Tim and I were awakened early this morning by some strange noises.
We couldn’t quite pinpoint where they were coming from.
Finally about 5:30am I got up and was greeted by Jynx prowling into our room.
As you know cats are NOT allowed inside our house.
So he was given a short sharp shift out the door.
I decided then that I may as well get up and do all the banking etc I needed to do on the internet while it was quiet and also hopefully a faster internet connection.
Tim got up soon after and found Mo at the top of the attic stairs.
Both cats were inside – goodness knows how or when they got in.
They didn’t stay inside much longer though!

I was planning to do some reading with the children but by the time breakfast was cleaned up and they got on with their chores and I got Mira organized with her jobs other things happened.

Tim took Takao up the hill to do some more fencing.
Mahalia decided she would help Mira with the cooking so after we had dinner prepared they made peanut butter biscuits and a banana cake. Unfortunately most of them got blackish bottoms but I am sure they will get eaten.

Shanni and Azzan were browsing through a craft book. Azzan has gone through it many times drooling over all the things he wants to make and has multitudes of bookmarks all through it. So I suggested to Shanni that they settle on one thing and actually make it. So they decided to make a rag doll. It was a very basic one that you just cut out the shape yourself. While Shanni cut it out and sewed it Azzan cut up all the leftover bits into smaller pieces for the stuffing.

She had to go over the stitching a few times to get the seams wide enough and then they stuffed it. It took a lot…

By this time it was lunch so we cleared up and ate.
After lunch Tim took everyone around to Cape Horn to gather firewood.
There is a big muddy slip blocking the road so the little folk wanted to go play in it
When they returned they had to strip off and hose themselves down.
After they were cleaned up Shanni proceeded to make some clothes for the doll.
She found that you have to allow seam allowances etc
Finally she got a dress done and then she made a hat with a tassel on top.
She was very proud of her efforts and Azzan was delighted.
He has called her Milly (after Thoroughly Modern Milly!)

Nathan did some maths and is going to have to do some history revision as I decided he wasn’t giving it his best shot.

Tonight at dinner Azzan sat in his normal seat – at my left elbow.
He kept on reaching out to tap mmy arm to get my attention to talk to me.
I was getting a bit fed up so told him not to tap me again until he had finished his dinner.
Didn’t work!
He tapped me again and said he wanted to ask me 3 questions, I said to wait as I was listening to Bri.
Then when I was ready to listen it was
‘No really I want to ask 4.
But I can’t remember what they were now.’

Azzan told me this morning that he wanted to move back into Mahalia’s
room ‘because we are friends now and are not going to fight’ – well,
that lasted till tonight! He is back in his bunk so Shanni is
delighted. She reckoned it was the best news she had heard all year   
He is not very settled in his bunk tonight though – he and Hali just don’t seem to be
able to get it together so I am about to go read the riot act!!

It is a very wild and windy night tonight.
Time to close down and find my book I think.

Very wet but very blessed days

I planed to leave for Nelson a little later than normal on Monday just in case it was icy on the roads.
So 8am was my plan.
But then I ended up talking on the phone to the Police for nearly an hour and didn’t get out the door till 9am.
Had a good trip to town though.
It was frosty but no ice.
I listened to Chuck Missler on my ipod speaker all the way out – talking on ‘Daniel’s 70 weeks‘.

I got to town and did a couple of jobs.
Then popped into see a friend I hadn’t seen in around 4 years.
It was a good time to catch up.
We have both been going through hard times so good to share and listen and generally catch up with our families.

I left her later than I had planned so just had time to pop in to the gym. Hadn’t been to Curves in two months so was really needing to go. It was a good work out although I was very conscious of the time.
So no mucking about afterwards, Drove straight around to the motel. Dropped off my gear, changed into some tidy and warm clothes, turned on the electric blanket and headed off to pick up another friend.

We went to a CWCI dinner. Rosie Boom was the speaker. She played guitar, sang some of her own songs and spoke. She gave such an encouraging message – it spoke directly to my heart. Thank you God for allowing me to get there just to hear that message.

The title of her message was ‘Starry Starry Sky’. She spoke about the starry nights, the cloudy nights and the dark dark nights of our lives. She spoke from the heart and was so personal in her testimony and encouragement. She had us in tears and laughter as she shared stories from her own life and of her family.

