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Title: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 01, 2008, 06:06:37 am
Hallo family, friends, forum……  I promised feedback on new years day, our first day in New Zealand, here is some of our story until I have more time and energy to write to everyone individually.

Even though we started our adventure with an hour delay on the tarmac in front of JHB international, I need not have been worried about the 17 hour flight. It was absolutely great! (thanks for the send off Amelia, Mom, Nolan and family!).

We really enjoyed the flights. I am sure that the fact that we were well prepared helped, (dankie badprop) but even so Qwantas surprised me. The kids ate, played games, watched movies, slept a full 7 hours and freshened up before debarking. We even had the gentleman next to Pieter move so the kids could have an extra seat to sleep on. In Sydney the only hiccup was that mommy was not willing to pay R 30 for a chocolate  ::). I did not use any of the toys, medicine or emergency rations I packed and customs only made me open one bag.

Customs? I was glad I followed the advice of some forum members and made a list of what is in each bag. I had 11 bags of total 200kg and 7 pieces of hand luggage. I only had two issues, one bottle of sun cream I forgot in the side bag of a suitcase was confiscated (damm it was expensive too!) and customs asked us to open on suitcase to examine a terry with plastic tummy. Don’t listen to all the “know-it-alls” who tells you what customs will and will not do. Be prepared and list your bags.

The 4 hour flight to Auckland from Sydney was smooth, quiet and the food was wonderful. I actually think the flights were a big adventure for us all. Our “Boere-kiwi” T shirts attracted a lot of attention and the flight attendants called us the kiwi family. I am sure we must have 10 email addresses of families we met on the flight. Al the NZ’ers were friendly and enthusiastic about our immigration and the customs and immigration officials seemed welcoming. We had no negative comments from any people as I was warned to expect.

My first impressions of Auckland is a bit vague as it was 1h00 on new year’s eve as we drove across the bridge to the north shore where my sister, her 10 year old and DH stays in Torbay. I remembered that I was so uncomfortable with the idling car in the driveway outside her gate that I jumped from the passenger seat to the drivers seat and drove the car into the garage as we arrived. The open house and unlocked doors will take some getting use to.

At 5h00 this morning I could sleep no more and I had coffee in the kitchen and watched the world unfold outside. Later I went to lie down a bit more, fell asleep and my sister woke us at 10H00 for breakfast! We have since been warned to stay awake now until 20H00 tonight so our bodies can get used to the new hours.

Since we arrived we went for a long walk on the very busy new years beach and had a light lunch. It is a stunning day and it almost seems as Auckland is bringing out the best weather to impress us. Torbay is a lovely area that makes me think of East London. I have not seen much more than the forest and the beach but it is a bit crowded for my taste with the houses right on top of one another. I know that our chances of finding a job is best here in Auckland it self, but I can not see myself living here. I hope to find something at least on a small holding (or as my sister calls it, lifestyle area), or perhaps then in Whangarei or another smaller town.

We are waiting for NZ to open after the holiday season so there is not much we can do at present. Tomorrow we are going house and car hunting. Car wise we need a people mover for us to take a week long tour of the north area. Then we need a temporary house until we have decided on an area/ job/ school zone. I also need to get to ASB bank to collect our cards. At least the cellphone has been activated.

Tonight we are having a “Barbie” with my sister’s neighborhood friends.

So that is all the facts. On the emotions I’m think I will leave judgment till later. Pieter seems a little bomb struck and not very eager to leave the house. I am myself not so sure of things presently but I doubt I should expect much enthusiasm from my abused body at present. J Lets see how things go by the end of the week when we have acclimatized and rested.

Greetings to everyone and chat again by end of the week.





Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: minette on January 01, 2008, 09:18:04 am
How EXCITING!!  :) Yay for you and your family  :clap: and good luck for your new future in NZ  :gl: Keep us posted.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Shaz on January 01, 2008, 09:26:52 am
 :clap: :clap: :clap:

Glad you are all there safe and sound. Enjoy your time in Auckland. We will have to meet for a cup of coffee 12 February.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mikencarmen on January 01, 2008, 10:48:57 am
Glad everything went well and you and your family are all safe and sound.  :clap: :clap: :clap: Good Luck with the "house and car" hunting....  Keep us posted.....

C & M

Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Badprop on January 01, 2008, 11:35:39 am
Enjoy your new life and all the wonders that NZ has to offer. O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: WendyH on January 01, 2008, 12:53:28 pm
 :clap: Glad you arrived safely and had a good trip!
 :gl: with the next steps of your new life!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 01, 2008, 06:50:31 pm
Mmmm. I am not a morning person but here I am 5H00 chatting to you guys. NZ seems to be changing me allready, or perhaps my body is still in SA evening mode? :idiot2:

Hope that after a full day of house and car hunting we will be tired enough to sleep. Found my 4 year old son at the front door with this blanket and pillow at 11H00 last night crying. He thought we had left him, died and gone away.  :'(

Then at 3H00 this morning DH was munching left over steaks in the kitchen and spent the rest of the morning hours in the arm chair... :-\ is this jetlag or is he worried or upset or all of the above?

Eish.

Well I am going to make coffee. Good day to all the NZ'ers and have nice sleep in SA  ;)
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: travelite on January 01, 2008, 11:45:59 pm
WOW.....Congratulations!    :clap: 

I actually feel tears coming to my eyes.....so happy for you. Even tho' I'm new here, I feel I've become 'involved'. Good luck with the house and car search.  So, please keep us posted.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on January 02, 2008, 04:28:58 am
Hi Didi good to hear all went well. Have fun with the adventure and keep us posted. Just listen to your body iro the jet lag and you will be over it in no time. Besides there is way to much to see and do and sleeping is a bit over rated when there is a whole new world waiting to be explored!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Badprop on January 02, 2008, 06:47:29 am
Didi try to stay up as late as you can the jet lag fades a bit faster that way.  Give it some time, you will get into it and try to avoid sleeping at 2 in the afternoon. 

Sterkte met die kar en huis hunting.   O0 
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 02, 2008, 07:26:51 am
 :gl: Snore... I am so sleepy......

Hey guys we foiund a car. A BIG one. Honda Step wagon 8 seater that gets 14kmn per liter and cost only 15 000! Very excited. Going to test drive it tommorrow and then if happy take it.

More later - gotta go feed my kids. I keep thinking it is early afternoon as the sun is high up in the sky but it is allready 7H45!! So weird.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on January 02, 2008, 07:00:09 pm
Hi Didi bly om te hoor julle het veilig daar aangekom.  Jammer ons antwoord nou eers maar ons was weg gewees vir die lang naweek.  Sterkte met die kar en huis hunt - hoop die kar ry lekker wat jy gaan test drive en hoop ons almal kry die geleentheid met daai weird wakker word  :2funny: Ons chat nie orals nie omdat ons nog 'n paar dinge moet lees en leer maar ons sal hier en daar ons posts gooi  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 03, 2008, 08:57:30 am
Thanks everyone for the Posts, notes and emails and sms's (oops I mean TEXT) and phone calls and general support. It's good to have a support system.

Here is my day's news.....

First I need to welcome Edith. She is the newest edition to our family. We found her at a Japanese dealer in Auckland and she is a 8 seater Honda step wagon. We negotiated from $16800 down to $15 000 and then brought a check for $14 500. Not only did the “katvreeter” accept the cheque, he threw in 2 years bumber to bumber warrantee and a AA check-up that was actually included but we did not know about it!

You guys will not believe how easy it is to buy a car. No registration, no hassles. You sign in two places, swipe your card and drive away.  ;)

It is not often that Pieter and I agree 100% on something, but this car really is what we wanted! Now you know how I have always dreamed of a GPS? Hubby said as we saved so much on the car I can spend some bucks on a starter, small, second hand GPS. So I went shopping on the internet and found Bond and Bond had a special of 25% discount on a Navman S50 wide-screen with bluetooth and lots of extra toys. Top of the range man! Hubby fell for the sales talk and now I am so kitted out! ::)

Then of course we went to the bank. But it is not a bank. It is a pleasure. No yellow couches and hard little red chairs. We looked like absolute fools as we thought the tellers were clients. There are no gates, no doors, no cameras and no rude bank tellers. You are met on the “floor” and the tellers have little tables and the queue is not restrained by chains but painted on the floor. And this young kiwi, with baby blue eyes and nice manners, opened an 2nd account for us and transferred money and gave me insurance and a bank cheque for my new car. He did it all in minutes without even once making me beg the way one usually does at Gabsa. Then I must also tell you the one thing that came to mind while I was having this pleasurable banking experience and was comparing the Gamsa environment with ASB : the décor actually works!

But wait, the best part of my day was the petrol station. You do know that I have researched NZ for a full year and my forum (that’s you guys!) has prepared me for everything and anything. So I have no fear of making a total ass of myself, or even worse of my DH.

We sat in the car for a full 16 minutes (the cashier did confirm this fact once he had found his breath and wiped his eyes) before we realized that here in NZ you do put your OWN petrol in your vehicle. And then Pieter was so embarrassed he made ME do it! I will say no more about this subject…… :blush:

We have now had 3 days of extreme sun with steamy weather. The kids have had a ball on the beech with aunty Trunelle. I am sure this cannot be normal as it is so hot I do not want to venture into the sun at all. No rain yet although I am sure it can not be far away as I see the locals are still hanging their washing inside and takes their umbrella to work on the buss. They do not trust the sunshine much around here  :)

Oh and before I forgot. I did the washing. Not Maggie, ME. I know there are unbelievers out there. I took pictures! I actually did my first bundle of washing (ok, Trunelle did help). And everything is clean and wearable and I am almost positive I will be able to do it again.  :P

Now I am off to sample my brother in-law’s smoked chicken (guys the red meat is bloody delicious here!) and will chat again when I have news.

From the “once again Mobile” Skinners (and a much more positive Didi)  :clap:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: minette on January 03, 2008, 09:57:39 am
I'm so glad for you and family that the first few days in NZ has been so good - I'm sure it will just get better and better!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Badprop on January 03, 2008, 10:23:32 am
Watch out AKL, Didi has a car and she's not scared to use it. ;D  Congrats on the new car.   :clap:  And proud of the new 'domestic' shining through. 
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: malindy on January 03, 2008, 12:05:28 pm
Congrats on the car Didi!

May you and your family have many many happy miles with Edith!! :clap: :clap:
Glad to hear you guys are settling in so nicely.
Keep us posted on the househunting!!!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: stella.mike on January 03, 2008, 03:30:55 pm
 :heeha: Enjoy Edith.  I can wait to hear more.  Every story inspires me more and more.
Good luck and hope hear more SOON
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Jen T on January 03, 2008, 04:20:19 pm
Well done Didi!! I am so impressed.  Who knew that we could do our own washing!!??  We are so envious of you right now.  My husband's brother and sister-in -law live in Torbay.  they have been there for almost 5 years.  They are up in Whangerei right now, on holiday.  Hope you continue to be filled with 'wonder' with the freedoms that you will keep finding.  I keep breathing big sighs as I read about each of your new adventures and wonder if or should I say when, we will experience the same!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on January 03, 2008, 06:14:58 pm
Congrat Didi on the car, petrol joggie  :2funny: , housekeeper and no tantrims  :2funny: WELL DONE  :clap:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mikencarmen on January 03, 2008, 07:36:23 pm
Hey Didi, you make us "ladies" proud..... :), Welcome "Edith" to the family... So glad to hear all is going well with the "Skinners".... do keep us updated.

C
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: zatexnz on January 03, 2008, 09:01:22 pm
Oh Didi, you had in me in tears reading about your petrol station experience!   :2funny:  Thanks for making my day!!!!   Yes, we did warn you....  :2funny:  sorry.... I'm still laughing.... 16 minutes.... :2funny:  and in all that time, you didn't see the other people doing it themselves?

Oh, Didi, I am SO glad you guys are here and enjoying the freedom of life here!  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Shirls on January 04, 2008, 07:21:49 am
 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: The petrol thing cracked me up! I guess I should not laugh as I still have to learn how to do it ...  :blush:

I am so glad you guys are finding your feet! Good luck with the rest of your plans!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Nolan on January 04, 2008, 09:19:37 am
:clap: welcome home guys :clap:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on January 04, 2008, 09:43:04 am
Well done diddi,  :gl: with the house hunting.  Have to ask.... did you do the ironing too  :devil2:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mandyh on January 04, 2008, 10:53:29 am
oh Didi you guys make me so envious  :envy:.  But only 17 more days before we leave the shores of SA for those of NZ.  Your petrol story is hilarious but I can just picture myself in your shoes  ;D.  Looking so forward to finally being in NZ.  Where are you guys staying?

Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: nazmahomed on January 04, 2008, 11:12:38 am
Welcome guys. I am so glad you got here and hope you are enjoying your new home. I also had a bit of an episode when I had to first fill up so dont feel too bad. It does get alot better though.

Good luck with the house hunting
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Shaz on January 04, 2008, 01:48:30 pm
 :2funny:

So glad that you guys are enjoying NZ!!! And we are VERY proud of you!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: zatexnz on January 04, 2008, 10:52:00 pm
BTW, some Shell garages do offer "full service" where they will send out an attendant to fill up for you!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 06, 2008, 08:25:14 am
Here is the new car.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 06, 2008, 09:49:02 am
Well we have been to Whangarei. It is like Knysna on Redbull. Hubby liked it and wants to stay. I am just worried about the amount of support we will have there – is there many sa people there? I only know of happy hiker’s sister.

 We traveled down there for an interview. Hubby was very upset afterwards as he felt he was not prepared for all the questions. This was only his second interview in all his life and I am not as worried as he is as I am sure that the HR people know that trade people do not specialize in interviews techniques…Waiting for an answer from them next week…. I have no idea what we will do if they say he has the job? Perhaps just go and settle in for now and we can always change our minds later?

We have been to Auckland city today to see the massive boat and amazing harbor - it's like no place I have ever been. It was safe and clean but the motorway was really busy and I really, really do not want to work in this city with it’s traffic!

We went shopping in Food town (man the people are friendly) – but there is nice goodies and we havew no money!  it's like shopping hungry in Woolies with only R 20 to spend - man it's hard living in NZ with Rands in your wallet!

So tomorrow we are driving down to Hamilton for an interview- we want to sleep over 2 nights and go explore the area. Colleen you guys must advise on camping spots. We have a tent and the combi. My sister is saying the top 10 resort is the place to stay. What do you advise? Are we getting together for a braai/ barbie/ picnic?

Cheers

PS: If you like mussels NZ is the place for you. The green lipped mussel weighs about 4 times what ours does and is cheap! $4 per KG live! I am eating myself into a coma…
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mikencarmen on January 06, 2008, 09:59:15 am
Good luck to your Hubby for the up coming interview..... thanks for the great update, my DH is  :envy: to hear about the mussels, drooling as I read the post to him...LOL....

C
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on January 06, 2008, 01:44:59 pm
 :gl: with Hubby's inteview, hope it goes well. 
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: malindy on January 06, 2008, 01:55:50 pm
 :gl: with the hubby's interviews.  We are holding thumbs and toes on this side!!! :D

Always remember that things happen for a reason, sometimes we get that reason and sometimes not, but things always work out for the best!  O0  So whichever city you plant your roots, that's where you're meant to be!!  :)
Keep us posted!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on January 06, 2008, 02:47:57 pm
Hi Didi  :gl: with the interviews. Most people relise that tradesmen are really not geared to interviews. Whangarei is a great place and they have a HUGE SA expat community. If you end up there pm me and I will put you in contact with a few of them. All being well we will be there in a few months and we could catch up over coffee. Great cafes over there.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: stella.mike on January 06, 2008, 03:32:21 pm
 :envy: :envy: :envy: We want to go through all that stuff too?  But  :gl: with the interviews Tell Pieter everthing will be okay My DH was like that with the 2 interview we had when we came to the city.  In a few weeks time it will be all forgotten O0 O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 07, 2008, 12:20:48 am
 :D eish

Decisions, decisions .....

If I move to Whangarei or Hamilton I will be to far to be part of the welcoming committee in Auckland  :'( and I will have to pay to get the container there?

And the idea of having a granny flat to house 20% family, 20% forum members on LSD trips and guests other times will also not work?

But if I stay in Auckland I am still in the city? and we do not like the city?

The again perhaps I should stop second guessing life, stop worrying about something I have no control about, wait for the results of the interview and take the kids to the park now.  :crazy2:

If you think I am confused. You are right.  :D  ;D
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Badprop on January 07, 2008, 06:13:02 am
You can always have a room open for us poor buggers who have to travel to these towns for interviews. 

Didi ask your sis how far Coatsville is from town.  It looks nice and rural, would like her opinion on the place please.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on January 07, 2008, 07:33:24 am
Hi Didi.  Let your hubby's job dictate.  Everything happens for a reason, and you will land up where you are meant to be.  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 07, 2008, 09:43:47 am
Cranks, give me the adress and I will go look and take pics for you. It is 10 km from me and I have time (and the VAN ;))

The thing here is that you have a millionaire house next to a "p" house. P is the drug they make themselves and it is not a nice house to stay next to. You never know.

Johan took us to coatsville to see the "livestyle blocks" (the name for a plot/ small holding here) because we did not like Torbay (too crowded, to many cars, busy streets). It is 30-40km from Auckland next to Torbay and the dairyflats. Very larny area, smart farm houses and expensive land. Easy access to the motor way. Wrong time of the day 1 hour to town in a car. 30 minutes on the bus. Good school. It looked like a nice place to me but perhaps a bit out of my reach?

Well if you are serious about it send that adress and we wil do a driveby/ looksee.  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 07, 2008, 09:46:22 am
Thanks Hadenough, I also think I should go with the flow - but finding it hard as I am usually a take charge person!

Now we also have a interview in Tauranga (the guy called us today) and I have no idea where we will end up.

Good night
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 07, 2008, 09:54:00 am
Eish revise that. Just had a call - we have another interview for Friday in Auckland.

Hubby is in demand  :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on January 07, 2008, 10:15:06 am
 O0 Great news Didi.  Hopefully this time next week you will be wondering what on earth you were so worried about!  I'll hold thumbs. ;)
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: stella.mike on January 07, 2008, 10:54:22 am
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Wonderful news.  Mike ask me every night if I heard anything from you guys and how it is going.  Sometimes I think he is very ancious for you guys and every good reply I give him from you, gives him more hope and excited to go to NZ, and because he know who you are and actually talk to you he will believe what he here from you. I show him the pic of Edith and he loved it he even told the kids to come see. :gl: :gl: :gl:  Good luck
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Shaz on January 07, 2008, 02:17:00 pm
 :gl: with all the interviews!

Go check all the towns out, see what you like and what they offer you and go from there. Things always work out for the best!

Love the car!!!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mikencarmen on January 07, 2008, 04:32:16 pm
Hi Didi, great to hear about all the interviews..... :clap:, Hubby will be an expert at interview before long!  :), Agree with hadenough:
Hi Didi.  Let your hubby's job dictate.  Everything happens for a reason, and you will land up where you are meant to be.  O0

Enjoy all the "sight seeing" you are doing when going for "interviews"... and keep us updated.

