WHERE'S BEST TO LIVE IN NZ AND WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW: PART4!!!

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AngryBeaver Sat 11-Aug-12 00:58:37

Arrgh,had to start a new thread!

Yes,you can get more land in Tauranga. Well,somewhere like Omokoroa or somewhere.Wouldn't want to live much closer than that. And I woulkdn't want to live at he Mount. Lovely as it is. Too touristy,imo.
We would like enough land for a pool (eventually) maybe a sleepout and still enough for a veggie patch and garden for kids. Don't neeed acres +. Wouldn't say no though,if we could afford it! Be nice to have a few sheep or something/

I think Mum would have to fly to Tauranga. So that would be
Manchester-London,London-Singapore, Singapore-Aukland,Aukland- Tauranga
Bad.

justa howws the back? Hope physio was a help,we may have driven past you!
Your house sounds great.
My mums friend lives in Silverdale.She has about an acre with some sheep etc
Wasn't overly impressed at but didn't give it a proper look I suppose,just stopped to buy flowers for Mums friend! Always worth another look

HermioneHatesHoovering Sat 18-Aug-12 02:55:31

I didn't hear a thing and apparently it was on top of our house too. I must be near you vvviola!

lollystix Sat 18-Aug-12 09:05:09

I was at a work do and drank lots. Had to stay over and was sharing room with colleague and I remember saying I thought it was fireworks and she said it was thunder. Got home this am and DH said the whole bedroom was lit up with the lightening and it was directly above our house (and he was scared). I'm annoyed at being to drunk to take it in.

AngryBeaver Sat 18-Aug-12 10:10:55

You can take the girl out of Scotland...wink

justaboutiswarm Sat 18-Aug-12 10:22:58

Thank you for the suggestion of Bellyful, Whatshesaid. I called them yesterday and today they showed up with not one but FOUR meals. In our freezer now. I am very touched.

WhatSheSaid Sat 18-Aug-12 10:36:43

Aw fantastic, they are a great organisation.

lollystix Sat 18-Aug-12 10:59:52

I just spent $440 at pak n save and $35 at nosh. Ok that did include a tin opener, 2 packs of nappies, a tin of formula and 30 bananas to get us thru the week but OMGG?! Once again we risk not being able to pay nanny and will be accessing the Halifax account again. sadsad. Is this normal? Can u imagine if I'd done that shop at New World?

justaboutiswarm Sat 18-Aug-12 11:59:30

oh dear. poor you. is that for a week or a fortnight?
would it be worth going elsewhere for fruit and veg? we found our bills dropped when we did that.
also - we bulk buy meat during MeatWeek or go to a butcher.
Lentil-based dishes, at least twice a week too...
sorry you probably wanted a moan not a todo list.

WhatSheSaid Sat 18-Aug-12 20:37:54

I use the fruit and veg shops too, rarely buy them from supermarket. Think last week I spent $23 at the f&v shop and for that got apples, mandarins, bananas, onions, carrots, eggplant, leek, mushrooms. Buy very seasonally - we're not having many tomatoes at mo but mandarins are $2 a big bag so lots of them. Mind you, our nearest shop is a f&v one, don't know if you have many where you are.

I buy nappies online, cheaper than even the own brand supermarket ones, works Out about $7 a week ( only one child in nappies).

I shop online from Countdown, means I stop impulse purchases, can see what's on special etc (and means I don't have to trail round supermarket with kids in tow, which I hate).

I don't eat much meat, don't like it much,,dh loves it though, go to a butchers for that.

Spend about $200 a week but you have more dcs than me.

AngryBeaver Sat 18-Aug-12 21:10:52

Definitely agree with the veggie shop. Cucumbers were $3 dollars more in Countdown. Cherry tomotoes were nearly $8 in NW and $4 in the veggie shop shock We eat loads of fruit and veg,but have to have to buy seasonaly.
We only buy meat on special. We had $20 to last us til Tue and have had to move some accross from the hcbc acc. sad
Mum is coming again in NOV and has bought us tickets to see Mary Poppins on 1st Dec,so that's something to look forward to. Ok,it's not Fiji,but it's something!smile

AngryBeaver Sat 18-Aug-12 21:11:50

Don't know why I shouted November,must be excited!

lollystix Sat 18-Aug-12 21:29:19

Smiling at Fiji - everyone is going to bloody Fiji - I can't imagine ever getting to Fiji sad one day maybe when I don't spend most of my salary on my lovely nanny.

Online nappies - where do I start to look?

Ds3 is wearing nothing now whilst eating his porridge - I am thinking we have to start the training soon especially motivated by budgetary issues. If it gets hotter I will get the old cloth ones put for ds4 so I can manage the washing. 2 more months and the formula stops so that's $80 a month saved.