One of the quotes at the end of her talk was what Hopeful said to Christian when they were locked in the castle (Pilgrims Progress), goes something like this
“Not everything is in the hands of the giant of despair.”
God is greater.

Clouds pass but stars remain.

By the time we had finished our evening the skies had opened and it was pouring down so it was a mad dash to the vehicles and back to the motel.

Tuesday morning I spent a bit of time chatting to my cousin John before leaving the motel. He was on his own cuz Sally had gone over to Blenheim to spend some time with her parents.

I zipped around and got a few more jobs done before heading back to Hope Community Church for another meeting with Rosie. This time she was speaking at their weekly ladies meeting and our homeschool group was joining them. We had morning tea together and then she sang and talked to us.

Her message this time was ‘Seize the day’
Motherhood is made up of magical moments. Don’t miss them!’
She spoke about how as mothers we can so easily run out of petrol.
We begin with a full tank but as time goes on we forget to check our gauges and before we know it we are out of fuel and we are sitting on the side of the road feeling vulnerable and isolated.

Yet another very encouraging talk.
Afterwards we talked with friends and then too soon we had to leave and get on with the rest of life.

I headed into Richmond to get my groceries. I normally don’t go to Pak’n’Save but cuz I was close thought I would stop in. I actually hate that supermarket – too big and impersonal, it’s like a barn. Anyway, by the time I got what I needed and was heading out to the carpark the heavens had opened. It was deluging down. I grabbed a hot chicken pie from the bakery and then hooned across the carpark and lifted the hatch on the Terrano to try and keep dryish while unloading. Everything still got totally drenched. Chucked it all in willy-nilly, sent the trolley flying and jumped in the door and sat there in my soaked dishevelled state! Found some tissues to dry off a bit and then headed into Nelson.

Along the motorway the rain began pelting down even heavier. It was totally scary. It was so heavy that the wipers weren’t coping on full speed. I was hitting walls of water. Incredible! Then at the end of the motorway it all of a sudden stopped.  From there on it was just gentle rain and then nothing.

I was planning on going back to the gym but I was so wet and tired that I decided to give it a miss and just head on home. So I grabbed some more groceries from Countdown, then my usual Caramel Venti Starbucks Frappuccino (I needed and deserved it ) and left town mid afternoon. I called Tim to let him know I was on my way – he was astonished & very pleased, I never leave town that early normally.

I listened to Chuck Missler again on the way home speaking on the book of Zechariah this time.
I had a long chat with Graham at the gate and got home just as the children were having dinner. Tim helped me unpack the car – it was all wet and yucky.

It began pouring down again later in the evening. We knew Bri was somewhere along the road traveling home.

We woke this morning and found she was not in her room. Thankfully it didn’t take too long to trace her to Anson’s sleepout. It was much easier & dryer for her to crawl into his bed than to get to her own room.

We sat around talking with Bri over a long late breakfast hearing all about her trip to Thailand and Cambodia.  Then the children have helped clean up the house. Amazing how messy it gets when they are loose for 2 days!! Shanni had fun cleaning out the bathroom cupboards – Azzan had fun keeping all the things that were thrown out

Our two new wwoofers arrived after lunch – Mira from Germany and Takao from Japan. Mahalia had fun this arvo showing them around the place. Seb came in on his work boat to drop some anchor blocks in so Tim went along to say hullo. Said Seb was very bright and seemed happy out there so that is good.

I spent most of the afternoon cutting out warm pants for the 3 children, a nighty each for the girls and also a warm sweater for me. Although I think the pants and nighties will get made very quickly but my top may take a bit of figuring out. I was trying to make sense of the pattern but ended up putting it away cuz it was dinner time.

I did have things I intended to do today but they didn’t happen so maybe tomorrow.

One thing Rosie did say was that the greater the gap between our expectations and reality the deeper the hole  between. I know I have to learn to close that gap!

Happy Birthday Jesika :-)

29 years ago today the Lord gave us our first daughter.
She was and still is very precious to us.
She arrived on the date she was due at 7:11am on Saturday morning after a fairly normal 8 hour labour weighing in at 8lbs 7ozs. She was our first daughter, and the first grandchild on both sides of the family – so totally doted upon 
She was named Jesika Frances.
Her names were special to us.
I had always wanted a daughter called Jessica after discovering in my teen years that my Great Aunt Tiny was actually called Jessie.  I thought it was such a pretty name, and such a shame it wasn’t being used. (The different spelling came a few years later when Jesika decided to
change it by deedpoll after Derek Prince’s adopted African daughter).  Frances was after a very special cousin of Tim’s mother who emigrated to Australia at the grand age of 98 and lived to 100 – you have much to live up to Jesika

The years have flown by.