C
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on January 07, 2008, 06:18:00 pm
LOL  :2funny: Didi and really a nice car  :clap: congrats and tell HB to just hang in there as everything will work out just fine.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: malindy on January 07, 2008, 06:19:05 pm
Congrats on all the interviews,  and hope to change that to congrats on the job soon soon!!! :clap: :clap:
PS.  Just luv Edith!! O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: WendyH on January 07, 2008, 06:58:56 pm
 :gl: for the interviews, and like others have said, wherever you end up is where you're meant to be!  :)
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on January 07, 2008, 07:06:11 pm
Agree Wendy  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Auckland
Post by: WendyH on January 07, 2008, 07:09:08 pm
Having said that, it would be good to know where we're meant to be before we get there!!  :heeha:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on January 08, 2008, 07:32:13 am
Yep Wendy, that would help to make things less stressful!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: zatexnz on January 08, 2008, 08:00:36 am
Didi, I am SO sorry I missed you guys when you were in Hamilton!   :'(  You should have phoned or texted me!!  I'd have loved to take you and the kids around (in your van  >:D ) and showed you Hamilton..  Yesterday was a boring day for me and the kids, and I'd have loved to get out with a purpose to do something...
MJ said you're sleeping over at her place tomorrow evening after your Tauranga interview.  I'm hoping to be there for the Braai too.  Heidi will love to have a little girl to play with, and Joshua loves MJ's boys.   O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Nolan on January 08, 2008, 08:24:50 am
Sounds like you guys are doing the wirlwind tour with all the interviews O0

:gl: Pieter, you'll nab one of 'em jobs soon

Didi, don't stress about living outside of Auckland as your meet & greet will be just as much in demand there, us SA's are invading ALL parts of NZ ;)
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 12, 2008, 01:04:42 am
Hi everone.

Not much time for news. Promise to give feedback ASAP.

Just one major thing:

WE SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS YEARS AGO.  

Guys, pack your bags and get here. Just come. It is so great!!!!

We had a choice of a few jobs but decided on Whangarei cause we love the company there. Moving tommorrow.

For now if any of you have the time I need help looking for a good area and good primary school. I do not know what area is ok for us to live in? Pieter's job is in Water street, central Whangarei.

Anyone know someone in Whangarei?
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on January 12, 2008, 06:14:53 am
Didi congratulations. Have a look at Regeant, Kamo, Woodhill, Onerahi, Mair Park. Genrally speaking stay away from Otangerei and any other areas starting with an O. If you like pm me and I will send you my son's e mail addy. He can send you more info as he has been living t here for 2 years.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 12, 2008, 06:37:13 am
Great thanks dance!!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on January 12, 2008, 06:52:24 am
No prob Didi. Remind me again what it is you do? In what sector are you employed?
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 12, 2008, 06:58:25 am
Hubby is a electrician (well in SA he was a millwright contractor but there is no such thing here...) and I am a conservationist. I'm not working right away, as I wanna settle thew kids first - then I might do something new? or perhaps something from home?

Don't know... :confused: just glad hubby is upand going for now
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on January 12, 2008, 07:24:00 am
 :gl: Didi, hope you get a reply from one of the interviews soon!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on January 12, 2008, 07:57:10 am
Didi ither areas to look at Kensington, Glenbervie, Maunu, Morningside and my all time favourite Riverside. Riverside is stunning overlooks the harbour. Bit pricy but well worth it IMHO. Forgot to say other areas to avoid at all costs are Vinetown,Hikirungi and Tikipunga.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 12, 2008, 08:18:30 am
thanks Dance!!

Thats great. I', gonna try touch base once there. :-)
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mikencarmen on January 12, 2008, 12:45:46 pm
Hi Didi, What fantastic news, congratulations to Pieter!!  :twothumbs:, Glad all worked out with the jobs and
sorry about the late response!!  

C & M
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Shaz on January 12, 2008, 01:20:48 pm
CONDRATULATIONS!!!  :clap: :clap: :clap:

This is fantastic news! Good luck with the move
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Badprop on January 12, 2008, 05:50:02 pm
Wow that was quick!  Geluk Pieter!!!   :clap:  :clap:
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Post by: stella.mike on January 12, 2008, 05:54:47 pm
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Wonderful news you guys are an inspiration enjoy moving to your new house
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Post by: malindy on January 12, 2008, 07:22:44 pm
Congrats!!!

 :gl: with finding a gr8 house in a gr8 hood!
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Post by: ANTONK on January 13, 2008, 06:22:15 am
Congrat you guys  :gl:  :clap: and we will be there before 2010.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: travelite on January 13, 2008, 07:12:01 am
Fabulous News, You Guys!! Congratulations and    :gl:  with everything else to follow.

But, PLEASE continue to keep us posted. We love to have all the nitty-gritty details and you've been a great inspiration since we found this site.
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Post by: zatexnz on January 13, 2008, 09:58:16 am
So happy for you guys!   :clap:  so sad you didn't choose Hamilton.  ::)  And sorry to have missed meeting you.  Will have to make a time to come up there some day.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 15, 2008, 11:16:10 am

Hi everyone

Sorry been out of circulation. I finally got the PC set up on the motel’s miniature table and plugged in (much to hubby’s frustration). He does not understand the need for PC power..... I know I cannot function without internet.

I’m copying this out of my diary – so just skip the parts you are not interested in?

So Pieter started work Monday in Whangarei. On the first day he worked with the guy from ZIMBABWE! Oh I laughed and laughed at my poor shocked hubbys face. He is working really hard. Only two days and the poor thing already have 5 hours overtime! There is no toolboy to do the lifting/ digging/ cable joins or driving around so Pieter is learning the meaning of muti tasking. At least he got some cool clothes and they do seem to be looking after him.

We are staying in a motel (company cost) for one week while I search for a house. Second day gone and I have not found anything yet - I am despondent  :-(  The kids hate spending all day in the car driving from house to house and then back to the concrete motel (although very nice not very kid friendly). At least there is a pool.

I got to tell you one thing we did right is to buy the GPS. If you cannot buy a new one, get a second hand one or rent one. Having a GPS gives you the power to drive everywhere anytime alone. It helps search for schools, bottle stores (damm the beer is expensive) and cheap places to stay. The GPS takes 90% of the frustration out of house hunting. You try finding a house when the address is four unpronounceable names with a 4C at the end. The northern parts of Auckland and North island is hilly so no road is straight, and to top it off, the names change every time you go downhill.....Now ad a husband and wife team (is there any man and female that can get lost together and laugh about it?) and 3 hot kids.  :uglystupid2: :tickedoff:

I have not been doing ONLY house hunting. There is the normal amount of admin/ banking/ kids/ shopping to do. The shopping in NZ is a pleasure. If I had money I would love it! But I don’t, so it’s not as great a pleasure as I would have liked it to be. :'(

The other pleasure I discovered is the Parks. These people know how to build a kid play area. Every 5th block has a park and each one is a wonder. We pack picnic lunches (no money for burger king) and water bottles and picnic in the park while mommy plans the afternoon itinerary of houses.

I am feeling very guilty about not returning emails/ sms’s/ calls and messages from all you guys. It is so difficult returning everyone’s well wishes when on the road and moving. If there is anyone that I have neglected, please forgive me and know that it is appreciated on more levels than you can imagine. And please be patient with us a bit longer. As soon as we are settled I will get back into contact. :whistle:

Weather has been really nice -I have not seen the famous NZ rain yet... Monday is the twin’s birthday and I have no idea what to do. Where will I find some friends for the party? Where will I have the party? If anyone knows any 5 year olds in Whangarei now is the time to pm/email/sms me please!

Dance you have allready been so much help with the areas - but I think ad Morningside to the no-go list. Maunu is fab!

I have a promising house to look at tomorrow. It is a bit above our planned amount but (and here I am now going to convince you AND me):
•   Decile 10 school 5 blocks away (best primary school in Whangarei)
•   Play area and after care 2 blocks away.
•   Close enough to Pieter’s work (12 km)
•   Just outside town and on a right of way – quiet street.
•   And the lady who owns it called me all the way from the south island to interview me first and turned out to be very nice
•   It has a separate bedroom en suite outside for all my visitors (Family and and all my SagoingtoNZ friends)
•   Wonderful neighbours
•   ETC, ETC,,,,,, don’t you think it’s worth extra $70 per week?
•   (ps, don’t tell anyone – brand new kitchen incl  :whistle: :heeha:)

OK it is not available for another 2 weeks... small problem. I CAN do miracles.  O0

Now I am of to bed.
Goodnight
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Nolan on January 15, 2008, 11:41:43 am
thanks 4 the update Didi O0
let us know if the new kitchen won ;)
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Post by: ANTONK on January 15, 2008, 03:08:57 pm
Halo Didi thanks for the update  :clap:  :clap:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Badprop on January 15, 2008, 04:16:22 pm
Good to see your still around.  O0 Yip would like to know if the kitchen won too.
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Post by: MJ on January 15, 2008, 08:31:44 pm
Didi go for the nice house :clap:  Don't for get to post some pictures.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: scotsman on January 15, 2008, 11:03:47 pm
Hi Dddi and Pieter

Hey guys, Glad you have got fixed up Pieter.........good luck in the new job and hope the house deal goes ok..........geez we can't wait to get there!! take care

Charlie and Brigid
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: travelite on January 16, 2008, 12:09:59 am
Hi Guys......Sure you're all hot and bothered right now, but this too shall pass. It's all about making memories, and I can already hear the stories you're going to be telling in the future, 'round a braai, of course! And over that expensive beer!

Keep your posts coming. Love 'em! Learning from 'em!

Sterkte   
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on January 16, 2008, 07:39:03 am
Congrats to Pieter on the job!  The house sounds WONDERFUL!  Did you go for it? :)
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: minette on January 16, 2008, 12:05:49 pm
Hello Didi, thanks for the updates. It really is great to hear how things are going there with you after setting foot on NZ. Please keep us updated! Congratulations on the job and do let us know if you went for the nice house and new kitchen?
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mikencarmen on January 16, 2008, 04:22:24 pm
Hi Didi...thanks for the wonderful updates and  :gl: with your house hunting!!!

My 2c worth...  on the extra $70  :)

•   Decile 10 school 5 blocks away (best primary school in Whangarei) - Walking kids to school - saving money!
•   Play area and after care 2 blocks away.- peace and quite - formun time
•   Close enough to Pieter’s work (12 km) - saving poor Edith
•   Just outside town and on a right of way – quiet street. - no noise cars
•   And the lady who owns it called me all the way from the south island to interview me first and turned out to be very nice  - sweet "old" lady - ...can't let her down
•   It has a separate bedroom en suite outside for all my visitors (Family and and all my SagoingtoNZ friends) - Just what we will need
•   Wonderful neighbours - Bonus
•   ETC, ETC,,,,,, don’t you think it’s worth extra $70 per week?
•   (ps, don’t tell anyone – brand new kitchen incl   ) -  PRICELESS

C




Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Badprop on January 16, 2008, 04:59:42 pm
 ;D  How can you argue with logic. O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: WendyH on January 16, 2008, 06:58:06 pm
Sounds amazing Didi! Hope it works out for you  :gl:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Bonni H on January 16, 2008, 08:28:18 pm
Hi Didi

I have been in NZ since 30/12/06 and let me tell you that the house you stay in and the road make a big difference to you settling in, so I say WELL DONE and to get a nice Landlord is a big thing thats for sure.

Bonni
Auckland - Howick
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on January 17, 2008, 05:14:04 am
Hi Didi great news about the house TAKE IT!!! You say just out of town in which direction? If I can give you aheads up on the beer. It is expensive but d oyuorself a favour. Go down to the town basin and look into Brauhaus Frings in Dent street. Just along from Pack and Save. It is a micro brewery and they make a great beer at $ 4 a handle. The place is child friendly and atmosphere is super. Have live music on Wednesday and Sunday and play trivia on Sunday afternoons. It is not unusaul to see families coming along with kids in tow to enjoy an afternoon out. When you get there intorduce yourself to Denis -  the owner and Douglas in the kitchen - my son and please give them my best wishes. Oh did I mention TAKE THE HOUSE  :gl:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on January 17, 2008, 08:21:56 am
Well Didi, you can't argue with all of the above! Please don't keep us in suspense.  Did you take the house?? :D
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 17, 2008, 09:39:12 am
You have got to hear what happened to Pieter just 10 minutes ago!!??
 
Tonight something sounded funny on the car and I complained to Pieter. He decided to take it around the block for a test drive. Now he worked very hard and it was a hot day, so he had 3 beers in the last 2 hours he had been home.
 
Guess who he runs into right around the corner from us? A road block. In his words: not a mickey mouse road block - a mamma of a road block.
 
So every single driver needs to say their name into a little pipe and the lady cop immediately politely asks Pieter to pull over. By this time my hubby has the shakes and are seeing our NZ future as history. The lady cop next asked Pieter if he had anything to drink - he admitted to 2 beers at home. She then attached a second part onto the machine and asked him to blow, this time until she says stop. Pieter is starting to wonder if he can outrun her..... But before he can make his getaway she gives him the friendly: "it's a pass" and waves him on.
 
He is still sitting down.......  :whistle:


Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Durbschick1 on January 17, 2008, 09:40:19 am
Ag lekker Diddi! Ek het die hele nuwe jaar ann julle gedink! So bly dit gaan so goed - stertkte!!!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 17, 2008, 09:44:41 am
Wendy. Here is one for you:

who is the first person hubby met at his new job on Monday in the mill in Whangarei?

Sederick from Harare, Zimbabwe.  ;D

Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Bonni H on January 17, 2008, 09:47:03 am
Hi Didi

Gee that was lucky. A friend of mine was pulled over in a road block but was not so lucky it has cost him $5000 in lawyers fees just to get it sorted out they are not very kind to people who are over the limit here so just tell Pieter to be very careful. Glad he was not over the limit. Shame it must have been rather stressful for him.

Take Care
Bonni
Auckland-Howick
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 17, 2008, 09:52:25 am
Oh yes - bad news guys : the house had a new section behind that they are starting to build on next week. It is right on top of our house. Will not be safe for the kids. It is so sad. And the expat and her kids in the house in front is WONDERFULL. She is member of a goup of expats.

I want to link this side with the SA ladies group that meet's up fortnightly in Whangarei.  

So no home yet...  :'(

Tomorrow I am taking ANYTHING
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 17, 2008, 10:44:16 am


Onthou julle die dae toe die kinders net begin praat het? Mens het omtrent permanent gele soos jy lag vir die se goed en die uitspraak en die initiatief wat die kleuters mee voorendag kom.
 
Wel ons drie skinnertjies is nou in Engels mode. En mense, die keer gaan ek die goed moet "record"
 
Buite ons Motel kamer is die swembad met n lekker groot staal braai en Pappa staan en sirloin steaks braai 8H00 die aand terwyl die kinders swem (ja dis lig, ja dis warm, ja dis veilig....)
 
Die motel oom kom vra toe of ons more weer die "barbeque" gaan gebruik. Nadat hy weg is kom n erenstige Marnus by sy Pappa aan. Hy lyk nou nie meer so seker van die steaks nie....
 
"Pappa?" vra hy. "Wat het die oom gese van daai baba koei?"
 
 
 
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on January 17, 2008, 11:42:43 am
 :2funny: out of the mouths of babes!
Pity about the house, but it obviously just wasn't meant to be.   :gl: with the next one.  Glad Pieter didn't get nabbed!!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on January 17, 2008, 02:56:54 pm
Sowi Didi about the house and  :2funny: on the "baba koei" en arme Pieter  :whistle:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Badprop on January 17, 2008, 03:33:22 pm
It comes in 3, now that that's over it will only get better. O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: stella.mike on January 17, 2008, 05:08:07 pm
 ;D ;D ;D Hi Didi dit is wonderlik om van julle adventure te hoor.  Mike voel skoon benoud vir Pieter se part.
Ek geniet om elke episode te lees van julle.  Dit voel soos n boek wat jy nie kan neersit nie. Dankie vir die updates.  :2funny:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 17, 2008, 10:49:25 pm
Help

we need to be out of the motel by Sunday. Now there is three houses I can get by this week:

1. Best area 1km from school,
small rooms, small house, no heating at $380
They can tell me by 2H00 this afternoon if I may have it - someone has first option

or

2. Medium area 5 km from school and a rumpus room for kids to play (once cleaned 10 times)
bigger rooms, no heating but cheaper at $ 350
scruffy and a little "moldy" smelling?
The neighbours look a bit  ???

or

3. $ 310 Lower class area but
the lady that lived there (Maouri) is the nicest person and hubby is a cop
Place is really NEAT, clean and pretty garden
the neighbours are white and elderly - looks nice
the view is amazing over the whole of Whangarei
their is heating and sunny rooms (lots of sun in winter)
no play place for kids? but still 6km from school
But who knows what happens at night?

If I take one of the above I can move again in 6 months when I get the right house?  :-\ ???

OR

do I book into Top ten (it the family camping grounds with cheapish rooms - can't stay in a motel any longer) and wait for the right house?

 :help:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Feather on January 17, 2008, 10:53:48 pm
Sorry Didi can't help.  It's a tough call that.
 :gl: with your decision.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Badprop on January 18, 2008, 06:14:46 am
Didi dis moeilik om raad te gee hier.  Ek kan jou wel se dat muf reuk is 'n slegte teken.  Muf is baie erg op jou longe en ek sal jou glad nie aan raai om die een te vat nie.  Ek sukkel my alie af om die muf uit die huis te hou en dis harde werk.  Daar is die huise van hout en die muf kan in die hout wees wat jy nooit gaan by kan kom nie. 

Sterkte, jy sal wel die regte besluit neem.

Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Amber on January 18, 2008, 08:03:23 am
Hi Didi
I love your post - you all sound like your having a wonderful adventure.  House hunting is scary - I would suggest keep looking until you find the one you are happy with.  A few more weeks struggling in a campsite or motel will be worth at least 6 months of comfort in a nice house.  Keep the updates coming!
All the best
Amber
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Cameleon on January 18, 2008, 08:06:48 am
Hi Didi! shame! House hunting seems daunting! You'll make the right decision  O0 If it were me, I would wait a while longer, and search more.... good luck!  :flowers:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on January 18, 2008, 08:46:16 am
Hi Didi, I agree with Amber and Mags.  Rough it for a while longer until you find the house and suburb you really want to be in.  It will be worth the wait and it WILL come along eventually!  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: stella.mike on January 18, 2008, 04:39:29 pm
Hi Didi
I would hang in therefore a week or two if possible and your perfect house will come your way  :gl: :gl: :gl:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Nolan on January 21, 2008, 09:15:45 am
stay as far away from houses that have signs of mould
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Durbschick1 on January 21, 2008, 02:55:12 pm
I agree on the mold, rather stay clear from that one. I know it is tempting and you must be tired of looking, but maybe just hang in there for another couple of days! :gl:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: zatexnz on January 21, 2008, 10:28:33 pm
Glad to catch up with you again, Didi.  At least for the most part, when you rent a house, you don't have to sign a long term lease.  So you could rent it for just one month or two...  Rather don't put distance to work as a high priority.  I'd put quality of school and neighbourhood and quality of house at a higher priority.  Just my 2c worth...

And I'm going to post something about schools and their ratings on the School forum.

Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 29, 2008, 03:28:00 am

Well at last I have the PC set up on a couple of boxes and the modem I borrowed from Mike next door is plugged in. We have no furniture, we are sleeping on the floor and we are eating out of takeaway boxes but the PC is ready to go  ;D. Gotta get my forum fix or there will be no clean laundry and no shopping done in this house!

I would like to remind you that I owe many people news as well as my diary – so please bear with me if I write a basic news letter, including all good and bad... read what you consider relative and skip the rest?  :whistle:

So let me start from where I left of last at the Motel. I did not get the dream house in Maunu. It turned out that they were building right on the property and I could not see myself living on a construction site for months. So we settled for a smaller rental just a few blocks away. We have decided that Maunu was where we would stay as this is where the ideal school for our kids are. The house has no fences (which made me nervous) and only 3 bedrooms. The one bedroom is practically as large as my grandmother’s pantry. But the main bedroom is large with a sliding door and it’s own deck and the house looks over the native forest on two sides. Another big advantage is that the street is a dead end with little traffic and only 1km from school.

Pieter’s work, and Whangarei town centre is 5.6km down the hill and the hospital is 2 km before that. Even with town so close Maunu is considered “rural”.  Our bus stop, the kiwi museum, heritage park, the POLO club and the Whangarei show grounds are 100m down the road and the kids and I have been amazed at all the things that happens there. We have been on vintage train rides, mini train rides and even a polo picnic. We have also missed two busses while watching the dogs being trained. (island attitude – you can always catch the next bus and tomorrow is another day) :clap:

Pieter is working lots of overtime as this is a very busy time for MacKay. He takes Eddie down to town at 6h00 in the morning and leaves her in the street outside his work. Sometime though the morning the kids and I then take their scooters and walk to the bus stop.  It’s only about 100-150m but we usually take an hour because this is such a strange and wonderful outing for us Saffers (for the non-forum members, a Saffer is a South African in NZ).

There is a park with all kinds of strange kiwi-people and animals, the train, the neighbours and the church. Everyone wants to talk/ drink tea/ share gardening ideas and hear about us, and we generally meet a new friend every day. We love the bus (being saffers we have never been on one before). The first time we did not get off at our stop and ended up going around for a second route. The next time around the bus driver treated us to an unscheduled stop right behind Eddie and everyone on the bus waved and hooted as they drove off. The kids LOVED it.

After collecting Eddie we go do all our chores. There is lots to keep us busy (mostly buying all the things we still need and registering with doctors/ IRS etc....) At 7H00 we pick hubby up and we all head home. This mom is too lazy to clean the kitchen so we brought a beautiful gas barbeque (which, after the incident with Marnus, we now call “die baba koei”) and we mostly eat off this every evening.

My sister is registered on my cell phone as “my mate”. This means I can talk to Trunelle as many times and as long as I want anytime for $6 per month. I spend on average 30 minutes each morning making up for 8 years of non-communication. Then I call the poor woman with every new thing I see/ want to buy/ want to sell/ want to try etc.... basically she spends the whole day on the phone with me.  I have no idea what I would have done without her here. What a wonderful experience having a sister. And how sad I only found her now!

I have also registered for broadband but this is going to take at least a week (but better than SA’s month) so I am on dial-up presently. At least we have a email address and I can get onto the SAgoingtoNZ forum for my FFF (friendly forum fix)

I must say the twins birthday lay before me like a mountain. I do not very often refuse to face a challenge but this time I threw the problem in front of God’s feet and looked away. I had no idea how I was going to face their birthday with no money, no place to go, no friends, no presents, no family, no cake and even dad working from 6 to 7. I just refused to think or plan. Three days before the 21st I met Mary and her mother. They are from SA, 8 years in Whangarei and her son is as old as the twins. She baked two cakes to the twins specifications, then threw them a party and she and her mom fed me tea and cake. It all just makes my hart ache. Their care and love was so unconditional and freely given. There are angels on earth.  :angel:

Pieter had to work on his birthday, but the next 3 days he was off! We packed Eddie with snorkels and sun cream and spent the time exploring Whangarei. The first day we spent mostly with the church at Onerari (free hotdogs – they make them by folding a slice of bread in two). The next day we drove 28 km to Tutukaka. We rented kayaks and explored the bay and islands. I do not know how to describe Tutukaka to someone who has not seen this part of the coast. It is unbelievably beautiful. The road winds though English style countryside that can only be described as quaint. On three sides you have bays with islands and turquoise waters. There are white beaches and small villages. Every corner of the road has a name and there is every type of sea from peaceful green lagoons to foaming white waves around black cliffs. Every green hill is dotted with typical NZ white sheep and in between there are dark green forest valleys, with towering ferns and the most amazing large gnarled trees. It is not compatible to Africa’s wild beauty. It has a magic entirely of its own.

I have applied for a post with Dept Conservation in Whangarei – It is a part time post – leaving me afternoons free to spend with my kids. Pls hold thumbs for me? O0

Overall we are still afloat. We do need every one we knows’ thoughts and love and we miss somethings and some people desperately. But I do think we will be able to make a good life here.

And now it is time for me to take my kids for a walk.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 29, 2008, 04:28:37 am
I have my priorities right: I can survive without furniture, but not without this forum support!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: scotsman on January 29, 2008, 05:50:46 am
Hi Didi
Great to hear that your thriving in NZ.......sounds like you are having a great time.......as to having no furniture yet just do what i did when I first arrived in SA...........When people came back to the flat, i used open the door and shout "Bloody hell...........I've been robbed!!" LOL
Glad pieter is enjoying the job and that the kids are settling in..........Brigid and I are so :envy: , we are still waiting on the last few pieces to fall in place......!! keep your fingers crossed.
Funny how time goes past so quickly.............one minute you were having a drink with us all at the Spur.........now on the other end of the planet!! ask Pieter to give me some feedback on what it's like to work as a sparky in NZ compared to SA............conditions, people, pace etc.
Anyhow, glad you are back on line!! take care

charlie and brigid
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 29, 2008, 06:46:40 am
Quote
When people came back to the flat, i used open the door and shout "Bloody hell...........I've been robbed!!" LOL

 ;D
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: MJ on January 29, 2008, 07:24:16 am
Thats Briliant ;D

Didi it sounds like you have settled in well and have everything under control.
Just remember the longer you are without furniture the more you appreciate it when it arrives.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Cameleon on January 29, 2008, 08:18:42 am
Hi Didi
Glad you are settling! I'll hold thumbs for that job you want. Sounds like the perfect job for you!  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Badprop on January 29, 2008, 08:31:58 am
Hi Didi

Great to have you back here.   :clap:  Will have to catch up in a weeks time.  We still have a cocktail date?
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ivansa on January 29, 2008, 01:30:36 pm
Hi Didi

Really enjoyed reading this tread keep em coming.

We are also going the non furniture route. Did you take the PC and screen with on the plane?

Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on January 29, 2008, 06:35:13 pm
Thank you so very much for the update Didi and I think all of us that are still stuck this side are as Scotsman said VERY  :envy:
Thanks for the foto and great to see the "KIWI BOER" T-Shirt is on  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: minette on January 29, 2008, 07:53:23 pm
I LOVE your posts  :smitten:  :smitten: Thank you for making it all so totally honest and down to earth and absolutely real.

I'm holding thumbs for your Dept of Conservation job. It's funny - I was actually wondering if I should not look for something similar (conservation) for half day once I'm there as I'm a true Green Peace at heart and it will take a while for me to be able to start up my own business there again. I've been to a dolphin show, a seal show and a bird show recently and the whole conservation message was brought down hard - I'd like to contribute (more than just "buy-off-the-guilt-feeling" donations). Of course, as much as SA and in particularly the still well-run parksboards are doing for the natural habitat and wild animals, I believe the green drive in NZ is absolutely awesome. It may just turn out to be something to keep me out of mischief! Let me know how it goes.



Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 30, 2008, 03:33:35 am
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Just remember the longer you are without furniture the more you appreciate it when it arrives.
Michelle some things I miss - but actually I wish I did not have all that furniture coming - the house is so small and its so much to pack away and clean  :-\ The lounge is so easy to clean at present - just pick up the upside down fruit box, sweep, and you are done!  ;D

Canky, you bet we have a date!! you name the date and time - I'll pick you up. (was it the second monday in Feb or something?)

Ivansa my brother inlaw has this conmpany that builds PCs in Auckland (near Glenfield) - I brought my pc there on my 3rd day in NZ - like I said - this forum is my life blood and without it ....  :uglystupid2:

Minette - as I am writing this post - my phone rings and WOW  :heeha: it is DOC and I have an interview for 1H00 Monday morning  :clap: keeping you a spot at the table next to mine  O0

Anton, Pieter invites you to come fishing - wrap up the paperwork and come, you and I still have a business to start!

Tomorrow I am taking the kids to register at school.

But now I need to go make a plan with the pumpkin. It seemed so easy, Maggie always did it you see? But the skin did not want to come of - so I thought, just cook it with the skin and then you take the skin off once it is soft. But now I have "pumpkin soup alla skin". And I can not chuc it in the dustbin, cause I need to clean that dustbin! It does not fit into one of the three recycle groups: paper, glass or plastic.... so the pot and I need to go for a walk. Don't tell hubby. The pumpkin cost $3  :P
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Post by: dance on January 30, 2008, 04:52:47 am
 :2funny: Didi sounds like you are having a blast. Keep the posts coming  :smitten: them.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: stella.mike on January 30, 2008, 07:12:05 am
Good luck with the interview I know it will go well? Thank you for update I was wondering what happend to you  guys.  I need my forum high every day?? 
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: malindy on January 30, 2008, 05:26:30 pm
Didi, you are so  :2funny: - don't they have some law against pumpkin abuse in NZ?? ;D

On a seriaas  :gl: note - Lotsaluck with the interview- let us know how it went, and of course kiddies first day @ school!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mikencarmen on January 30, 2008, 07:10:31 pm
Hey Didi, glad to see you have your priorities in order...  ;D...

 :gl: for the interview, and of course the "little" skinners first day at school!!!

C
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on January 30, 2008, 08:35:42 pm
Didi tell Pieter just to hang in there, we will come over "Cowboy" and just waiting for passports and a few other things and did you see the pic of the boat on "skippers license" - want to see if we must bring it along with us and the business YES I know  ::) PM me on whats happening that side on the industry that I am in currently, Thanks Didi you are a super star  :clap:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Shaz on January 30, 2008, 10:25:18 pm
Glad to see you are enjoying things so much!!  :gl: with the interview!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 31, 2008, 06:00:08 am
You have been asking, and I have promised so: Pieter is back early today from work (doing his safety course for the prov licence) - so I have given him a cold one, made him sit down and he is now going to tell all you sparkies out there in SA about his experiences so far:

It may be a bit early to say for sure how it really is: we have been working longer than normal hours to do maintenance and new installations before the big companies start up for the year.

Most electricians with 5 years experience starts on $25 p/h and once you register they up it to $28 or so. Leading hands (like a supervisor) gets approx $30 and a foreman gets $34 and extras like a car/ phone. There are some companies that pays more - but mostly then you are on shifts. The dairies pay very well (but want instrumentation experience – if you have this, go for the dairies – lots of bucks and cool hours)

The guys are not keen to borrow their tools to you. If you can bring as much possible tools with so you have the basics e.g. tester/ standley knife etc. That will help a lot.  The company I am with gives you a list of tools you need (want me to post it?) and some of it is costly. The battery drill I brought for $700 set us back a bit.

The first day I nearly bashed a guy for calling me "mate". Who's your meit? (sorry Charlie - afrikaans joke  :2funny:)

Serious though it took a while to get used to the accent and the slang names - but basically an electrician is an electrician. Most of it is pretty much the same.

Something Didi and I have discussed and cannot put our finger on: in SA a tradesperson/ millwright/ mine worker etc. Is “looked down on” but here it seems to be a “noble” position and quite good paying compared to e.g. a middle manager.

Personal and company Safety is very serious – make sure you stress that your safety is top notch and that you stress what you have done for safety in your CV.

All in all I am enjoying  the experience. And just in case you are wondering. The power in NZ shocks “die k*k uit jou uit” just as in SA!!

Greetings to you all
Pieter

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Post by: scotsman on January 31, 2008, 06:22:29 am
Hey Pieter.........how are you mate..... :2funny:............sounds great and glad you are settling in well. Funny you mention that in SA if your a tradesman your looked down upon.........in Scotland it is a well respected trade, so good to hear that the kiwi's give it some respect !! I don't know why its like that in SA, before I started my own business i was a Sales Director with a large listed packaging company with the fancy suit and beemer....and I notice the difference as how people talk and act with you here according to your title!! Strange hey,,,,,,,,,,,,,  :crazy2:

Here's a good one........I did an installation for a Doctor a while ago........when I gave him the invoice he say's....."Whew ! I'm a doctor and I don't even earn that much!! So I said to him. Neither did I when I was a Doctor!!! LOL.

Keep us updated.

Cheers

Charlie and Brigid
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Post by: stella.mike on January 31, 2008, 07:36:50 am
 :2funny: :2funny: Thanks for the update it helps a lot.  Enjoy NZ
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Post by: Durbschick1 on January 31, 2008, 08:58:14 am
Sounds good! Thanks for the heads up Pieter! My hubby also Pieter and also a sparky! Diddi and I have been chatting a while now. Cannot wait to get there!!!!   :clap:   :gl:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on January 31, 2008, 06:36:13 pm
Pieter jy moet nou nie jouself gaan DOM skok met NZ POWER nie hoor :2funny:  :2funny: ons moet nog gaan visvang !!!!!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Nolan on January 31, 2008, 11:23:39 pm
cool posts Didi en Pieter. Didi, jy het ook 'n verborge talent - You should become a writer, you make it sounds so idillic. Enjoy every moment of it guys, it is after all your adventure and your children's future O0

Pieter I am sure the other electricians on the site would love for you to post that tool list to ensure they picth up in NZ well prepared - it may even save them some bucks to get the goodies here O0

Thanks again guys, and keep the posts comming
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Durbschick1 on February 01, 2008, 08:00:02 am
Yes Please! The Tool list would be a gr8 help...  O0 where not sure if we would need to bring it all over. We are selling almost everything...
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on February 03, 2008, 03:19:05 am
Check the photo:

Ons nuwe (ex-SA) buurman by die kerk funksie gisteraand (kyk die vlag agter teen die MUUR!!!)

Dit was n fund raising waar hulle "services" afgebie het vir fons insameling.

Ek het gebie op die babysitter services vir 3 ure en dit gekry teen $35 - wat n bargain!! Nou kan ek en Pieter een aand op stand gaan stap (geen geld vir uiteet)terwyl iemand die kids kom oppas!

We were made to feel very welcome - and the food was great! we met 6 SA families and one family from canada.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on February 03, 2008, 03:36:04 am
Thought to share this with you - we love this house - it is only 1km from the shool - but we have no idea if we will be able to borrow this amount from the bank?

Anyway - dreaming costs nothing
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on February 03, 2008, 06:11:05 am
Great house Didi. I have been eyeing that one myself. I do stacks of searching and point out to DH the ones I like so he knows what to get when he gets there. Hope you manage to come right with it. :gl: If you get a chance go and see Hendriena at Barfoot and Thompson. She is an ex saffer and understands our needs and restrictions.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on February 03, 2008, 12:14:35 pm
Didi it just shows you were we all suppose to be ne'  :whistle: LOVE MY "ORANJE WIT EN BLOU"
Dis ONS VLAG dai "EENDRAG MAAK MAG" just wait for us we are coming there  ::) and the house look very nice but remember if it's not meant to be it won't.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: malindy on February 03, 2008, 03:29:01 pm
Stunning house DD! And only 1km from school - what a win!
Let's hope the bank managers in NZ is not as full of it as they are down here :whistle:...

Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mikencarmen on February 03, 2008, 03:38:27 pm
Didi, found the house on the web.....really stunning....and great view... :gl:

C
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Feather on February 03, 2008, 10:51:02 pm
Didi, looks like a stunning house. 
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: zatexnz on February 04, 2008, 01:53:30 am
Ek het gebie op die babysitter services vir 3 ure en dit gekry teen $35 - wat n bargain!! Nou kan ek en Pieter een aand op stand gaan stap (geen geld vir uiteet)terwyl iemand die kids kom oppas!

Not bad, for looking after... is it 3 kids?  Enjoy your date out!!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on February 04, 2008, 08:06:08 am
Great house Didi.  As someone said.  If it's meant to be, you will get it.  :gl:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on February 07, 2008, 07:20:41 am
And so the day arrived and the kids just could not wait anymore. This morning the twins were sitting in the hallway next to their bags just begging me to hurry up so we could walk to school.

At school there was the usual confusion getting everyone into the right class. We have decided to split the twins so they can concentrate and give their best so they are in room 7 & 8 which is for Year 1 and 2.

Catherine  is in is in room 6 which is for Year 2 and 3.

Like I explained before the kids start school on the day they turn 5 years, so Mia's class has only 7 kids and will be filling up though out the year. The teachers are called by their surnames e.g. Ms Harris and discipline is quite strict. Unfortunately no uniforms but they have polo shirts for outings. The school fees are $100 per child per year but you only pay for the first 2 kids and only if you afford it. Then each child has a stationary list that accounts to approximate $60 for the year. This includes the Tshirts and sun-cream etc.

There are rules about hats and sunscreen on the playgrounds and a list of what may be in their lunch boxes. Fruit, water and grain bread is encouraged. The kids swim 4 days a week in summer and spring and have to chose two sport activities to participate in per season. (Mia has begging NOT to go to karate, she is terrified we misunderstand and make her go with Marnus!) The older kids have really cool sports like horse riding (the stables and fields are next to the school) and sailing.  Check out the field right next to the school where they ride. The whole school has no fences, only these old walls of packed rocks

I was not even Half as sad or stressed out as I thought I would be dropping my babies of - I just walked on over to the bus stop, got down to town and went on with my day.  (did send the grandmothers a text/sms which must have reached them in the middle of the night!)

They all brought homework and reading books. It is going to be an interesting juggle with three kids goodies each day for school. Then off course there is togs (that's what they call costumes in NZ, I can't even say it, Catherine needs to remind me each time)
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Durbschick1 on February 07, 2008, 07:49:29 am
I love your posts Diddi!!! I'm so happy for you guys and cannot wait to have a cuppa when we get there!!!   :clap:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on February 07, 2008, 07:55:04 am
 :) Sounds like they are going to have a ball Didi.  :gl: With the homework juggling
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: minette on February 07, 2008, 08:17:06 am
Sounds so awesome - how is having horse riding as a school activity! My goodness, my Miya will be so happy about that as she is infatuated with horses, even though she is only almost 2yrs old.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Durbschick1 on February 07, 2008, 11:01:05 am
.....Amper vergeet ek weer! Diddi, het Pieter al kaans gehad on die tool lys bymekaar te kry?
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: stella.mike on February 07, 2008, 01:33:25 pm
Wilna die toollys het hulle erens gepost ek kan net nie onthou waar nie ek het dit gister raak gelees dalk onder general :blush:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Nolan on February 07, 2008, 01:35:46 pm
yep, Candice has also been begging us for a horse now for years, so we gotta move in next door to Didi :clap:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on February 07, 2008, 02:03:10 pm

Under getting ready  O0
http://www.sagoingtonz.co.nz/forum/index.php?topic=1969.msg29416#msg29416
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: stella.mike on February 07, 2008, 05:33:22 pm
Oops I know it was somewhere  :blush: :blush:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mikencarmen on February 07, 2008, 06:35:09 pm
Didi, thanks again for the great posts,   :) glad to hear that you and your family have "settled" into your new life without to much drama. 

