17th April: Swimming With Turtles

17th April: Swimming With Turtles

Thursday 17/04/2014
Em writing

Yesterday, Paul and Marion had heard that the best time to see turtles was first thing in the morning so we got up early to swim with them! Andrew and Paul went first and followed about 5 turtles around the shallows of the island. I nervously got into the water next (as I was still a little scared about meeting a sea snake!) and managed to see 1 turtle as they swim…

View On WordPress

0 notes

Comments

16th April: A Stormy Day

16th April: A Stormy Day

Wednesday 16/04/2014
Em writing

Knowing that breakfast finished at 10am, the Burkimshers arrived in the restaurant at 9:40am! We had to be quick in order to eat breakfast and sneak some sandwiches into our serviettes so we had something for lunch! 

After breakfast, Andie and I had a grand tour of the island, which was long and thin. As we walked, we posed for silly photos and also watched some kite…

View On WordPress

0 notes

Comments

15th April: Arrival on Îlot Maître, New Caledonia

15th April: Arrival on Îlot Maître, New Caledonia

15/04/2014
Em writing

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 20.03.37

A beautiful sunrise greeted us all as we had an early morning walk to Auckland airport for our flight to New Caledonia. I hadn’t heard of New Caledonia before our trip, probably because other Pacific Islands like Tahiti, Fiji and the Cook Islands are much more well known. What a treat New Caledonia is though and I think it deserves more recognition!

After checking in at…

View On WordPress

0 notes

Comments

14th April: Packing Up, Fischer and Paykel and Pyjama Pandemonium 

14th April: Packing Up, Fischer and Paykel and Pyjama Pandemonium 

Monday 14/04/2014
Em writing

Monday was our last full day in New Zealand and I had enjoyed the experiences so much I didn’t really feel ready to leave! It was nice to know that we would be returning briefly to Auckland later on in our trip.

We packed up and went to Mellon’s Bay, another bay just around the corner from Half Moon Bay. Marion was only ready a few minutes after 10am but we weren’t…

View On WordPress

0 notes

Comments

13th April: Revisiting old haunts

13th April: Revisiting old haunts

Sunday 13/04/2014
Andie writing

Today started as another relaxing morning with a long lie in for Em and I. We spent quite a while sorting out Em’s diabetes supplies. We are leaving a ‘supply dump’ with Matt & Laura as we go off on the next phase of our trip. We’ll be coming back to Auckland briefly at a later stage so we can pick the supplies up again. Although it means our itinerary kind of does…

View On WordPress

0 notes

Comments

12th april: Waiheke, Waves and Wanting Miso Soup

12th april: Waiheke, Waves and Wanting Miso Soup

Saturday 12/04/2014
Em writing

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 12.55.11

Today involved getting a ferry across to Waiheke, a gorgeous island just off Auckland. On the way we could see Musick Point from the ferry and “Burkimsher” Beach which Andrew had visited many times as a boy when he lived in New Zealand. 

On our arrival, we got a bus from the ferry to a little place called Oneroa. Whilst there Andie found some friendship bracelets for…

View On WordPress

0 notes

Comments

11th April: Royalty and mini-trip to Waiwera

11th April: Royalty and mini-trip to Waiwera

Saturday 11/04/2014
Andie writing

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 12.39.27

Today Emily and I slept in after the previous early morning! Mum & Dad had decided to go to Rangitoto island so got up and left early. It transpired later that the ferries hadn’t worked for them (they’d missed one..?) so they ended up going to Waiheke island instead after all.

We drove to the CBD in town in order to meet up with Matt, Laura and Gordon. William…

View On WordPress

0 notes

Comments

The Benefits of Exercise with Diabetes

The Benefits of Exercise with Diabetes

Em writing

IMG_4667Everyone knows exercise is good for you but I have been surprised to see what a difference it makes to my diabetes control. I have been able to compare days with and without exercise thanks to my CGMS, although of course there are many other factors that can affect your blood sugar levels including heat, the rate at which food is absorbed (based on its glycemic index), stress, other…

View On WordPress

0 notes

Comments

10th April: Long, Rural Drive Back to Auckland

10th April: Long, Rural Drive Back to Auckland

Thursday 10/04/2014
Em writing

Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 11.56.19

I got up at 7:30am ready for an early departure knowing that we had a long drive ahead of us back to Auckland. However, it was just before 10am before we left, as is usual with the Burkimshers!

Because of our departure, we did what Andie calls a ‘Mummy special’ – arriving at the car ferry to Rawene just 1 minute before it was due to leave! Luckily we hadn’t driven…

View On WordPress

0 notes

Comments

9th April: Ahipara and Shipwreck Bay

9th April: Ahipara and Shipwreck Bay

09/04/2014
Em writing

Today we all enjoyed a lazy catch-up day not doing very much! We’d considered going for a drive to see the Kauri trees but then decided we’d done a lot of driving recently. We spent the morning catching up on our blog, facebook-ing and reading random websites. Then somehow time had passed so we didn’t have lunch until 3pm!

After lunch we felt we should see Ahipara so from…

View On WordPress

0 notes

Comments

8th April: What’s on the other side of the world? Its end.

8th April: What’s on the other side of the world? Its end.

08/04/2014
Andie writing

Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 17.52.09

Today we were going to the northernmost tip of New Zealand, Cape Reinga. Em thinks that we Burkimshers are a little bit odd as we find going to geographically-extreme points so exciting. (Actually, I think she finds us all a bit odd generally :P!) We managed to drag ourselves out of bed fairly early as we knew we had a long drive up from Ahipara to Cape Reinga.

Driving…

View On WordPress

0 notes

Comments

7th April: Drive to Ahipara

7th April: Drive to Ahipara

07/04/2014
Em writing

Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 00.06.44

We got up in anticipation of a check-out time of 11am. However by the time we’d cleaned the chalet, packed and made lunch it was 12pm when we actually set off.

Having returned the house key to its lock box on the side of the house (which is such a great idea!), we piled into the car and headed off for the car ferry to Opua. We arrived at the ferry crossing just as the ferry…

View On WordPress

0 notes

Comments

6th April: Bay of Islands Cruise

6th April: Bay of Islands Cruise

Sunday 06/04/2014
Em writing

This Sunday we didn’t get to church as we all slept in! It was nice to enjoy a lie in in the morning as this is something I particularly like to do! It was also my brother James’ birthday. Happy Birthday James!

Andie and I had surfed online to find cruises for the Bay of Islands, something my Grandad and many other people had told us we must do. We decided on a half…

View On WordPress

0 notes

Comments

5th April: The Northland East Coast

5th April: The Northland East Coast

Saturday 05/04/2014
Andie writing

Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 19.47.09

We woke up after a pretty good sleep, but still in the AirBnb place where I’d felt a little uncomfortable. I went to have breakfast while Em was still snoozing. The guy had made some freshly baked bread for us, which I thought was really kind. He said it was made of spelt flour, which he uses because, supposedly, spelt has seeds that are too hard to crack open,…

View On WordPress

0 notes

Comments

4th April: Coromandel to Auckland to Whangarei

4th April: Coromandel to Auckland to Whangarei

Friday 04/04/2014
Andie writing

Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 23.27.26

We knew today was going to be a long driving day, going from Coromandel all the way up to Whangarei. We were heading for the Bay of Islands, but knew that we couldn’t do the whole journey in a single day and enjoy it, especially with only two of us driving. We managed to get off from the cabin we’d been staying in by 10am, which must have been one of the earliest…

View On WordPress

0 notes

Comments