The Arrival of Freight!

Last week, after six months of waiting, our freight container finally arrived. It was like getting an early Christmas present and we were very pleased to see all our things again!

The cats were certainly very happy to rediscover the sofa and after many months without one, so were we.

At the weekend we headed into the city to see the ‘Carpark Cannonball’ event which involved pairs of crazy cyclists racing to the top of a fourteen story carpark. 

There seemed to be rather a lot of crashes and it was really good fun to watch the action. Plus the junk food at the top was very tasty!

We signed up to ‘My Food Bag’ this week which is one of the companies where you get a load of ingredients and recipe cards at the start of each week. We’re hoping it will make our diet a little healthier and seasonal and haven’t been disappointed so far.

It’s almost the weekend again and if the weather remains fine then we’re planning on a day tramp up Avalanche Peak in Arthur’s Pass. Hopefully it’ll be sunny and clear so we can enjoy the views and share some photos!

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely end to your week.


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.