It’s important to get your priorities in order when you’re moving to the other side of the world. For me, that’s my cats, Bella and Esme.

Transporting animals is costly and complicated but they’re family and there’s no way we can leave them behind.

Adam’s priority has always been his bikes. He persuaded me to go biking with him not long after we first got together and I must admit, it was pretty good fun. I’ll never be as obsessed with bikes as Adam but we’ve had some pretty good biking holidays so far.


Adam always has some sort of bike project on the go and his most recent has been convincing me that I now need a new bike.

His argument is that since we’re moving to Christchurch, I will “need” a bike to access all the amazing trails they have there. I agreed that it would be good to have one but insisted that this was not a priority and would have to wait until we arrived in New Zealand. Adam was delighted to have a potential new project to plan and after looking at endless photographs I chose the Bardino frame from Nordest as my future bike.


I now receive daily photographs of potential parts that can be added and Adam is in the heavenly world of bike building planning.

I shouldn’t have been surprised when a package arrived yesterday…


My insistence on waiting until we arrived in New Zealand had somehow been interpreted as, “Please buy this for me immediately Adam.”

His point of view is that he’s ‘saved’ loads on import duty as shipping was free within Europe. I tried to be cross and to point out the many expensive removal costs we have yet to come but at the end of the day, who doesn’t want their lovely man building them a brand new bike?


As I say, it’s important to have your priorities straight when planning a big move.


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