Friday, November 18, 2005

Buying a House

Hello Everyone.

Melissa and I have just had confirmation that we have bought a house in Brisbane. We have some photos up you can see them by clicking on our photos link. So its all pretty exciting. We will be moving before Christmas which is really great, as we will have christmas in OUR home with my family. So thats all we have to say really.

Love to hear from you all.


Tuesday, October 18, 2005

October 05

Well this month has been quiet. We have had problems with our car so havn't been going away every weekend like we normally do. Our car has been overheating but we have finally figured out that it's just the gauge playing up and the car isn't overheating at all.

We have had interesting weather lately. The seasons here are so different to New Zealand. We only had 4 days of truely cold weather for winter. Then at the begining of october we skipped spring and went straight into summer. It was 35 degrees here for a couple of days and 30 for a week. Apparently its normal to have a heat wave then. Now its proper spring weather with rain (finally! the dams are down to 34% and we have level 2 water restrictions) and comfortable temperatures of around 25.

We plan to go down to the Gold Coast this weekend. We don't have tickets to go watch the Indy cars racing but we thought we would lie on the beach and listen to them instead. Hope the sun is out!

I really don't have much to say this month. I finally sorted out the photos from our whitsundays holiday so will put those on the net some time soon (no promised). When I do I will also put some on of our current apartment.


Tuesday, September 20, 2005

20 Sept 2005

Hey Everyone,

How are you all? We haven't heard much from all you back in NZ for awhile.
We had an awesome time with Rene and Janelle up at Airlie Beach, Whitsundays. Lots of sun and lying around which was great. It's definitely a great place for a holiday. Would love to go back sometime. The trip up in the Micra went well apart from one brief stop in Gladstone to repair the belt that drives the power steering and water pump, fortunately we were still in gladstone when it broke.
I don't think we would drive up there again unless we were in a rental car, as the micra seems to have a few things wrong with it now, the most noticeable being the rear shock absorbers are now rather bouncy. It might be a good excuse to lower the car though.

The new place we are living in has quietened down, although we dont like it any better. We are saving hard so that we can buy our own place hopelfully with in the next 6 months. So we are busy looking at the property market.

Liz has just been over for a holiday with us, which was good. We had a weekend up at Maroochydore and another weekend down at Alstonville with Graham and Colleen and the kids.

And thats about all thats been happening around here.

Love to hear from you.

Nick and Mel

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Heading into August

Hi everyone,

It has been a long time since we updated this, since March we have just been working really. Went back to NZ for my graduation in wellington, it was a very fast trip only 4 days and we drove Hamilton Taupo Wellington Taupo Auckland.

We have currently just shifted out of our nice apartment, the first Sunday we were wondering what we had done as the baby next door was crying and the teenage mother was turning up the stereo to drown out the noise. She played the same song 4 times in 1 hour, it was very annoying. Luckily she has since moved out, it is possibly that she did a runner as they left behind some pot plants a table and some of the kids toys.

Anyway, Janelle and Rene are coming over to visit us soon and we are heading up to the Whitsundays, actually its only 13 days away, so that should be awesome.

Must go Mel is unpacking all our stuff and i'm feeling guilty for just sitting here writing this.

Laters, Nick

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

March 05

Well, its been awhile since we updated our website, and with mel being at work i guess its my fault. March has been quite boring, so im really looking forward to going to work. Hopefully that feeling will last awhile when i get there.
Most of you will realise that we were home this month, it was great but it made us realise that we also belong in Brisbane now. Its great to finally have a place we can call our own.
And thank you to everyone who has helped us out.

So the big news that prompted me to write this:

I possibly have a job. I have to go for a medical, for insurance purposes, then i will be employed.

Anyway I will write more when i know exactly what division of the company i will be working for.

Cheers, Nick

Friday, February 11, 2005

More Photos

We have added some photos of Brisbane and our apartment to our album. To see follow the link below.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

February Update

Hello everyone, Hows things back in NZ? We are slowly settling in over here, although it will be great when i finally get a job. Mel is starting work on the 14th so thats only monday week. Well I have been applying for more jobs in the bank and have got a couple of recruitment agencies looking for me too, but I dont know if they are worth the effort because i find the jobs they have advertised on the internet and apply before they ever get around to ringing. Anyway I am going to look for a casual job as well. There is only so much holiday one can have without being bored to death. Anyway I had better make this do and get back to searching for a job.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Job's and Apartments

Well things are looking up for us here. I (Mel) have a job and we move into an apartment tomorrow.

Last tuesday I have two interviews. One for a pharmaceutical job (boring) and one for a haircare formulation chemist (exciting). I got the pharmaceutical job before I even went for the interview for the haircare job. The interview went well and the job sounded much better so made sure the guy knew how keen I was. He couldn't hire me without permission from his bosses tho, so asked if he could have til the next day. He rang the next morning to say I had the job unofficially but it wouldn't be starting for a few months so I should take the other job and they would get back to me when they needed me. I therefore accepted the pharmaceutical job to start on friday (this was wednesday). On thursday afternoon, the marketing manager of the haircare company phoned to ask for a second interview. I told them the situation and arranged to go in that afternoon. Met with him and the GM at 4pm and got the job to start mid feb. So then had to ring the pharmaceutical company back and turn down the job. Wasn't very fun, but am happy with my choice.

Have also got a tiny apartment in the city which we move into tomorrow. Its in Bowen Hills, right by the Hospital, bus and train stations. Its a 3km walk into town (not likely in the heat). Right by the Inner City Bypass which is good for getting to my job. You can have a look at it as Our apartment is on the 4th floor and is a style C. Everyone is welcome to come stay!

Friday, January 07, 2005


Hey People. We have added some of our pictures from China. I dont yet know how to put in a direct link so follow the one below. Let me know if it doesnt work or anything.
Cheers, Nick

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Our little car, The Mighty Micra Posted by Hello

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Xmas and New Years

There was just the four of us for Christmas. David worked until 2:30 so we had dinner at 3:00 which meant we had to have lots of nibbles beforehand. Beth and I had great fun organising and cooking dinner. We ended up eating it for 3 days. We had a yucca palm for our Christmas tree with lights and everything. The rest of the week was spent reading, swimming, shopping and eating. Went to the sunshine coast 1 evening and down to the gold coast 1 day. I haven’t yet swum in the sea, it has to be really really hot for that. For New Years we went down to David’s parents at Coff’s Harbour. Spent New Years eve at a fair and watched the fire works. New Years day we went to the beach. I found the banana plantations around Coff’s fascinating. All the hills are covered in banana trees. The banana’s are all covered in plastic bags so they ripen evenly. Each tree yields 1 bunch of banana per year. Last night we went on a walk with some of the friends. They walk every Monday night along the river through town and back along south bank to a café. Was a really nice walk. We saw some people feeding possums in the park. Apparently they are considered cute over here and are a protected species. At the café Nick and I had the unfortunate luck of not sitting under an umbrella. The flying foxes (a type of fruit bat) in the tree overhead welcomed us by poohing on us. How was your Christmas and New Years? We hear it is cold over there. Let us know how you are all getting on.