She has filled them to the max.

The pages of her life book are covered with interesting adventures and journeys.

She has developed into a very capable, responsible, loving, generous, and beautiful young lady.

Jesika – you are a blessing and we are blessed by you.

A chilly Sunday.

It has been so cold here today.
It is clear and calm so there are no winds to blow away the southerly chill.
The sun is out which is nice but it still is cold – brrrr!

Tim & I have been waking quite early these days so this morning we went out and greeted the morning in the spa.
The sky was so clear, the stars really stood out.
It was magnificent to watch the dawn turn into day.

I had a long chat with a fellow home educating mother up north this morning about linking in with an umbrella academic institution in the USA. She has her son involved and is very happy with it. I am keen to get Nathan a little more structured and the one we are looking at sounds perfect. We have to do a lot more sussing though over the next week or so. He is at the stage now where he needs to be extending himself and this ‘programme’ is one where we continue to make our own unit studies etc and they help us to monitor them and categorize things he is doing to make sense for credits. As he is likely to be looking toward tertiary education of some sort I think it is important to be looking now. He is keen to do it and Tim is interested. So we will investigate more fully  and see what eventuates.

The children are being really good about doing their chores. The girls even hung out the washing this morning for me. Nathan is really moving up the ranks in responsibility and doesn’t bat an eyelid when asked to do things. He was showing Tim how his new computer games work today – he has just bought a 3 pack  called Pirates: Ascaron.

We had fellowship this morning – well it was around midday when we finally got together. Shanni and Graham had been having big discussions about her proposed bird avairy so we were a little late starting. We had a good talk – I read 2 Chronicles 20. It is a very interesting chapter. The little ones picked up straight off that ‘the battle is not yours, but God’s.’ It turned into quite a study that took such a while that Azzan was saying – ‘aren’t we going to sing yet?’ Then when we did sing he wouldn’t!!

We had quite a leisurely afternoon. Seb went off for a drive, the children played. Tim and I talked to each other and to others. Our emotions are still playing havoc. Nathan cooked dinner again – whitebait fritters.

I am off to Nelson tomorrow and will be home Tuesday. Tim will be here with the 4 young ones. Seb is heading back out to work after lunch. I am looking forward to a couple of days away. It will be especially good cuz I am going to a dinner and to hear Rosie Boom sing and talk. I believe she has quite an encouraging ministry. Just what the doctor ordered

I might not leave too early though cuz it is sposed to be fine, cold and frosty – not the sort of roads I enjoy traveling on. If I wait till a wee bit later than normal then hopefully there will have been more traffic to break up any ice or frost.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Yesterday was such a struggle.
I began it in the spa at dawn sobbing my heart out, praying for God’s grace in this whole mess.
I think I cried buckets throughout the morning.
A friend called and listened as I cried and cried on her shoulder.
She has always been there for me, ever since I came to live here. She is such a blessing to me.
I am so grateful for friends who have been so encouraging and uplifting us in prayer.
Thank you so much.

The children enjoyed another day off school – there always has to be something good from something bad eh? I really cannot remember too much else except long talks, anger, frustration, tears and phone calls.
I did manage to get mail ready for the mail boat in the midst of it all. Shanni was delighted because there were about 5 boxes of new library books for her and Nathan – mainly for her. Azzan was very happy cuz there was another book in the ‘Magic Kitten’ series which he has so enjoyed Shanni reading to him.

Azzan came in and gave me a cuddle at one stage and asked me why I was using so many tissues and looking so sad. He was so accepting of my reasoning that one of his siblings had done something really naughty and I was upset. He gave me a cuddle and a massage and then was off to play again.

After dinner I had to chuckle when Azzan told me he was being an Indian.

