Home again

So here we are, home again.

Last time I posted we were waiting to hear if we had made the flight departing at 10pm.

Well, yes we did. Unfortunately there weren’t any spare business class seats so it was down the back for us. And I mean down the back as we were only a few rows from the loos. Very handy! But any seat is better than no seat. The flight was delayed though and we had to sit on the aircraft at the gate until 11.15pm. But the good news is they had the movies available while we waited. Yay. Don’t ask me what I watched as I have no recollection!

So 14 hours later we landed in Sydney where we found a hotel (Holiday Inn) as there were no flights to NZ that night. Next morning we arrived back at the terminal to try to catch the Air NZ flight at 9.30am to Christchurch to find there wasn’t one. But a very nice lady booked us on the flight to Auckland and then a domestic flight to Christchurch which we made by the skin of our teeth, racing between the Auckland International and Domestic terminals.

So finally we made it home at 6pm Saturday night.

Today is Monday and we are both still feeling a little jet lagged. Apparently we are not getting any younger.

Update on the bed bugs…I visited a doctor in Dubai (at over 400 dirhams , that’s about $140NZ) and he gave me some good meds because they have finally stopped itching and are fading away slowly. Very good news ๐Ÿ™‚

So that is all there is of this years holiday.

Boats: We viewed a couple of good boats to buy while we were in France. The decision we need to make is whether we go with a proper steel barge-style boat like the Euroclassic, which we love the look of but are rather expensive and need constant maintenance. Or perhaps we should be thinking about an ex-rental fibreglass boat which are set up for summer cruising, don’t need as much maintenance and are cheaper. A model of the former is available for sale but it came up after we had left France which is a shame. Does one buy a boat sight unseen? Too risky? We would get an independent surveyors report done (at our expense no doubt).

Views anyone?

Cheers and thanks for reading. and thanks to those who have commented. It is nice knowing someone is reading this apart from my husband ๐Ÿ™‚

About khodges2013

Alan and I divide our time between our apartment in Christchurch, New Zealand, and our 11.5m Dutch Cruiser, Silver Fern, on the canals in France. We started out hiring and eventually bought our boat in 2014. The two summers lifestyle is wonderful and we feel very lucky!
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