I decided when I got up that we needed to start heading towards home so we packed up and went on into Chch to meet up with a friend for lunch. We met at a cool garden centre Cafe Terra Viva. It was such a lovely place with scrummy food and it was so good to see Jude again and catch up on all the family news. I realised how long it was since I had seen her when I discovered to my horror that her husband had died in 2004 and I never knew. Sometimes time gets in the way and we miss so much. Mike was such a strong man, to be cut down in 5 months by cancer is so hard for Jude. Thankfully she has family and grandchildren close by and her daughter returning from UK soon to live.
I managed to catch a photo of Jude with my two ratbags just before leaving the cafe.
We then went into the city centre and found MapWorld. I was wanting to get some decent sized clear maps of NZ and had already spoken with them on the phone. We got 2 maps and then back to the car. It was the 2nd time I had used a carpark building in two days and hadn’t been charged for it – I guess if you are there less than an hour it is free. A bonus!
We then went on to Stanmore Rd and found Aunty Rona at home in her wee room. We invited her out for coffee – that made her smile even more than usual! She negotiated her walker out to the car and hopped aboard and we drove down to Mokka. I was able to park right by the door and helped her manoeuvre her way up the steps where we spent a pleasurable time enjoying Bethany & Lydia’s service. Aunty Rona decreed their cappuccino to be Very Good
We took Aunty Rona home again, the long way and then headed north. We arrived at Waipara around 5pm and stayed the night with Ross & Lenore. Mahalia had been very droopy all day, I had been worried that she may be sickening for something so I gave her a bath and she had a small dinner and then happily went to bed. I finally managed to get Azzan off to bed as well and then enjoyed a lovely evening with the William’s family.
Next morning we got on the road by 9am and drove straight to Kaikoura. Stopped in to visit Yvonne & Scott ( the owner’s of the B&B Tim & I had stayed in a few months back). Ended up having lunch with them before travelling on to Blenheim. We got there around 3pm and had 2 hours to do a heap of jobs for Tim & Jesika plus go to the library and get groceries. So it was close to 6pm before we left town. We stopped and had a meal at Slip Inn in Havelock. Then I cuddled the children down with their blankets, plugged in my iPod and drove home. Up till then Azzan had been using my iPod, it is a great way to keep him entertained while travelling so I decided it was my turn and he could sleep. It was funny cuz Mahalia did what I said and was asleep in moments and then as I was driving along her wee feet would kick out in my direction and I would have to fend them off and out of the way of the wheel and gear stick!
Anyway, we got home, unpacked and had a mountain of mail and emails etc to deal with. Tim & Nathan went off to bed soon after. I cannot just come home and go straight to bed – I have to have unwinding space so I finally got to bed around midnight.