We woke to yet another beautiful day.
The children packed up all their gear – man! have they got enough clothing to last a year! I packed way too much for them – but it was really hard to know what to bring – at this time of year you need a bit of everything cuz the weather is so changeable.
Anyway, we managed to repack the Safari and I fitted everything in and there will be enough room – just – to fit my stuff in tomorrow.
The children had lots of fun with Alvin over breakfast – he was on a late shift so had the morning at home so it was nice to spend the time with him.
We were on the road soon after 9am. I took a different route and we got a bit lost – but not really. I just didn’t know exactly where I was for a while but for the third time this week we basically took a scenic route which was fun cuz we saw different roads and buildings – another part of Chch that we wouldn’t have seen otherwise – all part of the educational process in the learning about the city
We popped into Every Educaid again. They have such a great shop and a huge play area which the children were only too happy to use while I picked up some more math games etc.
Then we drove across town and found my cousin Sally’s house. She wasn’t in when we arrived so we fed the ducks and swan in the Avon River just across the road, with the stale bread we had been keeping in the Safari just for that very purpose. It was a lovely interlude in the day.
Sally was out running and jogged up with Jack the dog soon after. We had a battle to pull Shannie away from the ducks After a muffin and drink of water we all loaded into the Safari and drove to QE2 park only to find that the children’s pools were all shut this week for maintenance
So we drove all the way across the city to the Pioneer Poolcomplex – basically around the corner from where we are staying! The children were very quickly in the water and never got out for near on two hours-!! Finally, I suggested that as it was nearly 2pm that maybe they might like to get out and have some lunch. Even then they took their time.
We got them dressed, they found a playground outside so had to try that out for a few minutes, then we drove back towards Sally’s, stopping on the way at Eastgate Mall for lunch. That was really funny. The children all wanted totally different food today and the food court was a bit strange and spread out. So I left Shannie getting a Turkish lamb pie, Sally took Hali back up the mall to find sushi, while Azzan deliberated as to whether he wanted a cheese burger. We were queuing at McDonald’s when he all of a sudden changed his mind and decided he wanted a meat pie. So we walked back to the bakery to find one. Of course that was a take away in a paper bag, but he ‘needed’ a knife and fork so thankfully Shannie wasn’t using hers – she’s a fingers girl, so that made him happy. Then Sally and I were able to find our food. By this time it was after 3pm so we zipped back to Sally’s as her children were coming home from school. We had a quick drink and muffin and then I headed over to Sarah’s. I had mapped out my route so managed to get across town quite easily despite the busy traffic.
I stopped there for a cuppa, Hali went off to Aikido with James and Stephanie, and Azzan was very quickly into the dress-ups with Sigal and Shannie. No doubt Sarah will have photos of their visit with her family to share – thanks Sarah – I really appreciate you having my three tonight – it was just lovely to have some time out
I left the children there and headed into the city centre. Parked up and went and bought the movie tickets and waited for Corrine to arrive, she’s always getting held up in traffic We didn’t have time to eat a meal so got a frappacino each at Starbucks and wandered back to theatre – Regent on Worcester. We saw ‘La Vie En Rose‘. It was the most enthralling movie I have watched in a long long time. What a story. What a singer. What a woman. If you haven’t seen the movie – you just gotta. It is riveting. At the end the whole theatre was just silent, as if we were all holding our breath and didn’t want to let go – totally moved beyond anything. I was just breathless and shaking with the intensity of it all.
here’s the theatre review – “From the slums of Paris to the limelight of New York, Edith Piaf’s life was a battle to sing and survive, live and love. Raised in poverty, Edith’s magical voice and her passionate romances and friendships with the greatest names of the period -Yves Montand, Jean Cocteau, Charles Aznavour, Marlene Dietrich, Marcel Cerdan and others- made her a star all around the world. But in her audacious attempt to tame her tragic destiny, the Little Sparrow – her nickname – flew so high she could not fail to burn her wings.”
We decided to go find some food – there was no way we could leave and just drive home after such an amazing movie, we needed to wind down and talk it through. We walked around to The Strip on Oxford Terrace and found The Boulevard. We had a wonderful dinner. And the dessert was divine – crepes with marscapone and strawberries etc – it was simply to die for.
I hadn’t been feeling too great for most of the day but after the movie and time to sit and chat in the cool of the evening I realised that I was feeling better than I have in days.
What a wonderful close to the day