It’s Tuesday already

Once again the days have gotten away from me.
Yesterday was Monday – all day!
I didn’t even get as far as the school room.
Had a heap of mail to sort through. Got Jen and Eva to do some cleaning up and cooking. Cat was up weed eating the lawns bright and early. Bri and Cat both have agendas to work through so they keep the girls occupied which is great.

Had a call from our ‘adopted’ daughter and Jesika’s best friend, Sasha. She was calling to tell me that she and David had gotten engaged. So that was great news. David being my cousin, so she really will be part of the family soon.

I had ordered Azzan a free standing blackboard and drawing board – it had arrived in the mail and the girls had hidden it in my room so I didn’t find it until later in the day. He was totally delighted about it because it is decorated with the ‘Cars’ theme. So out came the paints etc and he and Mahalia were busy for ages.

Today Tim took all the crew out mustering early so it was just me at home with Mahalia, Azzan & Nathan. Quite pleasant actually. Azzan keeps wanting me to spell words for him to write on his board. The main one is ‘cereal’ for some reason.

Azzan decided his blackboard should be packed up before lunch time so he took out two of the dowels which hold up the paint containers. Unfortunately he never thought to take them out first so there was a bit of a mess. Then when I was ungraciously cleaning it up I went and dropped them again and made even more mess. I told him quite firmly that there was absolutely NO need to pack it away again as it was intended to be up to be used whenever he wanted to-!!

Jesika took Jen, Eva & Jonathan to Waterfall after the muster so they could help stain the deck. I had spent the morning making a huge pot of pumpkin soup so they missed out on that today!

Sylvia arrived with Anna just before lunch. They had picked up the mail for me and Anson’s laptop was there. I had bought it on TradeMe for him so now he is moving into the realms of the IT world and will have to learn to do his own accounts – yeah right! Nice laptop though, I am very pleased with the purchase.

Tim announced that he was taking everyone out fishing so Sylvia’s eyes lit up big time. They all had a quick lunch and then took off out the bay with all on board except me. I enjoyed a few hours of quiet as I was rather tired. I managed to get an hour to doze with my book in between doing other necessary things.

They never arrived back home until around 6pm. Cat went diving and Bri took Eva and Jesika rock climbing. Jonathan was pretty happy – he had never caught a fish before and Shannie was pleased with her very large cod too. So it was fresh fish for dinner and then Cat & Jen left. They are heading to Granny’s tonight and then on down to Wanaka. Cat has some short term work lined up down there and Jen has a job at the ski field. Bri has been debating about taking Nathan tramping, the weather being the hinging factor. It looks like they may head off in a day or so.

Cat also was taking Fly down to Megan as she is adopting her because Jesika is moving to Australia. Rather heart rending parting and very emotional for Jesika. Fly has been a great companion for her and it is hard to have to part with her but it was the only way we could get her to Wanaka. I am sure Fly will enjoy learning all about chasing rabbits on Megan and Jon’s place

Jesika took Sylvia and Anna home with her so she can show Anna the ropes tomorrow. More mustering in the morning so Tim and the boys will be away early again.

Have you missed me??

Well, it’s Sunday night and I have just gotten back home from several days in Nelson.
Last time I wrote was Wed.
What has happened since then?
I am really having to scratch the brain cells to remember

Thursday – Tim & Jesika went to Nelson. I got up early and got the fires lit and made some cards. We did some school work. The girls came back from Jesika’s but not a lot got done for the day. I heard via the family grapevine that they had not gone to bed until around 3am so that’s probably the main reason for lack of brain function! Nuana came around and did some baking with the little ones then took Azzan back to Waterfall with her. We watched a movie – well 1/2 a movie while having dinner – an Australian one called ‘The Shiralee’. Then Tim arrived back with Eva from Germany.

