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Se we went to New Zealand for Lochac Crown Tourney this last weekend. I'd booked the flights and the accommodation a couple of months ago as the flights were very cheap (but non-tranferable and non-refundable). At the end of March, I suddenly thought that I'd better check my passport. It was expired.

No panic, I thought. There's a bit more than a month until we leave so I'll just get it renewed.So I had the photos taken and filled out the necessary forms and sent them and my old passport in. The British High Commission website said that their current turnaround time was 10 working days from the date of receipt of a complete application. As they got it on the 2nd April and we weren't set to leave until 1st May, it looked like there was plenty of time - even with Easter and other public holidays in there...

Anyway, to cut a long story short, after numerous phone calls (each costing $9.90), I finally got a response on the 30th April, that it had been posted that day and giving me the AusPost tracking number. Fortunately, it had been posted the day before and was already in Sydney by the time I got that information. I went home at lunchtime and 15 minutes later, it was delivered. This even gave me time to go into the Dept. of Immigration and get my Resident's Return Visa changed over to the new passport.

After that, it felt like the rest of the weekend was really a gift. On Friday night we had dinner at the lovely restaurant that we'd found last tie we were there, then drove the rental car up to the B&B that we stayed in last time and which has a wonderful bathroom - with a big spa bath and underfloor heating.

Saturday we made it to the site, caught up with a few people and, of course, there was a tourney.Styvyn didn't do very well ( I blame the lack of tourney practice... actually, the lack of practice generally. :)), but the tourney was very good to watch with a nice mixture of humour added. And the weather was cold, but sunny and dry, so the day was wonderful.

After, I spent a fair while chatting to Bartholomew (Kingdom Seneschal), first about seneschal stuff and then just about stuff. Then court (3rd for the day) and the Feast. We helped clean up after the feast and then watched the dancing for a while before heading back to our lodging.

Another relaxing spa, then falling into bed. Nice lazy start to Sunday. Packed, paid and left our B&B and went into Wellington to pass a bit of time before heading out to the airport. Found a chocolate cafe.

Plane and taxi home. Still tired.
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Firstly, the weather was much better this year, though still ridiculously humid during the middle of the day. No real rain until Monday, just in time for the semi-finals and final of the Fighter Auction Tourney. Can we say rusty armour?

Because I'm now Rowany Listmistress, it was a fairly busy Festival for me - though I didn't have to do List the Fighter Auction Tourney. And because I was busy, I didn't get to do as much around our campsite as I normally would on a daily basis. But it was ok, we changed our system and each part of the household took responsibility for a different day. As the only day I wasn't doing something else was Sunday, that turned out to be our day - it was also the day we had our social event. Fortunately, we had help with that.

We used to have the Blue Feather Ladies Long Island Afternoon Tea, but as the small group of us there formed a sub-household within Blue Feather, and as there wasn't much time, we changed it this year to the House Risna 'warm and fizzy' Champagne on Campaign. This involved mulled wine, mulled ale and champagne cocktails as well as a variety of comestibles.

That day produced a few cooking highlights for me. I had carefully packed the recipes that I was going to use into a bag which I then left in the lounge room. So everything I cooked was pretty much made up. Added to that, one of our household can't eat anything with pepper in it so most of the recipes had to be altered anyway.

So now I know that I can mull wine and ale by making it up on the spot and adjusting until it tastes good, that the chickpea dish that is one of my staples can be made into a nice soup it you've forgotten the sweet potato and can't use any pepper. But the big highlight for me was the loaf of bread that I cooked in the Dutch Oven.

On Saturday (this entry is chronologically challenged) was the Stowe pot luck birthday feast. It was a little odd at times, but a group of us ended up sitting around the fire and singing songs - a large number of which were more than a little risque. The Mangy Mongol Songbook has a lot to answer for. :)

I still need more garb for Festival but I'm gradually getting things together.

On the home front, the cat seemed to cope with being looked after by the wonderful [profile] i_ate_my_crusts and [personal profile] electricantand they seemed to cope with the chaotic state of the house.

Devilish

Oct. 30th, 2006 01:15 am
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Only a few days now until we head for Tasmania for a week’s holiday. I think the essentials of the trip are organised: flights booked and paid for, accommodation booked for all the nights, and rental car booked. There remain only the details – but that’s where the devil resides.

At least one major problem was solved. We’d lost our digital camera – last seen at an event in September. It took us a while to realise it was missing, but when I’d realised that and convinced myself that it wasn’t just mislaid somewhere around the house, I thought to email the steward of the event. Sure enough, we’d left it there. So at least cost of holiday wasn’t increased by having to buy a new camera.

Have also:
- bought decent walking/hiking shoes,
- bought new jeans (that saga I could make a whole post of it’s own, but won’t because most people have heard that rant), shorts, underwear and socks,
- made lists of all kinds,
- edited the articles for the next issue of Australian Physics.

But still need to:
- decide on what garb I’m taking for the Crown Tourney and feast. Garb is heavy!
- print out info on accommodation and places to see,
- pack (this is a really big detail contained in one small word),
- collect and edit all the other things that have to go into Australian Physics, (although I do have a weekend to finish that after we get back, but I’d really rather not)
- sort out the cat feeding/patting.

This will be the first holiday that Styvyn and I have had together – ok, not counting Festival and staying with my family for Christmas. This is holiday holiday!

And I’ve had so much fun organising it over the internet! I think that’s probably given me as much fun as the holiday. Of course, we’ve yet to find out if it all works. I’m not sure that I’ve allowed enough time to get from place to place and see all that we want to see in the process, but I’m sure we’ll cope.

Hoooliday!

Jul. 14th, 2005 12:40 pm
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Ok, it's pretty short, but I'm looking forward to it.
Heading off to Albury in a couple of hours - there to spend as romantic an evening with my partner as we can when I'm recovering from a bug that he's just getting.
Then it's off to Melbourne on Friday for Continuum and to catch up with a few friends
Drive home Monday. Work on Tuesday. I did say it was short.

Must go finish packing - I seem to be taking a significant portion of my wardrobe.

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