29 June 2008

Train Travel

Sitting indoors on what has to be the wildest weather day Wellington has seen all year, we are very thankful that we picked yesterday to get out and about. Tranz Metro were running a special this weekend, $5 per adult to go anywhere on the Wellington network, and given how mad keen Noah is on trains at the moment (even surpassing his love for planes!), we thought we'd take advantage of the deal to take the train up to the Kapiti coast for the afternoon. It was an especially good deal when you consider that with the price of petrol having risen so much, the equivalent car journey would have cost us $30 instead of $10.

Mummy & Noah enjoy an indoors day on Monday after the weekend's tummy bug, Noah makes sure I get my daily dozens by 'Mummy chase you' a.k.a. Mummy chase Noah all over the house on his bike!

We just managed to find a carpark in town and made a mad dash to catch the 1.30 pm train out of Wellington, having enticed Noah with the news of the train journey to wake up quickly from his nap so we could throw some clothes on him and jump in the car to get down there in time.

On the way we saw plenty to keep Noah interested, rivers, lagoons, boats, the sea, cows, sheep, other trains, and plenty of tunnels! Once we arrvied at Paraparaumu, we enjoyed a look around the local shopping centre, even managing to seek out the local Toyworld which can always be guaranteed to have a wooden Thomas railway set for Noah to play with. He goes into another world whilst he's playing with these train sets, and we could easily leave him in the shop for hours on end, and I don't think he would even realise we had gone (not that we would of course!)


Getting him away from the train set however, is quite another story, we bribed him with a bee-sting bun care of the Brumby's bakery next door, but even that was not enough to stop the flood of tears when we told him it was time to leave. We are now reassured that he will absolutely LOVE the Tomy Thomas the train set that we got him about a year ago and we plan to give it to him for his birthday which is only a few weeks away now.

Then we had just enough time for me to steal an hour for a coffee with my dear friend Linda who I worked with at M-co a few years back, and it was lovely to see her and to see how wee gorgeous Oliver had grown (now 15 months) since last time I had seen them both (too many months ago!) Then we were back on the 4.30pm train, enjoying some stunning views of Kapiti Island, the South Island and the sun setting on the way back to town.


You would never know it looking at the gorgeous sunset above, but a weather bomb has hit us overnight, with all today's ferry crossings so far cancelled, and at least 24 flights in and out of Wellington cancelled due to the severe southerly gales and rain that have been hammering the Capital since last night. At points last night I felt like clinging onto the bed for dear life as our room upstairs (which is essentially built out of the roof space) takes a fair battering in a southerly, and boy was it ferocious!

This morning we have been to church and will now have to find some indoors entertainment for the afternoon as the storm is showing no signs of letting up for the rest of the day. Having successfully passed my last workshop, I decided to give myself a few nights off this weekend and enjoyed watching both American Gangster & The Flying Scotsman with Mark, and also pottered around putting up some black & white photos that I have been keen to get up on the wall - photo below!

Noah is hopefully finally going to get his post-op checkup at the hospital tomorrow(after having to cancel
twice with the pox and then the bug last weekend), GeeGee arrives Thursday afternoon for a couple of nights, and then it's our antenatal group's 2nd birthday party next Sunday afternoon so some lovely things to look forward to for us all.

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