Monday 26th December
I didn’t sleep very well.
Took till after midnight to get to sleep.
Must have put too much coffee in the tiramisu!!
Then I was awake before 3am.
Anson arrived around soon after to get Tim.
The guys were all still at his place and they were very concerned about Nathan.
So Tim & Graham went around to help.
I couldn’t sleep so got up and caught up on emails etc.
Tim returned at 4:30am.
Everything was under control and everyone tucked into bed.
I hopped into the spa with the dvd player and watched the sunrise while watching an episode of ‘Kavanagh QC’.
6:20am and the bay was beginning to lighten.
It was millpond calm.
The sun popped it’s head over the hills at 6:47am.
I was enjoying the quiet peaceful early morning on our deck watching this busy buzzing bumblebee gathering pollen from my roses.
Christian got up at 4:30am and walked to the top of the hill to see the sunrise.
Unfortunately the cloud came in around that time.
But he still got some lovely photos.
He was back in time for breakfast.
Regrettably he had to go back to work in Auckland so spent the morning packing and cleaning out the caravan.
Abby, Annaliese & Shoshannah went out in the dinghy to troll for kahawai.
It was funny watching Abby & Annaliese rowing around in circles
while they were getting the hang of it
The didn’t get any fish but had fun and were very ready for breakfast when they returned.
The guys were understandably rather reticent about rising after so little sleep so the house was lovely and quiet until quite late.
I started cleaning out my art corner.
It is high time I got myself back in there and as it has been a long time it has gotten very dusty and messy.
I cannot work in a mess.
So the first step is to clean.
Tim topped up the spa water while I was doing the chemicals.
With so much usage I have to be more diligent about keeping that part of it up to scratch.
Of course the hose was forgotten and it was soon flowing over the top so Nick bucketed some out to get the levels right.
Anson & Gavin went out to get the net in.
Then Anson was full speed into packing the truck and loading Christian on board to get him to the airport by 3pm.
They took off at a rate of knots around midday.
He did make the plane, but there was a speeding ticket issued along the way
Abby & Shanni got stuck into cleaning the backdoor area.
Christian helped by decobwebbing while waiting for Anson.
Shanni with the intention of painting and Abby just cuz she likes clean bathrooms
Annaliese prepared lunch.
I spent a long time on Skype with Jesika later in the morning.
Nick talked with her too.
We had lots of things to talk over so it was great that we both had time.
Sometimes it is really hard being so far apart.
Love you Jesika
It is times like this though that we appreciate the modern conveniences of Skype and cell phones.
It is not really that many years ago in the overall scheme of things that Jesika left home at 16 and traveled for 10 months in South America and we had only occasional contact by fax.
Phone calls were out of the question due to expense and snail mail was slow and often went missing.
Emails were still a thing of the future.
Times sure have changed and the world has become a smaller place.
The day was quite hot so everyone just lazed around or slept for part of the afternoon.
I did some more cleaning around and on my art table after I had my siesta.
Tim was filleting fish at 6:30pm.
The sting rays were waiting for him to feed them.
There was a couple keeping watch for the fish scraps to hit the water.
You can see one in the water just to the right of Shanni & Azzan.
Azzan folded all the washing.
It took a while as his 2 older sisters kept upsetting his equilibrium so he would disappear each time that happen
Mahalia cooked dinner all by herself.
She made pasta with tomatoes.
She did really well – made three different dishes to cater for the gluten and dairy free folk.
I made a salad to add to it and Tim cut some of Nick’s Christmas ham.
A lovely dinner for a hot day.
After dinner the kids decided they needed to go for a swim.
Bri was in first with no hesitation.
The others all milled around debating the temperature of the water!
Next in was Gavin followed by Shanni.
The others eventually all followed and they spent half an hour swimming out to the boat and back.
Half an hour later they all piled into the spa and all the water I had topped it up with in the morning was overflowing!!
Tim and Mahalia disappeared.
I was tired so left everyone to it and headed off to bed around 9pm.
I kept on getting woken up by children and then a phone call for Shanni at 10pm and then Tim coming in a bit later.
He had been out mustering with Hali and then talking with Nathan.
Wasn’t terribly impressed.
It is so hard to go back to sleep once woken from the first sleep of the night.