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  • Day14

    Christchurch - Geraldine

    March 8, 2017 in New Zealand

    Heute morgen sind wir nun endlich mal etwas früher aufgestanden, denn um 10 Uhr muss man ja auschecken und es gibt viel zu tun...Gestern abend wurde unsere Wäsche im Laundry Room eingeschlossen, die müssen wir also holen und expresstrocknen, frühstücken, Kinder anziehen, abwaschen, Zähne putzen, alles verstauen was nicht niet-und nagelfest ist damit es nicht in der ersten Kurve durch den ganzen Camper fliegt, Wasser auffüllen, Abwasser entsorgen.
    Als alles erledigt ist, besorgen wir bei Vodafone eine hiesige SIM-Karte und suchen in 4 verschiedenen Geschäften nach einer neuen Mütze für Lea - leider erfolglos. Aber die Freude ist groß, als wir anschließend auf den größten Spielplatz der südlichen Hemisphäre fahren: den Margaret-Mahy-Playground in Christchurch. Vielleicht sagt das etwas über die restlichen Playgrounds der südlichen Hemisphäre, denn wir finden ihn jetzt eigentlich nicht übermäßig groß...aber wunderwunderschön ist er, und in 1A-Zustand! Rutschen, Kletterparcours, Schaukeln, Wippen, Drahtseilbahn, Trampoline, Wasserspielplatz - die nächsten 2 Stunden vergehen wie im Flug! Sogar unser kleines Stubenhockerküken ist durch nichts dazu zu bewegen, wieder in den Camper zu steigen und würde wahrscheinlich am
    Liebsten für immer hier bleiben. Nele hingegen schaut sich das Treiben noch eher skeptisch aus der Ferne an und schläft dann unbeeindruckt auf der Picknickdecke ein :-) Felix beginnt den Urlaub in gewohnter Tradition und verbrennt sich erstmal tierisch den Nacken. Ja, die Sonne ist tatsächlich superintensiv!
    Aber irgendwann müssen wir ja mal los aus Christchurch und so brechen wir gegen 14:30 Uhr auf Richtung Süden. Wir entscheiden uns für die Inland Scenic Route 72, auch wenn es hier länger dauert, aber die Straße führt an den beeindruckenden Bergen entlang und ist so gut wie unbefahren. Erstes Hobbitfeeling kommt auf!
    Gegen 17:30 Uhr erreichen wir bei allerschönstem Sonnenschein unser geplantes Tagesziel in Geraldine, den Farmyard Holiday Park. Endlich können wir mal die Campingstühle rausholen, uns vor den Camper in die Sonne setzen, die Seele baumeln lassen und dem Campingplatztreiben zuschauen. Und was für einen schönen Campingplatz haben wir erwischt! Klein und familiär, dafür mit Ponys, Eseln, Alpakas, Hasen, Hühnern, Ziegen, Katzen und einem großen Abenteuerspielplatz - für Unterhaltung ist gesorgt! Felix muss im Streichelzoo erfahren, dass Hühner ihre Küken recht aggressiv verteidigen...aber wer kann schon von sich behaupten, mal von einem Huhn gebissen worden zu sein? :-)
    Beim Abendessen leistet uns ein hungriger Pfau Gesellschaft. Nachdem die Mädels schlafen setzen wir uns noch ein bisschen ans Lagerfeuer, grillen Marshmallows mit ein paar Locals und bestaunen den Sternenhimmel...ein perfekter Tag!
    P. S. Sorry für die gedrehten Bilder, die App spinnt grade bisschen :-(
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  • Day168

