Never did I ever… think that I’d be that person who would chat in such depth about the wind; its direction, its strength and then of course there’s the tide. Not good dinner party chat at all. Sorry everyone!
..and that is exactly what I did! A dark room full of people all with the same aim – to dance like a crazy person for an hour all in the safety and knowledge that no-one can see you. No I wasn’t drunk, this was a Monday evening and what better way to start the week!
Nothing like a spontaneous half marathon to get that heart pumping and fitness regime started. And so we find ourselves on Takapuna Beach early Sunday morning, ready to embrace the day.
One thing that hasn’t slipped our minds these last few weeks is the reality that it is winter here! (Come on it wouldn’t be a brits blog if we didn’t talk about the weather!). Despite being ‘winter’ it’s been pretty balmy however, the amount of rain has been really quite impressive. Now if there’s rain and you go high enough, you must find snow and this is good news!
As with any move you get a renewed vitality and energy to try different things, pick up old hobbies and in this case, persevere to improve on sports that haven’t always been your friend. We’r e living in New Zealand, the sea is on our doorstep and so surfing is top of this list and we are determined to crack it however much it takes…. Continue reading
As we all know flats in London are often slightly strapped for storage space. This shortage lends itself to the opportunity of maintaining a’streamline’ approach and living a minimalist life.. well apparently not. After 3 years in the Mighty mezzanine the amount of sh*t that we had managed to collect was quite remarkable. The time had come not just move out but to move across the world. It was time to get ruthless.
Snap-snap-snap-snap-snap – this is not the sound of crocs catching their next snack …it’s paparazzi-snap-happy Gray hoping that at least one of the 30 photos of the lions feasting come out well…
So another couple of weeks has flown by and lots has been going on…
The other day I re-posted my friend Lauren’s brilliant summary of the Cape Maclear Triathlon which was the perfect overview of a great weekend. It was refreshing to be part of an event with a slightly more ‘laissez-faire’ air about it. The organisers had done an amazing job with transforming the venue (a large abandoned lodge resort that felt like it could be a perfect party venue, Ibiza stylee) and getting the course sorted. We were ready; pre-swim the water was scoured for crocodiles (don’t worry they don’t tend to hang around these waters ;-)! )… Continue reading
And so it happened. With much determination and a little of perseverance, I got that role in Malawi for Malawian Style….
2 weeks in and all is very good. While there is still much more exploring to be done, we’ve spent a weekend at the lake and over the past week and a half we’ve been embracing city working life in Lilongwe. I don’t want to overload you with the intricate details of what I had for breakfast etc so here is hopefully a fairly brief introduction of things, starting off with a few key facts about the country: Continue reading
After years of an ever-increasing dissatisfaction with my job it was time for action and time for change. Previous attempts to change my career direction were unsuccessful as the security of ‘sticking to what you know’ got the better of me, but at the end of 2014, things were different. I really had had enough; there was excessive moaning outside of work, a building resentment and a huge lack of fulfilment. The thought of still doing what I was doing in 5 years, or even a year filled me with dread. Of course this determination was hindered by a huge fear. A fear of breaking out of the comfort zone, and a realisation that trying something different may well mean failure and it definitely would mean the unknown. Continue reading