It was a chilly day in Nelson.
Tim & I both woke around 5am and were so cold that I tippy toed downstairs and refilled my hottie and heated up the wheat bag.
That made things much cosier
Tim slept on and I sat up in bed and made the most of the time to get some interneting done.
After several days at home with no connection I had quite a bit of catching up to do.
Then it was all of a sudden 8am and we had to get a move on as we needed to be out the door around 9am.
Nathan dropped Tim & I off in Trafalgar Street and he went on to the hospital to have a chest x-ray done.
We spent half an hour at the bank and then the rest of the morning at the lawyers.
Not looking forward to that account
But it was all necessary work.
We were very happy with what they did for us and especially as they picked up on some things which we had missed which would have affected us for a long long time.
While we were busy Nathan went to the library and then had a haircut.
We caught up with him at the barbers at midday.
It was quite funny after that.
Nathan & I are used to buzzing around the streets at a rate of knots getting the jobs done.
But Tim was happy to just amble along at his own pace.
We decided we needed to get a wheel chair for him so we could zoom him around and actually get things done
Decided we needed some lunch so went off to Columbus Coffee to use my last GrabOne brunch voucher.
The guys enjoyed a full breakfast while I settled for the corn fritters – they do them so well
Then we had to go meet up with the Youth Guarantee Initiative advisor at NMIT to discuss Nathan’s next year’s plans.
Trish was very helpful and we filled out all the application forms right then and there.
We now have to wait until November to hear if he gets accepted for the course and the scholarship.
He does have a 2nd course option if this doesn’t work out.
Our day was flying by this stage and I knew we had to start making moves to get over the hill.
We had a couple more things to do.
Left Nathan at the library to wait for Sasha.
He was staying with her and David for a couple of nights before beginning his trip southwards to CEF Training and kids camp for the holidays.
We left Nelson just after 3pm and headed over to Blenheim.
The weather began improving the further east we went.
By the time we got to Blenheim just before 5pm the sun was shining and the rain clouds clearing.
It was still quite chilly and there was a lot of snow down low on the surrounding mountains.
Tim still had no idea of what was happening.
But he was happy to just wander along and go with the flow.
We had time to change and freshen up at Lindsay & Sonia’s before they arrived back from work.
Then the 4 of us headed down to Raupo and met Phillipa & Pat there for dinner.
We had a wonderful couple of hours.
Fantastic food and great company
My camera wasn’t terribly busy but I did manage to get a photo of Pat & Phillipa before they devoured their delicious desserts.
We had to get our skates on by this time as we needed to be at the Marlborough Theatre before 8pm.
Sonia & Lindsay headed home and we hopped on board with P&P.
We spent the next few hours being entertained by a great group of Aussie blokes.
The Ten Tenors.
This was the 4th time I had been to one of their concerts and they didn’t fail at all.
In fact they seem to just get better and betterer.
Members of the group change over the years but Stewart, Dion & Dominic were still there, 10 & 11 years on and still as entertaining as usual.
It is very apparent that the guys all get on well and that they absolutely love to sing and entertain.
The youngest member of the group, Jordan, was so incredibly bouncy and enthusiastic that you couldn’t fail to love him
It was an all out fantastic show which ended with three encores and standing ovations and then a very rousing version of ‘Hey Jude’ with the whole audience joining in enthusiastically.
Pat & Phillipa dropped us back at Lindsay & Sonia’s and after a chat we all headed off to bed.
It was a great night
I woke up in the early hours and consequently when I went back to sleep I was out cold until Phillipa woke me with a text at 8am!
Bother, we had missed saying goodbye to Lindsay but just managed to get up in time to see Sonia before she headed off to work.
Then we packed up and went to do a few things.
Firstly we popped in to Mega Mitre 10 to get some mesh to put on our very slippery decking ramp.
It should have been a 5 min job.
But, we walked in the main entrance and debated as to where it would be found.
Tim decided Building Supplies.
That was a drive through at the southern end of the building.
So I went back for the car and drove through looking for Tim who I had left walking towards it.
There was no sign of him in the cavernous barn of building materials.
After asking a few assistants if they had seen him I established that the mesh could be found in Garden Supplies.
So I parked the car again and walked way down to the the northern end of the building.
Found the mesh but no sign of Tim.
It was about now I was thinking that all husbands actually should be required to wear a gps in this place.
It is huge and I was expending a lot of energy walking from one end to the other in search of Tim.
Finally found him wandering back from building supplies.
He had been sussing out some clear roofing.
And here was I thinking we only had one item on the shopping list – silly me
We then went and debated on what sort of wire or mesh we needed, made the choice and bought that.
As we got back to the car Tim said he would like to see if the clearlight would fit in the Terrano.
So back to the drive through I went.
Only to find that, No, it was way too long and would be hanging over our heads or chopping us off at the neck.
It will stay on the list for another day and another vehicle.
Then we headed across town to visit Jess & Paul in their new straw bale house.
We had a lovely hour or so with them.
Had a guided tour – it was fantastic.
Tim was most impressed by the warmth & insulation the straw bales give.
Maybe we might have to look at building one of these instead of buying later on!!
It was nearing 11:30am so I had to get Tim moving along.
He looked quite settled and content playing games with wee Charlotte and Sophie.
I left Tim in the car while I ran into The Warehouse to get a new Monopoly Deal game.
Ours is getting pretty worn out through over use!!
Alas, they were all sold out.
Then it was down to the library to change books.
I had pre-ordered all the kids books online so it was a quick turn around.
As we left town we stopped at the vege shop and stocked up.
It is an extension of Nelson’s Montgomery Sq vege shop and has great quality veges and fruit and good prices.
We got out to Tuamarina to sell the possum fur & skins by midday.
I sat in the sun in the car while Tim & Lisa weighed and assessed them all.
It was about the first time all day that I was warm.
There was heaps more snow on the hills around so no wonder it was chilly.
The weather ahead of us as we left was not looking too great.
We drove around the Tua Marina Track back to the main road to Havelock.
Got to Slip Inn just after 1pm and met up with Pat & Phillipa for lunch.
We had a very enjoyable few hours there enjoying delicious food and fantastic service.
Pat was extremely impressed by it all so I was very glad I had suggested going there
We sat and ate and talked and talked and talked some more.
Finally it was 5pm and we thought that if we didn’t make a move we would have to order dinner!!
Said goodbye to Pat &Phillipa.
It had been a great couple of child free, stress free days.
We must do it more often
Tim drove all the way home.
Nuana & the kids were keeping warm by the fires and were very pleased to see us.
Azzan was very excited at the huge pile of library books.
In fact I am not too sure if he was more pleased to see them or us