    Hello to our new home

    August 3, 2017 in New Zealand

    Don't you just love an early morning flight when you're in a hostel that puts a communal area outside the rooms and the noise continues until the early hours?! That was this morning. We woke up at 2:30am after around 3 hours broken sleep to get ready and packed up for the flight to Auckland. Luckily our hostel did have a 24 hour kitchen so we were able to make our eggs for breakfast before heading out. After wondering around following a pretty poor leaflet map we finally found the stop we need to be on to catch the skybus to the airport. We gave ourselves enough time to work out where it is and if it wasn't a speedy process we had a back up bus time to get. We arrived at the airport just before check in would begin so we did feel we didn't need to be there that early but it's better to be there then to be rushing around. We got a coffee to help get us through the task of rearranging our things across our bags to meet the weight limits. Check in was easy and we had an hour until boarding so just chilled out on comfy chairs wishing we were in bed. Our flight left at 6am which meant as we headed over the South Island the sun was rising. The view over the snow covered mountains with the sunrise glow was incredible. It was hard to determine which areas were clouds or mountain tops. I was sat next to a man we got talking to who actually ended up taking Nick's email address with the potential of work if he wanted more work after our farm roles. We finally touched down on the South Island and caught the bus from the airport to the centre of Christchurch. We were dropped at the coach station and had a few hours to kill before our bus. We spent time walking around the city centre and soon realised there is nothing around here, it may be from the earthquake last year but the centre has basically no shops. We asked a passer-by who advised we head a few blocks south to a shopping centre that has a supermarket. We spent time buying essential bits for our stay including toiletries and some food. We plan to do a food shop once we have arrived but got some bits in case we aren't able to go to the shop straight away. We had the most amazing curry for lunch at the centres' food court. We shared a portion but do wish we had our own when we tasted it. After a while we headed back to the bus station and had a coffee while we waited the last hour until our bus arrived. By this point we were really feeling the lack of sleep. The bus arriving was a relief and we both had a little nap on the journey. Finally we arrived and within 5 minutes Bruce picked us up from the bus stop. We had a tour of the farm before meeting Candy and the children. They helped us move into our new house and meet our housemate. It was quite overwhelming really with so much going on but we got settled in. Originally the contracts hadn't arrived so we had tomorrow off waiting for them so we decided to head to the supermarket to do a big shop. This meant I drove my first automatic jeep for the first time and it was daunting but super easy compared to a manual so I'm quite pleased it's automatic with 5 months not driving. We were so happy about not starting tomorrow but then Bruce text us saying the contracts had come through so we could start tomorrow. We were rather gutted but after showering we headed over once the children were in bed to discuss it. We sat down and talked it through while Bruce filled in all the bits. With a 75 page contract and lack of sleep we said we couldn't sign it tonight and needed tomorrow to read it. He was disappointed but he legally has to give us up to 3 days to read it. I think the main disappointment was that Cassidy the oldest daughter is at preschool tomorrow and then isn't again until Tuesday so I think they wanted to show me her routine with heading there tomorrow. We are glad we told them we needed that day though because as much as you want to trust the contract and people you never know what you're agreeing to and especially in a country where you don't know what the employment law is. We didn't get back until gone 11 and just headed straight to bed. We've set no alarms so we have a good sleep before our day of contract reading tomorrow, yay!Read more

  • Day171

    Time to blog weekly

    August 6, 2017 in New Zealand

    Blogging daily when working all the time just isn't going to be possible so I've taken the decision to blog every Sunday about our week. This week it's just about the 3 days since we arrived here on the farm. On Friday we have a brilliant lie in and woke up feeling refreshed and ready to read our contracts. We set up on the sofa and began reading the 75 pages. It was intense and hard work getting through it all. Eventually I had a call from Bruce asking if I could come with him to collect Cassidy from nursery so I could be introduced to the staff and talked through the process. It was a bit daunting to realise I am actually going to be responsible for 2 children most of the week but the nursery staff are very supportive and welcoming. Cassidy was also super happy to see her dad and myself collect her which was exciting. I feel she's warming to me which is comforting. Later that evening we headed over to sign the contracts and had a chat through the all the health and safety which was mainly aimed at Nick. We took reading home and Nick got equipped with his warm protective gear to wear. The next day we woke up at 5:30am to be ready to start work at 7. I usually will start at 6:45am but for the first day we agreed to come at 7. The house has a dog which I'm a little annoyed about because we weren't told that and I'm bad with dogs but it seems to be okay with me. The first day was exhausting for both of us. It's so tiring playing all day and trying to get housework done at the same time that I think it'll take a few days if not weeks to get use to a routine that let's me manage both well. Nick found his role very physically demanding but both of us felt the day flew by so at least our shifts don't drag by. It'll take a while to get use to suddenly working so hard and long days. We've earnt such a good amount of money from just 3 days and Nick was cheeky enough at our contract meeting to secure another dollar an hour pay by flipping a coin with Bruce over the price. Cassidy is off preschool for both Saturday and Sunday so these past couple of days have been a good chance to bond with her. The second day went so much better and I began to settle into the position more. Nappies and nap time are a battle with her but I think they are with most 2 and a half year olds. The views from he farm of the mountains are incredible. Everyday at sunrise and sunset it blows you away how different and beautiful the view is. We do feel very tired already and most nights go to bed between 8:30pm and 9pm so we have enough rest and sleep to be up early the next day. We are also ensuring we eat a good breakfast everyday to help power us through until the end of the shift. Overall we both feel very overwhelmed by the sudden change of lifestyle but we are positive that it'll get better and that this will be a great time for us to earn back some money and to be part of a family and community.Read more

