Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Relay For Life

 At the weekend, my company did "Relay for Life" for the Cancer Society of New Zealand. It was a fantastic event which ran from Saturday to Sunday, with teams staying out on the track all night to do as many laps as possible and raise as much money as they could. 

Our baton was an oscar. This is me on the track starting our 2 hours of laps, before another member of the team would take over. 

A view of the site. 

Rachelle's daughter and her friends were on a team with their school. 

Our tent, which would be our base over the course of the 2 days. 

The Marching Band on the opening lap. 

The Lovely Lisa, holding the oscar up high. She organised the even for us and is a cancer survivor herself. 

The gorgeous wranglers with our TB. 

Dave and his son. Dave stayed out for the full duration and kept the team going at the most difficult times! 

 The team later at night. 

Tony Pimping our tent! 

The candle memorial bags. Each individually decorated, they twinkled away all night. 

 There was Karaoke through the night, not awful karaoke, lots of really beautiful songs. At this point, over 200 people were singing to Christina Perri - A Thousand Years. It was just beautiful. 

Shobs, keeping spirits up as she does so well! 

And both of us joining in the Karaoke fun. 

The next morning, our General Manager Cam, and our workmate Hamish,  and the boys running the final laps.

Team Photo! 

The closing ceremony Haka. The first one I've ever seen live. 

I am so glad I go to be a part of this event and all together we raised $4,002.00 and it's still going up. I work with the most amazing people and I really felt it that night! 


Saturday, 9 March 2013

Sailing in Welly

On Friday, we went sailing. We had bought a trip off of Grab One. It was for an hour and a half sailing and a free drink in the yacht club. When we arrived, we were greeted by this little fellow. He was just under the little wharf and was about a foot wide. 

We were taken into the classroom and given some basic lessons from Sam our instructor, about things for our safety, like not hitting our heads on the boom, and like the fact it would be virtually impossible to capsize!

I wore my timberland boat shoes of course.

We were forced to wear these rather unattractive outfits which were supposed to keep us dry and floating if we fell in! 

The vessel on the left was the one to take us on our adventure. 

It was the most perfect weather. A smooth flat sea, sunshine and with enough wind to make us soar through the water at scary angles. 

Rachelle steered at first, and I was in charge of the main sail. A flappy sail is not a happy sail! 

This is Massey Memorial you can see up on the hill, to the left of The Hobbit set. 

Amanda was a pro by the time we were nearing the end! 

We sailed back in and went for a glass of wine on the waterfront. It was the perfect way to end a friday at work. 


Monday, 4 March 2013

NZ - Middle Earth

So I'm back in middle earth as you know. The weather has been amazing from the moment I landed, and I'm finally feeling a bit better from my tragic illness which has plagued me since I left London. 

The lavender at our house is just beautiful. 

On Saturday I was invited to a party round the corner. Swimming pool, barbecue, food and lots of lovely people made for a really great day and night, and I woke up on Sunday morning having had my first full night's sleep and feeling a zillion times better. I pottered about my room nesting, wrote some shopping lists and went off to the supermarket and my favourite, The Warehouse! The Warehouse sells everything and has loads of bargains. Today was tupperware specials! I love tupperware as everyone knows! (SAD!) So I also got nice healthy food for work this week to put in my tupperware, so I DON'T GET FAT EATING RUBBISH! Some new pillows for my bed, a couple of picture frames for my photos, scented candles. My room is looking lovely now! 

Note my London bus fairy lights which were a 30th present from my friend kathryn and the teddy from my mum! Lots of my gifts came with me, My room is so cosy. 

Sunday night was a chilled one, with barbecue, wine and a movie. It was my first day back at work today. It felt like I'd never left! A bizarre feeling when you've been off work for so long! Here's a few more pictures from the weekend. 

The sun setting over Miramar. 

 Rachelle's gorgeous daughter Monique and her friend Christie heading off to Homegrown music festival in town on Saturday. 
And Libby at the pool party. My second favourite dog in the world and I'm glad to be back with her. Sorry Lib! Max is number 1, but you're a close second!