Friday – Traute left. Tim & Jen went out to do mussel work. Cat got Eva sorted to paint in the Cottage. Brianna conditioned more mussel ropes. Nathan & I left for Nelson around midday. Did a bit of shopping then met Jonathan from Wales for coffee. He is coming to wwoof for us this week. Dropped Nate off at Tylers so he could have a bloke weekend with Anson. Estelle wasn’t home so I went back into town and wandered around the supermarket and The Warehouse. Got Chinese for dinner. Spent the evening helping Estelle and got to bed at 1am!

Saturday – I was awake well before 6am. My weekend in town was specifically to participate in a PHEC course – Pre Hospital Emergency Care first aid. It began at 8:30am. There were 10 of us all from varying backgrounds. Most were involved either in adventure tourism or education or fire service. I had not done a first aid course for about 20 years and even then it was a pretty basic one so I wasn’t too sure how I would cope. But I was reasonably confident that I had enough bush experience and reasonable intelligence to get through it. As I hadn’t done a basic first aid course before hand I have to do one before the end of the month.

Needless to say – I have had a terrific weekend. The course is brilliant. I am absolutely loving it. Have learnt so much and more to learn next weekend. It is a 4 day course. Yesterday was a lot of learning, talking, listening, questioning. Did some scenarios in the afternoon. Our tutor was brilliant and was really wanting us to learn so never treated any question as dumb or stupid.

Today we learnt CPR and how & when to use Oxygen and a defibrillator. I am concerned though that doing CPR on a real person may be quite different to the dummy! I hope I never have to actually but now I feel much more confident than I ever have before.

I met up with Anson and transferred Nathan into my vehicle and headed home pretty much straight after the course so we got home around 8pm. The girls have beaten me to it and have already moved the big cabinet out of the living room into the school room so it looks like my day tomorrow is already planned – sorting out school stuff and finding where Cat has put it all-!!

An extra treat to share – just got this lovely photo of the newly engaged couple.
For those of you who don’t know our darling 2nd daughter – this is (Sunniva) – Sunni and Ryan.
Don’t they make a lovely couple

Today and yesterday

Well, it is all happening here.
Brianna has been officially offered a job and has accepted it.

It is with Camp Somerset
It is just a short distance north west of Sydney so she will be heading over there mid July for a years contract with them.
Most exciting. We are thrilled for her. She is great with young folk and she loves the outdoor activities so it should be a wonderful opportunity for her.

We have been quite prolific in the school room this week so far. Managed to get another two days in there – quite miraculous Mahalia has reached another milestone with her reading so received her ‘prize’ today. She was very happy to get another addition to her Polly Pocket collection. I all of a sudden realised that Nathan has nearly finished his maths book so had to make an urgent phone call to order the next one. He is also very keen to get his prize so great incentive to get through it soon. Shannie is pestering because her new reading books have not arrived from the US yet. I get them from BJUP and they take the slow boat over – 2 months now so shouldn’t be long. She keeps busy writing stories in her journal. Today Nathan actually spelled out a word for her – it is normally the other way around so he was pretty pleased with himself!

Last night Jesika came over for dinner and brought Nuana (she is staying with J for a few days) and Mark & Lillian (M used to be Cat’s boss at Glacier Guides). We had a fun evening and hence a late night.

This morning Mark & Lillian took Jesika, Cat & Bri sailing in their catamaran. I think they had a good trip but they were pretty chilled when they arrived back. Jen went around this morning and helped Nuana with painting and gardening so tonight they are all having a social evening at Jesika’s.

Anson’s been wanting to get a laptop for a while so today I had a chat with one of my iMac mates and he sussed some on TradeMe and tonight I got the one he recommended – a Titanium Powerbook G4 with a 15″ screen. It was tight bidding but I was determined not to be pipped at the post. So Anson is joining the Apple ranks and yet another computer is entering the premises. I have told him he now has to learn how to do his own accounts-!!

