I was up at 6am so I could get an early morning work out at the gym.
Then back for a shower and chuck all the kids into the Safari and chugged off down the road to Picton for the 10am ferry.
We had to sit in the queue for an hour and then some. For some unknown reason the ferry was late and we never loaded until 10am. So it didn’t leave Picton till 10:25am.
The children were very happy to just sit in the children’s playroom and blob in front of the video.
We arrived at 1:25 and drove straight up to meet Rick at the Te Papa Research Centre.
He is the Crustaceans expert there and spent the next couple of hours showing us around the bowels of the building. We saw all the exhibits that are stored and being used for research from the teeniest shells to the largest penguins and the hugest gigantic squid.
We even found a moa at the door – covered in kiwi feathers
The time zipped by and we had to finally drag ourselves away as we were meeting Marie at Te Papa. Cat and I did a hurried change of clothes behind car doors in the car park building and then we ran in to find Marie. The children had some afternoon tea at the cafe while we had a quick catch up chat with her. Then we left them to in her tender care while Cat and I went to the Bats Theatre to Charlotte’s book launch of her first book of poetry – The World’s Fastest Flower. Her play Burnt Coffee was beginning immediately afterwards. We wished we had made the time to attend that too but we hadn’t so we zipped back to rescue Marie from the children. They had had a great look around Te Papa and were tired and ready to leave.
It was a long drive up the coast to Paraparaumu. We picked up pizza on the way.
Lovely to finally get to my uncle and aunts place – Owen & Hanne.
We eventually found our sleeping places and got the little people tucked in.
Friday morning we pottered around and socialised for a while. I got to drive Hanne’s lovely new car to the gym before breakfast,
Maria was home from Christchurch for the weekend and the children had a great time entertaining her.
We finally left around midday and headed down the coast to Wellington to see if Cat could find stuff she needed at the boat chandlery place. But to no avail. So we headed up to Lower Hutt and visited with Miriam for an hour and then went to the mall to get sushi for the children’s lunch – at 3pm!
That kept their wee tummy’s happy while we visited Tim, Joan & Luke. Aunty Janet & Uncle George popped down to ay hi too.
Nice to catch up with them all.
It was getting late, cold and dark so we left and drove over the hill back to Paraparaumu, stopping to get some supplies for dinner. Cat was making a pumpkin pie for dessert. While dinner was being prepared I realised the children were very quiet – I found them up on their mezzanine beds watching Uncle Owen carving – they were mesmerised.
Saturday, we left a little earlier. Met up with Bernadette and went for a wander to find some lunch. We found a great sushi place which kept Cat and the kids happy. Bernie and I had noodles – they were the best.
While we were eating Cat was making calls. She had gotten a text from a friend to ask if she wanted a job. It began to get very exciting.
She was being offered a job doing industrial abseiling in Fiji.
So on that note we then all had to head down to the Opera House to the Cats show. We were stopped for a few minutes by a street performer doing the same swallowing the sword act Shanni and I had seen in Melbourne – I think they must’ve both gone to the same street theatre school-!!
‘Cats’ was great – it was just a bit hard for the little ones to see as we were way up high in the gallery. I had Azzan on my knee most of the show and Hali was moving about to see around the adults in front who kept moving their heads – a bit frustrating but still an enjoyable show.
We then said good-bye to Bernie and headed north to Plimmerton to have dinner with Rick and Helen.
Owen & Hanne joined us and we had a lovely evening together.
Sunday we were up early and packed so we could get down to the city to do a few things before catching the ferry.
We went to Parliament and the Beehive.
Great examples of architecture that we had discussed and now they could see it in the real.
I was saying to them ‘Look at those Doric Columns’ and Shanni asked how I knew all of this information and I said because I learn it with YOU!!! Very pointedly as it was obvious she had forgotten what Doric was
The children ‘met’ up with one of our early Prime Ministers – Richard John Seddon.
We spent a lot at Arty Bees 2nd hand book shop and then met up with Joanna and had an early lunch with her at a food court – once again the children had sushi.
We said good-bye to her and then loaded ourselves back into the Safari and drove to the ferry.
This time we didn’t have to wait too long and the ferry left on time.
Cat decided to drop me at the supermarket to get the groceries while she went to Granny’s to load up the stuff we left there and get fuel.
It was late and we were tired so just wanted to get home.
It was raining off and on which was great. We desperately need the rain. We stopped in and picked up some more budgies for Shanni – so with the doves that Owen had given her we had a real car full of feathery critters-!!
It was nice to get home. The birds got released and the children put to bed.
Today Cat has been busy getting the storage area in the attic lined out.
She is on a mission!
There has been updates about the job coming in throughout the day.
Jesika is also going if it works out – it will be a great opportunity for them both.
But it will hinge on whether the locals can handle having women working there.
But no matter what happens Cat has been offered the job and can also work at it here in NZ.
So watch this space as it all unfolds…….
Seb has been getting more school work done. I also helped him make curried sausages and garlic bread to take to work.
He is leaving at 4:30am.
Bri made a delicious fruit pie and a courgette dish for dinner.
She is heading off tomorrow also as she has work on the other side of the Sounds for a few weeks.
I forgot to say also – Tim’s back is heaps better – the physio had him sorted very quickly which was great