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At the start of summer, Husband started talking about moving to South Island. He brings the topic up every now and then, usually at the beginning or end of a year when he bemoans his lack of achievement (apparently living a happy, fulfilled life doesn’t count).

I was all, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, sure thing Honey. I’m with you 100%. No, wait; my mistake. Make that 110%.”

Because I knew he’d do nothing about it.

Now, if you think you can see where this is going, you are so wrong. Sorry, I hate to be confrontational, so let me rephrase: you might be right, except you aren’t. Indeed, Husband did nothing about it, except for threatening to sell my purple fridge.

No, no; much to everyone’s astonishment – in this context, ‘everyone’ comprising Andrew and me – this is all my fault.

It was last Thursday week and I was bored. I decided to spend a quality half hour on Trademe before bedtime. I did a few searches on chimineas for sale, Goretex, bread makers, chickens, any items in the shape of a pineapple. Then, seized by a relentless whim, I did a search on rental properties.

I wasn’t looking for anything specific, just listings of 2-3 bedroom houses for rent in the $200-$400 range in South Island that included keywords: “private”, “secluded”, “trails”, “bush”, and “heated towel rails”.

After viewing 50 properties ranging from spectacularly awful to oh-my-god-you-would-have-to-pay-me-to-live-there-and-even-then-it-wouldn’t-be-enough, I was about to go to bed when I saw it.

Unfortunately, the scenery is obscured by a big wet patch. Here is the view looking south:-

And north:-

Welcome to Marlborough country.

We move in three weeks.


Comments on: "Deadlyjelly on the move" (15)

  1. I guess Marlborough’s gain is Auckland’s loss. Or vice versa, I’ve never been entirely sure whether that’s supposed to be comforting. Have I mentioned about your timing?

  2. Allan&Chanelle&Jack said:

    For real? You’re leaving the big smoke and heading south? Good on you. Now we have somewhere nice to stay! 😉

  3. deadlyjelly said:

    Hi Vet – you might have mentioned the timing. Something to do with sucking, was it? 😀 Have to say, the timing is feeling all too imminent.


  4. Cian said:

    OMG – That is the View??? I don’t know whether to hate you now or… …I don’t know what else. I am so jealous.

    We were thinking about Christchurch (or possibly Dunedin) in the future, but I’m overcome by that view. I would love to wake up to that.

    I’m just dumbfounded and so so jealous. Have a great weekend – and wipe that smile off your face 🙂

    How lucky will Husband be to wake up to both you and that view. (flattery)

  5. deadlyjelly said:

    For real! I almost said something when you wrote we must be due a trip down South. We’re very excited – well, I am – Andrew’s emotional scale only goes up as far as ‘borderline stoked’ – although I’m feeling a bit panicked since we’re supposed to be out of here in just over two weeks.

    Andrew keeps saying things like, “I reckon I could pack the house in half an hour.” This from the man who allowed two days to paint the house – an estimate that was out by six months. Or 9000% if you prefer.


  6. deadlyjelly said:

    By the way, you’re going to have to fight out visitation rights with Scot, who booked B&B for himself and family for an unspecified period that sounds suspiciously like it might run to years.


  7. Allan&Chanelle&Jack said:

    Haha, the “seeking help” comment was kind of right too! 🙂
    Will be nice for you guys to be down this end of the country for a bit. Just a wee drive to Oma now! Good luck with the packing too. That part will be “fun”.. I think not. Sad for Marky though as he’ll miss having you guys around.

    Take care.

  8. Totally agree with you Allan – this should TOTALLY be about me – but noooooooo……

    One cant only hope the cruel barbs thrown at me in person (on a semi-regular basis) wont hurt as much when delivered from the South Island 🙂

    Seriously tho – I fully expect to be granted full visitation rights and will be applying to the courts to ensure as much – no matter how much they may fight it !

  9. deadlyjelly said:

    Cian! Totally missed your comment. Sorry, I’ve tried wiping the smile off my face, but it’s just about impossible. Unless I’m packing boxes – which is most of the time these days.

    MarkJ says Christchurch is a cesspit. Not sure what he’s basing that on, you’d have to ask him.


  10. Cian said:

    a cesspit – Well perhaps it is derived from the historical rivalry between the English Anglicans in Canterbury and the Scottish Presbyterians down South or from sport rivalries. He might be a tad biased.

    The thoughts of living near the sea and the mountains are making me all warm inside. Enjoy the packing – still so jealous…

  11. Wow, I used to live on the airforce base over that way and wandered the drivable part of the Sounds regularly. Yum, just yum … oh, and wine country a hop, skip and a jump away.


  12. deadlyjelly said:

    MarkJ – it IS all about you and indeed I apologise most sincerely if I ever gave the impression it was not about you, because it is, of course. I was labouring under the impression that it went without saying, but evidently not, so: YOU. Sorry again.


  13. deadlyjelly said:

    Mark J – am I forgiven?


  14. deadlyjelly said:

    How about now?


  15. deadlyjelly said:

    Hi Di – I’ll have to look up the airforce base, am not sure where it is. But I love the area already. Shame we’ll just miss the Marlborough Food & Wine Festival – roll on next year! Hopefully I’ll get some nicer pics up soon – the day I was there was quite overcast.

    Hey – did you get your PUPPY? Didn’t see any mention on your blog – but it looks like you have been flat out with the work.


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