C & M
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: malindy on February 07, 2008, 07:28:30 pm
Marvelous NZ adventure DD! :clap:

Every time I log in, I first visit your thread - am soooo looking fwd to do similar things - even  without the help we are so used to in Safferland! ;D 

What's happening with the househunting? 



Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: nazmahomed on February 07, 2008, 11:07:02 pm
the kids to tend to become horse lovers here. We see so many on our drive to and from work everyday that Tariq has started asking to go horse riding too and wants to know if he can have one for his birthday. The cool thing is that we can go see horses whenever we want to and we can walk there too.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on February 08, 2008, 04:57:47 am
Sounds super Didi. Also cannot wait to get there and share a coffee and news.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on February 12, 2008, 02:40:15 am
My sister went back to work and is no more at my beck and call - I do miss being able to just phone her all the time, but she is obviously making a point of phoning me between court and home to stay in touch. She really has been a life line to me so far.

Today is my first day at home with kids and hubby away. I have not had a breathing chance yet - too much to do - but I believe by next week I should start having some time for myself. Then again. Perhaps I am just the type of person that is perpetually busy. :-)

Immigration is really all about starting over - even for the little things you do not expect you will have to start over with. The most stupid things takes all the fun out of it. Example? My Internet banking monthly payee list.... it took me 4 hours to set up my new one today - I am exhausted with starting from scratch! Sure there are benefits, and it is much easier than it would have been in SA. But mostly it is just plain HARD work. I envy Pieter going to work in the morning and coming home in the evening while I scratch out our new life.

So South Africa. You are never seeing me again. Not because you do not have power. Because I do not have the power to immigrate again!

Pieter has started working at the port from Monday. (rememver he works for MacKay electrical, and they send hiom to whicever client needs him that week) His new hours brings him home a whole 2 hours earlier at 5h00. It is great having him home early but it does put stress on getting everything done in time. Also he now takes the car which leaves me with no transport but the bus. It looks like Pieter's job is going to be interesting with the new locations every week. They are working on huge destroyer navy vessels that are being built for the NZ navy. They are absolutely beautiful.  The first day he got really frustrated as no one told him what to do. But by today he seemed more settled and had set tasks to complete. He is still feeling very much the outsider as the team keep on changing so he is not really getting to know the people around him. I can understand that this must be frustrating. Poor hubby! Overall though I think once he knows the team and he starts knowing the clients he will really enjoy the variety.

As reported I did not get the job with DOC. My ego is obviously not impressed but perhaps my head is a bit relieved. I'm not sure if I would have coped (off course I would have?!?). Anyhow, I now have some time to settle us a bit more and get my life on track. It also gives me the opportunity to look out for something new. Something different. Something exciting and more my own? I would love doing my own thing (just have to find out what that thing is !). Obviously money is going to be the deciding factor really soon.

In the mean time I have joined the gym, been assessed as being fat (we all new that...?) and started sweating it off. The exercise helps a lot for the stress and makes me feel like I have done something just for me. Gym is quite cheap compared to SA. Approx R 200 per month includes everything and you do not HAVE to join for long periods.

We do meet lots of people. So many that it is becoming difficult to keep track about who is who. This morning our neighbour across the road invited me over the tea. She is a really nice lady and we have been saying hallo to each other in the afternoons. We have also gone for a real BRAAI at the Krugers who lives down the valley. Their daughter is in Catri's class and they are 100% afrikaans. Then I have regular info sessions with the nice lady behind our section (they have been here 30 +years) and our elderly SA neighbours often comes over to see if we are ok and need any help. The lady (Ivone) often brings cakes for the kids and fresh veggies from her garden for our dinner. The kids have started calling her Nana as my strict afrikaans upbringing would not allow them to call her by her name.

What is a bit sad about all this new people I am meeting is that I keep searching for something in them that I should know I will not find for a long time yet. Allmost impossible to explain what exactly it is - perhaps the term "friends" would describe it. Then again perhaps not? But you know how you have someone you go to when your kids are sick, and someone you call when you have had a great day? Different "soul mates" for different situations. It took so long to build those in SA and I really miss having them, even though I have not really had all that much use for them so far...

Our immigration reserve is now empty and from this coming week we will be officially living from Pieter's salary. I feel quite nervous! It is almost impossible to be 100% sure if we will be able to live of the budget we have worked out as I keep getting little surprises (like the water bill that you pay only once in 6 months?). Also we have not had to support kids in a school before and the school activities are providing their own little nasty cash surprises.

I have not yet sorted out our container... will be asking the forums help on that one this week. Seems like we might have to pay a quite large amount to get it here...

Well I am off to fetch the kids now and start supper. Marnus has karate lessons tonight and tomorrow the girls start dancing classes.



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Post by: Shirls on February 12, 2008, 03:55:59 am
Hi Didi

What a lekker long post!

I totally under stand what you mean about searching for something within the people you meet. We have met a few people, but none that I would really call friends.
You are so good about gym! I take P to work in the mornings - he won't walk, and then I go for a walk around the block.
There is a horse in a stand next to the church that loves all the attention from the passers by, so he gets a love as I go past!
I am hoping to start helping out at the local Riding for the disabled this week, at least it will give me something to do!

Our reserves are looking sad too! We are about to pay for half the container to the agent here, to help reduce the cost in SA terms. Magna are moving us, and have been ultra helpful!
I don't envy them... they need to start sorting my boxes out, I started with the best of intentions, but in the end it turned into blind panic!

Good luck with the rest of your week! I hate been a DHW - desperate housewife!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Badprop on February 12, 2008, 05:29:51 am
Didi I love your posts.  The kids sound like they are settling in nicely.  Now you just need a job to keep you sane, but the gym thing is a good start. 

Shirls I could hug a bird by now, missing my dog and cat big time. 
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ivansa on February 12, 2008, 12:02:35 pm
Hi Didi

Thx for the update.  :clap:
I cant help dreaming about NZ when I read your posts.

Really looking forward to your next update  :)

Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Nolan on February 12, 2008, 12:16:31 pm
The friends thing is gonna be a difficult one. It takes time to build bonds, but at least you know that it will keep on getting better as time goes by O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on February 12, 2008, 02:57:37 pm
Well done on the Gym thing Didi.  I breath for exercise, so please do some for me too.  You seem to be settling so well there.  Good luck with the friend thing.  It is gonna take a while, but we know you will hang in there. :flowers:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on February 12, 2008, 10:01:42 pm
Thanks guys!!

Good news this morning is my sister is going to ask permission from IRS (she works there) to represent me as my attorney with customs - she might have more luck explaining why I don't think it is fair that I need to pay GST  >:( They will not listen to me....

It is so nice having a sister!  :)
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: stella.mike on February 13, 2008, 02:49:33 pm
god lck I will hold thumbs that she can get through to them
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Carla P on February 13, 2008, 04:28:16 pm
Good luck Didi O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on February 13, 2008, 05:10:02 pm
Thanks for the update Didi and  :gl: with the container and waiting for answers on that one and the GST  :confused:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Carla P on February 13, 2008, 06:19:59 pm
Hey Didi when do you hear?
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: scotsman on February 13, 2008, 10:04:56 pm
Great Post Didi, sounds like your having a hectic time! :heeha: Glad to hear that Pieter is getting into the swing of things.......give him my regards! Hang in there, you will make friends as you go along, can't believe that you have been there 6 weeks already!!

Charlie and Brigid
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on February 14, 2008, 05:00:53 am
Hey Didi when do you get answers on the container? Hope everything works out for you. Well done onthe gym. Not sure if I would have the energy to start something like that so soon. I keep telling Nikki that we will join Curves as soon as we get there but if I actually get to go is another story altogether.  :blush:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on February 14, 2008, 08:10:34 am
Hey Dance, I joined curves last year! But..... that's all I did.  Since found out you actually have to attend sessions for it to work  >:D
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on February 14, 2008, 08:14:18 am
MMM - this sounds like my gym - I have joined, I have visited, now I just have to go again?????  >:D
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Badprop on February 14, 2008, 08:20:58 am
Hey Dance, I joined curves last year! But..... that's all I did.  Since found out you actually have to attend sessions for it to work  >:D
:2funny:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: tandl on February 14, 2008, 02:41:08 pm
 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: Damn, there go my chances!!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Feather on February 15, 2008, 04:49:45 am
 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Now I'm starting to understand how this whole gym thing works! I actually have to go if I want to benefit from it!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on February 15, 2008, 07:10:15 am
 :2funny: :2funny: You girls crack me up. Thanks to you I have a great start to my day without all the extra roughage in my diet.!

Have just found out that there will be a Curves starting in my town next week. Will join here and just continue when I get to NZ. Seriously girls if there is one near you join. It only takes 30 minutes and is for ladies only so no worries about guys oggling your fat bouncing about all over the place.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on February 15, 2008, 09:10:02 am
Quote
about guys oggling your fat bouncing about all over the place.

eish  ??? they actually oogle the stuff? thats gross man!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Carla P on February 16, 2008, 09:37:10 pm
 :2funny:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: zatexnz on February 17, 2008, 03:58:44 am
 :2funny:  Finally got to catching up here!  Wish I'd had more time to chat yesterday, Didi!!  Well, perhaps we'll skype again in the week!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on February 19, 2008, 01:13:41 am
Like they say: "no worries"  ;)

It was really nice meeting you Colleen  - and your family.

I vollenteer to be your PA for the Hamilton camping weekend/ get together  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on February 26, 2008, 06:36:26 am
Ek is jammer. Was maar so bietjie stil. n Paar af daggies. Nie soveel dat iets verkeerd was nie, meer dat ons vroumense mos maar so hormone piep kry nou en dan.

Dankie vir die eposse en die PMs om te vra hoe dit gaan.

Ek weet nie regtig hoe om te se hoe dit gaan nie. Ek is bekommerd dat ek nooit sal inpas nie, maar net n oomblik later kan ek nie glo hoe maklik dit alles gaan nie. Ek worry oor ons geld en die container. Maar as mens mooi kyk dan is ons nie regtig naby swaar kry nie - net die luxuries wat so bietjie sal moet agter bly.  ::)

Ek voel soms bitterlik alleen. En soms net alleen. En soms alleen met hoop.  :)

Die ergste is maar om sterk te lyk vir die man, kinders, familie en veral die mense naaste aan my wat oor my worry en hulle eie probleme het. Ek is so bekommered oor my ma alleen daar. Ek is hartseer oor mense wat siek of oud is en ek nooit weer gaan sien nie. Ek voel baie skuldig oor party mense wat ek beter wou leer ken het en nooit die moeite gedoen het nie. Ek is kwaad oor die tyd wat ek gemors het met dinge en mense wat nie my tyd werd was nie. Ek wens ek het die moeite gedoen om een aand alleen veld toe te gaan en vir Afrika totsiens te se. Maar ek is dankbaar dat ek my hond en die plaas waar ek groot geword het mooi gaan baai se het.

Ek dink ons gaan ok wees. Nee, ek weet ons gaan ok wees. Die vraag is net hoe vinnig, hoe lank en hoe maklik ek dit vir ons gaan maak ne? Dis nou nog baie opvindend en nuut, so oor n paar maande gaan dit dalk bietjie swaarder raak. Ek sukkel bietjie met die groot besluite. Maar tyd sal seker leer. Ek wens ek het harder gewerk aan my verhouding met my sussie en met God voor ek hierheen gekom het, dan het ek meer ondersteuning gehad nou. Maar dis nooit te laat om te begin nie Op die ou ent is dit soos n vriendin in n brief se: "tenminste lees iemand nog jou briewe – niemand is dood nie!" Daar is soveel om voor dankbaar te wees – dat mens nog kan probeer – dat mens nog opsies het – dat mens kan besluite maak. Dat my kinders veilig is...

So ja daar is maar die af daggie of twee. Maar hier kom die opstaan gelukkig maklik!  :)
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Jen T on February 26, 2008, 07:17:50 am
Hi Didi  I'm sorry to hear that you are feeling down.  Give yourself a break.  You are allowed to feel sad about all of this.  I would be so surprised if you didn't.  One thing for certain, having read the rest of your posts, you have a GREAT attitiude and it seems like the majority of the time, see this for what it is; an adventure.  Get yourself a vit B complex injection to help with the stress of it all.  I swear by them.  I 'semi-migrated from KZN to Cape Town and after 4 years, still don't feel like I fit in and have very few new friends and I am a very socialble person who left tons of friends in KZN.  I have been through similar lows, in the first year, there were many.  Have we made the right move?  Will these Cape Town people EVER let us in?  Is my farmer husband Really happy in the city? 
Just don't allow yourself to wallow too much.  Get out and get some exercise and absorb some of the major beauty around you. Nurture that realtionship with God while you take some time for yourself.  I promise you it will get better.  YOU HAVE DONE THE RIGHT THING!  ( I see so much of me in you and so I really feel what you're going through.Chin up and look around you.
Also, worry is unproductive and makes you ill.  There is no point to it.

When we get there, will you remind me of all of this when I feel like you, please?!
I'll say a prayer for you too.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on February 26, 2008, 08:18:32 am
Didi  :flowers: :flowers: :flowers: one day it will feel almost like home.  O0 You hang in there girl!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on February 26, 2008, 04:51:12 pm
Hi Didi dankie vir dai info en as mens met jou julle hart GLO dan sal dit so wees - O ja en jy se dis nooit te laat nie - JY IS SO REG  :flowers: ; :nono: negatifiteite nie want julle moet almal in NZ laat weet daar is nog BAIE mense oppad  O0 Hang net in daar ons sal daar uitkom :smitten: 
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: stella.mike on February 26, 2008, 05:45:00 pm
 :flowers: :flowers: Didi hang in there we are thinking of you guys everyday and hurt to know that you must go through this alone.  We will be there as fast as we can.   en die skouers is breed, en my oor is altyd gewillig om te luister. sterkte more skyn die son weer.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Alta van zyl on February 26, 2008, 09:14:07 pm
 :flowers: Didi, baie sterkte, as jy eers begin werk/besig raak sal dinge beter raak.  Ek dink in SA het ons nie veel tyd vir emosionele en sentimentele gedagtes meer nie, te veel worries en as jy hier kom voel dit of jy weer besin oor die lewe en lewe raaksien.  Ons het sondag 'n preek gehad oor wat dit is om te bestaan of te lewe.  Jy is nou hier om te lewe en nie net te bestaan nie.  Gooi jou bagasie af en kyk net vorentoe!!  :smitten:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on February 26, 2008, 09:25:15 pm
Oh Didi  :smitten: to you. Soon I will be there and we can cry on each others shoulders. I know that there are difficult times ahead. And if you do not feel like posting replies do not worry it's ok. As long as you read these and know that we  are all here for you. Look to the sun and feel it's warmth on your face. Let that warmth slowly seep down into your innermost being and know that the love you feel there comes form all of us here.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ivansa on February 26, 2008, 09:48:30 pm
Nee gonna Didi daar raak my screen skielik blurry to ek jou reply lees.   :blush:

Jy raak dinge aan waaroor heelwat van ons nog moet deurgaan. As ek eerlik moet wees dink ek nie my hart is reg om die groot move te maak nie. Dis moeilik om dinge agter te los. Daars baie twyfel gedagtes..........

Maar my brein se klim op daai airie so gou as moontlik. Jy het die regte besluit gedoen. En ek is seker ons gaan ook die regte ding doen. Elke oggend as ek werk toe gaan weet ek ons het die regte besluit geneem . Elke oggend as ek news24 oop maak weet ek ons het die regte besluit geneem. ........

Dankie vir jou en die ander hier wat hul ervaringe deel. Goed of sleg dit makie sakie. Dit maak dit vir die res van ons soveel makliker om meer voorbereid te wees op wat daar anderkant wag(ek kan nie meer wag nie).
THANKS  :clap: :clap: :clap:

------

Jen -- "Will these Cape Town people EVER let us in?"  
We've been in cpt for 10 years and were still not in. Think they will let us in the day they can learn to drive  :whistle:

 ;D

Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: scotsman on February 26, 2008, 09:54:06 pm
Hey Didi, the BOSS just translated for me!! We are sorry that you are feeling down, it must be hard for you and all we can do is let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. I arrived here 28 years ago (SA) by myself without a care in the world and now I'm getting ready to pack up and leave only with Brigid and 4 kids to start all over again, Brigid has all her family in SA so its gonna be the same expeirence for her.......never feel that you are alone.......I bet everyone from the site who has made the move feels like you do at some time..its natural to feel a bit strange in a new place....but you will get used to it quickly i promise........just look at how well my command of Afrikaans is after 28 years!! LOL :heeha:
Hoping to be on my way around middle of March and then Brigid and kids will follow as soon as the house is sold........I bet that I'm going to feel the same as you some days too........keep the chin up.........hope to see you soon..........say Howzit to Pieter!

Cheers for now

Charlie and Brigid
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: zatexnz on February 26, 2008, 11:52:04 pm
Hey Didi!  I know what you're going through, friend!  :flowers:  Been there.... many times....
Settling in takes time.  Give yourself a year at least..  but that doesn't help I know, right now... but the important thing is to allow yourself time to grieve, but not to stay there.  Cry, and then go get yourself a cuppa and smile... pick up that phone and phone me... or we could skype, but i must admit I forget sometimes to put skype on!!
Hang in there... making friends takes time.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Shirls on February 27, 2008, 12:30:48 am
Hi Didi!
I am so sorry to hear you are feeling down - hope things are getting better when you read this.
I know how you feel, I am in the same boat now. Last week I sat infront of my computer and cried my heart out to a friend in SA... the whole I want to come home thing. Of course I am not going back but the idea was there!
Making friends here is so hard, and it feels like I am never going to fit in with the locals, or even get to know anybody!

Take care hun! It will get better soon.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on February 27, 2008, 01:01:21 am
Oh dear. I feel really guilty. Might have to learn to read what I write before posting. That post sounded absolutely dreadfull! And at least 2 times as bad as the fleeting moment of "downess"  :whistle:

I followed all the advise though (Weight watchers girls.... it is all Badproppie's fault I had a half a slab of caramel choc!) and feel wonderfull again this morning. Thank you so much for the support, the calls and the coffee!

