Sooooooooooooooo, where to begin?? We are well and truly settled into our new place now. It is one of the nicer police rentals we have lived in. An older style home with squeaky floors and old carpet, but on a par with some of the others we have had, I like it! It is situated off a carpark. Sounds weird, but there is a big carpark out the front and you have to drive through that to get in our drive. The street continues along to a dead end with a park and visitor display thing along one side. It is actually a lovely central position and I walk everywhere from here. At this time of year the carpark is mainly empty anywhere and totally full with tourists and their vans and campers in the summer months. They leave all their vehicles here while they go on the tourist steam train trip that leaves from up the other end of the carpark area. The dogs love being allowed to play in the front yard. There is always something for them to look at. Life is one big drama for Scarlett…..so having the freedom to bark at every passing tourist is total bliss to her!!
This is looking down our driveway and out to the carpark area. The front door is on the side of the house here, under the carport.
I was successful in getting a job as a medical receptionist as soon as we got here. I lasted three weeks. I need a job where I can laugh…….that was never going to happen. I am so fortunate that I don’t have to stay in something I am unhappy in these days……so I quit!! 🙂 I have never done that before. Normally I drown in my own guilt and stick things out….not this time. It was strangely freeing!! Then I was doing some casual work just as a waitress at the coffee shop called “Tracks” . It was mostly tourist driven and was situated at the railway station where the tourist train leaves……strange that!! Anyhooooooooo….I only got a couple of weeks work and they had a bloody landslide half way between here and Strahan (the town I used to live in before here) and the trains destination. So, a good portion of the track is presently under half a farking mountain and will probably take until July to clear. No tourists……………….no job. 😦
However……………………… my old GM is back in town working for a different contractor this time up at the mine here. So, I gave him a call when I heard they might be looking for administration staff. I go for my medical this coming week and will probably start the week after. Will be doing a bit of everything…..payroll, accounts etc. I used to do Occupational Health and Safety and Workers Compensation……so this is more office based and more “admin-eeee” than what I am used to….but I am up for the challenge. I have to say I am more than looking forward to getting my impulse spending money back 🙂
We had a 2.8 earthquake here!!!! I wondered what the hell it was. We thought there was a truck about to crash through our house!! Pictures moved and things fell off the window ledge. I just don’t know how my New Zealand blog friends cope!!! A tiny little one like that felt weird and frightening….let alone the big buggers you lot get!!!! Hasn’t the world gone mad with all the natural disasters happening around the place?! Tornadoes and tsunamis and earthquakes and floods…..hottest summers on record and coldest winters………..quite concerning! We also had a big building fire here in the main street. It started in an old petrol station that was being used as a mechanics workshop and spread to other buildings in the street. Five shops in all have been ruined. Very distressing for such a little town and very sad and depressing. There was a big explosion during the fire also. That also rattled our house and threw people off their feet and blew windows out of the hotel etc……. I had the earth move for me twice in two weeks 🙂 I panicked because Ricky was at that one and I worried he had been hurt. He wasn’t thank goodness. I have lots of little “side” stories to tell you…..heaps of “things” have happened to me since we moved here in February!! I have met two bloggers in person!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jen and Flip!!! I will leave you with some photos for now……and then I will tell you the WHOLE story and stories about these meetings and the “things” that have happened in smaller blog posts over the next week. It feels good to be back 🙂
I was pleased to live back in the same town as another band friend called Margie. I was also happy to be able to go swimming as Queenstown has a pool!!!!! Only open in the summer though:( Now we walk every day together and go on “adventure” walks when we have the time.
Now, I don’t know why these pictures have gone all over the bloody place and I can’t be bothered trying to fix them and make them “tidy”….so you will just have to sort through them best you can 🙂 I can’t even get them bigger for some reason. Oh well……………………..that’s it from me for now. I PROMISE to blog again in the next couple of days….I have missed it and my friends here in blog-ville!! xxxx
THERE IS ALL SORTS OF WEIRD GOING ON WITH MY BLOG AT THE MOMENT….I WILL TRY AND GET IT FIXED….JUST HANG IN THERE XX