My brain was a bit fried due to lack of sleep after we arrived in Lyttleton, and since then life has continued to be really busy. Bought a Toyota Lite Ace van - which took a few days longer to organise due to a vendor who went on holidays the day after the sale - then finally parted company with Del and Chiara Stella and headed north; but not before running into an old friend in Christchurch who I hadn't seen in 27 years!
I drove to Picton, stayed the night and caught the ferry to Wellington, then continued on to Wairoa in Hawke's Bay to work on a house I bought here last year. The past few weeks have been frantic, cutting grass and burning off junk and opening bank accounts and haggling with the council. Hardly any time to do any real repairs - or for that matter even see the sights - but I have at least managed to set up a solar panel and batteries for power, and get the internet working via a wi-fi extender to the town's free system.
Wairoa is a beautiful town, I'm not disappointed at all. I have a flight booked back to Australia on the 31st January.
"The cure for anything is salt water... sweat, tears, or the sea" -- Isak Dinesen
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