Monday, 26 April 2010

No news at all!

Well, I have to say that there is not much to report at the moment.

I have been in wton for much of last week, and Age had a real estate conference in Queenstown.

I have been playing golf on Saturday (atrocious results which I won't mention) and Sunday (great round with a score of 101!!). It is becoming a habit to drive to lovely Mapua afterwards for a coffee or a wine at the warf with Age, as he usually is just about to finish work by then.

On Sunday we went with my golf partners and their husbands to the Grape Escape for a nice late lunch in the gardens. Great autumn colours everywhere and fantastic mushrooms (vliegenzwammen enzo) on the golf course.

I am very happy to having my oven back in working order. A week or so ago the glass pane in the oven door gave me the shock of my life as it cracked into a million pieces after a loud bang! Bloody hell.

And then: to sing or not to sing is the question - shall I go and have a look at this amateur choir (80! singers) or not?? No not religious, but 'modern' stuff like Cohen's Hallelujah :-)
Scary stuff!!!!!

Monday, 19 April 2010

More autumn, more settling in

It's blowing a gale out here! Look at the walnuts from our black walnut tree!

Yes they are big.

And a bit more finishing touches here and there in the living. You may not be able to notice these minor changes at all, but I do!

Snoezig, niet?

Monday, 12 April 2010

Change of agency

As Evelijn already announced, I switched agencies today. It's like leaving one job for the other, so as you'll understand, emotionally it's not an easy process.
Practically though, you're an independent contractor, so at one moment you're making the announcement and half an hour later you're on the road with your belongings to the new office!

Having worked very hard for about 8 or 9 weeks at one agency, I realized that it might not be the best place to be for a starting agent. Even though the last two weeks I've been quite busy with following up leads and preparing appraisals and submissions. Which showed that the first success might not be too far away. But it was harder work than it really had to be.

Thanks to, or perhaps because of, the agents I met during our house hunt in December and which whom I stayed in touch, I've now moved to their team in Mapua. This office, which is part of the Ray White group (the largest real estate brand in Australasia), is run quite differently in that the owner works closely together with his sales people. That is also because it's just a smaller office. But I can see how that will benefit my business in a very positive way. That first listing can't be far away now!

Nevertheless, the work itself, especially when it's getting busy, is great! I really enjoy going to work - although 'going to work' may be a different destination every day - and meeting new people.
And who wouldn't love a job in which drinking coffee and playing golf with clients is considered to be a necessity?


Change in the air

Besides the fact that autumn has arrived and that Age doesn't work for Bayleys anymore but joined Ray White instead today, everything is still the same. He will provide an update soon if he has the time, as he's very busy, really enjoying the work, and it might even be the day today for his very first listing and a string of leads underway. Go Age!!

Below some 'autumn in the garden' pics.


Lovely roses

Plum tree without plums this year

Our street with Nelson in the distance

Tennis balls on the driveway


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Tuesday, 6 April 2010

In the garden

Finally I've got to the box with our garden books, including the one on NZ plants and trees. That makes identifying what's in the garden a bit easier, although I still have no clue as to what all these various green leaved shrubs are. There are heaps of them, and all a bit different, and it looks like most of them will get flowers at some stage too. Very interesting!
Did I mention before that we also have a black walnut tree? These are the hardest nuts to crack, literally. They fall from the tree on our drive way and now and then on the roof with a loud bang, as they are as big as tennis balls. Then it's recommended to use your car to drive over the balls, to crack the outer shell. What's left then is the dark inner shell, and to crack this you still need some heavy tools.

Our welcome sign comes from the Mapua Easter Fair

When making the shopping list today for our groceries for the week I thought it would be a good idea to start a mini herb garden. Not sure whether that's wise at the end of the season, but I couldn't resist the temptation. I went to a nursery near by and got some great herbs, which are now featuring on the kitchen terrace.

Sage, mint, dill, coriander, parsley.

And hidden under the autumn leaves are thyme, chives, oregano, more parsley and more thyme.


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