Home Made Me Homesick

I was doing so well! Nearly two months gone from my lifelong home city, and not a pang of homesickness!

Then we went back to Auckland for a long weekend to make good on our David Liebe Hart tickets. Been feeling a bit unsettled and restless since. Almost all of our friends are still there, despite the steady trickle out by people like us who can no longer afford the rent. For our short trip, we stayed with Ben and Alice - the same friends we went to America with last year. Constantly being around good mates was a stark contrast to the insular life we're living in a new town.

Things are not terrible. I don't feel unbearably lonely. I'm not crying myself to sleep. But I'm aware that I am now longing to upkeep the relationships I've had to put on hold. And that awareness wasn't there before. So I guess that's a change that bears noting.

Ok. I signed off the last post on April 9.

On April 10 Steph and I explored Jubilee Park. A nice lil forest. I hope it gets snowy in winter. I didn't take any photos, but I bloody well would if there was snow.

Easter was very chill. We watched Jesus Christ Superstar as usual. And drove out to Brighton on Sunday.

April 16. Brighton Beach. We like this place heaps now.

April 16. Brighton Beach. We like this place heaps now.

April 20. Flew to Auckland.

April 20. Flew to Auckland.

April 20. David Liebe Hart at Whammy Bar. As wonderful and strange as we'd hoped.

April 22. Coffee with these three dorks. I love these dorks and I'm glad I got to at least take one of them with me to Dunedin.

April 22. Coffee with these three dorks. I love these dorks and I'm glad I got to at least take one of them with me to Dunedin.

On April 22 my family had a farewell party for my lil sister who's made a much bigger move away - to Berlin! The timing was great, we could piggyback on it, because there's no way we would have been thrown our own "Goodbye forever to Dunedin" party.

April 22. Me testing the smart phone shutter for my camera.

April 22. Me testing the smart phone shutter for my camera.

April 22. Family photo, including a few extended family-folk that we don't see too often. V nice.

April 22. Family photo, including a few extended family-folk that we don't see too often. V nice.

April 23. Bathing and clipping disgusting chickens. The black one looked straight demonic.

April 23. Bathing and clipping disgusting chickens. The black one looked straight demonic.

April 23. Return flight. Found out in the nick of time that it was half an hour earlier than we'd thought. I can't believe we made it.

April 23. Return flight. Found out in the nick of time that it was half an hour earlier than we'd thought. I can't believe we made it.

April 26. Casual view walking to work. This is the kind of thing that stops me from feeling  too  homesick.

April 26. Casual view walking to work. This is the kind of thing that stops me from feeling too homesick.

April 29. Visited the Chinese Gardens in central Dunedin.

April 29. Visited the Chinese Gardens in central Dunedin.

April 30. Went to the beach with a storm brewing.

End of a month. I'll leave it there.