of what France means to you and what kind of image could sum up France. I came up with this from the amazing town of Le Puy-en-Velay. What could possibly be more french than a citroen 2CV against the backdrop of an ancient cathedral.


So, a week and no blogging. Bad me. Why?

We bought a house!!! Well, everything is signed and just awaiting us to dot the final i’s and cross the final t’s. Sooooo exciting.

What house. Where? Why? Who? What other questions beginning with W can I dream up?

Lets post the link so you can see yourself.

Its an 1850’s cottage which has been updated and extended a bit, on an internal block. 3 bed, 2 bath, garage, deck, garden and all everything we could want.

Rob, our property hunter found us this place. We both looked and loved it. We then let him loose to do his magic, and magic he did. An amazing deal was negotiated. No idea how he managed it, but even by his standards this is a ripper. So, with any luck, we might be moving in within about 5 weeks, fingers crossed.

Work is getting crazier too. Fun but busier. Exciting.

Fun fun fun,

Project33, Things still happening

2 07 2011

First up, some pics. 2 pics to cover the last 2 days.

Morning Sun

The sun rising in the morning as seen through the trees in Salamanca.

Teapot and Shadow

Teapot and its shadow from the Chado tea house.

So, houses. Still things in the works. Our man Rob is working hard and seems to think that things might be happening. Still, not getting the hopes up. If its going to happen it will happen. There are plenty of houses out there.

We did find a most fantastic place today. Chado, the way of tea. A food menu of maybe 8 items, but a tea menu which is maybe 10 or 15 pages long. Huge amazing collection. Food was unbelievable too, amazing japanese inspired menu, stunningly fresh and well prepared. If you come visit, we’ll point you in the right direction.

Tonite? Off to visit friends. Tomorrow? NFI.

Project33, The week so far

30 06 2011

Crazy. Its all crazy. Work is crazy, house hunting is crazy, its all crazy. Even the photo for today is crazy. Crazy crazy crazy.


See, I told you. Crazy. What is it, who did it, why? No idea who did it, probably local students. Where? Woolworths Sandy Bay. What is it? I’ll leave that to your imagination.

As for the rest of the craziness…… well, its crazy.

House. Crazy stuff there too. After missing out on the first place, we engaged a housing broker to help us out. Rob. So far its been extremely positive. He shortlisted a mountain of properties down to 12 for us, we’ve seen a few before, a few new ones and maybe THE ONE. Just an old cottage, 1850’s or so. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, garage, bells and whistles. We’ve instructed him to proceed on preparing and offer on our behalf so we shall see what comes of it. Having the broker really makes things less stressful and helps remove some of the emotional games that real estate agents like to play. He knows the game, knows the rules and knows what he’s doing. I guess its now a wait and see. Obviously we don’t want to pay silly money or even over the valuation, but he’s aiming to save us quite a bit. Fingers crossed.

So. Life. Busy. Crazy. Entertaining. Carrots and Avocado’s.