  • Day178

    Our first week is complete

    August 13, 2017 in New Zealand

    We made it through our first week and to our first days off! Nick worked 6 days and I worked 8 so that our roster works out. To be honest the days really do fly by. I had two days this week with Cassidy at home and then 4 days with her a daycare. Daycare days allow you to get so much more done quicker because she likes to help with every task I have to do which is lovely and so sweet but it does take so much longer. I've spent time taking the girls out to the playground and running errands as well as my first time baking a cake for the family and cupcakes for the staff. Tikka the dog has also accepted me because I'm the one who let's her inside to the fire in the mornings. We don't get much time together becuase in the evenings we're so tired and our housemate is around but in a way it's nice after so long with just the two of us. On Nick's first day off I had to head to Geraldine to get nappies and Candy suggested I take Nick so that we get some time together so that was so lovely of her. Things are really going well with the children and on the second day of collecting Cassidy from nursery she said "there's my Charlotte" which melted my heart. It took me 4 days to become a "my" it took Nick a 20 minute car journey for her to say when I picked her up "where's my Nick?", how is that fair! Eliza is such an easy baby and since I've been there she is now sitting up without propping herself up with her hands and she's started crawling. She's spending more time on the floor so I think that's helping her. The drive back from nursery everyday gives me the most spectacular views of the mountains and each time it looks so different. We've had a couple of trips to the supermarket and even managed to borrow Candy's car to go out for a meal last night which was so awesome to do something just the two of us. The days off are quite boring because you're contained to the house and it's started really raining on my first day off so it's even more restrictive. I've started working on their vegetable patch weeding away while Eliza was on a playmat and Candy and Cassidy are playing in the sand pit and looking around at the situation I'm in I just feel so content and happy to be welcomed into this family. I had the best feedback that Bruce had said to Candy he wished they could keep me forever because of all I do. I feel like I'm becoming part of something which is what I wanted from this and care so much from their children. Nick's found the week hard work and tiring but he's settling into the role and feels he's thriving. The calves are quite mischievous and teaching them to feed isn't always the easiest but he's enjoying the task. He less prefers the afternoons spent milking especially when he came home tonight with what we hope is just mud on his face, even in his ears, but we're pretty sure it's more than mud! Overall it's going well for both of us and I'm looking forward to getting even more involved with the family and seeing more changes and developments within the children.Read more

