Then playtime was over and they had to check in for work!!
Caleb & Michael arrived at 7am.
The crew all began work at 7:30am.
Anson was organising things but he also took the third stand which got the job done in very good time.
Shanni & Christian were shedhanding and Gavin was pressing.
Tim was busy doing everything else!!
I was full on in the kitchen.
Because Shanni was shedhanding and Mahalia was in recovery from her 12:30am bedtime I was pretty much working alone.
I made cheese toasties for morning smoko and resorted to bought biscuits to add to the menu.
Never in my worst nightmares ever thought I would stoop to such such a thing.
But it was okay – the toasties were delicious and made up for the biscuits!!
I had some fish to cook for lunch so made a tomato fish stew with rice.
Afternoon smoko was savoury scone whirls.
They went down very well too.
It was pretty tough going as I was so bone tired but I made it through the day.
When the brain and body are that tired nothing functions well and everything that you normally do takes way way longer
Lenore & Ross were planning to leave before lunch.
But they didn’t manage to.
Too much to side track Ross from leaving
I thought he was packing but then I heard the weedeater.
He was just doing a spot of last minute tidying up around the place for us!
Because they stayed on longer I was able to have a really good heart to heart chat with Lenore.
Hadn’t been able to before this so was really pleased.
They have been good friends for so long now and we have shared our walks, both rocky and smooth, throughout the years.
Then before afternoon smoko just as they were about to say goodbye…..
the word waterskiing was mentioned!
Mahalia & Azzan spent ages decorating the gingerbread men.
They took so long that I was having to push them along to get finished and get the lunch dishes done so I could make afternoon smoko for the men.
But they did well and had fun doing so.
Ross & Lenore finally left late arvo I think but then broke down and had to stay in Blenheim for the night.
But at least the AA paid for their motel.
We had been waiting for our first guests of the summer to arrive.
10 young German students.
They got a bit mixed up as to where they were going but we finally got them all sorted.
They were coming to The Cottage but because of the rain and delayed shearing I upgraded them to The Lodge.
The sheep make such a noise at night and also a lot of mess and gates that need to be kept closed etc so mixing shearing with tourists is not a good look.
Been there, done that, got the tee-shirt, too many times to have that stress added to the mix.
Caleb & Michael didn’t stay for dinner so that was cool.
Two less to feed.
I had some beef roasting in the slow cooker.
We finally ate very late and fell into bed.