By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
July has been a bit of a whirlwind for me. I feel like it was only a few days since I wrote my June summary. Looking back, this month has been rather chilled, and very little has actually been achieved.
I have finally finished updating and re-jigging my blog, or at least I hope I have! I moved to a self-hosted site, and part of the move meant my pictures and links did not migrate properly. So I have been through all my old posts, added pictures back in and fixed all broken links. At least, I think I have done it all! If you find anything broken pictures or links anywhere, please let me know!
We spent the first week of July up in Auckland with friends, and had a really lovely time. Sam spent most of that week with a stinking cold, which he managed to pass on to everyone the day before leaving (isn’t he thoughtful!).
Since then we have travelled to Napier
Napier sits on the east coast of New Zealand. We are here for another house sit – of which we are currently half way through. We are looking after one rather adorable cat. She is exceedingly soft, and likes lots of cuddles – especially from Sam – I’m pretty certain she has a bit of a thing for him. She also adores my M&M blanket (thank you again to Donna and Marty from our last housesit who bought me it as a present from their trip) and is often found snuggled up in it; especially when it is cold and rainy outside.
Napier is quite a small town, we have walked around it a few times now. The promenade is rather pretty, and the town has a definite identity that separates it from other places in New Zealand. In 1931, an earthquake hit the town, devastating the small costal town. The quake and subsequent fires leveled the town center. The rebuild was done in the style of the time – Art deco; resulting in Napier often being referred to as the ‘Art Deco capital of the world.’
Much of my time this month has been spent indoors
In my defence, it is winter here, so there is a lot of rain. I’ve caught up on a lot of movies that we missed whilst we were on the road, done some reading, spent a lot of time on the internet and have become obsessed with three TV shows – which I absolutely refuse to miss!
- Bob’s Burgers. I know. It is a cartoon, but I really identify with the characters – so often they say the things that go on in my head, and it genuinely makes me laugh (far more than it probably should)
- The Block NZ. A wonderful reality TV series out here that pits 4 teams of two against each other to design and build the ‘best’ house over a course of 12 weeks. Each week, the team has to plan and build a new room from the studwork out, based on certain specifications. I would love to do this, in my life, so am far too invested it!
- Game of Thrones. It’s back! I hate having to wait a whole week for each new episode, but it is still one of the very best shows ever created. I’ve also started reading the books and I am half way through the 2nd, they have so much more detail than the show, but I feel if I had read the books first I probably wouldn’t have made it to the end of the first before giving up, as I am only invested in them due to the show.
In August, Sam and I will complete our house sit in Napier, and will do another shorter term one back over near Pukekohe. And then, we will be heading back into spring, so the warm weather will back to us!
How was your July? Sunnier than mine I hope!