Apologies for going a relatively long time without an update. We’d love to say it’s because we’ve had no time due to doing loads of amazing things, but the truth is the campsite just had rubbish internet and it wasn’t worth the hassle.
The main purpose of our stay in Auckland again was the third Cricket test between England and New Zealand. We were worried about booking all 5 days because England are so much better than New Zealand it seemed unlikely it’d last 5 days so we planned to leave Auckland on the 5th day but things didn’t quite pan out like that…
Day one was an awful day for England as New Zealand batted for the whole day and lost just one wicket. Explaining how bad that is if you don’t understand cricket is hard, maybe a good analogy is to look at York City’s recent run of results, they match in incompetence.
Day 2 was a lot more enjoyable, England maybe edged it as a day, getting NZ all out, but New Zealand were well on top at this point still. This was a good day for us watching as a group of 9 of us from the hostel went to watch it.
Days 3 and 4 were also in New Zealand favour and it seemed as though missing day 5 wasn’t going to be bad as it was a formality that NZ would finish England off. Of course, on the one day we didn’t go and see England developed a backbone and made sure that after 5 days of continuous sport the result was that no one won. No wonder people think Cricket is silly…
It was good fun sitting with the Barmy army and singing songs. The highlight by a long way was clearly when Ken Barlow from Coronation Street came to watch with the Army for a bit. Hero. I wanted a picture with him but I felt a bit sorry for him getting camera’s shoved in his face so I left him be. 10 minutes of “KEN BARLOW’S BARMY ARMY” probably would have meant he was in a good mood though.
So now were in (or rather quite near to) a small town called Katikati. We are helping at a house which has public gardens and a veg patch and stuff for accommodation. The gardens and view are spectacular and the people are really nice. It’s better having an en suite 5 meters from our bed than having a cow there. No offense cow. Leigh will do a blog about this place soon!