However he persisted so I got in.
I soon discovered why he was insistant on driving me up!
I had no idea that he had half graded the road on Wednesday before the rains and it was quite a stickly slippery bumpy mess.
I out my head down and hung on tight.
Once we were at the top Tim opened the gate and we said our last farewells and Azzan and I headed off to town.
It was a good trip out.
Road was good all the way.
Azzan commented to me that he and I hadn’t been to town on our own for ages.
He was very happy to be just us
We met up with Gaynor & Art at Starbucks and enjoyed a half hour coffee/chat together.
Then it was on with the chores.
I had left my list at home.
All of a sudden I realised I had forgotten the Nurse’s appointment for Azzan.
I tore off around the corner and parked all askew and then sat and waited…..
she was running late already!
So we had a few moments to calm the bodies before seeing her.
I tried to remember everything on my list and used those few minutes to scribble them down.
Then we headed off to do everyhting we could.
I called up Nathan to see if he could find the list. He did and read it to me.
I had remembered everything!!
We arrived out at Debbie’s for our annual Sound’s Womens luncheon.
There was a good turn out and we all ate well, chatted heaps and generally had a wonderful catch up time.
I did take my camera but forgot to take photos
At 2:30pm we took our leave and headed off out to Brifghtwater to drop some of Shanni’s shortbread off to Jacqui.
She is not feeling good due to morning sickness and I knew shortbread would make her smile
From there we zipped back intot he city to do a few last minute jobs and then it was on the road again – over the hill towards Blenheim.
I was terrorised by a very large and pushy truck as we drove.
Normally the freight trucks are really well mannered but this guy was driving very dangerously.
I have been talking to Art & Gaynor since as they were following me and they were also shcoked at how dangerous this guy was so I am glad I made a note of his truck number.
It was wet and cold and after 6pm when we got to Rai Valley so we carried on to Havelock.
We stopped for dinner at The Slip Inn as I was absolutely starving.
Azzan didn’t want anything much but decided to have the chicken nuggets.
Azzan shocked and delighted the waitress by asking for a salad.
He got served this huge salad which was a bit much for him so I helped him out by taking the red onions.
Half the nuggets and chips came home in a doggy bag!!
We called in quickly to the supermarket and then arrived at Granny’s just in time to watch the tribute to Sir Howard Morrison – ‘To Sir With Love‘.
Azzan was quite happy to hop into bed soon after – it had been a long day and he was quite weary.
Sat morning I took off and did some b’day shopping alone.
It was my last chance before Azzan’s 7th birthday on the 8th October!!
I zipped back to pick him up around 10am and we went to the library.
Met up with 3 guys who want to come wwoofing here soon and then chose books for everyone.
I was sposed to be meeting up with my new wwoofer at the airport at 12:30pm.
But she called up to say her flight was coming in at 4pm.
So as I had time to spare I called in to say hullo to my friend Christine.
Had lunch with her and Azzan enjoyed playing in the trampoline.
Then we met up with the 3 guys again and tried to sort their travel etc.
Got that as sussed as we could and zipped back to Granny’s to pick up our gear.
Got to the airport just after 4pm.
Chie from Japan was waiting for us.
She had made a mistake when booking and had booked her ticket for 26 November and not September!
A very, very costly mistake as they charged her an extra $188 to rebook
We got home around 8pm.
The road had dried out so wasn’t too much of an issue.
Daniel from Texas had arrived on the mailboat as was very much at home already.
Cat & Leeann had sailed over from Mana in Alibi, so the house was quite busy.
I discovered that the phone was out of order.
Dead as a dodo!
But no one had reported it cuz they didn’t know what to do – nice to know I am useful for something round here
So I called up Telecom and spent quite a long time glued to my cell phone in one position against the window so I didn’t loose the connection and finally lodged the fault.
I was totally out of it.
The left side of my face and body felt like a bull dozer had hit it.
My cheek was swollen, sinuses, head & throat were aching, plus my hip was incredibly sore.
I spent a lot of the day in bed but nothing really helped.
Found out later in the day that the telephone fault was big.
About 30 of us off, so at least this time I knew it was way out of our hands and not caused by our stock etc.
Got calls diverting through my cell phone.
Bri arrived home after dinner. She managed to put her wheel off the road about an hour from here.
So I called a nearby friend and they went up to rescue her but were beaten to it by someone else.
Nice to know that despite being very remote with not too much traffic that there are folk there when you need them
She finally made it here after 9pm I think.
It was nice to see her smiling face.
It was pouring down.
We had over 50mm just overnight.
So docking was postponed.
Chie helped me in the morning – I was still feeling yuck.
I had woken early with a headache which Panadol hadn’t helped at all.
The children did a bit of school work.
After lunch Tim took Daniel, Nathan & Chie out to do some mussel work.
Cat & Bri spent time putting down new carpet in Anson’s hut and fixing the leaks so it won’t get wet again.
Bri had the kids up in the hut helping her and partying up!
They do so love it when the older ones come home.
I was going to go to bed but then discovered the gst was due so called up the accountant and arranged for him to file and pay for us as I had no internet access still.
But first I had to get it finished, so no nanna nap for me
Peter and James from England arrived mid afternoon and helped Tim until dinner time.
I was about to send out a search party by then as I hadn’t heard them arrive.
It was not raining at 6am so Tim took Nathan, Daniel, Chie, James & Peter up to muster the sheep in for docking.
Pat took Shanni, Hali & Azzan up at 9am with his boys.
Ony about 15mins after they had gone it absolutely bucketed down.
I began my Ultimate Cleanse today.
I have not done one in a while and have been wanting to for ages now but have just been to busy.
I normally do it in 10 days but just can’t find 10 days at home to do it so am doing htis one in 5 days.
It just means I have 40 capsules to swallow down twice a day.
I took my time and spread the swallowing out over an hour while I got dinner ready.
Then I made carrot & beetroot juice.
By this time the guys had all arrived home like drenched ducks!
So they sat around and had morning tea.
I took pity on them and made hot muffins.
After that I made myself a yoghurt, boysenberry and pear smoothie.
I was feeling quite full by this time.
It is still raining off and on.
After lunch Chie did some vege prep for me, folded the washing and swept the floor.
Tim took the guys out to do more mussel work in the rain.
Lots of harvesting & reseeding happening so it is keeping Tim busy dealing with floats and ropes.
I discovered that the phone had been reconnected so I hopped online and have been dealing to over 200 emails ever since!
The children are waiting to watch a movie on my computer – I still have no remote for the dvd player and the movie they were watching has episodes so cannot be played in it’s entirety – most frustrating.
So I am away not to finish dinner and make myself a nice fresh salad
It was lovely traveling with Azzan on his own.
He is such a wee philosopher and chats away all the time.
Here are some of his thoughts I managed to record.
‘You know the scientists who believe that we were created by the big bang?
I’ve tried doing a big bang with all my might and nothing was created.
So they are wrong’!
‘You know, pictures of Christmas are all wrong.
It wasn’t calm and peaceful.
It was a very borastic birth.’
‘What do you mean?’ I asked.
‘Well, Mary didn’t have the baby all calm and peaceful.
It didn’t just magically appear.
They had to work hard at it’!
‘If they had cell phones in Bible times Moses wouldn’t have had to go to Egypt’