Tim caught up with Adrian and the children ran around the lawn.
It was nice not to be rushing off anywhere early.
Erica took Emma, Amy & Shanni into the city shopping.
Shanni got a couple of cami tops so she was happy.
Tim & I took the younger two and went to Riccarton to get Nathan some jeans.
The mall was insane.
So many people it was dreadful.
Everytime I came out of a shop I would get disoriented and go the wrong way.
We grabbed some lunch from the food hall and then went to the car to eat.
Couldn’t stand the throngs anymore.
Was just about to leave when I discovered Erica & girls were upstairs in the mall.
So I went to get Shanni some lunch and she came with us from there.
We drove up the Cashmere Hills to find an elderly friend whom Tim had not seen in nearly 40 years.
She and her husband were the first people to sign the visitors book here and were life long friends of his parents.
Just before her house we came upon a horrid accident.
It had just happened.
What looked like a lovely red motor bike, was all scrunched underneath a car and the bike driver was face down in the gutter.
It looked really bad.
We slowly drove past and prayed that he would be alright and that the ambulance wouldn’t take long to arrive.
Doreen was delighted to see us and meet the children.
She still lives in the same house that they would take Tim to when they would take him out from his boarding school when he was 12yrs old.
Shanni fell in love with her garden.
She and I went walking while Tim & Doreen talked.
It was a lovely cottage garden on the hillside.
She can no longer go down into it and has a gardener come in several times a week.
It is really rambling and overgrown with paths that lead through the undergrowth and around mysterious corners and floral surprises everywhere.
Seb was in Christchurch for the weekend too so he & Phoebe drove up to say hullo.
They had just had lunch at Dux de Lux.
I had bought his b’day pressies down with me so that was another reason to catch up with him
The children enjoyed seeing him and Azzan & Seb had some strong mens stuff going on!
Azzan asked very nicely if he could play one of Doreen’s pianos.
She has a grand piano and a 1903 German upright.
She said he could play the upright but not the grand as it was so out of tune she couldn’t stand to hear it!
So he played and dutifully impressed her.
He was the first person to play her piano since she stopped playing due to her arthritis 4 years ago.
So it was a special honour for him.
Tim & Doreen
She is 92 and we discovered her 93rd b’day is the day after Mahalia’s 11th!!
It is lovely that she can stay in her own home although it rather restricting for her now as she can’t get about so easily.
There are facilities set up to assist her stay there which is great.
It was a really hot day.
It was also 3:15pm and we had to be at the wedding by 4pm.
So we quickly changed into our glad rags and said goodbye to Doreen and headed off down the hill and across the the Horticultural Rooms.