Had a busy morning: I met up with Happy Hiker at the library, had breakfast with the bike society and rode my bike halfway back up the hill home. I had lunch with my new friend Patty and a neighbourly chat with the lady next door on keeping the snails out of my green peppers (sorry, I mean capsicums). Now I am going to write a stinking letter to the customs people who wants to charge me consession for my container. Tonight I am putting the kids to bed early and spoiling my hubby to a seafood dinner and some wine.  >:D Tomorrow we are going to friends for a BBQ. No more time to feel sorry for myself!  :clap:

God bless all of you!  :flowers:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Amber on February 27, 2008, 08:29:58 am
Oh, Didi
You sound just like me - One minute the world is terrible and the next you look at all the goodness and all the wonderful gifts God has given us and you thing: What a wonderful world!!!!"
Keep the post coming, the good, the bad and the ugly cause they really do help us to realize that our feelings are normal and that we are not going over the edge!
Thinking of you and hope that you sort things out with customs, what is the problem?
Amber
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on February 27, 2008, 01:22:34 pm
Glad you are feeling better Didi! :) Keep the posts coming, and write how you feel no matter what! We will be strong for you, just as you are going to have to make us feel better one day! O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Nolan on February 28, 2008, 12:05:50 am
don't worry Didi, you are just giving us a taste of what we are all gonna go through at some point or the other - more than once. At least we know we are all here for each other :clap:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on March 02, 2008, 05:42:22 am
We had a really nice Sunday -

We love our new church! We had a family meeting and decided we are adopting this church as our own. It's the Baptist Central church. After church we were invited for "crumpets, strawberry jam and tea in Kamo. This meant we did not use our picnic basket today but it was good planning anyway as it was pouring rain when we came out of the church at 11H00. After tea the rain let up so we decided to try a hike along the Paroa river in Mair park (approx 6 km from our home) - Paroa reserve has indig forest with really nice paths. We took a long hike with kids almost not making it back alive.... ( no, no hijackers, just foot-sore kids!) Amazing ferns and palms. Anne would love the plant life here! Also interesting is the excellent alien invasive programme running in the reserve... oh, and check out our new trainers/ tekkies! We are so proud of them we had them on to church today!

On the way home we used our "free pizza" voucher and paid $10 for 2 pizzas, garlic bread and a tub of icecream. Ate it picnic style in our fully furnished lounge.

Sundays in NZ is wonderful!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on March 02, 2008, 06:37:30 am
Oh Didi so glad you had a good time. I have walked that same path in your pic many times. I love Mair park. You really have to do the walk up Parahaki from Mair park. Take the Drummond Track. It is a little steep but taken slowly it is well worth it.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Shaz on March 02, 2008, 09:39:58 am
Glad things are going better Didi. Helps to know that there are others out there that are going through the ups and downs...
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on March 02, 2008, 10:12:59 am
 ;) Beautiful pic Didi.  Looks so peaceful there!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Carla P on March 04, 2008, 03:06:19 pm
Didi, this is stunning! Thanks for sharing the picture!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on March 05, 2008, 09:21:55 am
 Dis onmoontlik om die verskil in my kinders te verduidelik of te kon verwag het. Of hulle maar net bietjie ouer word en of hulle floreer met die ekstra aandag sal mens nou nooit weet nie. Maar hulle is asof hulle ander kinders is. Vir die eerste maal voel ons soos n regte, egte huisgesin. Ons doen alles saam. Insluitend die huiswerkies.

As n voorbeeld hier is Marnus (my 5 jarige seuntjie) se werkies vir elke dag, elke ding wat klaar is kom merk hy self af op die yskas:

Oggend:

Maak sy eie bed op in die oggend en maak sy kamer aan die kant.
Eie tande en gesig afvee
Pak 4 pap bordjies, melk, suiker en pap uit vir ontbyt
Stofsuig die kombuis vloer na ontbyt
Gaan haal sy handoek en “togs” van die draad af en sit in skool sak (as hy dit nie self doen nie swem hy nie)
Smeer sonskerm (mama help hom nog hier) en sit hoed op (anders bly hy pouse in die klas)

Middag:

Sak uitpak
Water bottels volmaak.
Handoek en Togs op die draad hang
Broodtjies uitpak en botter smeer
Een keuse werkie (dis vir ekstra punte… eie keuse… soos stoep vee of wasgoed hang)

Marnus is ook verandwoordelik vir sy eie kamer se vee, mure en sy vensters… hy doen dit alles en is trots daarop!

Ek sal nooit in my lewe geglo het my kinders kan die soort goed nou al doen nie! Ek wens ek het in Sa al vir hulle verandwoordelik gemaak vir hulle eie kamers en hulle laat help. Die week is Catri Chipmuncks (soos Whacky warehouse) toe oor sy 3 goue sterre op die yskas het. Die 2ling was hartseer maar het verstaan… hulle beurt kom as die punte vol is.

Ek is so baie trots op hulle!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Jen T on March 06, 2008, 08:01:10 pm
Didi  She is "oulik"!!!!!!  You have every reason to be proud.  Well done you!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on March 07, 2008, 01:21:18 am
Weekend!  :clap:

Pieter is off for his Church trip with fishing, BBQ and quad bikes on the agenda.
Would have thought this would be my chance to rest, miss the family and sulk at home but without planning I seem to have:

BBQ at Patty's tonight,
Breakfast at Susan's Sat morning,
Tea at the libary (it is kids morning with free scones for the kids and I vollenteered to serve)
Beach picnic Sat afternoon with the church ladies,
Pancakes Sat evening with Michelle and kids
Sunday morning church
Going to cheer Patty's son in the Whangarei Triatholon
Picking up hubby from the camp....

Eish.... gonna need Monday to rest after this....

Have a good week-end everyone!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Alta van zyl on March 07, 2008, 02:11:25 am
Hemel Didi maar jy's besig.   :heeha: You sound like a real homemaker now!  Geniet die naweek.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on March 07, 2008, 04:50:56 am
Sjoe Didi! Enjoy the weekend and yes do take Monday off to relax a bit.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Amber on March 07, 2008, 07:35:30 am
Sounds good to me, enjoy your weekend
Amebr
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Jen T on March 08, 2008, 08:20:29 am
Sounds like my kind of dream weekend!  I know you'll enjoy every minute and so will your kids.  I'm so impressed that the locals have made such an effort to include you. Wonderful.

Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mikencarmen on March 08, 2008, 04:08:33 pm
Hi Didi, by the time you read this it will probably be Monday, your unofficial "day of rest"..  :whistle: 

Thanks for keeping us updated with such enthusiasm, it really make us  :envy: and wish we could get to NZ sooner...

Carmen
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Carla P on March 10, 2008, 06:54:40 am
Hey Didi, hope the weekend went well for you. Rest today for sure!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: zatexnz on March 11, 2008, 12:35:02 am
Sounds like you have a wonderful church family, Didi!  That is something that helps one get settled in a lot quicker.  Unfortunately, although we have a great church we're going to, there aren't much in the line for ladies - yet!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on March 11, 2008, 05:23:41 am
Colleen sounds like you have plans for great changes!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: NicholaM on March 17, 2008, 08:15:08 pm
Hi Didi

Thanks for all the posts. I have learnt so much from the past 14 pages - the hot kids in the car, the stresses, the hard work of finding a home and a job, the down moments...and the highs, and through it all you seem to know that you will make a good life for yourself and your children there. And that's why we're coming.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on March 20, 2008, 01:12:27 am
Hi NicolaM

It is a pleasure - it kind off forces me to keep my personal diary up to date also and this forum is a great place to offload....  :) saves hubby from getting it all each evening!  ;)

Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on March 20, 2008, 01:15:49 am
Easter long weekend has arrived and I am happy not to live near Auckland. Although I miss being near my sister it is so nice not worrying to be caught up in the week-end rush from the big city. Also I love the rural roads on my bike rides. I took a hour ride up Maunu road this morning, had a leisurely ride in the cemetery with a rest on a stone wall beside the forest path. It is really beautiful here. And like usual, together with each special moment experienced is the instinct to share it with someone special – all of who is thousands of KMs away…… But I know that this will fade with time and it will get easier to enjoy NZ without missing someone all the time.

Pieter and I have had a low week last week ending in a tearful week-end when we realized both of us just missed our families and friends dreadfully. We did not fit in well with this week-end’s camping group and Saturday night we spent an hour listening to Afrikaans songs. Once we talked about it we felt better but sometimes it is a chore to work at making friends when all that you want is your old, comfortable, one-size-fit-all “maatjies” from home.  :'(

This week has been better, at least Pieter seemed more relaxed and we are into our new routine. It is the end of the first term and the school has teacher-parent interviews as well as school visits to show what advancements there has been on special-needs. So yesterday I visited with the children’s English teacher (I did not even know this was happening at such an organized manner). The kids are going for lessons daily in the library and would you guess it? All three will not be needing daily English lessons next term. They will continue weekly sessions for the next 2 terms though. This is amazing news. These children could barely say “Hallo, my name is Catri” on 1 January! This must be the winning combination of the EXCELLENT school and my brilliant children!  :angel:

So next week is the parent child interviews and we will see if the kids have adapted well. Today was swimming show-off. The kids all jump onto the pool and show off their new skills. The twins can not actually swim yet but can submerge and help themselves to the side and out. Catherine is swimming though the deep-end and underwater. She is doing really well and I am taking her snorkeling this week-end to celebrate. The daily swimming class is now closed until spring. No more towels and togs to pack everyday!  :clap:

The long week-end lies ahead. We have played with the idea of driving to Auckland to visit my sister or going camping at Goat island. But in the end the amount of work needed around the house (before that container arrives next week) and the depleted budget is keeping us home.

Friday we are having a Easter hunt. I have invited the Wards and the Fourie’s as well as 2 neighborhood boys. Altogether 10 little hunters for 150 Easter eggs and a bag of $1 gifts. We will have a babakoei afterwards. (Just as a point of interest, this BBQ will consist of 7 nationalities: SA, ZIM, Holland, British, NZ and French - :o eish!)

Saturday Pieter and the kids are sleeping late and I am going to the early Market at 6H00 with my bike. (and back up Moan hill!) The weather looks great so we might take the Kayaks for the day and head up the river for 5 hours or so with a picnic.

Sunday we are joining our church in marching from the town basin to church with a “bring a plate lunch”.

Monday we are working at home – I wanna get the Garage cleaned out of spiders so that when our furniture come we have space to store all the stuff that does not fit into our small rental house. Then off course I want half that garage prepared for the kids as a play area with the old TV and carpet for when the winter rain arrives…. Might just save us from going MAD. :idiot2:

Pieter is back at work on Tuesday by the kids are off so we might get something nice to do with some friends for that day. Perhaps Patty and I will pack our books and head to the beech where we can read and the kids can play until they beg to go back to school for rest.  :surrender:

Have a good one and love and kisses to everyone back home!  :flowers:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on March 20, 2008, 07:20:21 am
That's a really well planned long weekend Didi!  Enjoy
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mikencarmen on March 23, 2008, 01:39:10 pm
Hi Didi, so glad the see u are feeling and "sounding" so much more settled.... As NicolaM said, you are a real inspiration to many of us back home, a "HUGE" thank you again!!!  :flowers: 

Hope u had a great week-end!!

C

Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on March 25, 2008, 02:29:02 am
Hi everyone

My easter hunt went off very well even though the adults had to eat from plastic princess plates and sit on the floor.

Each outing we find such wonderfull new bay’s and fishing spots so we decided to try new places this week-end. Instead we ended up at the refinery and enjoyed it so much we went fishing there again the day after The refinery at Marsen Point has place to snorkel out onto the shellfish bay where I took out bags of shellfish. I also caught 3 snapper (much to the men dismay). Pieter cooked the snapper and shellfish on the babakoei to perfection. On the second day Marnus caught a perfect legal size snapper on Pieter’s rod . On our way back to the cars (it’s a good 2km walk) we got drenched well and truly by a sudden rainstorm, but the kids were good sports and helped to carry everything to the cars without tears or complaint.

Overall the weekend had lovely weather – we could not have asked for better.

On geniet die vis hier baie en begin meer en meer vis eet deur die week. Die vis kom op special soos dit gevang word en ons probeer alles van Monk, lemon en Snapper tot die “bait” soos Trevali wat net die Maoris eet. As dit onder $18 p/kg is probeer ons dit. Mossels is natuurlik $1 per kg en ons eet dit in slaaie en vir snacks so tussen deur.

Ons het by Michelle en Riaan gekla oor ons rugge wat seer word met die opblaas mattras. Ons was veronderstel om net vir so paar weke op die ding te slaap maar toe vat die container met ons bed mos nou so lank en nou is dit al maande.... so gisteraand bel Michelle en se hulle het n bed wat hulle by iemand persent gekry het en hulle kom die aflaai. So nou is ons vreeslik smart en slaap op n regte bed so hooooog bo die grond.

Die kinders is vandag nog af maar Pieter is terug werk toe. Die arme ding sal moet overtime want ons is bietjie kort op geld (die naweek was swaar op ons budget). Verder swat hy hard want die eletriese eksamen kom en die boeke is dik! Ek het vanoggend bietjie met n vriendin op messenger gechat en gekla oor die familie en vriende wat so stil is. Ons vra nie vir lank diep emotionele briewe nie. Net n woord, n hallo of n foto van iets wat hulle doen. Dit is vir Pieter swaar as hy in die aand by die huis kom en daar is niks vir hom op die epos nie. Reel voor die tyd met mense hoe juy pos by hulle gaan kry en sorteer die kommunikasie kanale uit....

Wel dis al my nuus - so tweetalig....

My wasgoed is gewas en ek en die kinders gaan nou melkkos eet.

Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on March 25, 2008, 08:34:50 pm
Dankie vir die update Didi en se vir Pieter hy moet net vasbyt ons sal nog kom maar sal nog n paar maande vat en is bly julle het n leka lang naweek gehad  :clap: PM ons met julle email adres  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Alta van zyl on March 25, 2008, 09:50:34 pm
Ek stuur ook updates met foto's vir die familie elke week, maar kry nie eintlik emails terug nie, is dit 'n algemene ding?  Ek voel soms of die familie jou afskryf as jy op die vliegtuig klim. 
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on March 26, 2008, 08:26:19 am
Alta - dis hoe ons ook maar voel.....

Trap hulle uit in n brief - dan skryf hulle weer halfhartig  :D
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: tandl on March 26, 2008, 08:41:01 am
Just my two cents worth...

I think that because people are seeing the pictures and reading your emails, they feel a part of it and almost feel like they dont have to reply.  I dont know if that makes sense?  I know that I often dont reply to the mass emails my friends that are in NZ send, but I almost feel as if I have had a conversation with them after reading it.  Of course that doesnt help us to get the news from back home now hey???
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on March 27, 2008, 12:27:02 am
Tandl I think you may have a point - and I am sure it is not intentional, but still...

Well my letter of complaint home has sparked up a floor of emails and sms's from home. Pieter was quite suprissed last night at all the attention  and wondered if anyone had forgotten a birthday ;)
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Shaz on March 27, 2008, 08:19:39 am
I totally agree. I sent a whole lot of photos and half the family have not replied. Sometimes i think people are busy and think they will reply later and forget (I've done this) and other times i also think they have nothing to say so dont worry about replying
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mandyh on March 27, 2008, 08:51:36 am
when I was still in SA my mom and i used to talk daily on the phone even though we were in different provinces.  Now I'm here and they're there I'm lucky if i get an email once a week and it's always says - got no news for you.  Have their lives stopped all of a sudden or do they think we no longer care........
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Feather on March 28, 2008, 02:21:41 am
Mandy I get the same when I talk to my folks on SKYPE at least every alternate week.  And I used to visit them almost every day before I came to NZ.  I think they don't know what to say, and they don't want to burden us with all the bad stuff going on..... and they are so heart broken that they don't know how to tell us without up setting us.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on March 28, 2008, 02:26:37 am
I know Mandy - I phoned my mom last night and asked how are they and I could just hear her deciding not to tell me the bad things or the stuff that will upset me.... I know she means well but....  :-\
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Eileen on March 28, 2008, 06:32:22 am
Same here .....  :'(

On a positive note, though... my mom decided that she'll come and visit!!  :heeha:  :clap:  :dance:

They'll be here in November for 2 months!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on March 28, 2008, 06:46:16 am
Oh Eileen - you lucky lucky girl!!!!!  :envy:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Eileen on March 28, 2008, 06:48:22 am
It took 8 months to convince her.... (and we're paying for the tickets)
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Carla P on March 28, 2008, 06:50:34 am
Eileen, that is great news. Will be good for you to see them again. Enjoy having them with you.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Eileen on March 28, 2008, 06:52:43 am
November is soooo far away, but at least we're getting a lot of time to plan (and save..  :whistle:)
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mandyh on March 28, 2008, 07:00:30 am
That's great Eileen.  Now you can't wait for November to get here I'm sure.
Hoping my folks will come to visit as well but doubt it will be this year.  Now that it's my sister and I here there may be some distant hope.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on March 28, 2008, 07:05:53 am
Mandy I can still no believe you are getting your sister here so soon! Oh I am so  :envy:

Eileen you guys must come up here with Mum for a visit, sleepover and babakoei ..... it's an open invitation! You surely taking her on a tour of the country so this is a good stopover on the north coast  O0



Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Eileen on March 28, 2008, 11:32:27 am
Thanks Didi,  :clap: We will definitely go up North again. A visit to NZ will not be complete without a trip to Kaitaia, Cape Reinga and the 90 Mile Beach. Whangarei sounds like just the stopover on such a long journey!!

Hopefully we'll c u guys again before November!!  :knuppel2:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Feather on March 28, 2008, 08:36:05 pm
Eileen, I am sooo happy to hear that your mum is coming over for a visit.  Be patient November will be here before you know it!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Eileen on March 28, 2008, 08:40:02 pm
Sjame, my poor son has a calender stuck on the frigde. Every day he x out the previous day....  :-\ and every day we're a little bit closer to Mid November when Ouma will be here.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on March 28, 2008, 08:46:45 pm
Eileen you are so lucky.  I have not even left yet and I  am missing my family already.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Eileen on March 29, 2008, 10:49:15 am
Dance, it is really the hardest part in this immigration process. Although we phone often and skype, it is not the same.... Today marks the 9 month anniversary of our stay here in NZ. I still miss my mom and some of our friends A LOT. Dont know if it will get better soon, but at least we have something to look forward to.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Shaz on March 30, 2008, 06:54:57 am
We so understand that! It is hard not having the fam around (especially your mom - there are times when all you want is mom) but Nov is not that far away.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on March 31, 2008, 10:38:39 pm
I am totally flabbergasted.  :o

My sister in-law just send me an email saying that they have gone to the OZ expo and are sending away CVs to Tasmania!! This is the same people that did not want us to immigrate!
Why Tasmania I ask you? It is off the Australian coast but still far...

I am so excited that they are thinking of this! It is a real opportunity for me to get them here. I am going to start looking for work for them and just convince them to come. Would that not be amazing?  :clap:

8 years ago when my sister immigrated I told her that she would never see me again. 6 years later I told her that we were moving to Botswana because of the crime and she used the opening to argue her case for NZ. She just hammered aqway at me for ages...This site did the rest. May I be this successful now  :)

Let all of you with sad harts and teary farewells learn from this that anything is possible and goodbye is often actually a NZ “see ya”.  Never say never. It is the people you think you will never see coming for a visit that ends up immigrating within a year from your departure!  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Badprop on March 31, 2008, 11:21:40 pm
Didi that's great news.  Maybe she can ask Rodz about Taz, he is still there I think.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on April 01, 2008, 04:51:24 am
 :clap: Didi this is great news.

