I actually managed to get to bed before Tim and before 10pm last night – a miracle!
Anson has been shearing north of Auckland and was driving down the North Island last night after work to catch the ferry today. So we were texting when I hopped into bed. I finally told him at 10:30pm that I was going to sleep and that unless there was an emergency I would text again this morning. He was planning to stop somewhere around Taihape, all going well. At 3:35am I received a text telling me that they had just arrived at my cousins place in Stokes Valley – which is very close to Wellington. Tim & Joan will have gotten a surprise this morning to wake up and find two stray males sleeping in the truck outside their front door!!! Not too sure why Ans had to text me at the unearthly time but it was good to know he had made it down the island safely.
We have been hiring a bed alarm for some of the children – a bit of a problem with nocturnal enuresis in the family – hence my broken nights. However, this morning a very bemused 9yr old came out to tell me that she had woken without the alarm at midnight – most exciting progress!
When the children all went mustering with Tim the other day, Shannie came home with 5 skinks and had them in a glass jar. She has now found a large plastic bin and an ant nest for them to live in. She was showing me one today and it leapt out of her hands – man! they are fast.
We spent most of the morning preparing food and cleaning out the two main house freezers, Shannie decided it was easier to get right inside when she and Josiah were scraping off the ice.
This afternoon Tim and the guys have been cleaning up the woolshed and then before dinner they took off for a couple of hours to muster down some sheep. Shannie and Azzan went too – Shannie armed up with an ice cream container to catch more skinks-!!
The kittens were so hilarious this arvo – they were sleeping on logs on the decking – in the most peculiar positions! Just after I took these Marco (the old white cat) got up and hopped up onto the log and settled down right on top of one of the kittens, which then decided to extract itself from underneath and find somewhere else to sleep.
Cat went to work this morning but Seb stayed back and caught up on some school work. He is also writing a major epistle about their hunting exploits last week – I am flabbergasted that my son who has written only one story in his whole entire 16 years of life is now sitting at the computer each day and adding more and more detail. Cat was ‘It was only a 2 hour hunt Seb’!! I think it’s great – and it’s really interesting too
Jesika came over this arvo and showed us photos of her tramp. Amazing territory they covered. Quite rugged – sounded rather adventurous, photos were amazing. She stayed for dinner as Cat is making a vanity unit for the upstairs bathroom at Jesika’s house and they are working together to get it finished asap.
Tim took a crew mustering late the afternoon and then we had dinner and the guys went back out to sort up sheep. Seb did a photo session of our classic 1970 SWB Landrover which Tim has decided at long last to sell. Anyone interested? Look it even has a motor – hasn’t got a lot else but it does have the motor-!!
Anson & Matt arrived at 8:30 with our friend Ben & Anna. They had picked them up in Rai Valley and squeezed them into the truck. Ben & Anna have recently gotten married. They met in Vanuatu working for YWAM. Ben from UK & Anna from USA, they are on a global honeymoon and are staying with us over Christmas. Ans & Matt were looking extremely shell shocked – only 2 hours sleep in the past 2 days. Anson has bought a brand new portable shearing plant so he and Tim put it together tonight so he can use it in the morning. Plan is to start shearing at 5:45am
Gorgeous evening here tonight –