First few days home were just filled with unpacking, coming down to earth and going through a month of mail – both physical and email.
It is much colder here than when we left so I have been enjoying starting my days in the hot spa getting the body temperature up a bit.
There is a little sun on the house still but the air is very crisp.
So much so I have put the heater on in the hallway so we don’t all freeze to death overnight!!
Home is still as beautiful as ever
I was aware that I had to get on to the gst but before that I needed to spend some time with Azzan and his GO school work.
That took up a lot of time over the first few days.
He had a story to write and Skype calls with his classmates and teacher.
Leeann had been keeping him going while I was away but there was work to be scanned and uploaded etc.
I wanted to get it under control before I started the gst so I could get the study and computer to myself!
I found Mo & Jynx doing a tad of ‘time-sharing’ with Tinga
Cat was busy working on ‘Alibi’ during the last few days she had at home.
Having 2 yachts on moorings in front of the house make the bay seem somewhat peaceful.
Tim still has ’88 South’ on the beach trailer.
Once he acclimatised and got his land legs back again he spent a couple of days antifouling the hull.
It is now all painted and ready to go back in the water and get back to work.
Cat & Leeann were also busy working on Cat’s hut while we were away.
The new fence and landscaping looks really cool.
The children helped too.
Azzan had told me on the phone that he helped Cat wash her windows ‘cuz they haven’t been washed since she put them in!’
There was also some bank digging so the back deck could be extended and planting done.
I went for a wander up to see them one morning but the girls weren’t at home.
Mahalia painted the pretty blue wall.
I love the wee garden gate.
Mahalia is still grieving over Diesel.
We had a session one morning, printing out her favourite photos of him and putting them into her frames,
She is pretty good most of the time but little things will tip her emotional bucket right over.
She has had a few sobs on our shoulders.
She has been taking Olly out riding.
He is apparently doing much better now he is on his own.
Mahalia took the next four photos.
She spends a lot of time with Marah – riding Olly and helping at The Croft.
Anson is building an outdoor bath area.
Ria was ‘helping’
Marah & Mahalia helped landscape it.
It is looking really cool.
Shoshannah & I have been enjoying cuddling up together and watching ‘Call the Midwife‘.
It is a great series and I can’t wait for the next one to come out.
In the meantime I think I will have to locate the books and have a read.
Talking about reading – I have done a bit of that this week.
Nothing like curling up with a good book by the fire or in the spa.
I bought ‘The Damascus Way‘ while in Esperance but never got to start it till I got home.
I was about half way through when I realised it was the 3rd in a series.
It was so interesting and well written that I have just ordered the first two books!
The mailboat arrived on Friday bringing yet again more mail for me to deal with.
I so love being back amongst the paper war – not!
I wasn’t coping terribly well on Friday.
I guess I had arrived home late on Tuesday after several long days of traveling, plus I had been sick and then was straight back into it.
So by Friday my emotional self was not in a good state.
I was trying to wade through stupid forms and papers which were making no sense whatsoever and felt like a complete waste of time, and I just generally started losing the plot again.
I so have to give this stuff away.
It is totally destroying any equilibrium I have in life.
As fast as I try to gain control I lose it again.
I just do not cope with wearing too many hats anymore.
Our lovely holiday together almost is beginning to feel like a lifetime ago already
Friday night we had a power cut at 7:30pm.
We had just finished dinner and I was about to do some paper work inthe study and it just went off.
No flashes, nothing.
Called the power company and for once got a new girl who knew nothing about our area and was following the questions to the book.
I was really not in the mood to fill all the tedious questions
When she got to the questions of ‘are your neighbours off too?‘ and ‘have you had an electrician check it out?‘
I was like ‘Listen sweetheart – we live in the middle of Cook Strait. We don’t have neighbours. We don’t even have an electrician. The Power Is Out – Fix It!!
Once we had gotten all her questions answered and she was happy I then called up Waterfall Bay and yes they were also out and Anson text to say they had no power either.
Unfortunately he and Marah hadn’t cooked their dinner yet so had to make do with sandwiches.
Thankfully Kristina got a different woman (one that knew what she was about) on the phone when she reported the fault and discovered it was a widespread outage and could take a while.
So we all headed off to bed.
I woke at 3:30 and turned off the forgotten lights.
Apparently it was a burning pole at French Pass that was to blame!
Good to have an early night though.