Xmas Holidays 2015 Day Twenty Five

Tuesday 12 January 2016

I’m really feeling like I’m on a massive holiday now, I’m into my 4th week of holidays and most people have gone back to work and the sun is shining and life is good.

Today’s only task was to get a service and warrant for my car which meant driving to Albany, getting a loan car and then hanging out at the mall while I wait for my car to be thoroughly serviced.

While at the Albany Mall I noticed for the first time a really clever idea.  The ANZ Bank have set up a special branch for dealing with home loan customers and it looks just like a house.

12-jan

Xmas Holidays 2015 Day Twenty Two

Saturday 9 January 2016

Today started out with brunch at a garden centre in Albany, catching up with a friend.  As the temperature was already sneaking up I decided to have something refreshing rather than cooked so I ordered the Muesli with yoghurt.  A very unusual order for me but it seemed healthy and the right thing to do.  Turned out to be totally awesome and I’ll be having that next time I go back there.

9-jan-1

After that I went on a couch hunting mission.  Yes it was a mission – nothing was as cheap as I thought it would be and because it was a really hot day I realised many of the fabrics I initially liked made me sweat!!!

Finally after driving round all over the North Shore I found one I liked – it’s versatile, comfy and has a really similar layout to the one I have right now – plus it was on special.

9-jan-2

But then there was the problem of choosing the right colour!!!

9-jan-3

So I got a quote and delivery date and headed off to do some last minute window shopping to be sure I’d found the right one.  And then I found this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9-jan-4

I could not believe my eyes – it looked like something out of the movie Frozen – seriously it was for sale and NOT cheap.

Eventually I ended up at the cleanest, nicest, flashest Carl’s Jr for some late lunch.

9-jan-5

Xmas Holidays 2015 Day Twenty

Thursday 7 January 2016

This morning while out in the courtyard I noticed the marvellous almost dead looking hibiscus plant had all of a sudden come back to life was looking all leafy and had flowered.  For some reason this got me all motivated to get busy and this turned out to be the busiest most productive day of my whole holiday

.7-01-16

First stop would be to the amazing hardware store that still sold parts to my toilet.  Luckily they actually stocked the part I needed and it wasn’t very expensive at all, and the dude who served me was very helpful and didn’t treat me like an idiot at all, this calls for a celebration and almost gave me another lease on life!

7-1-16-e

Across the road from the fantastic hardware store is the old Corbans Vineyard.  It’s now a public park with no wine making happening there anymore, but there are still some cool old buildings and lovely gardens to photograph.

After that with all my new found wealth (not needing a plumber or a whole new toilet) I figured I could splash out and buy a new couch. So I headed back to the North Shore to check out some new couches. Turns out the decent ones are a lot more expensive than I thought, so a new couch would have to wait and I went to the garden centre instead to buy some new plants and a pot big enough to repot the maple a good friend gave me as a birthday present last year.

7-1-16-k7-1-16-c.jpg

After all my hard work and shopping I decided I needed a beer and it was such a beautiful evening I could light my fireball and enjoy the garden and Xmas lights.

Xmas Holidays 2015 Day Eighteen

Tuesday 5 January 2016

Today I went off in search of a new flushing bit for my toilet.  I noticed before Xmas that my toilet wouldn’t stop flushing.  So I jiggled the flusher thingy around a bit and it stopped.  A couple of days later I noticed that water was slowly leaking into the toilet so I took the lid off and investigated, I discovered the problem so put it back, closed the lid and hoped for the best.  This worked on and off, but Xmas was the worst time of year to be trying to find a replacement part as the hardware stores that stocked such a specific toilet part were all closed for Xmas.

At last the stores were open and I could hopefully find a replacement part if anybody still stocked them.  My worst fear is that it was so old I’d have to buy a whole new toilet, which would mean a plumber and probably a tiler to replace the tiles around the base of the toilet.  I definitely did not want to have to pay for a plumber coz the last one charged me $500 just to replace a tap!!!

The first place I went to made all the usual noises, pulled very ugly faces, went out the back to look and then simply said Nope!  I’d have to go to a more specialised store, one that stocked my “rare” type of toilet and cross fingers very hard that they still stocked this particular part – it’s a single flush thing which of course is bad for wasting water so nobody stocks replacement parts for them anymore.

So I went to the very specialised store they recommended and guess what… it was closed for another whole week.  Great!!!  I could have travelled all the way to Henderson where their main retailer might be open but I couldn’t do that today, as I was having visitors so I put it off for another day and hoped none of my visitors would need to use my loo LOL.

On the way home I went via the old neighbourhood to buy the wine and cheese for the evening.  Then I thought I’d drive past the old house where I grew up and on my way I had to stop suddenly so I could get out and photograph an amazing change on the corner of my old school buddy’s street.  What used to be a really pretty cottage type house had become two massive modern houses.  I found out later (after sending the pics to the friend who lived on that street) that the house that used to be on that spot had been transported up north somewhere by the original owners.5-01-16

My visitors popped round after dinner to check out my Xmas tree and see all the Xmas lights and luckily… nobody had to use the loo!!!

Xmas Holidays 2015 Day Sixteen

Sunday 3 January 2016

With all the rain that we’ve been having over the last few days I’ve struggled to get to sleep, because it’s been too humid and stuffy and hot and I can’t open my windows when it’s raining in certain directions because I don’t have any eaves to protect the windows and stop the rain from coming straight in.  Because my bedroom window is very high up I’m lucky to be able to sleep with the window wide open most nights.

So Today I set off in search of a new fan for my bedroom that would be quieter than the old thing I’ve had churning away late at night.  I also wanted it to to have a remote control and a timer so it would go off after about half an hour etc when I would be fast asleep.

After trawling around all the usual places in Wairau Park I hit the jackpot at Harvey Norman who were having a massive sale – a very quiet sunbeam pedestal fan with blue lights, a remote control and timer.

Photo-4-01-16w

On the way home I stopped at Mcdonalds for some long overdue lunch and shockingly EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED!!!

There are big touch screens where you order what you want and pay for it.  You can even select a whole bunch of stuff like the meat, sauces, fillings and patties etc.  It is possible for old fuddy duddies like me to go up to the counter and order the old fashioned way and of course you can still order the old favourites like a normal Big Mac combo.

But… if you do “build your own” burger it gets delivered to your table on a wooden platter and the fries come in a flash metal basket!!!

Photo-3-01-16w

I’ll have to let you know how that goes, on a different visit – I went the old school way and ordered a basic combo from a person at the counter, paid in cash and carried my tray all by myself to a table.