You have given me hope for my sister. I have tried to tell them that they will not have trouble finding work. She is ashipping agent with 20 years experience and her partner is in the film industry having worked on a number of successful inernational films including Tsotsi and Blood Diamond. Sadly there si no such luck for my brother. Skills, family commitments ( divorced twice with children form both) and cash flow make it impossible for him to join us.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Durbschick1 on April 01, 2008, 08:56:20 pm
That is so true! My sister was not even thinking about imm. when we started the pricess... now the little cow is going to abe there 3 days before me!!!  :clap: Funny how life can turn out!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on April 01, 2008, 08:59:52 pm
NZ van lines just called - my container is 1/2 hour away!! :o

Don't know if I should cry , run away or just have a cup of coffee. Or just run away  :uglystupid2: :P :-X :-\

Think of me will you guys?
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on April 01, 2008, 09:03:49 pm
 :clap:  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:  :clap: CHRISTMAS time Didi - Finally  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Happy Expat on April 01, 2008, 11:34:15 pm
How exciting Didi :clap:

Just like Anton says,......Xmas time O0 :clap:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Eileen on April 02, 2008, 03:20:47 am
Hi Didi, by now the movers will have left you with a house full of stuff everywhere!!  :eek:

Enjoy your OWN things from now on!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on April 02, 2008, 05:04:53 am
 :clap: Didi enojy all the unpacking at last O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on April 02, 2008, 05:06:54 am
 :clap: Didi. Enjoy al lthe unpacking at last O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mikencarmen on April 02, 2008, 06:07:24 am
  :clap: Didi, I am sure u are still enjoying the unpacking.....  >:D, Hope you get sorted out quickly, if that is possible!!  :flowers:

C
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Shaz on April 02, 2008, 06:58:48 am
Enjoy the unpacking!!!  :clap:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on April 02, 2008, 07:52:15 am
 :clap: Yay Didi!! The computer can be upgraded from a box to a table and you will have less floor to polish cause it will be covered with furniture  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Badprop on April 02, 2008, 09:00:55 am
 :clap: :clap: Enjoy the bed and couch and chairs and tables and clothes and cups and plates and...... have fun!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Nolan on April 02, 2008, 10:18:27 am
:clap: at last, happy unpacking Didi
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Amber on April 02, 2008, 03:32:12 pm
Happy unpacking, I am sure all your own goods will make you feel more at home!
Amber
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Alta van zyl on April 02, 2008, 09:21:53 pm
 :envy:  Dammit wish it was us!  Didi enjoy every minute unpacking, I can just imagine how excited you must be.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: paula on April 03, 2008, 07:19:09 am
that's very exciting  :clap: like getting new stuff but with the bonus of being recognised and loved!! you'll probably find all sorts of things you had forgotten! so enjoy...
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on April 07, 2008, 05:24:32 am
Hey Didi just checking into see how the new found love affair with yuor stuff is going
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on April 11, 2008, 03:41:32 am
 :smitten: I love my smoothy maker....

Alta got boxes full of goodies for you, whehn you come down this week-end leave space in the car for STUFFF  ::)
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Alta van zyl on April 11, 2008, 11:31:08 am
Thanx Didi, will make space.  By the time our container comes I can hand this down to the new guys arriving.   
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on April 11, 2008, 11:52:37 am
 O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Nolan on April 11, 2008, 03:25:18 pm
now you are feeling at home :clap:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on April 21, 2008, 10:08:06 am
Help everyone. Advice quick please? Do I send my passports to Auckland or London for PR stickers? Our CO has approved but I am worried which is faster VS cheaper.

London is approx $100 both ways
Aukland is $20 both ways

But how long does auckland take?

 :confused: HELP???
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on April 21, 2008, 10:10:52 am
I know it seems like a stupid question - the reason time is important is that if we have PR sooner I can claim that juicy $200 every fortnight to help me buy more beer!  :heeha:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: tandl on April 21, 2008, 10:25:14 am
Ok unless I am seriously missing something you are going to have to elaborate on that $200 thing???
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Shaz on April 21, 2008, 11:15:25 am
I may be wrong but i think it is the working for family credits. Not sure!

Glad it is all finalized Didi!!  :clap: Not sure on the options...
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: tandl on April 21, 2008, 12:55:31 pm
Do you have to be in a specific salary bracket for that?
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: paula on April 21, 2008, 02:58:10 pm
tandl, there is a web site... working for families (i think) that you can go and see if you qualify. we don't :( cos not enough kids and too high salary!! but i thought you had to be in nz for a year before you qualified??? good luck tho didi cos that money would be great!!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: tandl on April 21, 2008, 03:09:30 pm
Dont know why I am bothering to ask yet anyway Paula.... dont have any kids (let alone "enough kids")

 :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on April 21, 2008, 10:34:36 pm
Hi

Yeh if you have any kids and earn under an amount per year (Think it is around 46 000) and Mum stays at home then Mum gets some spending cash

I will post some more info for you bit later...... just gotta get these passports away first.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on April 21, 2008, 10:41:17 pm
Thanks everyone for the wishes.  O0

 Its a beautiful day in Whangarei and the kids and I are going to take the bus into town for the day. We are going to the Library (my favourite place in the world) and the Rose Park for a picnic. :clap:

Having a birthday so far from my friends and family should be hard. But it turns out God is making my day special already! I have had so many calls and emails and cards....

My friend Patty has taken her family for a week’s holiday on the Cormandel Islands. She always complains that I am the only person she knows in the world who drinks instant coffee. She left me a coffee plunger with 2 exotic types of coffee wrapped in a beautiful paper. I do not know what I did to deserve such a thoughtful friend so soon! Nanna (our next-door neighbour, and my kids adopted granny) left a flower and a bowl of fayias (like kiwi but really yum-yum) on the step outside. The little boy down the road (Marnus’s friend) brought me a wilted flower and a frog in a bottle. He stayed for half of Marnus’s oats with condencemilk and then disappeared again.  ;D

Pieter has his night classes tonight. He has been studying really hard. He will stop to pick up beer and pizza for us to eat before the fireplace tonight. My favourite! Yum! Then after we have put the kids to bed I get to un-rap my birthday present before the fire..... HIM!  >:D

I am such a lucky girl!!!! (yes mum I believe I am still technically a girl)

Well before I head off for the sunshine outside I need to get this house clean, so let me get to it ASAP.

Cheers!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on April 22, 2008, 05:05:28 am
Wow Didi what a wonderful day for you!! Hope you enjoyed it.

On the passport thingy. Syd took his to Auckland and it got sorted out quick quick. Just email your co and ask for your file to be electronically transferred to Auckland. I think Syd had to tell them when he would be going and took in the passport himself. Give him a call for the details. :gl:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on April 22, 2008, 06:48:36 am
Thanks Dance - I'll give Syd a call just now - he is not back from work yet.

XXXX
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Amber on April 22, 2008, 06:57:38 am
Ho Didi
Sounds like you had a stunning birthday.  So glad everything is working out well for you.
Amber
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Nolan on April 22, 2008, 09:56:39 am
ag nee man, nou is ek ook lus vir pizza  :knuppel2:

almost there Didi, then you guys can relax :clap:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on April 22, 2008, 11:25:17 pm
Hey Nolan Domino's has extra "cheese burst crust" and it is devine....  :angel:

If you play their game on the web you win a "buy one get one free" voucher - then I can also afford it!  :)

Sending the passports to Auckland today - now the wait begins....

Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on April 23, 2008, 04:39:54 am
 O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Nolan on April 23, 2008, 08:48:29 am
we had Debonairs last night  :whistle:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on April 24, 2008, 08:20:33 am
Had coffee with the Afrikaans ladies from Whangarei today at the town basin. It is great to know there is so many families here and they are all so willing to help and give support.

Friday is ANZAC day so we are all on long week-end. This weekend we have Pieter's ex-work colleague form Pretoria and his family coming for a visit all the way from Wellington. Pieter is picking them up from Aucland and I am taking them back on Sonday. While I am in Aukland I'm staying over at my sister in Torbay for 2 nights. My sister and I have never stayed in the same town and we plan to go shopping and catch up on some quality time  O0

So have a great week-end all the Saffers and have a nice Friday to the guys still in SA. Hope next ANZAC you will be here with us! :)


Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Nolan on April 24, 2008, 09:44:42 am
have fun Didi O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: MJ on April 24, 2008, 11:13:57 am
Happy Birthday Didi :clap:

The website for more info on working for families tax credits is www.ird.nz/wff-tax-credits
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on May 06, 2008, 01:28:39 am
I know there are some of our friends who does not understand Afrikaans, but please bear with me if I put some of our news in Afrikaans. Think of the positive side, you only have to struggle though half of the boring Skinner News  ;) . Sometimes it is just easier to express my emotions in my home language (although I think English is still overall the easier language). I notice here in NZ both myself and the kids are falling into a terrible multi-lingual way of talking. We are mixing the two languages so badly that the other day I counted 16 mixed sentences in Mia’s story of her day at school. :-\

Ek voel so skuldig. 4 weke van geen nuus vanaf die skinners nie. Ek het geen verskonings nie, kan net my kop hang in absolute skaamte!  :blush:


Die skoolvakansie is verby (dankie tog!) en die kinders kon in opgewondenheid Sondag aand nie slaap nie. Ons het oor die naweek vir Mia n 2danse fiets op Trade Me gekoop vir $30 en sy is Maandag oggend vir die eerste maal met Poly skool toe. Na twee valle, een stamp en n paar stote kom ons by die skool en sy se so half uitasem vir my: “Mum,  Polly maak my baie seer, maar sy is so cool!”

Dis nou onlangs tradisie in ons huis om elke geleendheid met kerse, wynglase en die toepaslike maal te vier. Dit was my ma se verjaarsdag Maandag so ek het Skaapboud in Rosemary met groente en Tamatieslaai vir aandete gemaak. Ek moet weer se; die vleis proe heeltemaal anders in NZ as in SA. Daai skaap was so sag….. eish. Maar die beste deel is die prys. Skaap boud is goedkoop hier en as jy n special vang by Pak&Save koop jy onder $10p/kg. Die choppies het te veel vet vir my smaak maar die res van die vleis snitte is ongelooflik lekker en sag.  O0

But I can’t believe I am rambling on about mutton when I have two sets of big news to tell. The good news is that NZ immigration has deducted our Migrant Levy from my credit card which means legally we are now permanent. I have no idea where our passports are and we have nor received formal word from our case officer in London, but every courier truck that passes makes my hart leap and my breath freeze. I have waited so long for those green stickers in our passports and worked so hard. As soon as they arrive I am going to Inland Revenue to claim my weekly subsidy for being an “at home mum” – man can we use that money! With the PR stickers comes a load of benefits for me and the kids and less tax for Pieter. Also the worry of no medical aid cover and life insurance will be a thing of the past. We will also be joining Kiwi-saver

The second news is that we received a letter from customs as well as the minister to basically say that the whole decision to charge us customs fees is being revised because so many people has complained. A decision is anticipated towards end of May and we might be re-embursed. That $2000 is what we need to pull us back on the wagon and out of the mud! So hold thumbs ok?  :)

Patty en haar familie is terug vanaf hulle vakansie en dis lekker om in haar vas te loop in die straat en haar opgewekte stem te hoor roep in my kombuis. Elke vriend is mos maar spesiaal op hulle manier en alowel sy nie n “huil op my skouer en praat jou hart uit” soort mens is nie, hou sy my wraggies op my tone. Daar is net geen “moping around” terwyl sy “around” is nie. Sy het vir my n koffie maker met lekker koffie gegee vir my verjaarsdag. So gepas want ek sweer haar bloed is van skoon kaffeine. Sy sit nooit stil nie! Ek is opreg dankbaar vir n vriendin hier in die vreemde.

Ek hoor op die radio hulle vra die luisteraars waarsonder sal jy nie kan klaar kom vir n maand nie; jou TV, jou cellfoon of jou internet? Net daar en dan vertaan ek hoekom my lewe uit mekaar val en vat my laaste spaar geldtjies en koop vir my n nuwe behoorlike foon. Die Samsung D900 – nie so great soos my arme dooie Nokia N70 nie, maar miskien moet ek maar net gewoond raak…. Teminste kan ek nou weer lewe. So die nuwe helmit, die droeer vir die winter en die kar sal nog bietjie wag want die geld, dis nou kla!  :'(

Yes I went on my little holiday with the kids to Auckland but no, I did not enjoy it. I was only at my sister’s for one day (in which she had to work) when I was called back to Whangarei. The kids and I had so looked forward to spending time with Trunelle and Johann that for days afterwards I felt sick with disappointment.  :(

What actually happened was that Pieter took his bike down though town on his way to work at 6H30 in the morning (I had the car in Auckland remember?). He had my helmet on but no reflective clothing or lights on the bike. He also has no experience riding his mountain bike in traffic as he grew up in the “boendoes” of Messina  :D. Well, needless to say I should never have expected him to bike to work. As he went into the traffic cycle next to the police station a car smashed into him from the side, tossed him over the bonnet and onto the road on the other side.  :o He was taken to hospital by ambulance and called me from there just as they were taking him into x-rays. I am sure you can imagine the thoughts going though my mind as I packed 3 sleepy kids into our bus and raced back the 2hours to Whangarei. Our Residency is not in our passports and it is dependant on Pieter being AT work. Our savings are depleted, we have no medical, no real home, no income if Pieter does not work. There is no family to call. To top it off the man I love, more than life it self, was in some strange hospital with strange people who does not speak his language, doing who –knows- what to him and I am not by his side.  :idiot2:

I know my family and friends are upset with me for not calling right then. But please understand there was no way I was holding myself, the kids and Pieter together if I had to then hear one of my loved one’s voices. It was a bad time.

Pieter had no broken bones and he was released the same day. He is now 100% recovered and back at work and everything is hunky dory. We have even been able to fix his bike up, although the helmet that saved his skull will have to be replaced. I think my shock will wear off with some time. Lots of lessons learned. Some very positive:

In Whangarei there is in every situation and every place (even the emergency room) a South African with an afrikaans accent to cheer you up – thank you lady doctor who chatted to Pieter and make him comfortable!

We might not have family here but the other Saffers in Whangarei is now family, and they take their job seriously. The whole town knew about the incident before I did (Kobus actually was the first person to chat to Pieter as he was hit, and he called the gang). Riaan and Amanda called Pieter even before he called me to ask if they should come to hospital. They were all ready to give support and help. Don’t underestimate the support system! That evening Nanna brought supper over so I did not have to cook and the next day we were treated to a picnic and a drive to the beach. The ladies even wanted to come clean the house for me!  :smitten:

In NZ the Accident fund actually works. Generously and well and immediate without queuing, begging or filling in forms. We have had no expenses, no losses and all costs has been covered by the fund. Pieter even received a follow-up call and personal letter to ask how he is feeling as well as an instruction to go for a checkup. Even though he has no sick leave even his pay is covered. Wow.  :)

Immigrating may be an adventure and one should try have some fun. But it is not a joke and anything can go wrong at anytime. This is a time for back up planns, well laid out budgets and being extra carefull with resources and bodies. We are not out of the woods yet and should not be lulled into believing we have the security we had in South Africa. We don’t.  :-X

Wel genoeg van die morbiede nuus. Ek weet almal wat my ken kan nie glo dat ek nog nie werk nie so ek het goeie nuus. Ek is terug in die “work force”. Inplaas van n laptop en agenda is my nuwe werk toerusting n besem en lap. Ja ek het Maandag my eerste huis skoon gemaak en my eerste geldtjies verdien. Hierdie week gaan ek my kliente lys opstel en my dagboek boek en van vlg week af (hoop ons) is ek offisieel n cleaner. Hiers die rundown:

•   Ek doen 4 ure basic cleaning per huis vir $60
•   Oppervlakte, kombuis, vloere, matte
•   Stofsuig en afstof en regskuif
•   Regpak, netjiesmaak en plante water
•   Wasbak, skottelgoed en kaste afvee
Jy gee al die skoonmaak middels en as jy iets nie het nie, se ek jou om dit te koop voor ek vlg week kom. Ek maak n lysie wat ekstra gedoen moet word en jy betaal as jy dit wil he (soos kombuis kaste uitpak is extra uur) of as ek voel jou vensters is vuil…

So as enige iemand n “DAY OFF FOR MOM” by my wil bestel vir Mothers Day in Whangarei, dis op special. $60 vir 4 ure en dit sluit in n “Free rose and capacino for her to enjoy while I clean her house for her”  O0

Julle moet help soek vir n naam vir my werk. Executive home re-organiser? Dink beitjie n lekker naam uit vir my? Badprop jy kom altyd met sulke oulike dinge uit?

I am sure you guys are fed up reading and I am now in need of coffee. I will try not to be so quiet again and to keep up with the diary. I am so sorry I have not been there for many of the people who has needed my support this last while. many of my friends on this forum has been struggling... (Dance, I'm sorry my friend that I've been so quiet!  :flowers: )

Love and kisses to all our friends and thank you for your prayers and your continued support.

Didi & Pieter


Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Badprop on May 06, 2008, 02:52:45 am
Lovely post Didi  O0 
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on May 06, 2008, 03:10:04 am
En danki vir die koffie Badprop!!

I love your house.....  :envy:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on May 06, 2008, 05:09:00 am
Maiitjie you have been through a tough time :'( So sorry I was not there to make you a cup of coffee or take you for something a little stronger. I will make up for it as soon as I am there. Great news about working again O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: tandl on May 06, 2008, 07:56:53 am
Thanks for your post Didi! Its always good to hear about reality - not the picture we paint for ourselves. 
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Doreen on May 06, 2008, 10:07:46 am
Jou werk klink goed, Didi!! Baie beter om vir jouself te werk, nou kan jyself besluit hoe en wanneer jy wil werk. Mens wil nie te "vas" wees nie - daar wees wanneer die kinders jou nodig het ens.  :gl:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mikencarmen on May 06, 2008, 01:30:03 pm
Didi, what a great post.... Thanks so much for putting smiles on our faces and sometimes tears in our eyes.... Glad to hear Pieter is fine... and wishing you only the very best for your "business venture" 

C & M
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on May 06, 2008, 05:29:58 pm
Hi Didi, dankie vir die update en bly om te hoor dat Pieter ok is - Sjoe  :clap:
Bly dat die besigheid al begin het en hoe klink - SAKIWI CLEANING SERVICES !!!!!!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on May 21, 2008, 10:46:42 pm
Hi everyone. Sorry I have been quiet. I needed a break. Hadenough had to come drag me out of hiding this morning  :). I will try stop in more often now.  O0

I kept busy helping some new people settling in, getting here etc. I have also been doing the cleaning thing to make some spare cash (mostly for coffee and spending in the salvation army shops!  ;))

If you recall we were in a bit of trouble as Pieter's employer cut all overtime and reduced their working hours to 40 hours a week. He is not qualified yet (doing exams in June) so he is still on minimum salary. Pieter has now at last been moved to another client and his hours have increased so that his salary is almost doubling next week. he will stay there for 16 months which means we will financially be ok now. Off course it is sad to only see him at 7H00 in the evenings, but we really needed the money. Now with my 2/3 day’s per week cleaning and his extra income we will be OK.

