Tuesday, 28 October 2008


Arrived in Glasgow last night after a good and very fast flight. We had a strong Notherly wind behind us and made Glasgow from Stornoway in 45 minutes compared with the usual hour. Many of the hills on the journey were covered in snow.

Apparently, according to a text from Carol at 0645 there is a thin covering of snow on Lewis this morning. Here in Glasgow there is no wind and it's a beautiful, cold and frosty morning with blue skies.

The rest of the journey starts this afternoon. I can't wait to be in New Zealand now that I've started.

Monday, 27 October 2008

The Journey

It's Monday morning in the UK. I have a few hours left to finish cleaning, ironing the sheets and re-making the bed, making some calls (I've had one call and one visit by 0800) and then, in theory at least, having a leisurely lunch. Then I set off for Glasgow:

Tomorrow I set off for Heathrow

Then Hong Kong

Then Auckland

And finally from Auckland to Napier

Wednesday, 15 October 2008


I am leaving Lewis on Monday 27th October.  I shall stay with John and Sue in Renfrew that night and depart late Tuesday afternoon 28th October for London Heathrow and the 2105 Air New Zealand flight from LHR to Auckland via Hong Kong.  I should arrive in Auckland at 1100 on Thursday 30th October.  How does the flight manage to take so long? Well, of course, it doesn't it's all to do with time zones and gaining 12 hours in the process - or will it be 11 or 13 hours? Who knows?  Who cares?  Everything is done in local time anyway.   It will be the first time that I've arrived in Auckland after 0600.

The last leg of the journey is from Auckland to Napier leaving at 1305 and arriving in Napier at 1405.