For the past 30 years my friend & neighbour Sandra has always there for me through the good times and the bad – this morning I woke to her message…
Hope that
life seems a little less grim today. beautiful sunshine and that’s
always a help. Keep believing and knowing that you WILL come thru this
– some precious things have been taken away but other new blessings
will be added to your lives. Thought about you all day yesterday and I
guess what comes through is that, no matter how we are hurt through our
children, there would be a far greater hurt and emptiness if we didn’t
have them. So we just have to hold on for dear life and have faith and
knowledge that something good comes out of even the worst challenges we
are met with…..
And yes, today the sun was shining – all the tears have been shed for now, I am sure there will be more along the way, but for today it’s time to move on.

Aidan packed up to leave today.
He decided that he had been here a month and he really should go see the rest of the South Island.
So we farewelled him en masse!

The sun is lovely but doesn’t do much for a good photo of everyone.
Tim wouldn’t come out of hiding behind Seb’s shadow cuz he couldn’t see.

Shanni and I made pizza and I made muffins and then Tim & I loaded the children into the Terrano and we mosied on over to Waterfall Bay for the day.
It was lovely sitting out in the sun.
Tim did a bit of weed eating and the children enjoyed playing on the beach.

The girls had taken some dolls over with them and Shanni made a boat for hers.
They all had heaps of fun making boats out of driftwood.

We had to bring them all home – it seemed that half the driftwood on the beach was piled into the Terrano

Azzan found it all a bit much and had to recline for a while on the deck.

I went for a wander down to the secret garden and found the tui having a drink

The house looks lovely peeking through the greenery.

The children were keen to see the Olympics so I had suggested they could come over and see some of it. Well, they watched about half an hour and were totally bored. They really didn’t have much of an idea what it was all about – they had just heard it being talked about. So I guess I won’t have to worry about them pestering to see anymore.

We got home just after 4pm and found Nathan had done all the chores and gotten dinner ready and kept the home fires burning. Seb and Graham had been busy fixing trucks and bikes. Shanni was totally delighted that her bike was fixed. She has been so wanting someone to do it since before she went to Australia in March. She was  giving Seb big hugs tonight.

We have had so much positive support today. My dear friend Emma sent me Psalm 46:1 – but the whole chapter is so good, I have it on my computer screen and have been coming back to it all evening. Another young friend who is living in Canada sent me a very encouraging email. It blessed me so much. I shared it with Tim – he was so touched by it. Thanks Amy.

All through today I have been thinking that no matter what out children do, what we have done to our Father is way worse and He forgave us and continues to forgive us with so much more grace than we can ever know.

This is a card I made last week.


Tonight I am without words to fully describe my day.
I had so many plans of what I was going to do and then one phone call changed my world.

I am not at liberty to share what it was about at this point.
But I can say that it was the most gutting news to hear and it is going to get worse before it gets better.
It is not a matter of life and death – well physical death anyway.

Tim and I have gone around the parental merry-go-round and back again and wished we could hop off but it is whirling faster and faster…..
It just seems there has been so much muck thrown at us this week – how much more can we take.
It seems like there is a battle raging and we are stuck right smack in the middle.

The little people have been fantastic today.
When this all happened I had to ask them to be responsible and look out and after each other and get breakfast and the chores done. They were so good.
Nathan taught the girls to play Settlers of Catan and Azzan watched a movie.

By lunch time I decided it was time for life to proceed and we had to get out and get on.
So Tim went up to Waterfall Bay to get weeds sprayed etc.
The children had lunch and then decided it was such a lovely day they would like to go kayaking.
So Shanni took Azzan on her kayak and Hali went solo.
Nathan went out in his dinghy after he helped me with the dinner prep and dishes.

I tried to do stuff, I managed to take photos of all the cards I have made over the past week.
I am not going to bore you with them all but I this one I thought was bright and cherry and I love the sentiment

I heard them returning-!!
Once the sun goes down it gets rather cold.
Nathan helped Shanni lift her kayak into the shed
Hali was still paddling along in her wee dream world
Azzan jumped ship and left all the big people to lift the kayaks in.
I managed to call to him to leave his life jacket in the shed.
He was pretty intent on getting up to the spa!
The all hopped in to warm up and then I let them watch a dvd.
I have just bought one called Let’s Get Inventin’ which they hadn’t seen before. It is about children inventors in NZ.

While they were quiet I ended up having a long encouraging conversation with one of my bestest friends.
It was a great solace to my mother’s heart to share and be encouraged by God’s grace.

