The weekend disappeared somewhere – can’t really remember too much of what happened.
I have been trying to sort out the study and make room for stuff. Moved the photo copier just outside the study door which has left a huge gap – of course it got filled up fast with piles of stuff. Story of my life – sort this lot and make piles to be moved here and another there……

Anson arrived home Sat night, was really good to see him. Sunday we eventually had a fellowship meeting, Graham & Leon came and joined in, then after lunch Tim & Graham went out to get mussels and much hilarity continued with Leon and the kids. We watched a neat movie called ‘Dreamer’ – true story about a girl and a race horse which severely broke its leg and then eventually went on under her ownership to win the breeders derby – $4,000,000!!!
PICT0003 The girls were playing on the beach in the late afternoon and Mahalia came up with this young oyster catcher, she was really tickled that she had been able to catch it so easily.

Monday I was up at 5am and Tim took Azzan & me around to Elaine Bay to get my Nissan Safari. It has been off the road for nearly 3 months getting a new roof put on. It looks most flash now. Half way around I realised I had left my cell phone at home on the charger – darn it – felt like my right arm had been chopped off. I borrowed Tim’s which was stone dead flat, rang Anson for phone numbers and got him to monitor my calls.

We had a good trip out, got town in good time. Dropped off the Safari to get the warrant of fitness. Seb picked us up in Cat’s car and we went into Nelson to join the crew. Seb, Cat & Jen had driven out from work the night before and met up with Megan. We met up at Lambretta’s then decided to wander down to Morrison St for brunch. Liz called so Cat ran down to bring her to join us.
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We had a most enjoyable couple of hours and then I decided I really should go do some chores so Seb dropped me back. Safari had past with flying colours so that was a relief. I always hold my breath with trepidation that they will find something wrong and stuff up my town plans. Cat & Jen picked up Anna from the airport and headed over to Golden Bay for the week. Seb stayed the night with Tylers again and Azzan & I spent the night with John & Sally. After dinner we wandered over to the Camp ground and found some of the Correspondence families and made ourselves known.

Next morning we were up and packed, managed to do one job for Tim and then crawled along in the pre 9am traffic, found Seb on the side of the road, traffic was going so slow over Bishopdale that I didn’t have to stop – he just hopped in as I crawled past. Finally got to Fairfield House. Seb took off in the Safari to do some jobs for me and Azzan and I joined the Early Childhood group for the morning. They sang songs, played a cool game with a bouncy blanket – Azzan was right into that one.
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They did other activities – weaving, roller painting, playdough & sewing. Before lunch they had a lot of fun blowing bubbles of all shapes and sizes and then Deb read them stories.
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Seb came back and we swapped places. I shot down and got Anson’s RUC’s and then picked up my Japanese friend Kaori from Palmerston North who was having a few days holiday in Nelson. We had a lovely lunch together at The House of Ales, sitting at the street tables in the shade was lovely as the temps were quite high – for Nelson that is. I keep thinking ever time someone complains about the heat of 24’C that it was only a couple of weeks ago I was in Perth with temps of 41’C!! Relative isn’t it?

The boys walked down to meet us and I left the 3 of them to explore the Cathedral grounds and mosey around the shops while I shot out to get my computers sorted. I have bought a new iMac intel and my great techno MacGeek was getting them both sorted. Finally got things happening, went back and got veges, picked up the boys and then all our gear from JHohn & Sally’s. Computers were ready by then too so got them and then breezed past Estelle’s to see her bro about a speech programme that he uses on his computer. It is so cool – you just speak into a microphone and the computer types what you say. Brialliant for reluctant writers and spellers!!

We then went down and got pizza, called into get some of Anson’s gear and drove home. Got in at midnight, just had to set up the computers and make sure they were both functioning right. All is hunky dory so I am happy.

I have spent today playing with all the new programmes. Found a cool one called iComic and made a neat comic page of my bro Duncan. Anson got word today that his trip to the USA is all go. He will probably be leaving around 12 March so he is really excited.

Seb & Nate are changing rooms so there is a LOT of mess happening at the moment as Nathan sorts out all of his stuff. I think tomorrow I might have to help him determine what he keeps and what he biffs, he found it all rather overwhelming tonight.

Jesika had 2 lovely German house guests while I was in town. She had a great time with them, but they didn’t eat all her cooking so she bought all the left overs for dinner tonight. It was great not having to cook and it was also very delicious. We watched Liar Liar tonight. A very crazy story – but then what film starring Jim Carey isn’t crazy? But the moral of the story was good.

Friends & Family

The past two days have gone in the busyness and normalcy of life here.

Yesterday I survived without the computer – actually it wasn’t that difficult and I managed to spend some time just blobbing out making some cards. Jesika arrived back at dinner time, had a quick bite to eat, unloaded our stores and went home.

