It is 6 days since I blogged.
I am struggling to remember what has happened over that time.
I have some photos that Shanni took while I was in town last week of them out on the hills with Dad so I will pop them in here while I am thinking hard as to actually what happened since then!!!
I love this photo – Shanni has captured a wonderful perspective here.
The three children made a bed in the back of the truck to cuddle up in and keep cosy.
Tim lit a fire for the children to play with and keep warm by while he and Ivo were fencing.
Tim said he worked as normal on Saturday.
He has been getting a lot of fencing jobs tidied up.
Sunday was a cruisy doing nothing day.
Nuana arrived Sunday arvo.
Nice to have her back again
I had hired ‘Babel‘ so Tim and I watched it on Fri & Sat nights.
It was a very intriguing movie.
Monday morning Tim took Nuana, Ivo & Nathan out mustering.
With the help of the children we packed our overnight bags and got organised so we were ready to leave as soon as they got home.
We were gone before lunch.
Had a pretty easy trip out to Nelson and did a few jobs.
I dropped Nathan off at the motel and headed out to Richmond to do some more things and then onto Brightwater to meet up with a guy who Shanni was buying some birds from.
It was getting dusk by the time we found his place but we were able to see most of his birds.
The children loved the golden pheasants and a particuarly friendly blue Indian Ringneck parrot.
We chatted for a while and then exchanged some dollars for a pair of Red Rump parrots.
They are rather lovely – the male esp is a hue of bright colours.
We dropped off some stuff at Estelle’s on our way back to the motel.
Nathan had warmed up the casserole.
We unloaded the Safari and found Mahalia had left her bag at home – great
I left the children watching ‘Virginia’s Run‘ for a 2nd time.
It is a great movie and they love it so much they want me to buy it for them.
Nathan cooked the kumaras and gave the children their dinner while I zipped across to the nearest supermarket to get things she needed.
Actually managed to find a lovely warm pair of purple pjs there which will fit her for ages.
So she was delighted.
I also bought some apricot danish and yoghurt for dessert so they devoured that and then I got them snuggled into bed.
I popped over to visit John & Sally and came back to find Azzan was still percolating extremely well.
So he got a brisk telling off and was told to snuggle down fast – or else
I watched the news and then hopped into my cosy bed and read my book for a while.
My book was certainly far more interesting than the news!!
We woke to rain on Tuesday morning.
I snuggled in my bed and read my book for a while but then I had to face the world.
So while the children had breakfast I showered and then we packed up the car and cleaned up the motel.
It was a bit of a harrowing morning.
The car kept fogging up, the rain was heavy enough to be annoying.
The children were quite exciteable – mainly the two youngest!
Last week I had ordered a large parcel of school books to be delivered to the motel while I was there but they hadn’t arrived.
So I called and found they hadn’t been sent from Auckland till Monday – bother it!
I zipped around to the courier office and found they wouldn’t be in Nelson till Wed.
I then paid another $5 to have them redirected to Havelock and hoped like anything the system would get them there by Friday morning.
I had updated my phone last week and Nathan had gotten his number put on my old phone but to his distress it wasn’t working so that meant a call on my phone to the sales girl to get it sorted.
He did that while I drove over the hill to the city.
Then into The Warehouse to find a jacket for Mahalia and pants for Shanni.
She is growing so much that all of her pants are inches above her ankles.
Got what we needed and was at the checkout when I discovered my wallet was not in my bag
Nathan went out to the car to look for it.
He took ages.
I went to look for him while the checkout lady served customers queueing up behind me.
Nathan was sauntering back as if he had all the time in the world!
Paid for them and then loaded the kids back into the car.
By this time I realised I had 3 hours before Mahalia & Azzan needed to be at their appointments.
3 hours in the car with two wee dynamites!!
So I called my friend Jo and arranged to drop them off at Chipmunks.
She is the manager there & they think she is wonderful cuz she looks out for them and feeds them hot chips etc
I think she is wonderful too
Then I dropped Nathan off in town so he could hang out in Whitcoulls.
Anywhere with books and he is happy.
I did suggest the library but he is totally unimpressed with the Nelson library so Whitcoulls suffices.
Got Shanni to her opthamologist appointment,
That went very smoothly.
She still has the Thygeson’s’s Keratitis but it is not bothering her as much so he doesn’t want to see her for another 9 months unless anything untoward happens.
We finished that appointment so quickly we had time to go looking for a wedding present for Ido & Dana in Israel. The wedding I always said I wanted to go to, and they get married this month and I am not going to be there – never mind – ‘next year in Jerusalem’
Nathan met Shanni & me at the Info Centre cafe for a quick lunch.
He wandered off for another browse in town and I dropped Shanni at the dentist.
I just had time to whiz into ‘Max’ to see if my coat had arrived yet.
It had, I tried it on and it was just right.
Then I went to pay for it and the sales lady casually commented that –
‘as from today all the coats are reduced to $139.’
The full price was $249.
I couldn’t believe it.
After all this time and after all the mucking around to get it I was so totally blessed and blown away.
It was totally worth the wait!!!
Whizzed back to Chipmunks and picked up the kids.
Then to the dentists.
The four of them were all scheduled to see the hygienist and then Hali had her check with the dentist.
It took ages and we were all so tired when we left.
But they all got good reports which was wonderful.
I had promised Azzan he could go to the $2 Shop seeing as he had been so good.
But once we got there he couldn’t decide what he wanted.
He circled the shop for so long debating with himself as to the worth, durability and longevity of each article that took his fancy.
Finally, finally, I had had enough and he made a desperate decision.
It was a dragon baby hatching out of an egg – which I had persuaded him right at the beginning not to choose.
Oh, if only I had not then we would’ve been outa there in minutes
After that it was a fast trip through the supermarket to get food for dinner and then we were homeward bound.
Nathan made sandwiches for us from french bread, garlic butter, roast chicken and tomatoes.
They were delicious.
We had a quick side track to Pelorus Bridge to pick up a sleeping bag my sister had collected for me.
It had been getting fixed in Blenheim.
The drive home was very very foggy.
Yesterday I cleaned out the fridges – it is amazing how much leftover food gets stashed over a few days.
It all got devoured for lunch by the gannets.
I also managed to get food prepared for several meals.
Switched on the slow cooker and it has been working hard for the past two days.
Oh! I love that thing
Soon after 4pm I hopped into the Safari and drove to meet up with my neighbours.
I picked up Jo & Pauline at St Laurence and then Sandra at Hurutini and we talked our way around the windy, wet and very foggy roads to French Pass.
We were entertained for the evening by Helen Molder starring in
‘A Vote for Cynthia‘
It was such fun.
She really is a wonderful actress and brilliant singer.
I will go to anything she is in because I know it will always be fantastic.
It was even foggier on the way home but that was okay cuz Jo was watching the road for me
I got back about 9:30pm.
Had a chat with Tim and piled off into bed.
Today it wasn’t raining so Tim & Ivo went up the hill fencing again.
I did school with the children.
After maths and reading etc we did a study on New South Wales.
Nuana did some experiments with Azzan so he was a happy chappie.
At midday I had to zip up the hill and get Tim and meet up with some folks and then go to Waterfall Bay for a few hours.
We got back home for lunch at about 2:30pm.
I was starving.
Nuana had made a wonderful fritatta.
It was delicious.
We chatted a while, then Tim headed off up the hill to sort out sheep.
I was pretty wiped out so I just chilled for the rest of the afternoon.
Got dinner sussed and now it is bedtime.
And it is raining – again.