It’s been a long time between blogs. The reason has mainly been, we didn’t cruise this winter. We stayed in a beautiful house near the beach on Waiheke Island – our first time living on land for 6 years. We need to do some serious repairs on Qi, so instead of dipping into our cruising kitty, we decided to work for a while to pay for it. Living on land is expensive. Living on the boat is so much cheaper and we’re happy to return to our nomadic lifestyle, but it was wonderful being on Waiheke and our time here has created some beautiful memories.
Waiheke is a beautiful island with only a 40 minute ferry ride from Auckland. 32 wineries and criss-crossed with walking tracks, Waiheke offers a unique escape from the fast-paced city life only a few miles away.
I worked for a few months at a local school and managed to save a bit of cash, however, the New Zealand winter chilled my bones and I had a constant cold so I only worked for a few months. Our first real winter in six years was quite a shock to the system. Weekends hiking around the hills brought me back to life.
Qi in Owhanake Bay. We had lots of lovely walks from this bay and could walk into town in 20 minutes.
Joining the locals on a Friday for a lunch prepared from all the donations from the local shops got me out and about. It was fun being in the kitchen watching the amazing results of unknown ingredients. I managed to meet a few other sailing ladies and had plenty in common to chat about.
Living so close to Auckland, meant I could visit the grandsons a bit more often. It was wonderful to watch them growing and changing. Thomas is quite adored by the both of them too. I find a weekend of cuddles lasts me for a few weeks.
Spending some extended time in this beautiful country has allowed me to reconnect with my roots. I joined a waiata group and learned some Māori songs and Thomas and I were welcomed onto the local Marae during a pōwhiri, the traditional welcome.
Just a few weeks before our return to the boat, we began getting island fever. Having done all the attractive hikes on Waiheke Island, we longed to spread our wings and explore further afield. Filling the house with flowers from the garden and harvesting my lettuces kept the pangs a little at bay, but only like a quick junkies’ fix. It cost nearly $200 to take the car over to the mainland, so our options were limited. We moved to the boat earlier than planned and left the house mainly vacant for the final two weeks.
Being back on the boat meant lots of cleaning and freshening up. Unfortunately, the temperature plummeted the night we moved back on the boat and we’d wondered if we’d been too hasty. It’s been warming up since. Got to love the mild New Zealand summer.
(Keeping this short so I can get a few more written. Still need to catch up on last summer)