Today, the Stephens family packed up and after a shared lunch they left. Hopefully we will see them again sometime in Nelson before they fly back to Colombia in a few months. They are on the mission field there and don’t know when they will be back in NZ again next, so it was really great to have some time to spend with them. It is 5 years since they left and the children have grown heaps, as they tend to do when you are not watching-!!
Here is their lovely family
Philip, Gloria, Giovanni & Andreas at back
Katya, Miguel & Natalie in front.
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I managed to pin down the two boys today and give them both haircuts. Azzan decide he wanted a mohawk. Someone asked me how he knew what a mohawk was – well, he has big brothers doesn’t he?? When I began cutting his lovely fine white hair I commented that I didn’t think I could do a mohawk for him to which he responded ‘If you don’t do a mohawk then I won’t be good’! Blackmail? – hardly cause it doesn’t matter whether his hair is long or short he is still a wee ratbag Anyway, as you can see in the lovely photo of him and Miguel he has his mohawk.

A while later he came in most upset because his hair was ruined. I asked what the matter was and he said he had a hat on and now it is all flat. He hadn’t seemed to realise that when I cut it it was flat and hadn’t been spiked up at all. Funny wee fella.

I also cut Nathan’s. He agreed to a No5. So I cut that, after having to use scissors to lessen the load as it was too thick for the cutters. But then I found two rather large bald patches and ended up cutting down to a No1. He is totally fine with that, I am totally mystified about the patches, and I am not posting photos as he would not forgive me if I did. I have to live with him not you-!!

The mailboat came today so I spent most of the afternoon sorting mail and making phone calls.

Tim, Graham and the guys milled up another log this arvo then Tim & Leslie took the timber up the hill. After dinner Tim went out to do some more jobs and I was helping the girls untangle their cross stitch and was talking to Leslie and Crystal when the door behind me opened. It was my Uncle Lloyd. You just never know who is going to arrive here next.

He and his two friends Kingsley and Kelvin were out boating and have come to bunk down for the night. It was rather cold and stormy looking and not too conducive to camping on a beach. So they cooked up their dinner and will be off early in the morning in search of the elusive kingfish.

I never posted any photos while I was away so here are some now.
My girlfriend Jacqui and I – we met at 12 and have been mates ever since despite the physical distances between us over the years. It was so cool to see her again. Not too bad for a couple of 50 year olds eh??
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Me and my 2 bro’s when we were 4WD-ing on the beaches north of Lancelin.
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The four of us on top of one of the highest sand dunes near Lancelin. It is very hard to get perspective of height with white sand but it was high!
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Jesika is taking my computer back to town yet again this arvo as there is still a fault so I am going to be computerless for a couple of days

Hopefully this time they will get it right. Then next week it goes back out again to get all the data transferred onto my new computer so the young folk can have this one and then the wee ones can have their games computer back – while I was away the older children nicked it from the school room because they discovered it still had a functioning internet connection. I have already sold their computer. It is a bit like playing electronic merry-go-rounds at the moment

Tuesday’s gone already…

It is getting so hard to function at the moment. It is supposed to be summer for goodness sake!
I have been so jolly cold these past few days – it is unbelievable.
Guess it is that much harder after coming back from the heat of Western Australia and then a southerly hitting us. Down right depressing

Anyway, I managed to get the crew up and at the table at 7am again, it is good to reinstate the family Bible readings, even if there is only 4 of us at the moment. Gotta get the pattern going again, it is just so easy to let things lapse, so determination is the key!

Tim took Leslie & Crystal out to do mussel work and then around 9:30am Nathan took Azzan and me up to the yacht. We had a lovely time on board.
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Jesika arrived with hot boysenberry muffins, we were serenaded by the hostess. They had the yacht custom built and as she is a classical pianist they built a Clavinova (electric piano) in under their bed. It just pulls out whenever she wants to play. So we had a good old singsong. Tim came to join us for a short time and then he went back to work and Jesika and Mahalia went out fishing with some other friends. Nathan bought us home at midday to find a hungry Shannie sitting on the breakwater waiting for us. She had been happily playing with the Stephen’s children and hadn’t wanted to come visiting.

Just as Tim arrived back for lunch an old school friend of Tim’s arrived so there was a lot of catching up to do. He is now a well known NZ artist – http://www.benwoollcombe.com/
He spent the afternoon up the hill painting. He does what Tim classifies as real art

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After lunch we attacked the 2 bins of sweet corn Graham had bought down. I cook it in the oven in the husks, then we shuck ’em all and slice off the kernels and freeze them. Takes up way less room in the freezer that way. Also did a big bag of beans for dinner – they were so yummy. I am not normally a fan of beans but these were so lovely and fresh and very moreish.