Iemand op die forum het voorgestel dat ons Mystery Shopping begin doen. Ek het toe gaan registreer en die opleiding en werksopdragies “online” gedoen. Verlede week het ek my eerste 3 resturante en verslae gedoen. Dis maklik, vinnig en nogal interesant. Dit werk so:
Kies vanaf n lys watter winkels wil ek besoek (voorbeeld: bestel n delivery large Pizza by Pizzahut)
Lees die standaard, skryf n toetsie op lyn om te wys ek het dit gelees en “assign” die winkel vir myself
Gaan na die winkel, volg die riglyne versigtig en koop die voorgeskrewe items
Betaal vir alles kontant en hou die strokies
Submit verslag oor die diens, netheid, ens (vat so 15 minute om in te vul) ook op lyn
Ek kry $10 vir elke verslag en n “re-fund” vir my uitgawes.

Ons koop nie take aways nie want dis te duur en ons is te arm. Maar nou het ons al 2 keer Pizza en garlic brood deliveries by die huis gehad  :clap:

Remember the urban legend I heard in Auckland on my second day in NZ? “All SA women pick up 10 kg in their first year in NZ”.  :( I have to make an appointment at my gym (which I have never been back to) to have a weigh-in and measure-me session. Remember I made a promise to loose 5kg and 5cm by June so if I have not done this I will have to go on a crash diet and daily bike ride…. Can’t disappoint myself and I have to disprove that urban legend!

Now I have to do my hubby’s tax and go spend some time catching up on the forum.

Greetings
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on May 22, 2008, 12:27:21 am
Nice to have you back Didi :clap:, we missed you
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Nolan on May 22, 2008, 04:29:54 pm
Good to have you back Didi, we miss you when you're not here O0

Good luck with the new venture too
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Post by: ANTONK on May 22, 2008, 07:01:30 pm
Dankie vir die update Didi en voorspoed met alles wat julle doen en as jy glo sal als ok wees  O0  :angel: mis julle  :smitten:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mikencarmen on May 23, 2008, 11:33:57 am
Hey Didi, good to have u "back" again, thanks for a posting!  :flowers:

C

Title: Re: Skinners in Whangarei
Post by: Didi77 on June 03, 2008, 04:44:06 am
Just a quick Monday morning hallo on a Tuesday morning. We had the queen’s birthday week-end so Monday was a holiday. Weather was supposed to be cold and rainy but it turned out to be fine, sunny and warm. Saturday we had a SA BBQ spitbraai on a lifestyle block at Mangitapere (10km from our home) which turned into a party. We only got home at 1H00. Michelle was the designated driver so Pieter and I was quite tipsy and singing DOZY loudly on the way home.  There was 14 kids between the ages of 4 and 8 so the kids had a absolute ball! Everyone spoke Afrikaans. I love kiwi land but touching base with your own culture: Magic

Sunday Patty called early as we were cleaning house. Like Trunelle she firmly believes that when the weather in NZ is good you drop everything and go out. She demanded we forget the hangover, leave the dirty dishes and be ready for pick up in 15 minutes as we are going sandcastle building on Ocean beach. It turned out to be one of the most gorgeous days I have seen! Sun and beach and the kids in the water the whole day. We played beach cricket, did dune surfing and explored the beach streams and gullies. Although the grownups kept threatening to go for a swim it was only the kids that braved the water. Mia loved the swimming so much we had to GRAG her out at the end of the day. Pieter took the kids cave hunting on the rocks and Patty took them dune climbing and cliff walking (to my horror!)

Late afternoon we took a leisurely drive back along the coast, looking at properties and dreaming of buying one of the $ 700 000 dream houses scattered along the lagoon. There was great excitement when the police pulled us over for a breathalyzer test (I had had one cider earlier but even so I was really nervous) – the police was very polite and laughed when I promptly forgot our address.

This morning on the way to school with shorts and T-shirts at 8H00 on our bikes I thought “man, this can not be winter!” We have been really fortunate with the weather.

I did my washing last night and hung it all in front of the fireplace to dry. Why do it at night? Well a few of us ladies went hiking in the mountains this morning. It’s a 8km walk to the valley and we got a lift back with the school bus (Glenis can organize anything!). Really amazing in the forests with huge Kauri trees and stunning ferns. Streams every where.

Gotta go get the kids – have a good week.

Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on June 03, 2008, 05:44:13 am
Hey Didi good to have you back. i was beginning to think you were MIA or buried under dusters and brooms somewhere ;D

Sounds like you are still having a ball. Good news about Pieter. I will see you real soon. I touch down at lunch time on the 20th then we can have a good old catch up O0
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Post by: WendyH on June 03, 2008, 06:06:58 am
Sounds like you had a great weekend Didi!  O0
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Post by: stella.mike on June 03, 2008, 07:09:51 am
"the police was very polite and laughed when I promptly forgot our address."

 :2funny:  >:D only one cider are you sure ??????

I see you guys had a great weekend

think of all of us back in SA when you having a ball and us trying to figure out ways to get to nz as soon as possible  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on June 03, 2008, 08:31:40 pm
Hi Didi, dankie vir die update - geniet julle week ook  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on June 03, 2008, 08:38:09 pm
Ah Stella I do, I do think of you all so much!

Dance I am glad! I have been a bit busy with the new life and I really have been neglecting my friends (and SYD!) - looking forward to seeing you!  O0

Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Nolan on June 03, 2008, 09:25:12 pm
sounds like you are learning the "lifestyle" pretty quick O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on June 03, 2008, 10:51:23 pm
That is just it Nolan! I have never been so laid back in all my life!  :clap:

I practice saying : "Seeya" every morning at school and "no worries" on the phone. I can't say "No worries" to someone face to face without feeling like a absolute fraud yet!  ;D But getting there!

No worries is JUST the way I am experiencing NZ!  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on June 11, 2008, 02:37:46 am
Aggghh man, just when things has been going so well.  :(

I have picked up a stomach ulcher and have been really sick. The Doc mentioned that this is quite a usual occurrence in new immigrants. As soon as the PR comes though and the family is settled one of the partners get’s an ulcer or “stress related sickness”. He recons it is from relaxing at last.  :idiot2:

I’m not sure how true this is, but I just want it over and done with so I can get on with enjoying NZ. Wonderful weather outside, money in my pocket at last, and I’m in bed! How horrible is that!  :(

Anyhow, next week will be better. O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: stella.mike on June 11, 2008, 06:37:04 am
Hi Didi I hope you get well soon.  Life is too short to be in bed even more so when you are in NZ
So hurry up and get well.   :flowers:  :flowers:  :flowers:  :flowers:  :flowers:  :flowers:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: noodles mom on June 11, 2008, 06:52:20 am
ag shame, didi - so sorry to hear you are under the weather !
get better soon
thanks for everything
see you soon in whangarei
R
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: tandl on June 11, 2008, 07:27:29 am
Shame didi!  :flowers: hope you feel better soon!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Happy Expat on June 11, 2008, 08:27:19 am
Shame man Didi, please get better soon O0 :flowers:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Badprop on June 11, 2008, 08:27:37 am
This must be torture for you ;D  Voete op en remote in hand, geniet die paar dae af.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: WendyH on June 11, 2008, 10:11:17 am
Get well soon Didi  :flowers: :flowers:
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Post by: Eileen on June 11, 2008, 10:14:10 am
Hope you feel better soon!
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Post by: Cameleon on June 11, 2008, 11:03:01 am
I think a shopping spree will work wonders!  ;) Get well soon  :flowers:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on June 12, 2008, 04:17:01 am
Ai Maatjie hope you feel better soon. I will be there in a about a week and there si so much stuff that I "forgot" to buy.  >:D
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Alta van zyl on June 12, 2008, 07:49:57 am
Didi hope you are better soon!  Received an email today regarding the concession - good news!  At least you have one thing less to worry about and your money will refunded soon

9 June 2008



Alta Van Zyl




Dear Ms Van Zyl

On 01 May 2008 I wrote to you concerning the importation of your used household effects and motor vehicles, and the proposal to amend the Tariff, Part II reference 80 concessions which cover the duty free entry of motor vehicles, ships, aircraft and household and other effects.

I am pleased to advise that this proposal has been approved with effect from 06 June 2008.  This will amend the reference 80 concessions to allow application of the concession to those persons who, in addition to meeting the requirements of ownership and usage, hold the qualifying immigration status on the date of importation of the goods, rather than on the date of the individual's arrival in New Zealand. 

Please contact the Client Services section at your nearest NZ Customs Service office to confirm that you will meet the terms of the amended concessions.  The addresses and contact details are available on our website www.customs.govt. 



Yours sincerely




Andrew Jack
Group Manager Legal and Advisory Services
for Comptroller of Customs
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Shaz on June 12, 2008, 11:39:11 am
Get well soon!!  :flowers:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on June 12, 2008, 05:04:32 pm
Hoop jy voel gou beter Didi  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Nolan on June 12, 2008, 05:34:18 pm
there is some great news to make you feel better  :clap:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on June 14, 2008, 09:27:05 am
Ohhh you guys... you make me feel better!!!!!  :-*

I'm having a secret, not allowed beer (come one Doc, it's Saturday) and feeling great again and ready for the week.

Yes Alta is it not great! I also got the letter and will be claiming back my customs fees! $ 1000  :clap: Now what are we buying? A TV or a dryer?  ::)

Dance, can't wait to go shopping. Can't wait to go coffee drinking. I'm saving all the junk mail so we can do both together on the couch!  ;D
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on June 16, 2008, 01:33:14 pm
Monday, 16 June

Better, better so much better! The week started well and is getting better every day.

Had a bit of a dip with being unwell, and I missed my family and my mum. Pieter is also taking strain at work with long hours and the exams coming up end of June. But I think we are both feeling stronger after this week-end and I am ready to take on the bike, the challenge and the kids homework again! 

Perhaps I should explain something which seems to have been bothering a friend of mine. I tend to write and talk mostly of the positive things and you must understand that if I did not do this the negative would drag me down. NZ is not al fun and games. But I strongly believe that what passes your lips is what is in your hart and what is in your hart is what you believe and what others believe of you. So yes my friend, I use my letters to boost my confidence. I mostly chat about the positive things and the things that make me feel good because this is what I want to consentrate on and remember! I hope all of you do not mind being used this way!

Money matters is sweet this week. With all the overtime, my family assistance bucks and the extra work I got last week we are in the black. IRD confirmed that we are getting a rebate of $ 1600 – I am very proud of my doing the tax myself - well done Didi!!! We are expecting the customs refund also, so soon we might have a TV!   We have some financial decisions to make this week that I am not looking forward to. Perhaps Pieter and I will take one night and go have a pizza in town to help us get it done.

Interesting supper Sunday evening. Drove out to this strange one horse town called Waipu. Our host was a German born Australian Citizen, his wife East London born and raised in the karoo by a very prominent afrikaans family. These two strange people have just immigrated to NZ, brought this abandoned firestation and they plan to turn it into… I have no idea what they are turning it into, but it is going to take money and time… Also there was a black family from Zimbabwe. Sedrick and Elizabeth have been in Whangarei for 5 years but they are really clued up with the politics in Zim. Made for interesting table discussion. What a mix of cultures!

Went to church on Sunday but did not enjoy the service as much as usual. Even so I feel that God is working in wonderful ways though and around me and I see and feel the evidence of this much more than I ever did in SA. Is this because I am more in tune with myself or because I am leaning on Him more now in a time of need? I have no idea, but it is awe inspiring.

My week is busy. Monday was the big laundry/ cleaning and admin day in our house. Tuesday I am off to town on the bike with Patty. This includes swimming 30 laps at the aquatic centre (she is going to kill me one of these days) and biking back up the hill with her persistent encouragement from behind….
Wednesday and Friday I am cleaning houses and Thursday I have two interviews. One for cleaning house and  one for becoming a teacher at a local school (it is a long story). Never fear Alta and Trunelle, I am not becoming a teacher.

Then of course there is the library that needs visiting, my Saffer friends that need help, this week Dance (from the forum) is arriving and the church shelves has to be re-organised (I am a sucker for volunteering for punishment).

So much to do and so little time… I can not imagine where I ever got to time to work?  >:D
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: stella.mike on June 16, 2008, 02:33:28 pm
Hey Didi thank for your post.  My friend you can use us all you need there is a lot of me going around (  >:D they diet is not going so well) We need each other it is part of our survival in a new country.  We need to hear the good and sometimes the bad so that all is not a surprise when we get over there, so we need all your input. The last two weeks all the people I know in NZ everybody gave me a little negative on how they feel in NZ not much just a little bit even my cousin and she is in NZ for about 5years now  Is it the they atmosphere in NZ that is a bit sad???? So keep your head up swim a few more laps, lean on all your friends.  And we will always be here for you.  :)
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on June 16, 2008, 02:39:46 pm
Dankie Stella!    O0
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Post by: ANTONK on June 16, 2008, 02:59:16 pm
Dankie vir die update en eerlikheid Didi  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mikencarmen on June 16, 2008, 03:00:50 pm
As always, your updates are great...  :flowers:... Thanks

C & M
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Alta van zyl on June 25, 2008, 07:04:29 am
Keep it positive Didi!!   We are going through a very bad patch due to being overworked and feeling guilty not spending time with our kids.  Reading your post gives me hope to carry on en soos hulle se immigrasie is nie vir sissies nie!!  Goodluck with everything! 
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on July 05, 2008, 09:54:06 pm
Eish - rough party last night. The first time we entertain at our house and the last guests left at 2h00. We had every nation you could think of represented (which made the rugby interesting! ;D)

Pieter enjoyed the party so much that somewhere in the morning hours he opened the bottle of Two oceans wine a quest brought us with the Wine Opener (NZ wine seldomly has a cork, they use screw tops!)  :2funny:

Ow: seer koppi vanoggend. In SA I would drink a Grandpa and go for a horseride to feel better. Recommendations?
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Nolan on July 09, 2008, 09:46:07 am
have another dop :whistle:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on July 10, 2008, 04:38:34 am
 :clap: it worked -  ;D
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: SaKiwiBoer on July 10, 2008, 04:52:41 am
Hi Didi, if it only starts working today then I think your working on the next headache to come  :2funny:  :2funny:  :heeha: Cheers, SAKB.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on July 10, 2008, 06:51:33 am
You sound like a man with experience.....  ;D
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: SaKiwiBoer on July 10, 2008, 08:13:15 am
Ssssjt, not so loud, the rest of the guys might just hear you.  :whistle:   ::) C-ya SAKB.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on July 11, 2008, 08:34:31 am
 :-X
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on September 15, 2008, 09:15:43 am
Check out Pieter's first dive (just had his tank and gear checked)

He and a friend took these beauties out in 14m just off Whangarei heads on Saturday..

We are having awesome weather - roll on Northland summer!!!!!  :clap:

Come on Nolan - surely this should entice you up here for a week-end getaway?
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: noodles mom on September 15, 2008, 09:33:47 am
i always knew there was an excellent reason why we wanted to live in Whangarei and that picture shows 2 of them  ;)
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on September 16, 2008, 06:24:02 pm
Yummy - nice nice Pieter  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Whangarei
Post by: Didi77 on October 01, 2008, 10:41:23 pm
Long time no write - Here is some news at last. :blush:

We took a break and travelled down to Whatawhiwhi for 5 days. (pronounce it in afrikaans as Vat-ha-fifi). Travelling companions were some friends from church and Pieter's friends from MacKay. All south africans. The group counted 10 adults and 9 kids.

We stayed at the top 10 resort. It is a camping ground but we had a small room with 5 bunker beds. It is a kids paradise with playground, trampoline and really cool bathrooms. The kids could walk to the beach on their own and the water is so calm and shallow in the front that it is quite safe. The resort had a special of stay 2 nights and get the third free.  O0

My first holiday that I did not read one page of a book. We were so busy doing water sports, walking, fishing and playing with the kids that I need to rest when we got home! Off course SanMarie and I snorkelled around the islands and in the bay (yes the water was freezing out in the open sea, but the view was worth it!)

Riaan's kids SanMarie and Marco are teenagers with a difference. I swear they are angels simply visiting us down on earth. They have endless patience with my kids and invite them to join in everything they do. SanMarie took them to the showers, blow dried their hair, made them coffee and read them books. Marco played rugby with Marnus every morning until he could barely walk.

Teresa and her family have been here a year now and their parents came along (called Oupa and ouma by all). They really made our group feel like a family. They would sit under the tree on their chairs, dozing in the sun, and now and then remark on something special one of the kids are doing. It made me sad to think this is not something I can do with my  family anymore. :'(

Just 5 km from Whatawhiwhi we found a remarkable bay, on conservation ground, called Matai. We spend a full day on the beach there. Pieter went diving of the reef for some Crays (no luck) and we went snorkelling and fishing and swimming. It is not possible to describe the beauty and scenery.  :smitten: If you have the chance, visit this little gem. There is a camp ground and ablutions so I will try to book us in with a tent for the xmas week.

On the way home we stopped at the WORLD-FAMOUS-IN-NZ MANGONUI FISH SHOP. Best fish and chips I ever tasted. Best beer I ever tasted (I have not had a cold beer in 3 days and was dying!) Best homemade tomato sauce my kids ever tasted.

One of the things that bothered me most back home in SA was this: I was working for Parks and I had access the the most beautiful spots in the world. But I could not visit them with my family as it was to dangerous. This point kept popping into my head this week as we parked our car on the remote beach and then walked km on the rocks. Here my kids can play in the park and on the beach and my only worry is them breaking a window with a cricket ball! One evening a friend and I fished alone in the dark and then walked back though the dune forest. I went swimming around the bay and then spent hours on the rocks alone. And then leaving our diving gear and our rods outside and our food and drinks in the communal fridges.....  :o How I missed this in SA! What a pleasure this safe, safe country is.

So now we are back home. Catherine had her birthday yesterday (and I lost all the photos). The next week and half is school holidays and the kids and I have LOTS and LOTS to do.

Cheers  ;)

The Skinners

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mandyh on October 02, 2008, 01:26:49 am
That sounds like the 3 days there were just far too short.  The place sounds wonderful and I will look it up for our camping purposes.  Would be wonderful to have a "forum campout" sometime  :clap:
Enjoy the rest of the hols Didi and kiddies.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: zatexnz on October 02, 2008, 04:43:16 am
Sounds awesome, Didi!  I really think we need to start putting our own tenting gear together again... so far we have a tent....
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on October 02, 2008, 05:40:37 pm
Thanks for the update Didi and it sounds like you guys had an owesome time  :clap:

Mandy that "forum camping" is a great plan  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Happy Expat on October 03, 2008, 02:09:27 am
Sounds like you had great, true NZ fun :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: El on October 06, 2008, 01:19:50 pm
Thanks for the update, it was a super read.  I love hearing about "normal" family life in NZ!  Keeps me motivated to keep counting the days down.  :)
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on October 14, 2008, 08:57:06 am
 :clap: :clap:

One of my 10 major goals to reach when immigrating was to have a NZ driving licence: Check it out - is it

COOL AS????

 
I am KIWI!!!!!!  :clap:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: itbjcm on October 14, 2008, 09:03:17 am
For sure!  Congrats.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: WendyH on October 14, 2008, 09:23:47 am
 O0 Sweet as! I'm still getting up the courage to convert my Zim licence - I have to do the road test  :'(
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on October 14, 2008, 09:33:38 am
ag no - don't worry Wendy, I am sure you will ace it!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on October 14, 2008, 06:01:32 pm
Congrats Didi  :clap:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: noodles mom on October 14, 2008, 08:14:26 pm
 O0 O0 O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on November 12, 2008, 01:14:20 am
 :blush: I know - lonnnnng silence. Apologies for long absence!

