School fair.

‘Tis the season of the fair here in NZ- school fairs, church fairs, strawberry fairs, fairs of all sorts.  This past weekend, Mel’s school had their annual fair, and it went down with great success, despite slightly unstable weather conditions.  

This school fair has developed quite a reputation as being one of the biggest around.  It is the primary fundraising opportunity for this educational institution- being a Decile 10 school, they don’t receive as much funding as lower decile schools, and therefore must do more to raise funds to cover the costs of various resources. 

If you were a 5 year old kid, highlights of the fair would have included the bouncy castles, horizontal and vertical bungees, being pulled around on a cart by some very large, drooling dogs, or decorating your own baked good at the “Ice It, Eat It” stall.  If you were an 11 year old kid, you probably got a kick out of throwing a ball at a dishware of donated plates and other ceramic dishwear, otherwise known as “Smash Palace,” or getting revenge on your teacher at the dunk tank.  Adults, on the other hand, would probably be more into the food. 

Brendon had a hard time choosing between the samosas and the paella, so opted instead for this tasty, gourmet sausage. 

Brandon also got into the quick fire raffle for a chance to win a Thanksmas ham.  Sadly, luck was not on his side.

Candy floss was messy business, but brought smiles to the faces of kids and adults alike.  Below, Kristen models her wad of the pink, fluffy stuff as well as her budding belly bump!  Congrats to Brandon and Kristen for the little Goodkey that is on the way!

After running between hip hop crew and staff dance performances, to the quick fire raffle and helping out in the used book stall, I sadly didn’t have time to take as many pictures as I would have liked, but here are a few more glimpses of some of the delights of this past weekend’s school fair.   


Long live the French (vehicle)

After a timing belt issue on the motorway with our dear Suzuki Alto, we knew it was probably time to let her go.  Baby Shea has been good to us, but she is getting old and needs someone more mechanically inclined with love to give to take her in and fix some of her ailments.  Up she went on TradeMe, and 2 days later, a delightful Yugoslavian man came to look at her and fell in love.  Was he the mechanically-inclined person we were hoping for?  No.  But he has “experience driving bad cars back in Yugoslavia.”  Oh my… He was a nice guy though, and we felt good about handing Baby Shea off to him.

The same day we sold our car, we picked up our new one: A dark green 94 Peugeot, which we scored via an online auction on TradeMe.

We were amazed and so thankful for how quickly the car dilemma was solved.

So far, the Peugeot is working great.  We christened it with a roadtrip down to Pauanui in the Coromandel with Kyle and Bea this past weekend.

As for a name for this little foreigner, we are thinking maybe Pierre.  Pierre the Peugeot… But we are open to suggestions if you have any.

Although NZ defeated the French in the RWC final, let’s hope this is not the case with our new vehicle.  We’d like it to stick around in NZ at least as long as we do…