Aidan had gone off to work with Graham early this morning.
Graham has been milling up some trees at Te Towaka and has been coming home quite late.
Tim has been taking his dinner up to his wee house each night so he doesn’t have to cook when he is so tired – Tim calls it ‘meals on wheels’
Tonight though he ate with us as he was delivering Aidan back.
They had had a great day and Aidan was looking much better. Nothing like a days work to get a sweat up and a smile on a face

Seb was very helpful tonight, folded washing etc.
We were having a roast so I asked him to make gravy – then I heard ‘Nathan, can you teach me to make gravy?’
Nathan was busy so Seb had to make it and it was good.
At dinner I asked who had finally made the gravy – Nathan said he did – from which ensued a game of chase-the-little-brother-out-the-door-and-tackle-him-in-the-cold-and-dark till he confesses that big bro actually made it!!

What a Wednesday!

I seem to be having a run of not so good days.
Tim is not so great at the moment – it is his turn to have this fluey bug so I haven’t been sleeping all that well either.
Also the children must have cabin fever or something.
They are all really titchy with each other.

My day started okay, did the normal routine of checking emails and then hopped into the shower.
A friend called so chatted with her for a bit then headed out into the living room to get things moving.
Put on the washing and then Azzan wanted his breakfast.
He is on a Ricies roll at the moment.
So I got him a bowl full which he ate.
Then while I was making my grapefruit drink he asked for another bowl full.
I gave it to him but instead of me carrying it to the table for him I gave it to him – thinking he should be able to manage that. He got it right to the table and then must’ve caught the edge of the table and the whole bowl of milk and Ricies dropped over the chair and floor.
I wasn’t upset with him.
It was the bystanders and spectators that really annoyed me
They were sitting around the table, finished their breakfasts, just talking and playing a quiz game.
I totally lost the plot and told them to all get the heck out of the kitchen and go and do something profitable
Tim grabbed his water bottle and he and Aiden took off up the hill to work for the morning.
I then cleaned up the mess – do you have any idea how far Ricies can travel
I then gave Azzan another bowl of Ricies which I placed on the table this time.

Shanni finally came in from her bird chores – it took her longer cuz she was cleaning out cages.
Nathan was very helpful and hung washing and swept floors.
Shanni did dishes and after a very strong talking to Mahalia finally got in the shower.
She has an unfortunate habit of going ‘dog’ when she doesn’t want to do something.
I will ask her to do things and then realise later that she has just gone off and avoided the issue.
Quiet rebellion.
So today she was given the final ultimatum.
She got in the shower.
Then I couldn’t get the little rascal out

In amongst all of this I was trying to locate Seb. He had a Drs appointment this morning and I knew he had been sick and I was concerned he may sleep through and miss it as he was alone on the boat. He wasn’t answering his phones. I eventually located him and all was well.

We eventually managed to get into our school work.
Maths was okay – everyone worked well enough.
Mahalia had to finish her work from yesterday and was being rather difficult about it so that caused a bit more stress and tension.
She finally got it done in time to begin today’s. So her Maths and Reading were non existent but she did do a lot of writing – balanced out I guess!
Azzan was good and did his work happily.
He was complaining of a funny ear ache so I popped some warm olive oil in his ears to hopefully relieve anything that was happening.
Then we did a bit of a look at foreign languages and the children each made a collage page of various words in several languages that they chose. I left it totally up to them as to how they presented it.
They love foreign words so they all had fun.

While they were working I finished making the soup that Chika had started yesterday.
In so doing I ended up tipping a heap of finely chopped broccoli over the floor and sink – just not my day

Seb arrived home looking less than wonderful. He is on antibiotics so lets hope that whatever is wrong will respond to them. Neither he nor I like the idea of taking them unless absolutely necessary so I was a bit cross that they had prescribed them without much of a diagnosis or seeing what the tests results were and without actually seeing the Dr – only the nurse. I have him and Tim on an intensive vitamin regime so if they are not up and running soon then there is something majorly wrong

The girls had a lot of fun this arvo playing with their horses and dolls in the kitchen sink.
They were very happy and Azzan was a bit left out so I let him watch a movie.
Seb was sleeping on the sofa beside him.
Of course as soon as the movie began Mahalia left her play with Shanni to watch too.
So I put my foot down with a firm hand and told them to scarper.
Shanni is great at occupying herself and getting outdoors but Hali is not so good so needs a bit of a push.