  • Day185

    Getting children to nap is so satisfying

    August 20, 2017 in New Zealand

    Even blogging once a week is proving a challenge. The days and weeks are flying by and I can't believe another week has ended. Our 6 on 2 days off rota also provides constant confusion when trying to work out what day of the week it is and when I need to blog. This week has been a good week for us and we are settling more and more into the roles. Although I'm working 11-12 hours a day it completely flies by and doesn't feel that long at all. I've spent a lot of time outside this week working on weeding the vegetable patch ready for Candy to lay carpet over the soil and plant new veggies throughout. It's been back breaking work and hard on my knees but 4 wheelbarrow loads of weeds later and it's finished. I think Tikka the dog approves and Lucy the cat is certainly enjoying leaving nice dead presents for us on the freshly weeded soil! This week I baked cookies for the workers, baking is always to very appreciated on the farm. Cassidy wanted to help so later in the week we also made gingerbread biscuits together for everyone which only took us about 5 hours due to her wanting to eat and "help" with everything. It's amazing the amount she wants to help you but sometimes you know a job could be done so much quicker if you could do it alone. She has been a bit violent at preschool this week and it's really dawned on me how I am now another parent to her which means learning how her parents want her to be brought up. I had two days with her not at preschool this week and one of those days Nick was off work so he came with me on a trip to Timaru to take the girls swimming. Thank goodness he was there as I'm not sure how I would of done it without him. There's a strap on the baby changing table for holding Eliza down but even still I would of been panicking she could wiggle out if I was getting Cassidy or myself ready. Him being there allowed me to change one while the other one was held or kept entertained. Eliza didn't like the pool much today because I think it was rather cold but towards the end she started to enjoy being jumped up and down in the water. We enjoyed a packed lunch together before heading home. It was hard work but so rewarding for the girls and nice to spend time with Nick as well. This week has also been great for Cassidy napping. Everyday she has fallen asleep on the way home from preschool or gone down for a nap with no issue. She is a joy after she's napped so it's always an achievement when she naps easily. There's been a large number of calves this week so Nick has been working hard and then helping with milking after if they have finished in time. He's lost so much weight from the hard work and now most of his home clothes from the UK are massive on him. I'm slightly jealous but will have to plan more active activities with the girls to try and catch up! Hopefully moving forward we continue to become even more part of the family and farm.Read more

  • Day192

    Sunrises make getting up early better

    August 27, 2017 in New Zealand

    So many pictures of sunrises on my phone this week! Everyday when I step out the door at 6:40am the beautiful sky has just blown me away this week. It's such a beautiful bonus to waking up early when you get to experience such a view as you walk to work. Nick had a nice surprise at the start of the week because on my day off I borrowed the Challenger, the farm car, to visit Timaru and he came home from work to a bag of presents and a homemade lasange. I'd made lasange for Candy and Bruce and I could tell how jealous he was so I decided he deserved a treat. It was amazing, I've so missed home cooked dishes such as this so it was great being able to have a taster of home. Eliza is developing so quickly and this week she has started pulling herself up on furniture. In a matter of 3 weeks she has learnt to sit up, crawl and now pulling herself to standing. I don't think it'll be long until I'm calling Candy insisting she comes home to see her walking. I've spent time with Cassidy doing activities such as collecting leaves, pine cones and stones to paint with and on. We have also visited the playground which had a swing that could support Eliza and she loved it. I was able to send such a cute video to Candy of her enjoying the swing which helped brighten up her day. I'm learning to balance activities and playing with housework and making dinner. It's always hard to know if everything you are doing is okay and enough but I did get the best praise off Cassidy this week. She was sat with her dad at the table and said "Daddy, Charlotte's good" out of the blue. It was such amazing cute feedback and really boosted me to thinking I'm doing a good job. Nick used his days off to go and relax at the swimming pool which involved driving on his own for the first time since we got here. He found it daunting but he managed to do it which means he isn't so restricted on days off. We treated ourselves to a Chinese takeaway that night. The idea of it was definitely better than the food but it was nice having a treat. The chips were amazing so I'm sure we'd be going there again just for the chips , if nothing else. We got paid this week and cannot believe how much we have both earnt, I got the most out of all the workers! It's really the cherry on top of the cake that this job should set us up financially for our time travelling in New Zealand which is amazing. Although it's tiring we both are loving our jobs and time here and I'm so pleased we managed to get these positions. It couldn't be working out better really.Read more

