Tim had an awful lot on his plate and was trying to make decisions as to which was the most important job to get done and then juggle them with the weather.
The guys headed up the hill first and did some tailing.
They came back for lunch looking absolutely knackered.
The wind was exhausting up there.
Then Tim took Marc & Nathan out on the boat to get some mussel work done.
I got some food prep out of the way in the morning plus the washing.
The kids took Adrienne & Poppy around for a look see and explore.
Poppy discovered the playhouse so she and Mahalia spent most of the day playing in there.
I got all the stuff done in the study that I needed to.
Tried to think of all I needed to tell Adrienne but then figured that with Nathan & Anson around she would be fine.
I had a mental list of everything I needed to get done.
Packing was one thing that kept going to he bottom of the list!
By evening I was had it and couldn’t face sorting clothes so just collapsed into bed.
Saturday morning I got up and tackled the clothes mountain on my bedroom floor.
Anson was around early.
Tim got him sussed to get the boat in and carry on with mussel work with Nathan.
Marc said goodbye to Ralph & Cyril.
I was sorta planning to leave just before lunch time but the guys were all ready and packed and we were ready to go by 9:30am.
The three young’uns all gave me a big hug goodbye.
Azzan was only sad for a moment!
Adrienne decided that she was going to be ‘Mary Poppins’ and not a babysitter for the kids cuz they are all pretty self sufficient.
Marc found the drive out rather hard and we had to stop a few times for him.
He & Seth were very glad to get to Nelson and off the windy roads.
We dropped them off and then did a few jobs before picking up some food and going to have lunch with Seb & Bud at the castle.
It was nice to have a couple of hours to just blob and chat with them.
Then it was 4:30 and we had to head off to Alan’s.
He took us to the airport.
He was busting to know where we were going but I managed to get all the luggage checked in while they were talking and without them seeing the luggage tags and tickets
Tim didn’t have any idea until we were seated in the plane and the hostess welcomed us on our flight to…….
We arrived in Wellington, got our bags and then went outside to wait for our ride.
She got held up on her way in by an accident but eventually
Tim was totally surprised
When we jumped into the car we were met by her new baby –
a 19 week old Schipperke
Cat cooked us dinner on her yacht and then we chatted for a while before hitting the bunk.
It was weird sleeping on a boat.
I haven’t done that in a very long time.
Tim of course was out to it like a light but I kept hearing the wind whistling, ropes slapping, the hull creaking and the boat rocking.