Blenheim, New Zealand
24th January 2020

In Blenheim work is even quicker to lose than it is to obtain. Less than two weeks after starting vineyard work, I am told there's no more work to do and I should wait until there is. I waited and I searched for other work but I have now been unemployed for a week and likely will be moving on soon. On the positive side, the people I have met in Blenheim, particularly on my campground, have been some of the nicest people I've met in a long while. Really felt at home here.

My London Marathon training has been going well, although it's a step up in difficulty even compared to my ultra marathon training. The distance at the higher pace is something I am not used to. I have also been on a few hikes in the local area, in particular a nice short hike up Mount Vernon with some friends. Also enjoyed a day at the beach yesterday in the crazy heat we are currently experiencing in New Zealand. Today is 29 degrees and that makes it one of the cooler days.

I was awoken by a noise in my vestibule a few days ago and upon investigation I discovered a spikey thief rummaging through my pantry. Russell the hedgehog was a little scared by my sudden appearance so he curled up into a ball and hoped for best. After approximately two minutes he poked his tiny little nose out to assess the situation and decided to make a run for it. He has not returned since, which is very disappointing.

I have paid up until Monday in Blenheim and if I am not working on Monday then I'll be heading off down the coast to Kaikoura and beyond. If I move on, expect an update shortly. If I stay in Blenheim a bit longer then you will likely hear from me in a week or so.

Beautiful sky over the campground
A view over a vineyard
More vineyards
The view on the way up to Mount Vernon
Rough water and great geology in Whites Bay
Looking back at Whites Bay