Shanni came in later and asked if she could make Butterscotch Self Saucing Pudding for dinner.
She made it and everyone enjoyed it – every skerrick was eaten.
She is a great wee cook, I will often go out to the kitchen and she will have made some wee cakes for a picnic or tea party for the little ones She likes to invent recipes and usually they work out well – only problem she has is forgetting them and burning. But she is improving heaps on that score.

I have managed to spend a little bit of time just before dinner and afterwards making a few cards. It was good to retreat into my own space. I listened to the latest Calvary Chapel teaching cd. They send them to me each week from Christchurch. I really enjoy them. They have some good sound Bible teaching which I miss so much.

We have just received confirmation of Catriona and Cyrus’s Young New Zealanders Challenge (Duke of Edinburgh) Gold Award presentation. Looks like we will all be going to Chch mid Sept for that, so that is exciting. Tim promised Cat he would be there when she was presented so he can’t get out of this trip-!!

Oh my! I have just realised it is after 11pm.
I need to be in bed.
I don’t need another day like today, so best get off and get some sleep.

A better brighter day

This morning the children and I were doing school work.
It went reasonably well.
Shanni was certainly in a different frame of mind and sailed through her maths.
Man! Her attitude determines her ability in that area-!!
The maths that just couldn’t/didn’t get done yesterday she flew through today as if there had been no problems at all!
She did a great page for her unit study – the best of them all actually.
Nathan did well too but Hali lost the plot. She did get her reading and math done cheerfully so I guess it wasn’t all bad

We could hear Tim busy with the chainsaw.
He got closer to the house so we went out to investigate.
He is such a pain.
He thinks it is so good to let more light in but he is such a butcher.
He has no finesse when it comes to pruning.
I told him that I was going to post these pix so Cat would see and she could deal with him.
Personally I am not really in love with these acacia trees – they grow like weeds.
I told him I would prefer to see them removed at the roots than to be left looking like this.
But he just laughs and carries on the slaughter

So we went back to our project.
It was more calming to be discussing Colour in Communication

The sun was shining, they were hankering to get out and go fishing.
So that was a good lever to get them working, so they could finish and scarper.

I packed the children some sandwiches and the girls took off fishing as soon as they could. Azzan was going to go but he got sick of them bossing him around so came back.
I made muffins as we were expecting some guests.

I never got time to make lunch for the rest of us as Merv, Dean & Glen arrived at 2pm in the company boat.
We had a good natter over muffins and a cuppa.
Good to discuss what is happening in the mussel industry and our mussels with them that knows these things.
They had room to take Chika to Havelock with them so she packed up and left at very short notice.
Aidan has been working with Tim today – his health is improving thankfully.

Seb, on the other hand, is not improving.
His boat went into port early today as they had some other matters to sort out and his boss booked him in to the Havelock Medical Centre. He saw a nurse there and is staying on the boat tonight so he can see the Dr in the morning. He has to have blood tests etc.
He has been sick for several weeks but has kept working and not given himself any time to recover so I think he is a lot worse than he would’ve been if he had just stayed home to begin with.

Tim didn’t sleep at all well last night. He was up several times. I heard him get up around 2:30am so I decided to read my book. He finally came back to bed around 3:30am after drinking about 4 large drinks and dozing in front of the fire. Chika had also been up and woken him so he decided it was time to go back to bed and keep me awake! He knows he needs to keep his fluids up if he wants to throw off this head cold. He has gone to bed now. I certainly hope he sleeps better cuz I really would like to have some sleep tonight-!!

An out of it day

I haven’t coped very well with life today.

There have been a few left field balls thrown at me.

The children were ready to begin school so I got them started on maths while I was busy sorting myself out.
Tim was really helpful and got the stew together and into the oven.
It always makes an easy but tasty dinner when I have a big mutton stew in the oven early in the day.

By the time I was able to get back to them it was 11:30am.
Nathan & Mahalia were doing well but Shanni was being Shanni and not co-operating with her maths.
Tim tried to help but we both gave up with her and I sent her for a run around the house.

Then we started our unit study – amazingly she came right very quickly.
Mainly because the topic involved art work-!!

