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.
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Perfect spot for photos

Shannie pensively resting.

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.
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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.

Dean’s Cottage – the oldest building in Christchurch
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And the mansion beside it that they built afterwards. What a transition!!

The children had fun trying to catch the ducks – thankfully none fell in

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.

2 thoughts on “Sunday

  1. The pergola looks GORGEOUS!  A PERFECT place for a wedding!  Elegant & beautiful.  I love the pictures of the kids!  Look at Hali & Shannie all dressed up like little princesses!  Beautiful!  I can’t get over how grown Shoshanna looks there in the picture resting.  Azzan is just such a breath of fresh air.  I love that child too.  Your kids are so precious.  I wish I could get my arms around them and spend some time with all of you!  Your trip has been so full and you’ve made so many good memories!  What a wonderful time!

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