Queen’s Birthday Weekend

Sunday passed by reasonably leisurely.
We had fellowship in the latter part of the morning. No-one seemed too interested in lunch so it was eaten on the go by most folk.
Cat took Jen & Traute out fishing so there was fresh fish with our dinner.
I managed to do some work in the journals I am trying to finish and post on.
I actually spent some time in the school room in the evening preparing today’s lesson. I need to do more of that as it makes the lessons flow so much more better – how’s that for good grammar??? I have just joined a yahoo group for Weaver curriculum users and I am finding it so helpful.

Today everyone was up bright and early. Tim took Anson, Brianna, Cat & Jen out mustering. Seb took Traute up to Waterfall to help Jesika clean the Lodge. Then he spent the morning doing his school work. Tim & Bri got back for an early lunch and then headed off across the bay to do mussel work. Jen walked on down to help Jesika and Traute.

We had a good day in the school room. We were drawing and talking about ziggurats and Nate and Shannie rewrote the story of The Tower of Babel using alliteration. Nate had heaps of fun with it which was great as he is normally a reticent writer. Whereas Shannie who is a prolific writer really struggled. But with help she ended up creating a fun story. I will see if they are interested in posting their stories on their blogs tomorrow.

I was working away at my desk trying to complete the journals. I had worked myself into a total mess as normal so I had to clean that up as well. While I was doing that Azzan came in and was playing behind the sofa by the book case. He spotted that one of the sets of encyclopaedias was not in order so he rearranged it all. He then decided that all the sets had to be in number order. We have quite a few different types of encyclopaedias so it kept him occupied for a while.

It was quite fun listening to him discussing the numbers. He found 16 & 19 and was having fun trying to sort them out. Decided that 15 should be said as five-teen. By this stage I was over in the kitchen and he was asking me things like ‘What number is 1 & 2?’ I said 12. Then in amongst it all he asked ‘What is 1 & 1?’ So I said ‘Eleven’. And he kept on chatting and asking me what it was. Then he said ‘Is it a little emergency?’ I was like ‘What do you mean?’ And he asked again ‘Is 1 1 a little emergency?’ I clicked then and realised he was meaning that if you call 111 it is an emergency so if you call 11 then it must be just a little emergency!

I watched Oklahoma with Mahalia & Azzan before dinner. I love the music from it. It is such fun watching it with the little ones as there is so many things to explain. For example, they had been listening to one of the songs on their Vege tales CD and when I was singing along with the movie I realised they had the words a bit wrong – it is called The Surrey with the Fringe on Top. They couldn’t quite understand what a Surrey was, let alone with a FRIDGE on top There are also a lot of old fashioned things talked about and done in the movie which are totally from another era so it is very educational and most enjoyable at the same time.

Jesika came for dinner tonight. I made nachos and judging by the way the disappeared they were enjoyed to the max. We had a quick came of Lagretto which Tim & I lost miserably.

Oh, it was Queen’s Birthday weekend so a holiday today. But as we don’t listen to the news or read the papers we just carried on as per normal.

Also got a message from Sunni tonight telling me that the engagement is totally official now as Ryan has been most romantic and done the proposal thingee. Congratulations to you both – great news

We won! We won! We won!!

For some strange reason there were a few sluggards this morning.
Anson, who is normally first up and rearing to go was last out of bed this morning at around 10am. I am glad cuz he does tend to push himself. Tim and Seb had already left to go and do more mussel work for the morning so he got his shearing gear sorted.

Traute and Jen washed windows for me and cleaned out the fridge. It was Saturday – all day – so I didn’t even consider school today ( I had been thinking about it yesterday but didn’t feel like it today so didn’t even go there).

Anson and Cat crutched the sheep that Tim had managed to get in the shed last night before the rain. Traute had a go and managed to do three sheep – reckoned she should get the silver medal for trying

After lunch I decided to put my feet up and read my book for a while. Azzan had to come cuddle me at the same time. Nice. Until he decided he had to listen to a CD of ‘Adventures in Odyssey’ at top volume right beside me. So I gave up and made dinner.

