It is two weeks today until we leave for our holidays in the UK - just a short trip of 5 weeks this time, instead of our standard 5 months. We are excited and do need to get our ar*es into gear to get some visiting organised. Strange how thinking about it, and deciding it will be fun doesn't actually make it happen...
We have booked to visit Les and Jaq a couple of days after arrival, a trip to Disneyland near Paris with the grandsons, a few days on a hired narrowboat on the River Wey, a couple of nights accommodation on a narrowboat in London, tickets to The Lion King for our son Tim's birthday with him and the grandsons, and accommodation for the first few nights when we arrive, and a trip to Cornwall to visit friends. So there are just the arrangements to make for the time between seeing Jaq and Les, and going to Cornwall. Easy peasy!
We have both been extremely busy with work - not too busy to socialise of course, but busy enough that some of the holiday organisation has yet to be completed. This weekend, I promise!
My work on project managing the mine remediation is absorbing and wonderful - it is such a treat to be working on a project that is about doing something good for the environment and for people, instead of running a project with the aims of saving money and cutting people's jobs.
Work on the first remediation is well underway and the team are going great guns, even though the weather is cold and wet at times. Today though it is snowing up in them thar hills. I gather snow is more pleasant than rain for the work they are doing (graders, excavators) so I am not worrying now I know they are all well kitted out for keeping warm. (I am working from home so am warm and dry ...)
As the work on Waiuta progresses, I am working with the team on planning the next remediation which is due to be carried out over the coming summer - different site, different conditions.
That'll keep me busy until we are due to leave for the UK in May next year for five months at least - tickets are booked already, and this time, I won't let myself fall in love** with a piece of remediation work ... NB Waka Huia is calling!!
** David is not holding his breath on that one ...