Saturday, 30 October 2010

I Have Arrived in My New Zealand Home

It's nearly 1600 or 4pm on Saturday 30 November here in The Cottage.  In fact it is in the whole of New Zealand's mainland.  

I missed the scheduled last leg of the journey - the flight between Auckland and Napier.  The plane was late getting in from Los Angeles.  So I eventually arrived in Napier at 11.30am instead of 9.30am.  Then Wendy, Catriona and I went for coffee in Taradale on the way home because we had to drop Catriona at gymnastics.     After a beautiful, warm week the weather here today is cold and dull.  Ah well.  

I managed little or no sleep on the journey other than a few hours sort of dozing between LA and Auckland.  That was a disappointment after the last few journeys when I have managed a few hours of reasonable rest.  So this afternoon I'm quite tired.  I am emptying The Cupboard and bringing a semblance of normality back to my life in The Cottage.  Whether I'll manage it all today is debatable.  I'm definitely flagging.  The first thing out of The Cupboard was my permanent reminder of life back on Lewis given to me by Friend Who Knows Too Much.  I expect that I shall be early to bed tonight.  But I've said that before!

Of course the very first thing I did was have a shower and then following on from my last post on Eagleton Notes entitled Panic Set In I plugged my mobile broadband into the laptop.  Oh dear.  No installation CD for the Mac as indicated by the set-up instructions.   As it is Saturday and the majority of shops shut early on Saturday afternoon I decided to pop down to Leading Edge which is one of the two NZ Telecom agents in Napier.  It was closed.  Permanently.  Oh dear.  Orb, the other, closes at the weekend anyway.  However a friendly computer buff at Dick Smith's sorted it (You don't need the CD!) and I now have broadband on the Mac.  No internet for the whole weekend would have been a bit too traumatic.

Once I can sort out my NZ Telecom plan I will be able to get my main emails on my phone too.

Right.  Before I disappear up to The House for dinner I shall get on with my unpacking.

Hopefully soon I'll have something more worthwhile to say and some photos to show you.