Then it was – ‘Can we please go pick up Poppi now Mum?’
She had been so patient and waited for all those hours since we had arrived in Nelson the night before.
So I took her up to the Winnington’s and she and Poppi were joyfully reunited.
Poppi had been extremely well looked after and there was a lot of exclamation as to how wonderful he looked and how long his tail feathers had grown etc.
His wings had grown quite a bit so I left Shanni & Azzan there to wait for Grace to return home so she could clip them before we left.
I went off to do some grocery shopping.
Ended up a bit random really as I didnt know exactly what I was needing.
So got some basics and then met up with Estelle for a late lunch at Morrison St Cafe.
It was good to sit awhile and have a catch up chat with her – both of us have such busy lives these days that we barely touch base.
I finally got back to pick up the children.
We went down town on the way to get sushi for their dinner and to get my last frappacino of the trip.
I had also bought some new cd’s from Manna bookshop – they were great – Robin Marks – Year of Grace, Phillips, Craig & Dean Greatest Hits and two called ‘Heart of Worship Africa’. By the time we got home they had definitely all been added to our favourites list.
Graham had organised a new cd/radio for me while we were away which was fantastic – the old one had never worked so we had to use ipod speakers etc. So thanks to Graham we now have music to drive to
Mind you, Shanni chatted all the way so we had to keep altering the volume!!
She was so funny.
At one point she was talking about birds – does she ever talk about anything else??
She was telling me all about birds, esp parrots and things that she had learnt from having Poppi etc.
She then commented that ‘It is so much easier to learn about animals when you have one.’
and a few seconds later she remarked ‘I wonder what it would be like to study elephants’!!
She also commented that she really enjoyed her holiday in Australia.
She was one who didn’t want to go, so this was quite an admission.
We got home around 8pm.
Shanni & I unloaded the Safari all by ourselves.
Tim was having a very long phone conversation and Nathan cheerfully appeared just as we had finished – helpful lad.
Graham had left the mail in numbered piles along my desk so after I had the children sorted I began the task of opening it all.
I think it was after midnight before I managed to download all my emails – had to keep going in to my web mail and moving large files to a new folder to allow the other stuff through and then I moved them all back again and left the internet running all night.
Back to dial up – Lovely – NOT!
Saturday morning I dallied about.
Didn’t get dressed or showered.
Just cruised around in my dressing gown.
Got the unpacking started.
Made a start on all the washing.
I got Nathan to clean out the spa and refill it.
Graham popped around so chatted with him and Tim.
They had installed the new hot water cylinder on Friday and there were still tool and bits everywhere.
Also the wood stove is in pieces as the wetback needs fixing/replacing.
Graham is going to tackle it again when he returns from town – whenever that may be!
Tim & Nathan had cooked up a mutton roast and the kitchen still smelt of greasy mutton, which I just couldn’t handle.
So the house was in a general mess and I just couldn’t really face much.
Then at 1:45pm I was sorta thinking that maybe I should have a shower.
I popped into the study jusin time to hear my cell phone alarm go off.
I checked it and to my horror realised that Rossi’s 60th b’day party was on and I had forgotten it.
I actually had not forgotten the b’day – I had just forgotten what day it was – duh!
I had told them we would come so felt bad about not going.
So I zoomed into the shower, grabbed kids and fast food and was out the door 40mins later, yelling upstairs to Nathan to tell Dad that I had gone and I had 3 kids with me.
It was raining really hard but the road surface was good.
When we arrived an hour or so later we found they had been working on their road.
It was quite worked up and the rain was very heavy.
However I never had any slipping or sliding so all was cool.
The kids had a good time socialisng.
Poppi was a hit – party animal that he is!!
Azzan found a streamer of flowers and struck a pose with the birthday girl.
It was a 60’s theme and a lot of folk were dressed in 60’s clothes and costumes.
It was fun.
We left at 6pm as I didn’t want to be too late home.
Met a car coming down the hill.
The road is very narrow, so the car backed up about 100m so I could squeeze past.
It was very very foggy all the way home.
The kids were not very hungry so we popped them straight into bed.
I ended up having a l-o-n-g talk on the phone to Joy.
I had rung to see if I could get my sewing desk back which I lent to her a million years ago cuz Azzan is wanting one for an art table and it is just the perfect size for him.
She wanted to hear all about our holiday so an hour or so later………..
Today was wet.
We have had a wonderful lot of rain.
Tim is pleased
I hopped in the spa – first spa in 7 weeks.
I took my book and lay back and read for ages.
It was delicious.
Graham headed off to town this morning as he has physio, dr and dentist appointments.
Tim went up the hill to help him load his trailer.
I got more unpacking and washing done.
Thank God for my dryer.
I now just have about 6 baskets of dry washing to fold and put away – tomorrow methinks!
Just a general chill day really.
The girls have been playing hard out in Sylvania.
Azzan has been making pot pouri – he found one of his craft books and decided to use our newly blossoming spring bulbs – I have suggested some alternatives
Can’t seem to get too enthusiastic about kitchen duties yet.
So tonight I have chucked rice in the rice cooker – will figure out later what else to have with it.
My body has become so accustomed to waking in a different bed nearly every day for the past 6-7 weeks.
The last two mornings I have woken in my own bed but for a few moments have been quite disoriented and dont know where I am.
The children are now watching ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ so I am going to go join them cuz I never got to see the end on the plane – we landed too soon!