Friday evening after the boat rescue Tim and the children ate a quick dinner and then headed up the hill to kill a cattle beast.
There is a lot of timing involved with doing this.
It has to be done as late int he day as possible and then hung over night and then gotten into the chiller as quickly as possible the next morning.
He also has to work around fishing parties for the availability of the chiller and also when the butcher is able to come down to cut it up.
The children LOVE to be a part of all this so even though it was late and they were all tired there was no holding them back.
They got home at 10pm.
We got them quickly to bed.
Tim however was beyond tired that once he sat down he just couldn’t gather the energy to move himself off to bed.
I finally managed to get him through the shower and into bed by 11:30pm.
Saturday was the day of the Te Towoka Sports.
Our local summer get together.
I had to wake Tim at 5:30am.
He wanted to get up early to deal with the cattle beast before the flies got busy.
He was so very very tired.
It is not like him at all to sleep in in the mornings.
While he was dealing to the beast and getting it over to the chiller at Waterfall Bay I got busy and prepared a picnic for the troops.
We were all ready by 11am.
Tim was still finishing his jobs but he zoomed through the shower and was out the door with us.
We took 2 vehicles so there would be plenty of room for everyone.
We took Christine with us.
The Mortimer’s followed and Louisa met us there with her 3 children.
There was much celebration between the children when they arrived
It was a great day.
Not as busy as it can be – but that was probably because it was a bit later in January cuz of how the calendar falls this year.
But we all had fun and all of our children won prizes.
Mahalia & Madeline did the wheelbarrow race together and crashed over the finishing line.
They had ‘wheeled’ up the course very closely to another couple of wee girls and were threatening to crash the whole way.
It was so funny.
They just couldn’t seem to get away from each other.
Nick, Nate & Shanni went into the cross country race.
Nick did so well.
He kept up with the leader the whole way – he could’ve passed him several times but the strategy of being the leader and keeping the lead apparently was to fill up the track physically so no one could pass!
Anyway, not to matter – Nick will know next year how to deal with that.
The guy that won has won 5 years in a row now.
Nick came 2nd and by the time he got to the finish he as exhautsed.
It was such a hot day and he was very dehydrated.
As there was no one for miles behind him he just staggered walked over the line.
And then collapsed in a heap!
Water, water and more water was the plea.
Tim went into the married mens race.
What Tim lacks in speed he makes up for in enthusiasm
He is tailing behind the crowd here so is just out of the picture but our friend and local member of parliament Colin King (in the dark blue shirt) is running well here.
He did hurt his leg but managed to recover to run in the grandfathers race.
We got a Port Ligar team together to run in the relays.
They came 3rd.
Well done guys.
Not bad for a team that ranged in age from 10 to 59!!
Afterwards one of the organisers came up and told Tim there had been a complaint because he had jumped the gun.
But the organiser told the other person that as Tim was probably the oldest person in the event he deserved an early start and the complaint was dismissed – this was all told with a big grin and a chuckle (probably cuz he was about Tim’s age and knew they both needed all the help they could get when competing against the young’uns!!)
By 4pm it was all over and we said good bye to everyone and headed off home.
Got back to find our new wwoofers from Switzerland had arrived and had spent the afternoon on the beach with their two children.
We finally got everyone fed and off to bed.
Sunday was a recovery day.
I didn’t sleep terribly well.
Maybe a combination of sunburn and a hot night.
Plus being woken by rams on the deck at 4:30am – Tim got up to chase them out of the garden.
Then Tim couldn’t sleep so he got up before 6am.
I dozed off and got woken by Azzan stroking my cheek.
Why do the wee folk have to check to see if you are awake when it is obvious you are asleep?
Then at 9am I got woken by the phone.
No-one was answering it so I staggered out of bed and tried to talk coherently.
Then afterwards found that Tim was sitting out on the verandah reading in the sun only a few feet from the other phone.
His response when I asked him why he hadn’t answered the jolly thing.
‘I didn’t know who it was.’
We had fellowship with Graham, Christine, Louisa and the children.
Then the troops grazed and took off in all various directions.
Mahalia, Madeline and Azzan play so well together.
As do Shanni, Oliver and George.
Although George is fast growing past kids stuff and preferred to sit with the adults for a while before going out fishing with the big guys later in the day.
Louisa, Tim & I spent most of the arvo chatting on the deck enjoying the beautiful day.
The children spent the afternoon playing in Pine Huts and the tree house and it wasn’t until around 5pm that they all decided they needed to go for a swim.
Hence another late dinner.
I threw together a pasta meal and we finally ate around 8pm.
Then they all excaped outside again and we didn’t get them rounded up till nearly 10pm.
Especially Azzan who didn’t go to bed very happily
Nothing a good nights sleep wouldn’t fix though.
Once it was all quiet and peaceful I decided to relax in front of a late night movie – haven’t watched one in a while so watched one of Anson’s – ‘Life or Something Like That’.
It was a bit of a chick flick but it did have a good message so worth a watch.
All in all it was a great weekend.
Very busy and quite tiring – but good