The children were all up early so we got their breakfasts organised and then I got mine and I sat curled up on the sofa and watched a movie. Mahalia got my dressing gown for me to cuddle up under as it was a bit cool just siting there eating cold fruit and yoghurt.
The movie wasn’t cold though – it was brilliant.
So good that I am going to have to buy a copy of my own.
It was called ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ starring Jack Lemmon.
Cry! Did I cry.
It was so good.
If you haven’t seen it you gotta get it.
I was telling Christine about it and she had read the book.
It was mandatory for those working in palliative care.
So, I guess I better look for the book now cuz I want to read it too.
After that finished I ended up spending the rest of the morning in the study.
I was playing with http://www.photomax.
I have joined up and I was experimenting and ordering stuff.
Am slowly getting the hang of it.
It is great.
I also had a long chat with the Council – we have to do major stuff to/with our wharf.
Whatever we do is going to be horrendously expensive and the paper work/red tape to do before we even get to start work on it is so daunting that I just cannot get my head around it.
I am now in consultation with a guy who is going to assist us with it all.
I have decided that I have way better things to do with my time and energy than to to get stressed out trying to do something that someone else can do in no time at all cuz they have been doing it already and know what they are about.
It is absolutely bizarre though – our wharf has been there for around 100 years. Built out of timber from around here with no modern treatments. It has stood the test of time and will stand much longer if left be.
However the powers that be have decreed now that all foreshore structures must have a resource consent which hinges on an engineers report.
We know darn well that it won’t pass one of those.
But if/when we buy new wharf piles they are only guaranteed for 30 years and the consent is only for 15 years.
No quality in anything today eh??
As well as that I have just realised the Waterfall wharf has to be renewed next year so I may as well do all the paper work at the same time. I told Tim that at least I won’t be doing the next one.
He was a bit dismayed to think I am thinking I won’t be here in 15 years.
But it actually wasn’t that – I was thinking that by then I would have resigned my post in the office and would have handed the baton on to a younger member of our family society
After all, I have better things to do and to look forward to than playing with red tape
I finally got out to the kitchen around 11am.
Nathan had made two French chocolate cakes.
I got him all cleaned up and sorted and then I began my cooking.
I made a venison casserole for my catered party and then another venison and mutton one for our dinner tonight.
I also made lunch and used left over sausages to make a casserole for tomorrows lunch – but Bri has decided that it will be enough for dinner.
I’m outa here tomorrow so whatever they do with it is fine by me. As long as it gets eaten
This afternoon I got caught on the phone with a neighbour who is also going through wharf issues – that was quite a long conversation and then another call from our accounts manager who had all the time in the world to discuss my accounts programme issues. By this stage Christine had arrived around for a cuppa so I was pretty keen to get off the phone. She saw I was on the phone so went down for a swim with the children.
The children swam and then came up for a spa and food.
Christine & I finally got our cup of tea and chat while we watched the children from the decking.
Bri took Shannie out for a sail in the catamaran.
Nathan decided it looked so good he got the optimist out for a sail too.
Then Mahalia and Azzan went kayaking with Tereza.
There was quite an armada in the bay.
They had so much fun.
Bri had the catamaran all over the bay. It was fair moving along.
Christine decreed that our children have such an idyllic life – and I would have to agree
They got back in time for dinner but then Tristan and Steve went out fishing in the kayaks. It proved to windy for Steve so he returned but Tristan stayed out till dark and came home with some good sized cod.
Nathan zipped up to WB in the dinghy to get Mike but Mike had already walked around the track with his pack. He is leaving tomorrow to head back to Palmerston North and University.
I have got the children all sorted for tomorrow – as per normal, I have had to wash their town clothes at the last minute so they are now in the dryer.
I am hoping to be outa here well before 6am so I had better get off to bed now.
Got a good day planned so hopefully it will all go well. Have to have Mike at the airport by 9am so hence the need to get away early.