We are continuing our Communication unit study and we were reading about the use of Colour in status and in flags.
I then got them all to design themselves a flag.
Nathan & Shanni really got into is.
Hali lost the plot but ended up creating something with a horse in the centre.
Shanni’s had a chicken head surrounded by random colours – very Shanni!

Nathan excelled.
He designed his flag and then created it out of fabric.
In his words –
‘The cutlass and the broken hour glass means your days are numbered – (as in MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN)
the red back ground means show no quarter (mercy).’

You can guess he is quite up on piracy

It is now hanging on his bedroom door.
I guess his siblings need to take warning

Lunch was a bit of a non event.
I put on a pot of rice and they were happy to have rice with sushi wrap.
Aidan and Chika were still not well so Tim had sent them both off to bed.

After lunch I went to have a sleep as I was pretty out of it emotionally and physically.
I didn’t get any sleep.
First Tim came to talk to me in peace and quiet – not too much of that at times so have to make the most of it.
Then the bedroom door was shut but soon there was a huge shindig going on outside my door.
I gave up and got up to find out what was going on.
Azzan & Hali were having a barney over something pretty trivial so I gave them a very firm order of the boot and then decided to give up and go get dinner moving.

Haven’t really felt like I have done a lot of worth today but I guess in amongst it I have.

I know I peeled and stewed a large pot full of tamarillo.
I know I did do some school work with the children.
I did manage to hang out one load of washing and most importantly I had some cuddle time with Azzan and we read a story before dinner.
Then Cat called so we caught up on her last few days, at the same time Seb was texting me as he was cruising out of the bay.

Dinner is over now, the 3 youngest are tucked up in bed, Tim & Nathan are playing cards, I am about to go raid the pantry -I have the munchies – and then I am going to bed to finish my book. I am reading ‘Beyond the Wave‘ by Trisha Broadbridge. She was on her honeymoon in Thailand when the tsunami hit. She was badly injured and her husband was killed. A heart rending and gripping story.


The rain has been fair hosing down since early evening last night.
By this morning we had near on 45mm in the gauge and during today we have had another 15mm at least.
The creek by the house is roaring – not a sound we have heard much of in recent months as we have been in drought for quite some time.
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There has been no water in this creek to speak of for so long so this is quite impressive – wish you could hear the noise of it too.

I think the drought may have broken!
Tim spent several hours checking and cleaning culverts from here to Waterfall Bay this morning.

Shanni got Azzan busy making plasticine animals. He has been at a real loose end lately and needs/wants to be occupied.
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He was very delighted with the animals and before Shanni could turn around he had them over in Sylvania.
We suggested they needed a little time to dry properly first

By 11am the rain had stopped and the wind was beginning to blow and the sun came out so I hung the washing on the line.
Graham came around for fellowship and because Tim wasn’t back yet he, Shanni & I checked out the bird aviary site and how it was going to be built. Shanni has a really good library book with designs so Graham has taken it home to check out.

We had a good fellowship meeting. Aidan joined us despite not feeling too great.
Chika seems to have decided that we are not very hygienic to be around and she has taken to wearing a face mask most of the time.
Except for eating of course – which is when she is more likely to catch something as she sits next to Hali and she is still barking like 6 dogs

The children had fun playing in Sylvania after lunch

I sorted out a few of the cards I had made recently and then Azzan asked if he could watch a movie.
I told him to choose one so he chose ‘Titanic’.
He has been wanting to watch it for ages.
He has read the book and loves the music – he dances to it
I had not seen it either so we all sat down to watch it at 4pm.
Even Tim joined us.
Man! What a gripping film.
Nathan didn’t watch it cuz he had heard it was soppy
I assured him that it wasn’t actually very soppy – it was too exciting and scary
Azzan kept saying through the scary parts ‘does Rose live?’
He needed reassurance that she was going to be alright.
Then he was happy and remained glued to the whole movie.

We had a real Sunday night dinner.
Nathan had made hot chips but had left them to go play on his computer and we were all so engrossed in the movie that they had burnt.
So we had burnt chips with eggs and toast. Very tasty

I have just had word that I won the card sketch challenge on a group I belong too. So that was a nice thing to finish my day. We were given a sketch and had to use it as the base for making a card. I made two to enter.
Now all the others have to post me their cards, so I will get a nice selection to keep
This is the one I made.
I liked the sentiment