I tried to have a rest later this arvo because I am still really tired and head achey. Not too sure why, but never got the rest as a friend phoned and we talked for an hour about her hassles with her exemption application. Then it was dinner and much discussion about art as there were quite a lot of artists in attendance. Always a spirited topic when like minded folk get together

Well, what can I say about today?
Tuesday has gone for this week.
We met new friends and enjoyed seeing through the yacht.
The sun did decided to finally shine this afternoon.
We didn’t get to any formal schooling yet again.
The children had fun and socialised and played board games with their friends.
We were given a load of lovely fresh veggies and managed to get them all prepared for eating and freezing.
I paid some bills and made meals and did washing and swept the floor six times.
I finally gave in and took some pain killers before dinner.
And yes they worked for a short time and now I am off to bed as I can feel my head ache coming back.
Pretty good day in all, I spose.

Where did Sunday go?

I am not too sure what happened yesterday – it just got engulfed.
Nathan & Shahar went around early to help Jesika clean the Lodge. I did the Cottage laundry. Then around lunch time I was thinking I should go start the school room but as I headed down the hall I had a strong urge to divert towards my bedroom and my bed called so strongly that I had to respond. It was very easy to stay there and sleep for an hour or so. Managed to get up just before Jesika and the boys arrived back.

I decided I really had to go start the school room as time was running out. Well! you have NO idea what I found up there. Nuana and Christine had done a great job of making it look tidy but only a mother could actually SEE what needed doing. We have been working constantly since then and I have just finished – midday Monday! I have a huge woolpack full of rubbish. Shoshannah had managed to squirrel so much stuff in her corner, it was unbelievable. I got really tough and biffed heaps. Funnily enough you can’t really see that it’s all gone, she still has plenty of stuff in there, but at least it is tidy and she can find things again. I was also glad to find several library books amongst er papers, one which I had given up on and another of Catriona’s – goodness knows how they got there.

Jesika took Mahalia home with her last night so she can do some music lessons with her. She is keen so we are making the most of her enthusiasm. Not a lot from the other junior members.

I decided last night that we needed to get some sort of order back in the house and family again – it has sorta drifted over the past few years and everyone has gotten so slack in the mornings. So I had the crew up before 7am and at the table for a Bible reading to start the day. It was just as hard for me so nobody can complain And even though Nathan is definitely NOT a morning person he managed to arrive rather bleary eyed but has been doing well ever since. I have allowed him to become rather a morning sluggard as he is a night owl bookworm, but enough is enough!!

After breakfast we got back into the clean up. Nathan sorted board games and Shannie and I sorted all the pens, pencils and other bits and bobs that collect – some necessary and others not. It has taken us till lunch time to get things to where I am happy and now we are all sick of the school room so Shannie and Azzan are making cheese puffs. Azzan asked his preschool teacher about cooking so she sent him a recipe. They were such a hit yesterday they are making a double batch today.
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Shahar left this morning – he has bought Seb’s car.
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Last night Leslie & Crystal from Taiwan arrived. So this morning they have cleaned the Cottage and peeled a huge pot of spuds for dinner as we have the Stephen’s family coming to stay in the Cottage this week. Tim decided that the huge moki in the freezer would be great to feed them all on. Personally I dislike baked whole fish, can’t be bothered sorting the bones, but most folk enjoy it. So that, spuds and salad will be great. Nathan is keen to make another lemon meringue pie but I did warn him that he would have to make a huge one to feed the multitudes tonight so he’s decided to do it another night.

I went to bed for a sleep this afternoon but it didn’t really happen. I did get to lie down and read and then with phone calls etc I decided I needed to play possum for a while. So I shut my eyes and the world went away for a short time.

I eventually got up and got things moving for dinner. The Stephens family arrived while I was trying to help Azzan get a game going on the computer. It was so frustrating because he has played the game many times before but for some stupid reason it won’t go now. I finally gave up and decided I needed to get the garlic bread done for dinner. Jesika arrived with guests who were mooring up for the night in their yacht. She had met them in Tahiti so was thrilled to have them come visit.

Dinner really was quite easy tonight – Gloria made a salad, Nathan stuffed the moki and helped peel the potatoes, Shannie made butterscotch pudding and I cooked some rice for Tim & me and dinner was done.

Now Monday has passed and it is off to bed, we have been invited to visit the yacht in the morning so I guess there goes my day at school!

Dozey, blobby & buzy dayz

Wednesday I slept in and just chilled and then all of a sudden it was nearly 11:30am and I had to zip up the hill to unload the new bull and load 173 sheep onto the stock truck. It came out hot and the sheep were pretty lively. Thankfully the truckie had a dog which helped immensely to get the sheep into the yards. One of them leapt clean through the fence to freedom so that left 172 to load. Once we got them in he basically had it all under control so I was just rounding up the next few and holding the large gate closed to keep them in the race. At one stage I was standing there for a while, it was hot and I went into a bit of a dream. Then all of a sudden the sheep decided to all make a run for the gate and caught me unawares. The gate slammed back and caught my elbow and wrist between it and the wooden fence – man it hurt. But nothing broken so we just carried on. It seemed to take ages but I was back home again in an hour.