We brought a boat. Wow. No money but we do have a boat!  >:D So fish is what we will be eating lots of, no money for shopping, only for boat petrol O0

I am still not working. Cleaning 2/3 days per week and earning approx $400 per week (including my IRD working for families income). But I am soooo busy with coffee, school etc. that I have no time for anything extra. Still riding my bike. I have also started doing some free courses though Poly tec.  :smart:

Pieter is working really long hours and I hope next year we can make a plan for him to be at home a bit more (and help with the gardening! :P)

To finish off:
I was at a BBQ this weekend. We had new Saffers, fresh from sa with us. Coming back from the fireworks show their 3year old remarks to her mom outside the dark house: "mum, I saw a baddie".

And it hit me: My kids have almost stopped being scared. We are healing.

We and not living behind a brick wall. We now know the neighbouring kids' names.

We are starting to believe in the good of people again. My husband listens to the soweto string quartet and remembers the good relationship he had with his black friends.

It is still hard. And sometimes we miss our families and old life and good old african skies.

But the healing has started, and the future lies before us. We are excited about our lifes once more.  :)

So if you hear little from me. It is not that I have forgotten all my friends on this forum. It is because I am out there living the dream!!  O0



Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: zatexnz on November 12, 2008, 02:11:54 am
Awesome, Didi!  Great post!  So glad you're healing and settling in!  one day... one day... I'll make it up there to visit all you guys in "Vang 'n Ry"  ;)
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mikencarmen on November 12, 2008, 05:52:01 am
Thanks again for a fantastic posting, really heart warming stuff! So glad the Dream is coming true so quickly...

C & M
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on November 12, 2008, 02:20:08 pm
Thanks for the update Didi  :clap: and we need a pic of the boat  :knuppel2:  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Feather on November 13, 2008, 08:36:18 pm
Thanks for the awesome post Didi!  :clap:
So very glad to hear that you are healing and settling in so well!  Good on ya!  :clap:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: itbjcm on November 14, 2008, 12:42:44 am
No money but a boat.  Sounds about right to me.  Glad you guys are doing well, enjoy and ahoy!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on November 20, 2008, 09:44:07 pm
Agggghhh. had chic pox. The kids (all three) had it and received panadol and anti scratch advice. They did not even get a fever! Then I got it and stayed in bed for 6 days and nearly died!!  :tongue: Let me give you some advice, if you have not had this virus, get an antiviral if you think you might pick it up!!

Also had my first bad NZ experience with the medical attention when I went to hospital. Will tell more once I feel a bit stronger - for now I am just happy to be up and hanging around the lounge.  O0

In the mean time here is a pick of that boat that has not even seen the water yet (poor hubby has been nursing the "water-pickle, polca-dot" family.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on November 20, 2008, 09:47:34 pm
PS: any suggestions for a real african name for our boat??
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: El on November 20, 2008, 11:06:06 pm
"Lucky Escape"
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Parra on November 20, 2008, 11:27:28 pm
"Thabo M bootjie"  :2funny: :2funny:

No on second thought..dont want it to sink!!!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: MJ on November 21, 2008, 03:50:59 am
Hope you feel better soon Didi.  Chicken Pox as an adult is not fun at all.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ronaldd on November 21, 2008, 04:09:55 am
PS: any suggestions for a real african name for our boat??
"Titanic" is way to obvious
"Flight of Fancy" - nice for a plain i want to get  http://www.iconaircraft.com/
"Mannetjie in 'n boot" - miskien nogals snaaks... totdat jou kinders vra
"dobbertjie"
"ontsnapvandieheks"
"NZ escape - plan B"
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on November 21, 2008, 08:14:21 am
Hope you are feeling better!
My uncle once had a boat he called "Sir Rhossis of the River" :D
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: WendyH on November 21, 2008, 08:48:32 am
 :flowers: Hope you're feeling better Didi. I had chickenpox when I was pregnant - not nice!!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on November 21, 2008, 05:52:46 pm
Hi Didi, hpoe you feel much better soon - "AMASPLASHSPLASH"  ;D  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Feather on November 23, 2008, 09:47:22 pm
Didi, hope you are feeling better.  I had chicken pocks when I was in Matric (Std 10 / Gr 12) felt like I was dying.... the itch.... the headache... I had it so bad that there is no chance of me getting it if the children have it....
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on December 15, 2008, 10:55:59 pm
Thanks you guys - I feel much better and excited about the holidays.

Allso it looks like I might get a bigger house to move into (those of you that has stayed with me before, I am moving into Patty's house down the road)

Just waiting for the contract and then I will move into more space on 12 January! I am so excited! Hubby will have a workshop and I will have a spa bath and the kids their own rooms and a play area. 3 garages and LOTS of BBQ place.  :smitten: :smiley6600:

Have a good week everyone!

Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: mandyh on December 16, 2008, 12:36:37 am
Wow that sounds absolutely wonderful.  Bet you can't wait. 
Enjoy it.  Christmas in January now too.........
and just in time for all the parties.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Mumtaz (CapetonianInWellington) on December 16, 2008, 05:39:55 am
Glad you feeling better. Enjoy the bigger space.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: janvs on December 18, 2008, 02:59:40 am
PS: any suggestions for a real african name for our boat??

Eish!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on December 18, 2008, 12:21:25 pm
Met ys ja!

Good one janvs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gonna tell hubby now!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on December 18, 2008, 12:33:40 pm

A friend sent me some photos of some "choice" SA places and I have just been HART SORE the whole day.

I never really knew what hart sore was. But this physically hurts.

I miss the smell, taste and flavour of Africa. I crave the sanctuary of my own people; every brown, black, white and purple one of them.

I miss the environment, the familiar and expected surroundings. The "plainness" of home. I miss knowing the plant names and having memories connected with stupid unimportant landmarks.

Basically. I just miss home.

I still want to be here. I still want my kids safe. And I am happy. Nothing is wrong.

I just miss home.  :'(
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: El on December 18, 2008, 12:47:06 pm
 :flowers:
Oh shame Didi, sending you big happy hugs.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: hadenough on December 18, 2008, 12:54:40 pm
 :flowers: :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:
Thinking of you
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Clarikdeens on December 18, 2008, 03:50:55 pm
Hi Didi
Vasbyt! En  nogmals vasbyt!
During 1961-1962 I worked in London for a Year (sent by Sasol for training) and Anna and small baby spent a whole year in a single room with no transport except shank's pony. Anna had terrible homesickness. Until you have lived with a wife that has homesickness then you cannot talk. :heeha:

Anyway, I told her that we had to make the best of a bad thing. When we changed our attitude we were called the mad South Africans because we went out in all types of weather, even in a blizzard! From that moment on when we made a commitment our quality of life changed dramatically. We then enjoyed every minute until we left to go back to ZA.

Stay where you are, conditions are not very nice here at the moment.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Feather on December 18, 2008, 11:16:13 pm
 :flowers: Didi, I know what you mean!
Hang in there, it will get better! (((((((hugs))))))
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on December 19, 2008, 02:13:57 am
Thanks everyone.

I went working today and did 15km on the bike. Gonna take the kids for a smim and then have a scallop BBQ with my friends tonight.

If all this activities does not cheer me up a strong drink tonight will for sure!  >:D

It does help to know there are others out there feeling the same.

Hope all of you have a good week-end
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 03, 2009, 10:08:55 am
Feeling strong and happy again after a wonderfull new year.  :clap:

Been away to saffer friends we recently met here in Whangareri - they stay on the heads road approx 40 km from us.

We have had great weather. Spent every of the sunny, hot days on the boat and at Smugglers Cove. Boat, crays, sun, fish (I caught a 2.5kg Travelly and Pieter a monster John Dory!!!!). WONDERFUL. Pieter got 8 crays with his diving and the fish caught of our boat included snapper, Travelly, JohnDory, Blue Cod and lots of small stuff. Saw penguins and stunning ships. I made friends with a swedish couple who will come visit tomorrow in Maunu. Did snorkelling with my 7 year old on the rocks and while drying of on the boat afterwards a shark swims past.... ((((((shivers)))))  :-\
Not sure if I will ever get my kids in the water again!!!!

Here is some pics of
Smugglers bay (our boat is anchored in the background)
Kids playing on a beach (we need to park the boat in a sheltered bay to swim and play in the shade over lunch, gets to hot on the boat all day long.....)

But I will tell u more news later - gotta go unpack -

Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on January 04, 2009, 11:55:22 am
Hi Didi, thanks for sharing your moments with us and glad you are feeling much better  :clap: and nice pic's  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: tmprince on January 13, 2009, 09:33:17 pm
Hi Didi,

I am sitting awake in front of my pc unable to sleep, you see tonight is the EOI selection and I am hoping to see selected make that praying to see selected on my profile,
I have just read through your whole sight ,looked at your photographs and envy you like blazes.
ek is so jaloers ek kan spoeg ! :envy: :envy: :envy:
My hubby is also a electronic millwright as well as a electrician and I hope tonight will bring good news as I want to get on with living my life not just exsiting.

I followed the link for the list of tools but the pg says I may not accsess it, please would you pm me with it I would be so gratefull.
Is Pieter still working on the navy boats, Troy has built airdryers on SA 's new corvettes down in Simons Town they are  installed  for the radars and electronic systems.

you never said what your nasty medical experience was when you had waterpokktjies ?

I would love to hear more of your settling in process but sounds very much like you are pretty settled.
When does Pieter write his exams and tell him we are holding thumbs :gl:

Regards Marcia
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on January 21, 2009, 11:10:36 pm
Sorry longtime no reply!  :blush:

Been moving house. We have a wonderfull new house and are thinking of buying it.

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Is Pieter still working on the navy boats, Troy has built airdryers on SA 's new corvettes down in Simons Town they are  installed  for the radars and electronic systems.

you never said what your nasty medical experience was when you had waterpokktjies ?


tmprince: no Pieter has moved from the navy boats to the Marsen Point refinery and is today going for a interview again for a better position. He finished his exams and we are in the process of registering him at EWRB. This it the final step in our immigration process and I can hardly believe it is almost over.

With the waterpokkies I had a bad exprerience as my doc would not give me anti-viral drugs, then it turned into some brain virus thing (incafalites?) ... the hospital would not give me a bed and made me sit in the hallway with a container between my legs as they were worried I would contaminate others... they were trying to clear a room for me in quarintine.... it was terrible and I ended up leaving and getting someone (a doc friend) to help me at home. I was in bed for 8 days and have scarred badly.

But mostly the news is good..... and the country is Sweet-as.

I have just been interviewed for a article about immigrating, bikeriding etc... and really can hardly believe what a wonderfull new life we had.

Every time I look at my kids over here on the bikes, on the beach, in the roads: It is worth every sent, every worry, every struggle -

Good luck!!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: M and G on January 22, 2009, 06:52:31 am
Great to hear everything is still going well, except for the past illness. 
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on January 22, 2009, 08:48:51 am
Didi - why didn't they want to supply medication - whats their reasons as people can die if not treated  :confused:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Alta van zyl on January 22, 2009, 10:24:56 am
Wow this is disgusting, what thing were between your legs to prevent contamination?  Sorry this sounds stupid just trying to picture the whole thing.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: tmprince on January 22, 2009, 10:34:58 am
Hi Didi,

Do you stay close to hot water beach ? I loved it there we stayed in a Bed & breakfast called Aunty Dawns Cabin and it was great to play in the hot water (just really early in the morning)

Any chance of pm me the tool list (pretty please :angel:)

We got a reply to one of the jobs Troy applied for and want to interview him on monday at 2 ???? I know he stipulated that we are still in SA on the application, but I will find out ifthey are willing to do one over Skype so ho;d thumbs.
It is a position in Wellington (didn't go down that far on holiday so don't know it, we only got as har as Ruhpehu)

Speak Soon
Marcia
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on February 01, 2009, 09:57:18 am
Anton the docs are really hard giving out medicine in Whangarei. have no idea if it is the same in rest of NZ - just an example - there are no chewable panado for kids here, no voltarin, no vit B injections.....  :'( shame poor Didi

Alta  :2funny: you make me sound kinky in hospital!!! No I ment: they gave me a bucket to be sick in as I could not walk to the bathrooms on my own everytime I felt bad. It was so embarasing before people walking past! So many people tried to help.  :-\   
Anyway it is all over and I believe I will be getting private medical aid as soon as I win the wednesday lotto.


tm prince - no I stay in whangarei in the north - our water is warm all year round anyway!!!  :P :D ;D

Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: ANTONK on February 01, 2009, 06:15:31 pm
Shame Didi - Glad all ok now but still strange on the medical thing as people always say that NZ is so good on the medical side of things  :confused:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on February 01, 2009, 06:32:35 pm
Anton don't believe a word of it. Yes they are good when it comes to getting you refered quickly etc but as for medication aaaarghh!!! :tickedoff: My daughter has really bad excema and has been back to the doc at least 6 times since we have been here. We gave a history and what meds she was using etc but she was told that the meds she was on is bad for her. Then we get "try this and come back if it does not help" repeatedly. We are going to turn to alternative meds to try and help her.

They also do not seem to listen. I keep getting reminders from the doc that it is time for my annual pap smear. Hello how many times do I need to say I had a hysterectomy 8 years back. Funny thing is on theform they say if you have had one please let us know  so we can change our records. I have phoned, filled in forms, written letters and I still get the damn things!!!

On the plus side there is a history of skin and breast cancer in my family and I was quickly reffered to the local cancer society for regular checks at no cost due to the history. The government sponsors it all.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Alta van zyl on February 02, 2009, 04:53:08 am
The medical system is not that great to be honest, but depending on your dr.  I had a course of vitamin B injections about 2 months ago, and voltaren is available at our pharmacy - but this is Auckland.  The dr we have in Aviemore close to Howick prescribe anything I ask for, and there is a few other alternatives available if you ask.  I get very bad migraines and he gave me a script for 42 Maxalt wafers which I can recall costed us about R50 a tablet in SA. I only had to pay $3 for the whole script.  My advice is move dr's untill you can find somebody decent that wants to help.  I cannot say anything about hospitals in Auckland, have to wait and see when something happens one day. 
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: malindy on February 02, 2009, 02:19:19 pm
Hi Dance,

I have a good rooibos tea bag remedy for excema.  If you would like some more info, please pm me, and I'll let you have it...

Regards,
Malindy
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: dance on February 02, 2009, 06:38:34 pm
Thanks Malindy will do O0
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Post by: ANTONK on February 02, 2009, 07:16:59 pm
Thanks Dance and Alta  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Feather on February 02, 2009, 11:05:16 pm
Malindy could I pm you for your rooibos tea remedy for excema.  My son battles with excema, has done since 6 months old.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on March 04, 2009, 08:56:44 am
Long time no update and just a quick hallo to say the Skinners are still alive and kicking.

To summarise the news:

we are buying house - unbelievable I know - but we need to take advantage of the low interest rate and the falling house prices, so here we are with a mortgage for 2 million rand  :o

The kids are slipping behind at school, I have no idea why. It may be the change of class, the new teachers, the summer break  :-\ but there is a lot to catch up if they are to be on standard and so we will be working really hard this term. I am reminded that they only learnt English 10months ago, even so there must be very few things in life so hard for a parent as hearing that her children are behind at school.

My mum is visiting for 4 months. She is moving between me and my sister in Whangarei and Auckland and is having the time of her life. Her husband was not up to making the trip so she will be heading back to SA in May. In the mean time we love having her here.

Whangarei Saffer community is growing at the speed of light and this month we are having a huge get together as well as a church service and some ladies activities. I still have not found friends to replace the ones I lost in December (they moved back to England) but I remain positive that I will find the right friends soon.

So all is well with the skinners, even if we are quiet. O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Clarikdeens on March 04, 2009, 10:55:31 am
Thanks for the update Didi.  :D I had been wondering what  had happened to all. O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: tmprince on March 04, 2009, 12:35:18 pm
hey Didi don't fill the friend thing to full wait for me  :D
I hope they need electricians up there by you cause I have been looking to see where you are and it looks so beautiful me like alot. Troy says there are lots of Maoris there but who cares it looks like I need to be up there.
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on March 04, 2009, 10:32:50 pm
Yes Northland has the largest Maori population. We have a whole 2.6%!! The again Auckland has many chinese and pacific people. We have .7% chinese compared to 6-8% in auckland!!!! :o

Whangarei is pretty and the water life is great! If you like small town life and enjoy boating and beach this is the place to be. The people that do not love whangarei are those that do not boat/fish/hike...

But it def small town, everyone knows you soon, no hiding in the crowds!  :blush:

See ya soon.



Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: tmprince on March 05, 2009, 05:50:11 am
ME!!! hide I don't think so as it is our favorite saying here is Benoni she's a small town it takes me 2 hours to go into Pick n pay to buy milk cause there are so many people I know and have to chat to !
I love the everybody knows you bit  :clap:
but Troy is the quiet one and he loves small towns he would be a farmer if i didn't watch him closely. bit of a hermit the boy (can't get a word in edge ways)  :2funny:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Clarikdeens on March 05, 2009, 05:52:43 am
Many a true word spoken in jest :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on March 05, 2009, 08:25:01 am
 ;D

well see u soon in whangarei!  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Clarikdeens on March 05, 2009, 10:00:48 am
It's a deal O0
I also have an artist friend in Ruakaka - Richard Robinson :clap:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Durbschick1 on March 07, 2009, 03:21:47 am
 :clap: :clap: I'm also close to Ruakaka, stay in One Tree Point!!! Been here for only 8 months and cannot get the post out without having to stop and chat to someone.... I lived in Amanzimtoti for 6 years and hardly even bumped into anyone I knew since I did not work in the area and we had no friends in the area!!! I love the Northland, originally wanted to settle in Auckland just cause I did not know any better, went to AKL 2 months ago, had my first little shopping spree since arriving here. Loved the malls, hated the traffic... on the drive home, when I was coming over the hill and saw the bay and the mountains on the other side I knew I belonged here! AKL is close enough to go shop every now and then!  :2funny:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on March 07, 2009, 10:26:37 am
Wow Durbsc do we know each other?

Are you coming to the Saffer dance/ braai next week?

Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Durbschick1 on March 24, 2009, 09:24:31 pm
Skies man, ek is lekker aan die slaap Didi - dis Wilna hier!
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Nolan on March 24, 2009, 09:55:43 pm
Whangarei is a great place O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on April 06, 2009, 12:27:38 am
 :2funny:

Us Whangarei'ers is maar confussed.....  :whistle:


Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Durbschick1 on April 06, 2009, 01:38:37 am
Does not help when I go all skitso and change my name!  :2funny:
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Didi77 on April 08, 2009, 02:59:34 am
Now that is true!

Call me when you come in to town and stop by for a coffee - gotta show off my new house.  O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Nolan on April 08, 2009, 09:35:16 pm
and it IS a lekker house O0
Title: Re: Skinners in Aucland
Post by: Durbschick1 on April 17, 2009, 03:22:44 am
Sal so maak! Was in town with all the kids yesterday, was going to give you a call but they started fighting... and I just had to get home! I swear toddlers are much easier that teenagers!!! Not sure when my town trip will be next week because... our container goodies should be delivered next week!  :clap: :clap: :clap: