Monday was a normal sorta day.
I did quite a lot in the study and managed to clear a major amount of the paper war.
Shanni was busy in the garden.
She is really enjoying her gardens.
She saw some guys planting out banks while we were in town and commented that she thought it would be really fun to do gardening for other people and could you do it for a living??
I can see some interesting strings beginning to grow from her bow – be fascinating to see what she chooses to do with her life in a few years time.
I am pretty sure it will have something to do with animals and plants.
Nathan has also been very fascinated with the issue of cloning for some time.
He found something in a Bob Jones science text book about cloning which provoked an interesting time.
Nathan’s question – ‘If they manage to clone a person, then would the clone have a soul?’
Can’t say I have ever had the need to think that one through so it really did start an interesting time over dinner.
This was also interspersed with discussions about the Roman Empire.
The other major thing happening in his head right now.
Nathan cleaned the library out of all the books they had last week and has been on the net getting more sent out.
So between cloning and Roman warfare and history it makes the brain cells come alive
We had to get organized for Tuesday in town.
It is becoming sorta familiar in it’s regularity that we just do it now.
I let the kids sleep in till 6 and we didn’t leave till 6:30am.
Not too much rush as everything we were doing was later in the day.
Seeing as we had time and weren’t rushing I suggested that we might have a sit down breakfast.
So we went to Oasis. Hali got a ginormous meal and Nathan & I had to help her. Azzan & Shanni both just got a pie each and Nate and I had eggs.
I actually didn’t feel that great afterwards.
I think from now on I will stick to my early morning frappacino and eat later in the day.
We zipped out to Richmond and did a couple of jobs and then dropped the 3 youngest off at the Winningtons so they could play with their friends.
I had spent some time over the past days trying to find a sewing teacher but kept coming up blank.
Then one sewing shop suggested I try a a small local fashion design shop, called them they put me onto another lady who makes wedding dresses etc.
Went to see her Tues morning but we both agreed she was too busy to do what we needed/wanted.
She suggested someone else but only had a name. Another friend of hers had the phone number but he was in a meeting. I popped in to his office and left my number with his secretary.
Finally I got a call from him with the number of the lady.
I called her and she was most agreeable.
We agreed to meet up that arvo.
I went to the gym first while Nathan read books at Paper Plus.
Then we both popped around to meet up with Pam.
She was delightful and takes private sewing classes in 3 hour blocks.
She is a perfectionist who has fun with her students but expects the best from them.
Nathan and Shanni are now booked in for several sessions.
Nate wants to make a purple tuxedo with a green checked waist coat
I know it seems crazy me taking them elsewhere when I spent most of my life sewing.
It is just that I do not have the time to put into them right now and my sewing machine is actually gathering dust
From there is was all go. Hooned back up the hill to pick up the kids, it was beginning to rain so we loaded them in quickly and sped off to Annesbrook for Azzan’s 4pm jazz class.
His leggings had arrived so I helped him squeeze his muscley wee legs into them and tied his laces and he bounced off into class.
I then shot into Richmond.
I had 45mins to gather groceries and get back to him.
I was flying.
Nathan and I tore around Pak’n’Save in record time.
Thanksfully the girls stayed put in the car.
I hooned up to the checkouts with one eye constantly on the time.
Found a checkout with a very short queue and waited.
And waited, and waited, and waited.
The checkout operator and the lady in front of me seemed to know each other well and were having a good old chin wag and giggle.
I tapped my toes and tried to be patient but in the end I butted in and mentioned that I was actually in a hurry. The customer in front of me got real snotty then.
When it was finally my turn to go through the operator didn’t even speak to me till she had to
Then we zipped off up the road and dropped Nathan at Taekwando and back to get Azzan.
They were just finishing class. Phew!
They are getting ready for end of year production and Lucy had them up on the main stage.
Apparently, Azzan told me, Lucy had a line on the floor in the classroom representing the edge of the stage but the little girls kept going over it. So she took them in to the real stage to show them that they had to stay back!!
If any of you are around Nelson on November 14th Annesbrook Performing Arts School is presenting ‘dance 365’.
Two performances – 11am and 5pm tickets $5 per person.
And Azzan will be performing – isn’t that exciting
Let me know if you want to go and I will get you tickets.
We then headed off to Sally & Nick’s to have dinner and music.
The kids have so much fun learing music with Nick – I am so glad we found him.
