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Mar 7, 2013 - March 6 and 7

Yesterday, we had a busy day at the build with one crew outside working on cladding in the gables and the other doing wall board inside . Instead of Gyproc,, we are doing plywood on the walls. Three of us worked on putting up a special reinforced plywood wherever,the frame is extra bolted to the foundation. This is part of code to help "earthquake proof" the house. It's a bitch to nail into. After two ( of about 15 such boards) we suggested a drill would be good to predrill the holes and Matt came up with one. Matt is the professional...

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Mar 5, 2013 - March 4 and 5 - Hastings

March 4 and 5 - Hastings Sorry I missed a day. I was just too tired last night to write. Yesterday was our first day back at the build after a couple of days off. We finished the cladding up to the top of the window openings, installed the windows, and insulated all exterior walls. It was a lot of work but we made great progress. In the evening, we went to a need restaurant called "Off The Track" with a huge menu and good food. Today we were back at the site by 8:30. We had an outside crew that continued to work on the siding including...

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Mar 3, 2013 - Hastings and area - the beach

March 3 - Hastings and area Today was another R and R day. We started the morning with a trip to the Hastings Farmers Market. It is held on Sunday mornings at the Hastings fairgrounds. It's a pretty big market, mostly fruit, vegetable and sausage vendors with a few jam and other preserve vendors thrown in. It was another beautiful day so it was great to just wander there for an hour or so. After that we headed to Waiarama Beach. It is south of Hastings on the coast. After about 45 minutes of winding narrow roads with heaps of switch backs,...

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Mar 1, 2013 - Hastings Build Day 3

March 1. Hastings Today was day 3 of our build. When they told me the house would be finished except for flooring and a second coat of paint on the outside by the time we are done next Friday, I didn't believe it. I'm starting to. The inside walls of the house will be finished in a high grade plywood instead of gyproc. Today, it all received it's first coat of paint before it goes up. We finished the strapping for the cladding (siding) and then cut the hardi siding for the short walls between windows. The soffits were finished. We got the...

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Feb 28, 2013 - The build - day 2

February 28 -Hastings Day 2 of the build We were off to the build at 8:15 this morning. There was a lot of progress on the house. We insulated the ceiling and the housing crew showed up and put the roof on - it's metal in denim blue. The outside was completely wrapped it vapour barrier (we put it on the outside). We finished painting the Hardie siding and it is ready to go on. The ceilings all have 2 coats of paint. The strapping is on the outside in preparation for the siding to go on. All of the fascia and 90 percent do the sofit is on....

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Feb 27, 2013 - The Build - Day 1

February 27 - Hastings. First day of the build We were at the build site this morning by 8:20 ready to go. In addition to the 10 Canadians, there were quite a few locals. Lavina and Adam, the couple who will own the house, were there with us on site today. I spent most of the day painting Harding Plank siding and soffits in preparation for them going on the house. Chris did plates to secure the wall to the floor, installed cross braces on the roof, and installed fascia. It is amazing the various ways they attach the house to the foundation...

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Feb 26, 2013 - February 26. Arrived in Hastings

February 26, 2013 Hastings, New Zealand We were up early this morning and after a tasty breakfast we were off to Taupo on our way to Hastings. We made a couple of stops on the way. One at Huka Falls before we got to Taupo and another at Waipunga Falls between Taupo and Napier.. Huka Falls is quite touristy and is more of a rapid with an amazing amount of water. Waipunga is of the highway a few hundred metres - the kind of place you drive right by unless you're with a local who knows where they are going - but a spectacular waterfall. Taupo...

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Apr 7, 2010 - Back on North Island

Yes, we are still alive and well even though we haven’t written for several weeks now! This entry may turn out to be quite lengthy! We hope that all of you had a wonderful Easter. The last time we wrote we were headed for White’s Bay where we stayed for two days. It was really a very nice DOC camp with (cold) showers, flush toilets and a sandy beach. As usual we visited with some nice people, including the ranger. One day while we were walking around the camp we met a man holding his arm out dangling an animal! At first we didn’t know what...

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Sep 26, 2008 - Hastings

So we stayed another night in Hastings. It's not the best site we've stayed in, but there's plenty to do here and, we've got a little bit of slack now after all the driving. It was nice not to have to drive today, but we certainly stayed busy. We woke pretty early again today, but stayed in bed until about 7. Cereal and toast for breakfast and then we set out on our bikes to Te Mata, a scenic climb about 2 miles from the site. We spotted it yesterday on our brief wine tasting tour. Actually it looked a lot easier than it was – it was a...

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Sep 25, 2008 - Gisborne - Hastings

Depart Gisborne: 958km (08.50) We are camped in a Top 10 site in central Hastings, just by a big park. This site was selected because of its proximity to wine country! We were up late this morning at 7am! We had muesli and toast for breakfast and then did various jobs – including empty the toilet and waste water and refill the water. We were on the road by 9am. All in all, a success in Gisborne, I think. The drive today was easier. The roads better – still twisty and steep – but at least level. We were on Highway 2 again today. Between...

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Aug 12, 2008 - Wine tour here I come!

Well its a wet and miserable day today but I have been assured that won't affect the wine tour! Shame the views won't be quite the same en-route but hey ho! Fingers crossed it might clear a bit by the time we leave! So we went to three different wineries and tasted about 20 different wines and I have to say that they were quite nice!!! Sat and had cheese and wine outside one of them so that was fun! There ended up being four of us on the tour - all English...typical! At the end we went to Te Mata Peaks for some amazing views of the area -...

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Bridget's Trip!

May 23, 2008 - The mountains, christchurch, hamner springs and the trip back to the north island.

First let me thank Joanna for reminding us to complete the journal, and yes we are lazy gets. We have been to so many places since the lat entry that we are currently sat trying to figure out where and when we wnet to the various places so if it seems a bit disjointed sorry but our memories have become lazy like us. We think that we went to a little town to see the little blue penguins but we are unable to remember its name (will include it at a later point), we went to a tour to watch them coming home after a few days at sea but after...

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