Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Photographic archive.

http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/sjarratt5/TopPics?authkey=Gv1sRgCPWgsuyR_MrIMA&feat=directlink should take you to a selection of pics taken over the last decade or so covering former life on the farm, caving memories, a new start in Pembrokeshire and images from life on the road in the UK and around Europe.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

New skills for all.

One of the many pleasures of living in Pembrokeshire is the proximity of the spectacular coastal path. Having walked it many years ago it is a bonus to be able to join local kayak enthusiasts for a seal's eye view.

Memorable evenings have been enjoyed courtesy of http://www.haverfordwestkayakclub.co.uk/
and www.mikemayberrykayaking.co.uk and Sarah will no doubt extract her revenge when I resume horse riding lessons later this week.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

The Countdown Begins!

Our plans are now taking shape with final negotiations ongoing with the shipping companies as they have different definitions for 'personal goods' and we wish to ship our mountain bikes, wetsuits and camping gear in the rear secured section of the van - both the shipping lines and Customs need to be kept happy on this issue although if we chose containerisation rather than ro ro it would be easier. Ro ro however is cheaper and quicker and as you can see from this link http://www.eukor.com/homepage/manage/visitaship.jsp there is much better protection for the van on a cargo deck.

NZ quarantine regulations also dictate that all gear and the vehicle must be cleaned and disinfected prior to clearance after which we need to arrange a Warranty Of Fitness ( MOT effectively) for the van not us! Then its pay insurance, join NZ AA - breakdown cover not booze issues, buy a NZ/Aus sat nav, arrange for local gas cylinders to be connected and set off.

Our expected arrival in Auckland is the 20th of October after two weeks in Japan with the van arriving on the 23rd having left Southampton 6 weeks previously - place your bets now on the likelihood of all this actually coming together!

In the run up we now have to do a few dummy packing trials to come up with lists for Customs, replace the radiator that got bashed in Portugal some 8000 miles ago, carry out a full inspection and service of the van, redirect mail to my parents in Coventry, 'lose' credit and debit cards so they can be reissued with longer expiry dates (don't ask me - it's a crazy system), pay a year's rent in advance and sort out other financial matters - online tax returns for example, place our other vehicle with someone for safe keeping - Haggis if you are reading this it could be you.......

Sarah meanwhile will be busy helping all summer at the stables and preparing for her trek and ride in Peru in September. During that month I will be assisting with the Beacons Mountain Bike Event - any offers of assistance over the weekend of the 13th would be gratefully received http://www.breconbeast.co.uk/ has all the details

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Birthday Update

Sarah celebrated her BIG 50 on Tuesday with a visit to Heatherton Tree Tops Trail. A great day out and a BIG thank you to everyone who came along and made it such a fun day.

Also thank you to everyone who joined us at Penlan last week - it was a great opportunity to catch up with people. We hope to do something similar over the last weekend in September when Sarah is back from Peru and before we go to Japan.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Just a trial run for uploading pics - this one has little to do with the NZ trip other than it contains one of the party in party mood!