Well, how can I summarise my weekend in just a few words.
Can’t really. So you will just have to put up with lots of words.

Mahalia & I had a good trip to Nelson, 2.5hrs with no sicky stops. Had a yummy breakfast to fortify ourselves for the day and then zipped around doing jobs, dropped off Mahalia at Nuana’s before my 2 hour dentist appointment. That went smoothly, almost went to sleep in the chair! Spent the afternoon sorting out printers and computers. Got a fabulous new printer for 1/2 price. Right place at the right time! Computer has to have a part ordered so picked it up and will take it back next week. Can’t possibly be without it that long

Popped into see Tim’s bro Martin & Sylvia. He had just come out of hosp so I wanted to see how he was doing. Found Seb & Jesika there too. They had come out early – don’t think I was sposed to know they were in town! Mind you, Sylvia was the only one who was acting suspiciously – she’s not too good at keeping secrets!

Stayed the night with John & Sally. Had a very restless sleep and woke feeling blah – not a good start to my birthday. After a shower and a quick breakfast I shot into town for a haircut. While there I was discussing foils with Lucie. She said ‘Want me to put some in now? I have time’ So why not. 1.5hrs later I came out with 3 extra colours streaked through my hair and feeling gorgeous Zipped about and got all the shopping done in record time. Back to motel to change and be ready by 12:30pm. Then hung about waiting for someone to pick me up. Seb finally arrived at 1:20. He was late and traffic had slowed him even more.

Anyway, he careened around the streets and finally ended up hooning up a narrow track and pulled up outside a gorgeous old historic house – Melrose House – stopped and said ‘This is your party – get out and enjoy!’

So, I did.

It was amazng. There were people everywhere. And all afternoon people were coming in the doors. Some I hadn’t seen for over 30 years, some had come from as far north as Auckland and as far south as Invercargill & Stewart Island. Jesika catered for the whole party, food kept on coming out but I was too busy to eat much. I hadn’t had lunch as I had been told I was going to a winery for lunch so by the end of the day I was pretty darn hungry

At 4pm Jesika bought out a 3 tiered birthday cake for me to cut. By 6pm the crowds were beginning to thin out and the crew was cleaning up. It was a fabulous day but I was exhausted at the end of it.

It was very moving to have such a lot of folk who felt they loved me enough to come so far to help me celebrate my 50th birthday. I would also like to pay a huge compliment to Jesika for the fantastic job she did. Apparently she has been planning this for over a year now and managed to keep 99.9% of it a secret from me. A major undertaking some would say

I didn’t take many photos of the day so you will have to wait until I find someone who has. In the mean time here are some I have taken.
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Jesika and her best friend Sasha.

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A huge gum moth Phoebe found outside the house – on Nathan’s hand to give perspective.

Everyone was so generous and the presents filled the back of Seb’s car. I never opened them until Monday night. We had Liza, Edward & the boys around for dinner as they missed out on the party. So I waited till the children and Jesika were all there before opening them. It took me about 3 hours to open them all. Had to send the children to bed in the middle of it as it took so long.
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As you can see the children were really getting into the midst of it all!!!

One of the most special gifts came from 4 wonderful Australian friends of mine. Isn’t this amazing?
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You have to see it close up to really enjoy it.
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made by Judy
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made by Bethel
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made by Rob
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made by Michelle.

I will share more things as I get them photographed and sorted.
I am trying to clean out my study and bedroom over these next few days and get things in a bit more order around here because I am going away on Sat for a week – it’s all very exciting – will share that with you later

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