Issue I have with the shopping about is time just now. And nanny cooks for boys so we don't walk eat together. And I can't cook. I could cook on a night and freeze but after day I'm never motivated enough. And now I'm all out of excuses. grin

justaboutiswarm Sat 18-Aug-12 21:39:15

can you send nanny to do educational fruit shop?
can nanny cook you something simple of an evening?

AngryBeaver Sat 18-Aug-12 22:11:21

I'm really crap at being organised with food too. I'm sure if I had a meal planner and shopping list to match,I'd save loads. i'm always so full of good intentions!
I hate thinking of nutritional food everyday for the dc's. I make meat and veg everyday. They moan and hardly ever eat it.Youngest scrunchest it up in his fist and lobs it round the room.Last night I just thought,I can't be chuffed and gave them spag hoops on toast. They ate every bloody bite! Why do we bother??

WhatSheSaid Sat 18-Aug-12 22:29:52

I can't cook either, we have extremely quick and easy stuff like steak and salad/bacon butties/omelettes/pasta & veg/roast chicken wraps. I hate spending loads of time cooking.

I get nappies from this site. I get the DryUps. You can get sample packs to try them out. Delivery of boxes is free in Auckland and I usually get them the next day (even the same day I ordered once!). My only tip would be to go up to the next size slightly before the recommended weight limit.

WhatSheSaid Sat 18-Aug-12 22:35:45

Oh mine have beans/ spag on toast at least once a week! Nowt wrong with that. Carbs and, er, more carbs. Protein in the beans. Mine eat tons of fruit so I'm not really that fussed if they leave their veg.

justaboutiswarm Sat 18-Aug-12 23:04:13

oh gosh yes I swear I nearly gave up on life the day my eldest decided baked beans were off the menu.

my standby quick child dinner in a crisis is baked beans and spaghetti hoops mixed together. Horribly orange but it has protein veg and carbs.

AngryBeaver Sun 19-Aug-12 09:24:36

Oh I do do that sometimes, but it's just frustrating that most days I tie myslef to the kitchen for an hour plus, peeling,preparing etc and all you get is moaning,or if you are my ds1 who is 4 you say "I don't want this dump tea,it looks yukky and dump!" hmm.And then you just open a can and stick some bread in the toaster,and you get murmurs of mmmmmm,"you are such a good baker mummy!" infuriating.
And the menu is getting smaller and smaller, as you say one day they love beans, the next day "eyw beans?" Ds 1's absoloute favourite was fish pie (baulk) and rice pudding (baulk) and I loved seeing them eat it as it was full of goodies (well,not the rice pud!) now, he wouldn't even put it in his mouth

justaboutiswarm Sun 19-Aug-12 12:04:17

they all still eat scrambled eggs

for today

that is probably it smile

AngryBeaver Mon 20-Aug-12 07:02:41

Well, drip feed of shit luck continues...we have been served notice of eviction. Just keep shaking my head

WhatSheSaid Mon 20-Aug-12 07:24:31

Aaaargh, when do you have to be out? Is it 42 days notice they have to give?

Justabout, nice to meet you today smile

AngryBeaver Mon 20-Aug-12 07:32:47

Not sure. The estate agent came to do 3month check and we showed her the mold on the curtains. The owner came round today and tried to blame us, because,well, you know how we are capable of cultivating mold and do so regularly hmm
Estate agent came round later saying she had rung her and told her to get us out as "she couldnt be bothered with it"
I just feel so dejected, how many more moves for the kids. More fees, more removal costs...more fucking problems

vvviola Mon 20-Aug-12 07:32:49

Oh you're kidding me AB?! Hadn't you just moved in? You poor thing. Is there nothing you can do?

(Does it make the possible Auckland move decision any easier? Or just complicate things even more?)

justaboutiswarm Mon 20-Aug-12 07:34:19

oh lordy AB, I can't believe it.

so so sorry (again)

feel quite guilty for having felt depressed about sore arm today now, in comparison it aint much to moan about.

WhatSheSaid Mon 20-Aug-12 07:44:12

They have to give you a certain amount of notice AB. I'm pretty sure it's 42 days.

justaboutiswarm Mon 20-Aug-12 08:22:47

Eh? The owners sound utterly insane.

But how hard for you, that is horrible, I am so sorry.

42 days if property is to be sold, or landlord or immediate family need to move in, otherwise 90 days I think.

We put up new curtains when we moved in and there is already mold on the one in the youngest's room. Surely this is normal??? Or are we just mould-developers?

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