Azzan helped Bri make salad for dinner while I was making the fish pie. He felt it was most monumentus that he was peeling the carrots and wanted me to take lots of photos of him. He was so funny cuz he couldn’t not pose with a weird look on his face!
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He then helped Traute check her emails – very helpful young lad

Tonight Anson was heading over to Jesika’s to watch the rugby. Seb offered to baby-sit so I could go too. So Tim, Bri & I crammed into the back of Anson’s ute and let Nate have the honour of the front seat – the front seat passenger always has to open the gates-!! Cat & Jen had gone for a walk and never got back for dinner. They saw our headlights go through the gate so walked on down the hill. The moon was really big and full tonight so an easy walk.

It was the All Blacks vs. France. I haven’t watched a game in a while so it was good. An interesting game with a good Aussie referee. There were a few questionable moments but the end score was 42 – 11. WE WON – yahoooo!!!

Today and Yesterday

Traute arrived back on Wed night. She is the mother of Cat’s friend Andy and has come to wwoof for me. Nice to have her company for a few weeks before she returns to Germany. Seb & I spent most of Thurs morning working on finalising his Firearms papers so they could be posted today. Shannie decided to make pikelets which were wolfed down as fast as she was flipping them out of the pan. She and Mahalia have spent several days giving the attic a huge clean out. They decided there were a few too many rodents around which the cats seem to be leaving as presents in their dolls houses

Traute is teaching Nathan German. He is really keen so it is going well. Great to have her to correct his accent. In return I am helping her with her English grammar. It is hard for her because she speaks well enough for us to understand but as with many foreigners she gets the words in the wrong places. She really wants to learn so it is easy for both of us.

In the afternoon most of the crew went out mustering. Seb took my camera. Here is a pic showing the extent of the fire. It began in what we call the Low Neck a towards the right hand side of the photo.

Tim flat out mustering

Now, what can I see out there…..

Cat called from LA airport – using up their phone card before leaving the USA. She wanted to know what was for dinner. I said I didn’t even know what I was producing for this night let alone the next – so she put her order in for a good ole Kiwi roast of mutton. So Tim found a couple of good sized legs of mutton and they spent all day in the wood oven today.

This morning I was woken by the phone at 5:30am.
It was Anson, they had just gotten off the plane. Hadn’t even gone through Customs yet. He was pleased to be back in Kiwiland.
Then Sunni called at 6:45am to get Anson’s phone number as she was heading to the airport to see them briefly before they hopped aboard their last flight home. By this point I had given up the idea of sleeping!

The children and I got the veggies done for dinner and Traute got stuck into cleaning bathrooms etc. I managed to get the children into the school room for a few hours later this morning. We did a few maps and some maths and reading and then called it quits once the mailboat arrived.

Brianna drove up from Christchurch to Nelson last night and met Cat & Ans at the airport and then delivered them to their respective vehicles. She had a list of things to pick up for me so it was good that there were three vehicles to spread the gear into.

I was just getting my lunch ready when I heard Tim talking to someone. It was Anson. He had done a quick job in town and then headed home. Several hours later Brianna walked in and then behind her was Cat and Jen from Belgium. (She was wwoofing here in Feb.)

We all enjoyed a yummy roast dinner. It was so cool to have them all home again. They were all acting up and enjoying being around each other again.
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Bri sporting her brand spanking new jacket from America that we bought for her b’day which Cat hand delivered. And Seb & Ans – my two big lads acting abnormal for the camera.

Cat was straight into the sink to wash the dishes wondering what on earth her big little bro was up to!
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He had Jen & Traute rather amused – maybe his calling is the stage and not the Navy!!!

And all the while Anson wired up in his own wee world and decked out in Azzan’s coonskin hat was looking pretty jet-lagged.

It’s great to have you all back home again – night y’all