I had to go back and pick up Nathan at 6pm.
He was bubbling. He is loving the Taekwando.
When we got back to Sally & Nick’s Sasha & David were there with Anson.
They had picked him up at the airport for me.
My taxi driving skills just couldn’t fit him in so they offered to help out – Thanks S&D
They stayed awhile and chatted and then headed back home for dinner.
When music lessons were finished we loaded Anson’s gear in and left for home.
Nathan managed to retain his front seat position in the car and Anson sat in the back with the little folk and watched ‘Prince Caspian’ on the dvd player.
Got home at 11pm.
Hopped in the spa at midnight – I needed to unwind a tad
Wednesday, I slept in a bit and then once up tried to activate things around the house.
It all seems to be getting rather messy these days.
Stuff everywhere – it is obvious we are away a lot!
I am collecting a pile of toys and clothes to take to the recycling centre next week.
It was still quite early and I was sitting in my study working at the computer before breakfast.
I had seen Tim on the wharf doing mussel ropes.
I heard a loud splashing noise and looked out the window and saw two major disturbances in the water.
I thought Tim must have put the dinghy in the water and be heading out to the boat.
Then I looked again and saw the most ginormous orca emerge from the sea just by the wharf.
There was two of them.
I yelled out to the others and they all came running to see.
But the pain of it all was that both Mahalia’s and my camera were somewhere in the Safari and we hadn’t unpacked from the night before and by the time we found Mahalia’s the orca had moved on around the coast line.
The bull was so big.
We have had them in here before but I haven’t seen them so incredibly close to our wharf and shore like that. They were probably chasing the sting rays that hang about here.
So sorry not to have gotten a photo – it really was so impressive.
Anyway, the day was all going okay and I was planning to drive over to Waterfall Bay so the kids could choose some fabrics for their sewing classes.
We were all a bit slow so hadn’t quite got there yet.
Around 1:30pm I got a text from Cat asking if there was any way of getting her passport to Wellington that night.
How on earth is that sposed to happen bar carrier pigeon was my first reaction!!
I called her up top find out what was happening.
Turns out there was a job opportunity in Australia that none of her senior riggers wanted to take and they had suggested to her that she should contact the boss about going. So she did. Yesterday morning.
Then it all of a sudden snowballed and if she was going she HAD to be on the 6am flight to Melbourne Thursday morning so she could take part in the training this week.
Then she is off to Perth for 6 weeks work.
And it all hinged on her passport.
She did some sussing from her end and found that if I got it to Nelson airport by 5:15 then she would get it that night.
It was by this time 2:15pm!
So I took a big breath and said I would leave – now!
Left Anson with kids and instructions and hooned back off to town again – only 9 hours after we had gotten home.
The normal 3 hours drive took me 2hours and 10mins.
I even had time to stop and grab a frappacino on the way to the airport and then got caught in 4:30pm traffic around Rocks Road!
Anyway, I got it to the airport and sent by 5pm.
All good. I then sat in the car and called Cat and had time to wind down and hear all the details which I hadn’t had a chance to hear before.
She was so excited.
Be a great experience and she will be getting more training and she will get to see Jesika briefly and see my brother in Perth too.
She hasn’t been to WA before – one of the few places she hasn’t seen!!
After such a rush I was too winded to drive staright back home again so I popped in to see Estelle, who is still in bed with the flu. Then I went and got groceries and wandered around The Warehouse.
By 9pm I was in the Safari and off home again.
I stopped a few times to make myself sandwiches from the yummy fresh Turkish bread, butter, tomatoes and capsicum/chilli dip. Most delicious.
I got back around midnight and crashed off into bed.
Today we were all up at the normal time.
I had a soak in the spa whilst reading ‘The Teenage Liberations Handbook’.
Then after we had done a few things I loaded the kids on board again and we went over to Waterfall Bay.
Nathan & Shanni cose a pile of fabrics.
Shanni is getting quite excited about what she can make and looking outside the square of what is possible.
Nathan is very emphatic about the fabircs he chooses.
Shanni cleaned out some greens from the vege garden.
Tim & Anson were out doing mussel work and were sosed to be coming over to help us with some things.
We waited quite a while and then gave up and came home.
They never came – men!
So now, it is time to go plant some plants and get dinner ready and think about the weekend.
We have to be packed up and gone by 10am Monday.
Swimming lessons begin 2pm Monday.