  • Day199

    Getting creative for Father's day

    September 3, 2017 in New Zealand

    This week started off nicely with a nice early finish. It was a bit of a novelty to leave for work during an amazing sunrise and walk back during sunset for the first time. The sky was a beautiful pink and blue mixture with highlights of orange. I went off taking photos and Nick did wonder what took me so long to come home when he had seen me ten minutes before walking towards the house. I couldn't miss this opportunity to take some snaps. Tikka the dog has so much hair on her head now that she is struggling to see. Bruce put her hair in an adorable top knot to give her a day of free sight. They plan to get her groomed but it's finding the time when the farm is so busy. I had two days off this week and used one of the days to visit Ashburton up north. Most of the day was spent trying to sort out my phone and it was a rather frustrating visit. The town is also very far away so it did feel a little disappointing that I didn't enjoy the trip when I'd gone all that way. I did get my phone sorted so that is a bonus at least. I came back from my days off and spent most of the next day working my way through a mammoth amount of washing. I was rather pleased and proud of my clean washing tower that Candy came home to. Candy came back early one day this week and went on a walk with the girls around the garden and to see the chickens. Cassidy came back into the house saying my name with flowers in her hand from the garden. It was a very sweet gesture and they have taken pride of place on our table in an empty pasta sauce jar because clearly Jono has never been bought flowers so we don't own a vase, surprisingly. On this Sunday it is Father's day in New Zealand so Candy asked me to help the girls to make something for Bruce. I spent a lot of time thinking about it and knew I wanted to use the girls hand and feet prints in some way and it had to of course be farm themed. I found the idea of tractors using feet and cows using hands. Actually doing the prints for them was very challenging; I spent a long time making brown paint from Cassidy's 4 paint colours for the cows and finally we were ready to go. We did Cassidy's first and after a practice go came the real thing and luckily it went well apart from a blank space in the centre of her foot. After an instant wipe down I set her up to paint Bruce a picture to give him while I did Eliza. Eliza hated it so it was a matter of going as quick as possible but we managed it although her foot print was higher then I planned. After they'd dried I added in all the extra paint and pen detail and they were complete, one cow themed card and one tractor picture. To say Bruce loved them would be such an understatement. They've been put up in his office already and I do feel the Nanny they get in next year has a lot to live up to! It was lovely getting creative again but just a shame it's quite stressful with children!Read more

  • Day206

    Nick's getting some parenting practice

    September 10, 2017 in New Zealand

    My week started with a trip to a soft play centre with the girls on Monday. It was Nick's day off so I offered to give him a ride to Timaru with us if he wanted but he decided not too. We'd been there about half an hour when I got a message from a bored Nick wishing he'd joined us so he decided he'd head down and join in the fun. The place was amazing with so many cool areas. The best was a huge inflatable slide that we all went on together and it really made your belly go funny. There was also an area that has hundreds of foam balls with a big air machine in the middle. You can use a small bucket to collect the balls and either put them in the air machine so they shoot out the top or climb up to air guns and shoot them towards targets on the other side. Eliza loved this area and watching the balls hover and shoot through the air. Nick enjoyed it just as much as the kids did I think but he did realise how tiring it can be. We spent a good 6 hours in the place and at one point had it all to ourselves. Eliza also slept in the pram for an hour so we had an hour of just running around crazy with Cassidy. On Nick's second day off I came home to chocolates and iris flowers and he took me out to a great pizza resturant where we had a lovely meal together. It was a wonderful surprise, fantastic food and topped off by having a table right in front of the wood burning fire in the resturant. He spent a long time planning it and even driving there to work out parking and checking the place out. We don't get much time alone so it was a lovely gesture. The sunrises this week have been extra amazing to walk to work in. Every time you step out the door you don't know what sky is going to greet you and every day is so very different. I made butterfly cakes this week and a hidden extras of jam and apparently they were amazing so that recipe will definitely be used again! Candy has been coming home earlier so she can spend more time with Cassidy which I think has helped her. I was worried my hours would get cut but I'm still working to usual time which I'm pleased about. On Saturday Candy decided to take me and the girls out to a daffodil farm not too far from here. It was beautiful but not many daffodils were open so we plan to go back in a few weeks and hopefully more will be in flower. I had no idea how many amazing, weird and wonderful shapes and colours of daffodil you can get. Candy is a keen gardener so she ordered some bulbs and I bought one for her garden as well. They will be available in April when they dig the bulbs up before winter. I managed to take some lovely photos of her with the girls which I think she's very pleased with because like many mum's she doesn't get many photos of her with the children. It's been a good week all round really for both of us.Read more

  • Day213

    We have kittens!

