27.11.2014 10 °C
Time has passed quickly and we find ourselves a week away from leaving Christchurch on the first stage of our travels.
The family friends organising the wedding in Pauanui are probably in similar stages of planning a week out, there are probably hand written lists awaiting a signing off as each category of activity is completed. Here the lists are hand written, occur as notes on a white board and feature as random thoughts in our heads, as we remember small details which will require action. There are two suitcases in two rooms in the house. One has recently been emptied from a work weekend in Hamilton, and one is so brand new that it still has the purchase sticker still attached to the handle. As to what will be needed as filler in each, well I'm sure decisions will be made in the coming 7 days.
We have found that there are reduced transport services on both Christmas day and New Years day in Newcastle which has required a bit of a last minute change in accommodation and transport, but nothing we can't cope with. Friends of Emma, who have season passes, are organising tickets to the Sunderland V Hull City Football match in Sunderland on Boxing Day for us, and I'm warming up my vocal chords to sing "Who ate all the pies...........".
The dramatic weather changes we were expecting have in some way been evened out with an afternoon of lightening and thunder, a reducing temperature and the threat of hail. Might just go outside and endure it in an attempt to acclimatise to northern hemisphere conditions. At least that might give me an idea as to what to throw into the empty suitcase.