Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Life, New Plymouth

The beautiful snow capped Mt Taranaki as Amy flies out.
A move to a new life in Taranaki living with Kent and Eryn Deverson promised a nice summer spin on what had been a good stint of winters. A random phone call from Kent one day during our regular Frisbee golf led us on the journey to New Plymouth. Kent is very convincing and the idea of summer by the beach with surfing, gardening, swimming in the pool, brewing some beer, making cheese and all that sort of stuff sounded good. 
Felix helping in the garden

Things fell into place for us reasonably quickly. I got a job for a landscape gardener at, Plantation House Design. Amy loved the time she spent reading by the pool, walking or running along the costal walkway, and working on artwork. I quickly bought a surfboard and a skateboard but some wild weather of rain and wind kept us house bound for the best part of the first few months. When able to get out, we enjoyed our time outside, the beautiful coastal walkway was always a nice way to get some fresh air both cycling and walking.  

Running faster than the traffic
On Eryn's request we participated in the Classic Hits relay team for the Round The Mountain Race. We had a mixed team of runners and walkers. Amy and my legs were right on midday one after the other and it being the first nice day in months we got scorched. Amy did a 8km walking leg and I went hard for my first run in 16 months and smashed 11.9 km in 58mins 25secs! Made for a sore week at work recovering from that. 

Peter and Thomas hanging out at the park

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