The past 3 days have flown.
Linnea, Hanne & Shanni spent Monday morning covering all the flower gardens with thick layers of pea straw.
They all look so good now.
It was such a lovely day that Tim suggested the girls might like to go kayaking after lunch.
So they went for a paddle around the bay.
I gave Anson his pictures I bought in Nelson last Thursday.
I was pretty chuffed to get them as they are the original posters which you cannot get anymore.
Plus they are framed in solid oak frames.
When he opened this one he told me that the guy in the picture is his boss from when he was shearing down South a couple of years back – Darren Ford.
I couldn’t resist this one for him either.
Shearing has been his main employment and rugby his main leisure passion.
For those of you who are not Kiwis – these DB posters are iconic NZ.
Check out this advert on YouTube
The children have been swimming, playing with Lego etc.
We haven’t done any structured school work these past few days.
I have read some more Cinderella stories to Azzan.
Smokey Mountain Rose was really funny.
I made a huge mince & vege casserole and we ate it with fettucine and grated cheese while watching ‘Joey’.
It was quite a funny movie with a good morale to it.
Anson went hunting Monday evening with Alan.
Glen came around later and they all went possum hunting.
Linnea & Hanne included.
They got back home at 2:30am!
That did not make life terribly easy for the girls on Tuesday.
I never realised that they had such a late night early morning until lunch time when Alan & Anson finally crawled out of their beds.
Alright for some to be able to sleep in eh?
I baked a big, very delicious, banana cake and blueberry. apple and choc chip muffins on Tuesday morning.
Tim had taken steak out of the freezer for dinner so to go with it I made cauli cheese, Shanni provided fresh carrots & peeled potatoes and Nathan made garlic potato wedges.
But at lunch time when Tim was cutting up the steak he decided it was not a tender cut and would not be good for frying so we would need to get something else out
So instead, after consulting with Anson, I mixed up a marinade gravy and popped it all in the slow cooker and by the time we ate dinner it was absolutely delectable.
Shanni & Hanne mucked out the chicken house.
Linnea & Hali cleaned The Cottage.
Then the two girls cleaned bathrooms, vacuumed, folded washing and washed windows.
Azzan & Hali cleaned their rooms.
Shanni has been gardening and getting her birds sussed.
I hear her practising her clarinet many times throughout the day.
Nathan has been hopping around the house driving me crazy.
Crutches are so loud!
Especially when they are operated by a 6’2″ young male!!
He has been pottering away at his school work.
And telling us in great depth as to how his crutches could be transformed into lethal weapons
I think his foot may be improving.
So tomorrow the crutches will probably be return and he can use a mountaineers stick if necessary.
The sky was a real picture this morning.
It looks so like a water colour painting as it reflects the sun rise in the clouds.
I just never tire of the beauty of our bay.
It is different every day and changes by the minute.
This morning the girls hitched a ride out with Glen.
They had to get to Wellington before Easter to catch the Russian Embassy open to apply for visas.
They are planning on returning home to Sweden via the Trans Siberian Rail.
Tim took them up the hill to meet Glen to save him coming all the way down.
Then he was straight back onto the wharf building again.
Azzan was practising piano but having some problems so Mahalia showed him what to do.
He is learning to play Amazing Grace with two hands.
He figured out how to play the melody all by himself so Nick is helping him refine it
I finally managed to have a sleep this arvo.
I knew if I didn’t I would be a total write off tomorrow.
I read some more of Genghis Khan’s adventures before dozing off.
His army is attacking the Afganis now!
He was totally relentless, but it is a fascinating piece of history.
Had a call from Blenheim Police this arvo to say Jesika’s wallet had been found.
She & Bri are at present traveling home from Christchurch.
When I managed to get hold of them she wasn’t yet aware she had lost it.
They had stopped at Kaikoura and she had left it in the toilet by accident.
Someone had found it and taken it to a nearby holiday park.
Unfortunately all her cash had been taken from it before it was handed in
Thankfully her cards were all still there though.
I managed to organise someone to pick it up for her tomorrow to save them going back for it.
The wharf is progressing.
Tim has spent the past days plodding away on it.
He has the beams up and now the decking is beginning to grow from the shed.
Alan is on holiday at the moment so is helping Tim when he can.
There is a planned mass attack this weekend so there should be some major progress happen.
I have spent so much time on the phone and computer these past days.
It has been a mix of business, kids lessons, appointments, sorting things for Mum as she decides what to do re her on-going care, etc.
She has pretty much decided it is time for her to move into a rest home.
She had an assessment done last week and was assessed as needing hospital care.
She has been visiting the 3 resthomes who provide hospital care in Blenheim this week and is now deciding which she prefers and then just has to wait for a room to become available.
It has taken up so much of my time I just haven’t had any spare to give to the kids.
I hate weeks like this.
Tomorrow is the last town day for the term.
We are all so ready for the end of term.
We are also looking forward to all the older children coming home.
Over the coming week they will all be here at some stage.