I’ve been very busy over Christmas and New Year, due to the usual things relating to the run up to Christmas and then New Year and then going away for a couple of weeks. The weather has been odd here and has only just started to get nice and hot now that I’m back home again! ๐Ÿ™ Which didn’t help a holiday that was supposed to be able longing around on the beach that much.

That said I have been going swimming on Cheltenham Beach a lot over the last few days due to the high temperatures and humidity here. (At least I can’t complain about having a nice beach near my home!)

I am actually pissed off that Chris Cairns seems to have gotten off completely now that he was found not guilty in his last trialย  and that man suing him has decided to drop his case against Cairns >:( The fact that he is a self absorbed narcissistic douche bag still counts for something here in New Zealand at least.

Not much is happening here in Auckland this month, making me at a bit of a loose end. I’m hoping that I’m through the worst of the illnesses going around at the moment – including the virus which laid out me last week. I do think I’ll go down to Wellington next month – both to go to Te Papa and because one of my friends has just bought a new house in Wellington, which admittedly I’d really like to sticky beak and go and check it out ๐Ÿ™‚ Though, I’m planning on asking her when she’s having her house warming party and planning the trip around her party, but as she’s only just bought her new house in the last couple of weeks she’s going to need time to settle in.

The only really big thing happen here at the moment is my brother and SiL are having their house completely (and I do mean completely) redone. They’re having the roof replaced, which is a serious undertaking as they have an old (1920s/1930s?) house which has asbestos in it, which of course means it has to be removed and replaced with safer modern insulation. They’re also having the kitchen completely redone, with walls being taken out the kitchen itself made larger, a new breakfast area, and they’re also having a covered deck area built at the same time – I think the deck is the one of the reasons the roof is being redone?

Anyway, their house is being worked on for over 12 weeks. They’re certainly out of the house in a rental for 12 weeks as the bulk of the work is done. They did have the roof of their garage replaced while they were still in the house – the garage is a lot newer and wasn’t insulated with asbestos so they didn’t have to move for that part. They also had gas lines put into the house last month – for that gas water heater that’s supposed to provide limitless amounts of hot water….

My brother is in the middle of planning a 3-4 week trip to Peru so he and his friends can go kite boarding on what he says is one of the best kit boarding beaches in the world. It’s one of the main things he’s been talking about recently – admittedly it doesn’t help that various people always ask him about it ๐Ÿ™‚ According to him there’s this one long beach in the coast where you can be picked up by the wind and go flying down the beach for so long long you’re arms are at the point of giving up on you! (OK so that’s very second hand and I only heard him describe this once, so my version of it is properly off).

He and his two friends are going in August, when my two nieces will be in school so that my SiL, my nieces and my nephew will be staying at home rather than going with him to Peru. I had sort of been assuming that they would be going with my brother, as they often go with him when he goes on his kit boarding trips to Australia – for part of the trip if nothing else, especially as my SiL has friends who currently live in various parts of South America and she & the kids could have always gone to visit them too. She’s also pulled my eldest niece out of school for various of their overseas trips, though going for 3 or 4 weeks would be a bit much.

This is going to be one of his longest kit boarding trips, though if they’re going all the way to South America they might as well go for a decent length of time! My brother and his friends usually go to various parts of New Zealand for a long weekend to 5/7 days and to Australia for 1-2 weeks for their kit boarding holidays and this is the first time I can remember them going further afield.

I’m actually mildly jealous, as I’ve never been to Peru – I really haven’t been anywhere in South America at all. Personally, I’d love to go and see all of the historical parts of Peru.