Saturday, October 4, 2014

Star Trek Convention 4th October


As part of Maddison turning 18 this week we took a train into London from Warwick Parkway as dawn was breaking!


Only one hiccup on the way there, the DLR was closed for part of the journey so we got off the circle line and then got back on!

Not as many stands as in Hamilton, it was for making money from photos and autographs. Maddy got a picture with Karl Urban and an autograph from Robert Picardo. James Darren sang during his selection and three of the ‘aliens’ so as well.

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There was spare time during the day so we popped out to the Sea Life Centre.

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On the way back we went to Baker Street :)


Sunday, September 14, 2014

One week in

So the first full week is over and I have taught all of my 8 groups! Some have 3 lessons a week and one group only has 1. Half the groups are shared with another teacher . . .
I've found a church in Budbrooke called St. Michaels which is really friendly, the vicar even came round with a bunch of flowers to welcome us.
We've found Ikea (in Coventry) and all our usual favourites. Geoff  and Maddy have bikes now and Geoff tries to take her out every day for a ride.
The house is very echoey, hopefully this will change when our stuff gets here :). We now own 3 chairs, 2 bookcases, a table that wobbles and a computer desk. Obviously we have Sky a TV etc because that's. Who we are.

Friday, August 29, 2014


The last major trip out for the holidays was down the M40 to Slough via the M4 and some devious route around the town to bring us to the entrance. The park is aimed at small children but the rides fitted all sizes and the pirate show was excellent.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Initial Sightings in Warwick

We allocated 4 days to find a house and buy a car. The car was easy, Allen Ford found us a Focus and it was ready by the Friday. The house took a bit more finding but we have a 4 bedroom house in Warwick about 20 mins from my new school in Kenilworth.

Back in the UK

We landed 11:20am on Thursday 7th August and headed to Hatfield to see Ivy and Bob.

Saturday – Lunch in Leeds with Mum and Dad, Jane and her bloke Phil.


Sunday – The Deep and then Lunch with Daisy and her Mum and Dad

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Monday – York and fish and chips for lunch with the annual trip to Clifford’s Tower

In Auckland ready to fly

We spent the night at the Kiwi hotel, can you see where it got it’s name from? :)


Then we visited Howick Historic village over the other side of Auckland, Houses had been brought together from over New Zealand to form a record of how the settlers had lived. Everything was there from the tent to the farmhouse, church a school house where a local school was having it’s lessons!

After it was into the cafe for a BLT for me, cooked breakfast for Geoff and potato and leek soup for Maddy.

Then we wandered to the beach and from there to the airport where Maddy and Geoff rested in the massage chair.

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The Trail to the Airport


We moved out of the house on Settlers Road on Monday 4th August. The day had been spent packing the house with the movers and emptying it out. We apparently didn’t damp down the embers enough when we emptied the fire as the school sent a message the next day to say there had been a small fire overnight! We had moved to a motel in Rotorua for the Monday night and then onto a motel in Auckland on the Thursday before we flew back on the Wednesday night.


Mud pool at the golf course in Rotorua





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IMG_6092 and finally a car museum that was shut!