Spent the days unpacking and washing and catching up with all the mail etc in the study.
Azzan brought this wonderful harvest of grapefruit in to show me.
Shanni’s chickens have been hatching.
They are very cute.
Unfortunately we only have 1 left from the 3.
Tim caught Mo with the yellow one in his mouth.
And the other yellow one didn’t survive it’s first night.
I discovered that Mahalia had hurt her shoulder quite badly at gymnastics.
There was really nothing to do over the weekend so we found her sling from her previous injury (sigh) and that helped to make her more comfortable.
Monday 12th December
I had promised the children that we would get started on our academic work.
So come Monday that’s exactly what we did.
We are beginning a science book called Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy & Physiology.
The children are really enjoying it.
We are working through that together.
Plus they are getting some maths done as well.
Shanni is happily carrying on with her Math-U-See but I have started Mahalia & Azzan on some new math books I found in town recently.
I let them decide which level they felt happy starting at and they have both chosen the same.
It is Start Right Mathematics and Mahalia is loving it.
Azzan began his book a few days later as I had to get to get Anson to change the level I had bought for him.
The rain began creeping in on Monday.
Two English girls arrived to stay for a couple of nights.
Sophie & Deborah had met up with Cyrus & Naomi and they had rung ahead to ask if they could come visit.
The girls arrived at dinner time so joined us.
Tuesday 13th December
We spent another morning on our anatomy project.
It is great to get comments from Shanni as to how much she is enjoying it.
Lovely to have positive pupils
The rain was setting in.
The reports from Nelson were for some very heavy rainfalls over night so Anson decided to head out in the afternoon as all the sheep were wet and he couldn’t work.
He took Gavin & Mahalia with him.
She was delighted cuz she was going to stay with Lily for the night.
Mahalia & Anson had appointments with the chiropractor the next morning.
Ross & Lenore arrived later in the arvo.
They had brought in the ice creams for our summer shop supply.
Glen had come over in the dinghy to visit…
He went fishing until they arrived and then took them to the shop for me.
So all of you out there – we now have a great supply of ice creams at the shop.
Not a lot else in stock yet but I will deal with that next week!!
Wednesday 14th December
Because Mahalia was away we didn’t do any unit study.
Azzan decided to rummage in the science books.
Found a Backyard Science in the kitchen book and got very excited about making some gloop.
Needless to say, in his excited frenzy he turned my kitchen green
Nathan had to drive to Nelson for an early appointment on Thursday.
I was quite concerned about the roads as the rain was worse and the flooding reports were sounding bad.
So we got him on the road on Wednesday afternoon.
He got to town safely.
Due to the flooding in Nelson Anson decided to stay another night.
Deborah & Sophie needed to leave as they had a ferry to catch the next morning.
Tim & Ross towed them up the hill.
Thankfully they left when they did as the conditions got way worse.
Shanni’s one remaining chicken is living indoors.
It follows her around like she is it’s mother.
It’s cheeping drives me mental.
For a bird so tiny it makes an incredibly loud incessant noise!!!
But it is undeniably cute
At the moment!!
Thursday 15th December
Anson & co made it home by early arvo.
So glad the did because so many slips came down.
Mahalia went to the chiropractor.
He then sent her to have an ultrasound on her shoulder.
Then it was back to the chiro.
She appears to have torn a ligament in the front of her shoulder.
It seems that the damage caused from being hit by the car in Jan 09, then the impact from the broken arms left an ‘accident waiting to happen’ in her shoulder area.
Lots of heatpacks over the next months and she should heal in 6-12 weeks.
I think we will have to wrap this girl up for a while!!!
Anson got his back sorted out while there – he has a ‘shearer’s back’ and several vertebrae were out of kilter so good he is getting it dealt with.
Nathan had to stay in town for another night with Seb & Phoebe as he couldn’t get through.
Sebastian had to leave his car at Hira and hitch a ride on a large truck to get home that night.
The mess around Nelson and Golden Bay is horrendous.
They are saying it is a one in a 100 years flood.
A state of emergency was declared throughout the region.
It is going to be incredibly hard for the businesses caught at present right on the eve of the Christmas New Year tourist season.
Friday 16th December
It stopped raining.
We never got as much rain as they did in the western regions.
It was heavy for us but a good heavy.
The farm is very appreciative of all the excess moisture as we head into summer.
But the tales of devastation from west of us keep coming in.
I feel so sad for the folk that have been affected.
Our neighbour’s daughter and her family have lost their house.
Other folk are stranded on wrong sides of large slips and cannot get out for probably weeks.
Mahalia’s pet lamb died.
She was very upset.
She was also very tired.
Once she had cried on her Daddy’s shoulder and he buried it for her she was okay.
The mailboat came today.
We have an new owner/driver
Tim & I have had some very emotionally traumatic stuff to deal with this week.
I am not coping at all well with it.
Thankfully Tim is taking the helm and dealing with everything.
I have only managed to do what I have had to.
Once school is done and the meals are organised I have spent a lot of my time in bed.
It is a safe place for me.
I can hide and protect myself from everything.
I need to be able to do this right now
I have waded through the complete first series of Downton Abbey (thanks so much Alex for sending it over to me) and am now engrossed in Kavanagh QC.