I found a new dvd had arrived while I was away so ate my lunch and watched ‘Walk the Line’. That is one good movie. Especially as I am a fan of Johnny Cash. I watered the garden, fed the pigs and chooks and had an early dinner and got myself off to bed by 8:30am.

Thursday I had a wonderfully blobby day. I knew there was a launch coming in to get water as the water at Waterfall Bay wasn’t working but as I didn’t know what time I thought I had better get myself decent at a reasonable hour. They turned up midmorning, turned out they were local Marlburians and she had done her nursing training with Tim’s sister Jenny many years ago, we had a lovely chat at the wharf in the sun. I had my lunch in the hammock and then sunbathed a while. Got too hot so went and had a sleep on my bed. I was woken by the sound of our boat at the wharf at 3pm. Bother – they were home earlier than I expected. So on went the washing machine to get another half dozen loads of dirty camping clothes through. Dinner was easy as I had made salad and rice and they cooked up some fresh fish and crayfish.

Friday morning I was up and in the shower by 5am and left home by 5:45am. It was still dark and I had a great drive to town. No sun in my face as it was early and then too cloudy. Only problem I had was trying to stay awake as I got closer to Nelson. I was still so tired after my trip away and then a rather broken night. Managed to get several things done before my dentist appointment at 9:15 which was great. This is the last appointment for these teeth – two crowns and a bridge, so I now have a full mouth of teeth and an even bite again – yippee!

I had a pretty cruisey day, did a few jobs, sorted out my computer, and camera, had lunch with Estelle and Jayden – they were enjoying their first day of home schooling, then I buzzed out to Richmond to get groceries and possum poison. Also got 2 collars with bells for the kittens. The brats had caught their first bird the day before so I am hoping this will slow them down. They look pretty anyway! I got different colours so at least I can tell them apart more easily now.

Picked up Nuana on the way back (she had driven out later that morning) and had a frappaccino at Starbucks with her before going to visit Martin & Sylvia. Martin is looking good – 4 weeks out from his surgery. Then down to the motel to get my computer – John had been flat out and hadn’t had a chance to look at it, so we”ll get it sorted in 2 weeks. There were 5 or 6 guys from Australia who had just arrived on some pretty amazing bikes. 900cc & 1000cc Ducati’s and Suzuki’s. Very impressive. They are on a South Island tour. Dropped Nuana home and grabbed a pizza from Domino’s and left town around 8pm. It’s pretty tricky trying to eat hot oozing pizza while driving, so I had a few momentary stops to clean up the spilt bits – messy kid I am

I had my ipod so Johnny Cash kept me awake all the way home. Got home around 10:30pm and all was quiet here so while I unwound I unpacked some stuff, check emails and read the mail and finally got to bed around midnight.

This morning Azzan came and snuggled in with me and I managed to keep him cuddled up for nearly an hour. Was a bit traumatic having to face daylight today! But by the time I got a few loads of washing through – amazing how the machine cannot be used when I am away-!! and cracked the whip to get the children cleaning up their play messes from yesterday I was wide awake. Azzan helped me unpack the groceries from the car and then I hosed it down too. It is so dry that it is smothered in dust from the road – I always arrive in town with a 4WD that looks real – not like these townie versions who never go off the tarseal and are always shiney!!

Jesika arrived over this arvo to talk about the course she is applying to do in Melbourne. She is hoping to get into an institute there and do a 2 year double diploma in Events and Hospitality management. It is just a bit more difficult trying to find out the financial details when it is another country. Here in NZ she would be eligible for a student allowance, boarding away from home allowance and a student loan, as New Zealanders are considered to be domestic in Australia we only pay the normal fees but we are not sure what other benefits she can obtain yet. It is all very exciting for her, and now just hinges on if there is enough students for a midyear intake.

I am feeling somewhat jaded this afternoon so I should go get a meal on and get me and the children to bed early tonight as I really need to sort out the school room tomorrow and to do that I need my brain to be in working order. Nathan is making a lemon meringue pie so dessert is taken care of – yum!

Tim

Sam is the cutest red haired freckle face 5yr old kid.

The other day he said to his mother.

Why can’t my Daddy be like Tim?
When she asked him why he replied,

“Because I like Tim.
I like his face.
It’s a really old face isn’t it Mummy?

Why doesn’t Raewyn have an old face?”

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Sam – I want you to know that I also love his face – it is craggy, and rugged and chiselled and so full of love and laughter. It is so Tim and I love him so much, even more so after nearly 30 years together.