Thursday I left home at 10am in Anson’s truck.
It was really good having a heater that functions and and radio that gets channels with ease.
I made it to town in just over 2 hours and went straight to the Ford shop to get a quote on the truck cuz Anson is wanting to trade up when he gets home.
I then posted a pile of mail and went to meet the Israeli family who were coming here to wwoof for us. They were lovely and were very happy to find out more of where they were going etc. Then it was off to the gym and a few other things and back to the motel to wait for Kerri.
She arrived about 6:30pm so we headed off around the corner and had dinner at ‘Smugglers’.
I had not had red meat for quite a while so decided to order a steak.
The waitress asked how I liked it and I said ‘Dead!’
And explained that I DO NOT like to see any blood at all and not even much pink.
When the meals arrived (with another waitress) you could see the blood on the plate.
So I called her back and got her to take it back to the kitchen.
When it came back it was cooked just right – for me!
The first waitress was lovely and kept on coming over to find out if it was alright and reassuring me that their chef doesn’t like to overcook steak but it was me that was eating it – she was a sweetie.
We sat and ate and chatted and then two guys at the table next to us were leaving and came over and commended me for complaining. They reckon us Kiwis just take what we are given – warm coffee, etc and never do anything pro-active and they thought I did well. So that was a nice end to the meal
Friday Kerri had to go out to visit some apprentices at a woolshed in the afternoon so we spent the morning looking at Photomax and teaching me how to do some of the things on the website. We went off to the Beach Cafe for a quick lunch and she dropped me back on her way to the woolshed.
I lay down and read my book for a while, played on the computer and then drove into the city for a while. It was Friday and getting rather busy so I returned fairly quickly!
When Kerri came back she went off for a walk and after a quick shower we went to ‘Venice Cove’ for dinner. The menu had changed from when Tim & went two weeks ago, so I was disappointed as the new selections weren’t quite what I was wanting. It was still good though – so no complaints. Came back and spent the evening working on making some movies and photo books. I got totally into it and was so loving having broadband to do it all with that I stayed up till 2am.
Next morning I woke at 8am – Totally unheard of for me to sleep so late.
So we scurried about, packed up and headed off in our separate directions. Kerri went back home to Christchurch and drove through sleet and snow to 3’C
I stayed in Nelson and it was sunny and mild all day. I went in to the gym and then out to the Educational resource day that my friend Erena was running. Her business Learnex is such a great help to the home educators here in NZ. I had a lovely time catching up with some of the other home schoolers before having to leave to pick Christian up at the airport. Got their 10mins late and found his plane was delayed 45mins. So I sat in the car park and read my book.
We then went into town and had a light lunch at Morrison St Cafe – at 3pm that is all you get. Then off to do a few jobs, met up with Seb briefly and then home. The weather got worse as we drove. It was a bit wet and rather windy. The Israeli’s – Misha, Inna, Garrick & Asya arrived only an hour or so before me. As it was raining quite hard when they arrived Tim had sat them down for dinner with the rest of the family to await a break in the weather. It cleared long enough for us to unpack both vehicles and get them settled in The Cottage.
Today it has been really cold. I stayed pretty close to the fires all day. After fellowship and lunch Tim took everyone else out fishing. Azzan stayed with me and Graham’s daughter Anne-marie came around to have a cuppa with me. They got home just before dark, cooked up a lovely yummy feed of fish and now everyone is either in bed or close to heading there. I am ready to find my book – it is too darn cold sitting here…..
Sorry for the lack of photos – my camera is away – hopefully getting fixed.
I will have a look and see what Shanni has on her camera tomorrow.