    September 17, 2017 in New Zealand

    On Wednesday of this week, Lucy the cat gave birth to 5 kittens in the dog Tikka's bed. It shows how safe she feels around Tikka to have them while in her bed. I received a text from Bruce that morning saying I'm going to love it when I get here. I instantly thought Cassidy had destroyed something and I had something horrible to clean up but to my happy surprise it was kittens instead. Two looked very weak and were lying away from their mum so we got a large box and lined it with towels and hot water bottles and brought them inside. Luckily they have a large cupboard in their house so we are keeping the kittens and Lucy in there so that they have some time and privacy from Cassidy for the start of their lives. This week has been pretty cool for me. Bruce came home briefly before saying he has to help Jono birth a cow. Usually this can be done alone but if there are problems it sometimes needs two of them. Eliza was asleep and he was happy for me to leave her and invited me to come and watch. Cassidy and I rode in his truck to the cow who was sat down at this point. Bruce had a feel but soon realised they needed her to stand up to be able to get the calf out. They used a tractor to lift her and after lots of feeling around and times when both had their arms inside her together up to their shoulders they soon realised there were two calves in there and one is trying to come out bottom first which is causing the problem. It was amazing to watch. Cassidy found it a little overwhelming at times and stood behind me at points or went to sit in the truck. Eventually after half an hour or so the first calf was pulled out shortly followed by the second. Both were dead unfortunately and Bruce did say it's one of the worse births he's had this season so has promised to invite me to see a more straight forward one where the calf is likely to live. Being out on the farm seeing what goes on was so nice for me when I barely see any side of it. Nick's pretty jealous too! On one of Nick's days off he surprised me by making me a quiche, my favourite and most craved meal! It was amazing and he even made his own pastry because he accidently bought sweet pastry. In return I made teriyaki salmon for us on my day off although it wasn't my idea because Nick had bought the ingredients when shopping so I can't take my credit. I also visited a school fate with Candy and the girls on Saturday afternoon which was pretty cool and nice to go out and do things together. We also had a nice coffee date on our day off so we got to sit down and talk without me technically working. It's been a pretty cool week for doing things and playing with kittens. I doubt how long we can keep the kittens from Cassidy because Lucy did move the kittens into the garage roof while Candy took Cassidy to preschool and Candy and I spent ages trying to find them. We've moved them back but we feel Lucy isn't happy there so we might have to give in and let her take them where she wants to.Read more

  • Day220

    I calved a cow!

    September 24, 2017 in New Zealand

    Lots of animal photos for this week's blog, well we are on a farm after all. After seeing a traumatic birth of twins last week I received a call from Bruce one day this week after if I'd like to see a normal birth. With Cassidy at preschool and Eliza in the car with a snack I headed over to the milk shed to the "maternity ward" where a cow was inside a pen who had just had a calf pulled out of her. The calf was alive this time which was a lot nicer to see then before when they had both died. He was also about to let her out to see her calf but then decided to check for a twin and good job he did because even though the first calf was massive he was a twin. I watched as Bruce helped guide the second one to position and working with the cow's pushes pulled the second calf out. With that the cow was cleaned up and let out to the small yard to clean her new babies while Bruce herded the next cow down into the same pen. She was rather reluctant to go and it involved a lot of shoving to get her to move, they completely don't realise you are helping and probably saving their lives by intervening. Bruce began the process and then I asked if I could have a go so I put on the plastic gloves up to my arm pits and with some lubricant put my hand inside the cow above the calf's head. It was amazing and the same time so weird to feel. Using ropes around the calf's legs I pulled every time the cow pushed and together a healthy baby boy calf was born. He was covered in a lot of yucky stuff which apparently shows that he's been ready to come out for a while and the mum started to push but then more than likely she saw another cow's calf and thought it was hers so stopped trying to birth thinking she'd already done so. Sometimes the cows seem so clever but other times they completely prove you wrong. I'm so excited to say I calved a cow and went to visit the baby later that day in the pens and saw him walking around mooing away (he's the brown one in the middle of the photo). There's also another calf that really looks like a dalmatian because he has so many white and black spots. The kittens are getting bigger by every day and I captured the perfect photo of Tikka looking rather jealous sat at the top of the sofa above the gap where they are. She definitely needs to be a mum because she's so trying to care for these babies herself. I didn't take enough photos this week so I've included two Nick sent me a while ago from out in the paddocks. He injured his chest which was causing him a lot of pain but he managed to see a doctor and has pain killers for it and it seems to be easing up. Overall though I think he's still enjoying it just as much as I am.Read more

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