We are off to New Zealand tomorrow morning for a flying visit. Not the best timing with this being the week our house will be first advertised in the local newspapers and also an editorial in The Age in Melbourne this Saturday, but the airfares were booked months ago.
Mick was born in New Zealand and his mum and sisters live there still. We are having dinner with Mick's twin sister the first night, then South to Taupo for a couple of nights to spend some time with his mum and the final night back up towards Auckland to spend a night visiting Mick's childhood friend, Clive, and his family. We haven't seen them for a couple of years so it will be great to catch up with them.
Clive will be good as encouragement for our narrowboat plan. He and his wife, Marie, have had an adventure of their own a few years ago. They took the kids out of school and home-schooled them while they spent almost 18 months travelling around the USA in a motorhome. The original plan had been to spend 9 months in the USA and then 9 months in the UK/Europe. With the USA running way overtime they decided to defer Europe to a future trip. We have talked of them hiring a narrowboat and joining us for a while when we buy our boat. We'll have to wait and see what they're up to when the time comes. They always seem to have something exciting in the planning!