A weekend away in Kaikoura…and exciting job prospects!

A bunch of us hired a batch in Kaikoura over the weekend. What a stunning place in winter! We arrived on Friday night hoping to have had fish and chips on the way through, but being out of season everything was closed! So went went to the local shop and bought a pie and a packet of crisps, romantic meal for two…not!

The next day most of us hiked up Mount Fyffe. The other girls in our group went on ahead as they had ice axes and crampons. Mr M and I took the climb easy, which is just as well and it was very steep from start to finish! We planned to go as far as the Mount Fyffe Hut but the snow and ice got too much so we found a bench, had lunch and then went back to the batch. The hike was pretty tough being uphill the whole way there. Lucky for us the weather was lovely and we were soon in t-shirts! The views were beautiful. The spot we found for lunch was right in the middle of the mountain range. We got back to the batch early evening, had a snooze and woke up to a text from the others letting us know they are at the pub. Sweet!

http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/marlborough/south-marlborough/mt-fyffe-and-the-seaward-kaikoura-range/track-description/

Whilst we were at the pub we got talking to a family who had decided to tell us that we had parked our car illegally! Apparently in NZ if you parallel park your car facing oncoming traffic you get a fine. We had no idea! After living here for 6 months and the 7 weeks we were road tripping before we never knew of this law! Apparently if you park you car facing oncoming traffic you have technically driven on to the wrong side of the road to park your car, which is obviously not allowed. News to us! But we very much appreciated the family who told us, they probably saved us a hefty fine!

We stayed at the pub for a pint and then headed back to our standard pot luck dinner… with more beer! Mr and Mrs F had cooked a Georgian bread filled with cheese and herbs, which was very tasty. Mr and Mrs H prepared a meatloaf, which was also delicious. We contributed some spicy chicken drumsticks, which went down a treat!

The next day we checked out of the batch and headed for a coffee on the beach. The sunshine was lovely! So warm on a winters day. We then went our separate ways and Mr M and I stopped in for dinner on the way back through at Aunt A and Uncle G’s place. Cuzzy K and her husband were there with wee baby R. It was so warm! We both regretted not packing shorts. We sat out on the decking in the sunshine and sipped beer for the afternoon. Life is tough!!

In other news I had a meeting with the clinic who set me up with the first aid work back in July. It went really well! The director is setting up a “sports medico” team to help treat teams of rugby and football players. They also want to teach me how to tape and basic massage techniques so that I can provide the best pre, post and pitch side care. I am quite excited about this! I could potentially spending my working life massaging rugby player thighs, not a bad shout! On a more serious note I am so pleased to have been given an opportunity like this. There is absolutely no way I would have been given an opportunity like this in the UK. Like I said before in a previous post – there seems to be a bigger emphasis on character rather than specific qualifications. It is nice for a change not having to fight my way through red tape just to be able to do the job I am perfectly capable of doing. I will need to hold fire for the time being and hopefully the team will be put together for summer time, which will give me plenty of time to learn and practice my new skills.

Sunrise over the Southern Alps (yes, I was up at sunrise!)

Sunrise over the Southern Alps (yes, I was up at sunrise!)

The first scrap of snow!

The first scrap of snow!

Mr M admiring the view

Mr M admiring the view

View of the peninsula

View of the peninsula

Getting higher!

Getting higher!

In the mountains!

The bench in the bottom right of the picture made a pretty good lunch spot!

The batch

The batch

Morning coffee on the beach, don't mind if I do...

Morning coffee on the beach, don’t mind if I do…

Kaikoura town center

Kaikoura town center

Kaikoura town center

Kaikoura town center

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