Tim left for town around 7am.
The children and I had a pretty cruisey day.
I never woke them – just waited for them to wake themselves.
I read my book in the spa.
Shanni read on the sofa.
Then Hali and Azzan woke and we piddled around a bit.
Then we had breakfast.
Azzan ordered runny eggs and soldier toast to dip in the yolk.
I joined him and Hali with the eggs – however in my zealousness to not hard boil I under boiled so they were not nice runny – the whites were yuck runny.
We ate what we could.
We did some school work around the kitchen table.
Nathan got up around 10am and after he had eaten he did all the beds in The Cottage for me.
Then we made pancakes for lunch.
Only Nathan disappeared up to the workshop and never got any.
Then we all watched ‘She’s the Man’.
A modern take off of Twelfth Night.
It was funny.
From there it was chores – not too many and Shanni and I made Nachos for dinner.
That was easy and yummy.
I got Hali & Azzan into bed early, helped Shanni to update her blog.
Then she and Nate hit the hay and I have just finished watching ‘The Wedding Date’.
Tim picked Anson up at the airport at 9pm so they won’t be home till midnight and I am not waiting up till then.
So all in all it has been a quiet blobby not stressful sorta day – nice
We have had a very industrious day.
Tim went out mussel working so the troops and I got stuck in and have begun to de-junk and clean.
Nathan did a vehicle manouver this morning so I could have the Terrano right at the back door ready to load stuff directly into ready for dispatch to the recycling centre when I go to Nelson on Monday.
I am so tired of mess and stress.
So We went through the hall way and got rid of stuff.
We have begun cleaning and re organising the living room.
Shanni cleaned out all her art gear.
Hali cleaned up the Sylvanians and changed her clothes into a new duchess.
The old one is now living a new life as a computer table and dvd storage system.
Amazing what you can do with some South American woven covers – they transform wonderfully
Hali is not too great – she has had a sore throat for days now and it has now deteriorated into a hacking cough and I think she may have had a slight temp today as well.
There was an emergency call this morning.
The turkeys had escaped!
It was so funny.
I was hanging the washing on the line and there were children stalking about with nets trying to locate them.
They have found 3.
The 4 is still on the run.
Hopefully it will be caught the morning before anything nasty happens to it.
Tim went over to Waterfall this arvo to get stuff.
We managed to cook some dinner while he was gone.
It was delicious.
I boned out the left over chicken from our eat-in-the-Safari dinner last night.
Threw that into the slow cooker with veges, pineapple, cranberry sauce, garlic and coconut cream and a bit of chicken stock.
We had it with rice and salad.
Man!! Was it good
We waited for Tim to get home so we could all watch Mamma Mia together.
Tim had never seen it before so the children really wanted him to enjoy it.
The children have been hanging out to get it on dvd ever since we saw it on the big screen in Chch.
I found it in town the day Tim and I left to go north so I bought it and left it with the children.
They had all watched it at least 4 times at the Ashton’s while there – so they are all well versed in the story and songs
Now it is late.
The wind is blowing very strongly – whistling around the corners.
The penguins are singing loudly under the floor – looks like a noisy night ahead.
But we are all too tired to let them worry us tonight.
It’s been a happily industrious day today – we should all sleep very well.
While I am waiting for children to wake I will take the brief interlude in my day to update the past few days.
I have just found photos of the previous few days on my SD card – there were cute so had to post them.
Pei Lin left on Friday.
Here she is with the children.
And here is Shanni & Pei Lin
The two temporary farm managers during our absence – and a fine job they did too
Hali and Azzan showing off their gifts we brought them back from Waiheke Island.
Mahalia’s bracelet matches her wee bag and Azzan loved his chain of hand painted elephants – they fitted snuggly into his beaded wee bag too.
These are the humungous balloons I found for them.
You blow them up and let them go and make sure your fingers are in your ears – they are loud as they zoom around the room-!!
Right!……. on to the trip to town.
I woke at 4am with wind screaming around the house and rain pouring down
I showered and got the children up and we were loaded and gone by 5:30am.
I was glad to get an early start as it was a disgusting morning, foggy, windy and wet.
But the road was firm and not at all slippery which was good.
We made good time and no one was sick
It was fun to see another oil rig in Admiralty Bay – much smaller than the previous one but it was lit up like a Christmas tree so gave the children some focus on the trip both ways.
I did have a whoopsie on the Wangamoa’s though.
The tarseal must have been slippery on one corner as I was just coming over the crest and around a tight corner when all of a sudden I spun a 180′ – gave me quite a fright but no harm done as there was banks on each side and no traffic near me.
We were able to zip around and do a heap of chores before the 10am dentist appointments. James got the two children’s teeth fixed and then he had a wee look at my crown. It seems to be taking a while to get it right. Still isn’t so I guess I will have to go back again sometime. It is cool to have a dentist we all love. He is such a great guy. The children were fascinated the Cousin John was telling them about his experiences as a young person at ‘the Murder House’!! They certainly couldn’t relate that to James
We met up with Estelle and Jayden at Deville for lunch. That was another pleasant interlude in the day. I was commending the guy at the counter for their food. It has never failed to impress me yet – he explained that ‘it’s the love.’ The chefs love their job, love cooking and baking. And you can certainly tell by what they produce – it is wonderful. Nourishing, healthy, imaginative, well presented, delicious and great friendly service.
