I was woken around 7am by Noy & Moriya back again with their families panicking them even more about the tsunami.
As it was forecasted to be hitting us around 6:20am I was able to reassure them that it was really going to be a non-event for us.
Graham had arrived back just before me the previous night with a ‘small’ load of veges that needed to be dealt with immediately.
A bin of beans, a bin of capsicum and corn, apples, pears and a bin of tomatoes.
So I had to get straight into work mode early on Sat morning.
Tim took Romain & Anson out to do mussel work.
Gildas, Marie & Leo stayed back to help process veges.
Marie took Mathilde (2) and a bowl of beans out onto the deck.
Gildas & Leo sat at the kitchen table and cut beans there.
I was working in the kitchen directly behind them.
I was quite tired and also very busy making up several batches of relish, getting lunch & dinner ready and making muffins etc.
They chatted incessantly in French the whole morning.
It was a constant noise going on in the background that wouldn’t stop and was totally non-understandable.
It really grated on my nerves so much.
My brain was really struggling to cope with even reading the recipes let alone anything else.
We have a wwoofers ‘rule’ here that English is to be spoken as much as possible.
For several reasons.
Firstly – most come to NZ to learn to speak English and about our culture.
If there is more than one person from a language group it is easy. But when there is two or more it is harder and they want and need the instruction to speak English.
Secondly – it is very exclusive.
Nathan & Azzan did some beans to help.
The only time the guys spoke English to me all morning was to ask for instructions and they totally ignored the boys.
So I was quite understanding when the boys drifted off to do other stuff.
Nathan shucked all the corn we ate for lunch.
When we stopped for lunch I spoke to the guys about it and they apologised and have been fine since.
I had a rather ‘interesting’ day with children too which didn’t make it any easier.
Shanni’s major problem was that she was tired too but wasn’t dealing with it well.
Instead of communicating to me verbally that she was very tired and going to have a rest she was just moping about and being seemingly uncooperative.
I might be a mother but I am not a mind reader.
In fact mind reading takes more energy than I can possibly spare these days.
I finally flipped my lid when I asked her to help me make muffins and she was being vague and unhelpful.
Sent her off to bed for a rest.
Shanni & Azzan were also not being very accommodating towards each other.
I ended up taking them aside later in the day and having a darn good talk about attitudes.
Hopefully it made them think.
The men came back and had lunch and then Anson took Romain & Leo and drove out to his cousin Ruby’s 17th b’day.
They stayed the night – reckoned they were the honorary bouncers
It was delightfully quiet at dinner time.
Only the French family here with us.
By night time I was so incredibly tired.
My body just ached.
As my darling friend Wendy expressed it – I was Knackerated
I had not been able to get a rest at all.
And the one time I sat down for a few minutes, when I stood up I seriously couldn’t unbend myself
I fell into the spa for a few minutes and then crashed out.
Mahalia woke sick.
I didn’t actually realise how sick for a few hours as Shanni was taking care of her.
When I finally had time to catch up with her I found her running quite a high temperature and feeling very nauseated.
She stayed in bed most of the day.
She did try to eat an apple but that made her feel worse.
She came out to the lounge and laid on the sofa.
Azzan fussed around her like an old mother chook.
He made her a bed and brought her out blankets and made sure she was comfy and had anything she might need.
He came to me and quietly suggested that he knew exactly what would make her feel better.
However that was not possible at that time.
She wanted to eat later and tried some sweet corn but that made her vomit.
So she stayed fluids only till I tucked her into bed.
The Israeli girls came up to say goodbye before lunch.
They had buses and ferrys to catch.
They were such a fun bunch.
Shame they couldn’t stay longer.
Moriya, Yifat, Noga, Noy, Azzan, Shoshannah & Noy out front before they left.
Azzan looks very happy to be surrounded by all the pretty girls.
Yifat is keen to come back wwoofing so we will look forward to her pending return.
Graham popped down just before lunch so we had a fellowship meeting.
Then as I was drooping off to sleep I went off to bed and left the others to organise their own lunch.
I read and slept for a couple of hours.
I got up at 4pm and made myself some lunch.
Sat out on the deck in the late afternoon sun.
It was still really hot.
Ate my lunch and finished my book.
I had already made dinner on Saturday so cooked up some pasta and made a salad to add to the vegetable goulash.
Just as I was about to serve all the party goers arrived back.
Anna & Leonie returned as well.
They had only managed to be away from here for a week!
I am not too sure if they wanted to see us or the puppy
It was nice to see them again.
I manged to get everyone out of the house and off to bed by 9ish.
I am so needing these early nights.