I arrived home last night at 9pm. The last 1.5 hours were rather quiet and peaceful as my ipod had gone flat. Up until then I was singing my heart out with The Carpenters – glad I was alone in the car-!! So I enjoyed the quietude to think my own uninterrupted thoughts.
There was only Tim & Seb awake to greet me so it made unpacking and sorting much easier and quicker. Little people get very excited and want to see everything I have bought – and ‘is there anything special for me??’!!
I had a good time in town on Friday, took Nuana out with me. We enjoyed a yummy breakfast together at my favourite cafe and then zipped about doing chores. During the morning I realised to my horror, that I had not packed my sleeping bag, pillow or towel. I had to get some men’s stuff for Tim at the Mega Centre low and behold what was there on special but sleeping bags. So I added one to my trolley – only $35 so it was a bargain and proved to be very cosy.
After I dropped Nuana home I did a few more things. I left Briscoes till last and went to find a pillow, and you wouldn’t believe it. Everything in the shop was 40-50% off. So I got a gorgeous thick fluffy bronze coloured towel and flannel and a pillow and a complete set of new sheets for us for a very reasonable price. By this stage the heavens had opened and it a deluge had hit the city, and it was getting late. So rather than sit down to eat I decided to grab something quick and make a run for it. We were sposed to be at Camp around 6pm and it was already 5:45. I made the huge mistake of getting McDonalds and felt so ill by the time I got to Camp. I only have to eat Macca’s about once every ten years to remind me why I don’t eat it more often – urghhhhh!!
The camp was held at Teapot Valley just out of Brightwater near Nelson. It is a lovely venue. The staff provided excellent food – it was just too good – AND we didn’t have to do dishes, even better-!!
I met so many lovely ladies and made some great new friends. Had lots of fun and made a some cool projects. I had done a lot of the stuff before but I had gone knowing that it would be like that and I was mainly there to meet up with the others and enjoy the socialisation – mother’s have to have that stuff too you know. Our govt is quite concerned about home-schooled children getting enough but they forget about us Mum’s.
Here are some of the lovely ladies.
My work mates – Rosey from Lincolnshire UK (she had come out for her son’s wedding which conveniently coincided with camp) and Carol from Nelson.
Sheryl (who I found had gone to school with my bro and I was best buddies with her older sis in our teens – small world eh?) and Marion.
Denise from Wales, Kate from UK and Maryann (one of my roomies originally from Singapore) and a wee portion of Gill from over the hill in Korere.
And the glorious food – really healthy stuff with a few extra yummys to add some kilos-!!
Linda and Glad enjoying lunch.
I left camp early after lunch on Sunday so I could visit my friend Sally who is home briefly from the UK. It was really lovely to catch up with her. By the time I had gotten back to Nelson and bought groceries it was after 6 so I headed for home. We had a special Telecom calling deal for the weekend so I was able to fit in two calls before midnight to Australia. So it was after midnight before I got to bed. But as I had been really good at camp and had gone to bed quite early I am feeling fine today – some ladies didn’t find their beds till 2 and 4am, I would’ve been dead if I had done that!
The children were thrilled because I bought home some Das paper modelling clay. They are having a lovely time this morning.
While they have been modelling Nathan has made a very delicious batch of fudge. Shoshannah in particular has been very creative, she made herself a stove with pots cooking eggs and a table & chairs etc.
The paper clay just air dries and then the children can paint it if they want.
Seb was so excited – NOT! The mailboat on Friday delivered his first set of Correspondence School English. I had only just sent the application form away the week before so neither of us could believe it had come so soon. So this morning he has made a start – not really his cup of tea but at least he is having a go – his attitude could be a bit more positive, but no doubt it will get worse before he gets the course finished – I am not being negative, it is just that mother’s know these things about their children
Tim & Josiah have been grubbing thistles this morning and are going out to do mussel work this arvo. Cat went to work – to much rain to harvest but maintenance to be done. There has been a lot of rain in the past few days which has brought down heaps of rock falls along the road and quite a bit of flooding along the way home. Our drought is very definitely broken – just hope we get some fine clear days soon as it really doesn’t feel too much like summer yet. Jesika & JoDee are on their way in after 2 weeks away. From the brief texts I have received it sounds like they have had rather a damp trip.
It is such a glorious day here today.
Nathan and Azzan hung out the washing for me – they made a great team!