From there we headed towards Motueka – doing jobs on the way.
Not a wasted moment.
I had a long list and was whittling my way through it in a very systematic way – great
We found the lady with the quail.
Secured them into the cage – they were so tiny we had to tape a bag around the bottom to stop them forcing their way out.
Then we drove down the street looking for ‘Astrolabe‘ – a dress shop Phillipa had said she thought I would like and might find something to wear to Sunni & Ryan’s wedding.
Janice met me there.
I found a dress liked, not wedding stuff though.
Then the shop lady brought me a beautiful dress.
I tried it on.
It was gorgeous.
We loved it but it was so expensive that I really wasn’t sure.
So Janice took me down the street to another shop – ‘Beetees‘.
The lady there got all carried away and I must have tried on about 20 dresses.
I was so over trying them on by the end of it all.
There were some pretty ones that were nice – but as Janice said – the one in the other shop was stunning.
So I bought one of the dresses that I particularly liked and went back to ‘Astrolabe‘ to try on the other dress again.
I bought it!
But you are not going to see it until the day
Then it was over the road to the shoe shop.
I found a really comfortable pair of sandals.
Not really what I wanted for the wedding but as I have such a battle finding nice shoes that fit and are comfortable I decided to get them.
They went well with the other dress anyway
Back to Janice’s for a quick cuppa.
Seb was staying there so I caught up with him for a few minutes and then we had to race back to Tahunanui for dinner.
After dinner John took the children out to get an ice cream – they returned just as I was heading off again.
They were all very happy
I had to zip back into Nelson to pick up some speakers for Bri. She had bought them on TradeMe.
I have never come across such a rude person in my life.
Knock on the door once.
Knock on the door again.
He looks at me and disappears.
Came back with the speakers.
Dumped them into my arms and shut the door without a word!
Down the street was The Bug backpackers where Pei Lin was staying. So I popped in to see her and give her Hali’s letter. She was pleased to see me and we had lots of farewell hugs.
She was heading south on the early morning bus.
Back to the motel.
Put the children to bed.
Crashed out with a Milo and biscuit on the couch in front of the TV.
Talked to Tim on the phone, dozed off and woke up half way through the news.
I guess I should’ve gone straight to bed.
I was woken at 4:30am by Azzan tossing around in bed.
Snuggled him back down and took ages to go back to sleep.
Was then woken at 6:30am by a text from Bri.
No point in trying to sleep any longer so got up and showered.
Packed and watched the morning news while I waited for the children to wake.
They went over and had breakfast with John & Sally while I packed the Safari.
Then we were on the road again by 9am.
Got the groceries and did the last few errands.
Had time to go to Curves.
The children were really good.
They sat out on the balcony and played in the sun while I worked out.
Then we zipped up he street to Cafe Affair for our Sounds Women’s luncheon.
It was so much fun to catch up with everyone.
So many of my neighbours and ex neighbours that I never see from one year to the next.
We ate and talked for a couple of hours.
And I left my camera in the car
Once again the children were very good.
I got them to choose their lunch menu before us and Azzan was absolutely sure he wanted ‘that’ – a chicken satay panini. I wasn’t sure if he would eat it all but that was the only thing he wanted so he got it. Hali had a half order of nachos.
Sandra was pouring water for us all and before she had poured the 3rd glass Azzan’s was already empty and he was lining up for more. Must have been a thirsty boy-!!
They ate ALL their lunch – Azzan’s panini disappeared so fast, I needn’t have worried-!!
They disappeared downstairs to play in the toy room under the stairs.
Rachel arrived with Shanni’s dress, (her flower girl prototype) so I have that for her to try on this morning.
It is very pretty. Such a simple pattern but looks lovely.
As soon as lunch was over we grabbed a frappacino and headed over the Whangamoa’s towards Blenheim.
Got to the library about 4pm. Selected several boxes of books. Was good that Nathan & Shanni had chosen theirs online the night before so they were all there waiting for me.
Then the guy that Shanni was buying her turkeys arrived so we packed them in with the library books. The Safari was beginning to get rather full by this stage.
Around the corner to pick up something for Nathan from Billy and then another corner to pick up Tim’s injector pump for his Safari, (let’s hope this one is a runner). Then it was over the river to Granny’s to wish her a Happy Birthday.
At 6pm we left. Got a few more groceries and some food for dinner to eat along the way.
Stopped off at Renwick to pick up ten more budgies.
We were literally flying home with all those birds in the vehicle.
The children sang and talked all the way.
I was cracking up.
They sang their way through all the ABBA songs from ‘Mamma Mia’.
Then Azzan sang ‘Memory’ from ‘Cats’ and immediately went off into ‘Tomorrow’ from ‘Annie’.
Then as Mahalia would join in with him he would fade out and a few moments later would begin another totally random song like ‘The Lion Sleeps tonight’.
It was rather amusing to say the least
We got home just before 10pm and were greeted by Shanni – of course she couldn’t possibly go to bed before she had seen all her new babies.
The other news I had for her which put an even bigger smile on her face is that the Barraband eggs hatched on Monday so she will be able to go out early in December to get her new baby which she is going to hand raise