A Treehouse in Nelson

28 03 2010

After 6 months of travelling, nearly 4 of which have been in New Zealand, we were both looking forward to settling down in one place for a while. As much as we both love travelling, the frustrations of constant movement, not to mention living in a car, start to build up after a while and we found we were longing for a holiday from our holiday!

We’d begun looking at a few rental options in our city of choice, Nelson, but were not having much luck finding anything short-term. Unable to commit to a 6 or 12 month contract we were beginning to give up hope when we found a house share in the hills about 10 minutes walk from the town. The ‘treehouse’ was just what we were looking for – a self contained room above a car-port with bed, desk, and small kitchen. It may not sound glamorous but believe me, in comparison to living in a car it is 5 star luxury!

Our new home - the treehouse, Nelson, NZ

The promise of free eggs from the house chooks sealed the deal and we snapped it up within 2 minutes of seeing it. We’ve now been here 4 weeks and have been thoroughly enjoying access to a fridge (mmm, cheese) and a freezer (mmm, ice-cream). Of course we’ve also had to re-acquaint ourselves with a duster and vacuum cleaner but it’s a small price to pay!

Nelson is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand with around 2400 hours of sunshine annually. Compare this with the 1500 hours typical in the UK and you can see why both Kiwi’s and ex-pats gravitate here to live or holiday. Nearby are the Abel Tasman, Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National parks, the vineyards of Blenheim and the Marlborough Sounds, plus with plenty going on in the city it seems like a great place to live.

Nelson view and tasman bay, NZ

We’ve still been pretty busy despite our new relaxed way of life. There’s something on nearly every day and night here in Nelson. There’s probably plenty of activities going on in most towns but while we were working at home we had neither the time nor energy to go and pursue any of them! Zoë has started helping out with the Sea Cadets which gives her access to a 50ft yacht that she joins for the weekly race meetings. So far they’ve placed first and second and had one collision! While waiting for the hockey season to start I’ve been to an introductory Wood-turning class – let me know if you need any baseball bats, chair legs or egg cups. We’ve both also been to our first Tango class! While we were assured we were doing very well for our first lesson I think it will take a very very long time to become competent!

Pomeroy's Coffee House, Nelson, NZ

Saturday mornings are usually spent at the farmers market stocking up on cheap veggies and pots of chutney, a $10 shiatsu massage, followed by coffee and cakes at one of the dozens of cafe’s while checking out the weekly property pages. Every weekend many of the properties on the market have Open homes, allowing you to turn up and snoop around mansions that are way out of your price range!

While the weather is still pretty nice here at the moment, the days are getting cooler and shorter pretty rapidly! Hopefully it doesn’t get too rough down here otherwise we may find ourselves flying North for the Winter!

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