I was up and going early on Friday morning.
I wanted to make Tim some wheat free bread and fill up the muesli containers before I left.
So before the world woke I joined Tim in the kitchen.
I mixed up 4 large loaves of bread – man! they turned out sooooo good
I told him that every slice he ate he had to remember that I loved him
I started making the muesli and then the world was beginning to wake so they all came and had breakfast and I got the guys to help cut up the dates and figs. I managed to do get the rest finished, zipped around doing other things that were needed and then finally hopped into the shower mid morning. The guys loaded the Terrano for me. I tried to make sure Kinga knew everything that she should know to keep things ticking along while I am gone – poor girl!! Not to worry – I am sure my Natey will keep the kitchen operating and the folks fed.
At 11am I decided I really should get myself packed!
I still had things all over the bed and floor…..
After all I was planning to leave around 3pm.
After lunch Tim loaded everyone aboard the ’88South’ and took them out fishing at the Rangitoto’s for the afternoon. I was then able to load the final things in the Terrano and just as I was about to hop in the car and take off Christine arrived with Liza and the children to say hi and bye. We had a quick chat and then Tracey arrived too. It was hard to drag myself away but I knew we had to leave as we had a few stops to make.
Drove for an hour on our very dusty, rutted, pot-holed, shockingly bad road, and then popped down to Canoe Bay to say hullo to Rossi & Doug and family. Carol had died just two nights earlier and I would be away for her funeral on Tuesday – her 87th birthday. I was so glad we had been able to go visit her a few weeks back. It was a lovely visit and we finally had to say goodbye just before 6pm as we still had 2-3 hours to go before we would get to Granny’s.
Shanni and I decided to stop at Slip Inn in Havelock for dinner. They do the absolute best battered blue cod meal. Personally I think it is total sacrilege to batter blue cod and I would NEVER do that at home, but I make an exception at Slip Inn as they do it so well.
Finally got to Mum’s at 9pm. Unpacked, Shanni gladly went off to bed. Then Mum followed soon after.
Duncan & Sylvia arrived with their Chinese takeaways so we sat and chatted for a few hours.
Finally got to bed around midnight.
I was up at 7am and off out to the gym, dropped off 2 large boxes of library books and whizzed through the supermarket for some travel snacks.
Then back to chuck the bags and Mum & Shanni in the car. It was a bit of a mission to get the wheel chair in and I was actually questioning the need for it!!
But we were gone by ten minutes before 9am!!!
Well done us
We had a good run to Kaikoura.
Stopped for a leg stretch etc. The temps were dropping and we were quite glad to get back into the car and carry on south. Got to Waikuku and met James, Sarah and the girls for lunch at the Flax Mill cafe. That was a very pleasant interlude in the day and as I had been getting a bit sleepy on the drive down it gave me a chance to wake up and stretch the body. James & Sarah were heading off camping at the beach so we left them and headed westwards to Oxford so see my dear friend Emma.
I was so excited to be finally catching up with her after so long.
We got to meet wee David – such a precious wee bundle. Still so small after his early start to life, but growing like a wee mushroom.
Shanni had fun playing with the children – as it was rather cool outside they had lego all over the floor so we had a lot of conversation competition!!
They live in a cute wee 1850’s house – one of the original homesteads of the area but they have been outgrowing it slightly lately. But even with their 9 children they still have a small family compared to one of the earlier families who resided there with their 12 children!! Anyway, great excitement lately as they have managed to find some relocatable buildings to extend the house and Graham is giving Wayne a hand to get it all sorted.
The guys were having a great time playing while I was there
We finally had to take our leave as it was getting late and yet another hour to get into Christchurch.
As Vonnie was out socializing we decided to side track to Riccarton and get Starbucks for dinner. None of us were hungry after our large lunch. It was just across the road from Borders bookshop so Granny chose some sale books to read on the plane. Shanni found a guitar instructional dvd and book as well which she was keen to buy. Hopefully it will be good – she is keen to learn more and it is hard with Bri away as none of the rest of us play.
We made it to Vonnie’s around 8:30pm. Got Shanni off to bed and cousin Sue came for a visit. Mum finally called it a day. Sue & I sat and chatted until around 11:30pm. After Sue left I pottered around sorting stuff out and went to bed at midnight. I was sleeping with Shanni so at 6am decided to leave her too it I lay on the couch and watched some TV until Vonnie got home at 7:30am. Then it was all go.
We sorted out our gear, packed the bags for the last time, leaving behind unnecessary stuff and then we piled into the Terrano and went tiki touring around the posher areas of Fendalton looking at houses/mansions. Had lunch at a lovely winery near the airport and then Vonnie dropped us off in good time to catch our flight to Melbourne.
Gran ended up being seated right up the front and we were back in row 23! The plane was packed so they wouldn’t/couldn’t shift us. It was ok. Shanni and I read, ate and played Hangman. The time flew and the plane actually arrived 20mins early.
Shanni was so funny as we flew down through the clouds. They were so pretty. They looked like fluffy ice caves. Then when we hit some slight turbulence she got all excited – ‘Oh! I love this’!! Then when we were flying in over Melbourne – it was – ‘Wow! Melbourne is so big. It looks all flat and squished by a big frying pan.’
I have decided that having Mum in the wheel chair is actually really good. Makes life so much easier for us all. She has decided that too It is way less tiring for her, quicker for us, and we get shunted past all the queues. They didn’t even question all the medication she had in her bags.
Jesika and Alex arrived in the Stolke’s station wagon within minutes of me texting them .
It was a a muggy, balmy afternoon of 27’C when we landed.
As we had left Christchurch around 11’C we were feeling somewhat warm – Jesika wasn’t!!
We are now unwinding, chilling etc.
Gran has already been on the phone to her friend Hazel organizing their visit tomorrow.
Jesika & Alex have just taken the car back. Jackie (J’s friend) has arrived and is cooking dinner for us all.
Shanni has finally showered and wound down – she was so excited. She was jiggling a good half an hour before we landed in anticipation of seeing Jesika and Melbourne