Thankfully the children all slept in till after 8am today. It was a chilly morning with the promise of sunshine. We got dressed and packed up.
The pergola looks so good now Graeme has finished the logs on top.
A friend is getting married there soon, hence the rush to finally get it completed.
Perfect spot for photos
Nicky made the children some scrampbled eggs and then we left for Christchurch. I managed to find where Clavary Chapel meets each Sunday and joined Wayne and Emma and their 8 children for church there. Corrine breezed in late – she had overslept. It was lovely standing beside her during the singing – she has a magnificent voice and I hadn’e had the priviledge of hearing her sing before. I was most impressed with the teaching. Pastor Kris was teaching from Luke 11:1-4 on how to pray. It was excellent, he has a real down to earth and easy to listen to way of teaching. I learnt a lot today.
After church Emma and I zipped through the supermarket and bought lunch then we all headed to Deans Bush. It is a lovely wee park area around the original and oldest house in Canterbury.
There are huge trees – some over 150 years old. We ate a very tasty picnic lunch, Azzan felt mosr comfortable lying on the lush grass while he ate.
The children played lots of games
Afterwards we found heaps of broken bottles and glass right where they had been running about – we spent a long time picking it all up marvelling how miraculous it was the children had not been cut on it and also questioning the mentality of the louts who leave such a dangerous mess behind.
Around 4pm we went our seperate ways. We went to Louisa’s. The children just quietly chilled with George, Oliver and Madeline. I lay on the carpet in the sun and had a sleep. It was so good. Louisa fed the children and then after a dancing display by Oliver – he learns Ballet, Jazz, Irish and Hip Hop dance – plus Azzan doing the Mango for us – his name of his dance as he floated and twirled around the lounge, we headed back to Alvin and Vonnie’s. I got the children quickly into bed and finally had a chance to sit and talk with them. We have hardly had time to catch up since I arrived so it was good.
So, now I am heading to bed and hopefully I will get to sleep in a bit.
I told the children that we wouldn’t go anywhere tomorrow till after lunch. Hali said ‘that sounds very relaxing’ – to which I heartily agreed.