Tim slept well and woke feeling sorta okay.
His nose was still oozing a lot.
Not long after he woke he had a really bad pain attack in his eyes.
I threw pain meds into him and he was soon feeling better.
We were both really worried when it happened so very relieved that the attack didn’t last too long.
I had to take Mahalia into the Dr at 9:45am so we both raced through the shower after having a relatively leisurely start to the morning.
Halia has been getting a lot of pain in the back of her foot and also her wrists and I thought it time to get them looked at.
The Dr was a bit flummoxed about her foot, the Achilles was a tad thickened and sore, she suggested that maybe some heel supports might help.
Then Mahalia showed her the inside of her new bright pink boots – I never realised either, but they have high heel and arch supports in them.
Our Dr laughed and said that maybe she had bought the right boots for her therapy and to gauge it for a few weeks of wearing them to see if it helps!
As for her wrists – well we now have a referral to a hand physio as the Dr thinks it is all stemming from her broken wrists.
Man! The ongoing problems that fall has caused – crazy!
And she still wants to go back to gymnastics once she is all good again
We went back to the house and found David & Sasha there having a chat and a coffee before they headed off down home to stay with Shanni for the weekend.
They loaded in as many harvesting bags as they could plus several lots of flowers that Mahalia and I had bought for Shanni to plant.
We had found them on special at The Warehouse the previous night.
12 pottles normally around $10 but they were reduced to $3.
So how could we leave them there?
We bought up heaps and shared them with Phoebe.
Primroses and pansies to decorate our banks this spring – lovely
We had lunch and then I took Mahalia into town.
Bedelia did my make up for me and then I dropped Mahalia up at the Winningtons.
Chrissy was going to take her and Azzan to the Men in Tutus show that night as I couldn’t go now due to the Blenheim dinner clashing.
Left instructions for Tim to quietly start getting himself ready for the evening out.
When I got back Phoebe had given him a hair trim and he’d shaved but not a lot more had happened.
At least he had gotten some more rest.
We had been sitting on something confidential for several weeks.
We had to get Seb to the MFA awards night dinner in Blenheim.
So we told him that we really felt that it was important we started networking more within the mussel industry and we wanted him to get involved with us so were shouting him and Phoebe to a night out.
It wasn’t all untrue
Seb decided his car was more comfortable so he drove us over.
Had to leave at 4pm to get to the Blenheim Scenic Circle Hotel in time.
We arrived at 6pm and mingled with the pre dinner drinks and canape crowd.
It was fun catching up with folk we have known for years but hadn’t seen in ages.
Tim is not one for meetings so he just gets on with his work and lets others play politics.
It was quite noisy as more & more people arrived.
We perched Tim on a stool at the bar and surrounded him to protect him from being banged or bumped etc, the noise was a bit much for him.
The dinner began at 7pm.
The wait staff took our orders from a set menu and then while we waited for our entrees they proceeded with the first awards.
The first was ‘Young Achiever Award 2012′
‘Presented to a participant in the marine farming industry having shown enthusiasm and excellence in the workplace.
The award is limited to participants 25 years of age and under.’
The presenter began reading out this citation
‘The recipiant began working casually as deckhand in the marine farming industry at 15 for local skippers on ‘Lady Winn’ and ‘Tardis’ and then at 16 he began full time work with MacLab on the ‘Tasman Challenger’.
He soon moved to employment with Marlborough Mussel Company where he spent 2 1/2 years anchor & block laying on the ‘Pacifica’ and from there continued to work as deckhand on several of their other mussel barges gaining experience in all aspects of the marine farming industry.
He gained his PADI Open Water Diver certification last year and then spent 3 months deep sea fishing near South Georgia on ‘San Aspiring’ before coming home to get married 2 days after his 21st birthday.
He is now employed by Sanford on ‘Lady Marie’, has just passed his Inshore Launch Masters Certificate.
He has taken a ‘school boy’ job and is successfully turning it into his career.’
We were in on the secret so I had my camera secreted on my lap.
Seb never moved a muscle during the speech, even though he said later that he cottoned on very quickly that it was him that was being spoken about.
And the ‘Young Achiever Award 2012’ is – Sebastian Shand!
Thanks everyone, it’s been great
There were more presentations throughout the evening interspersed with dinner.
Tim was not doing too well for a while.
He had a massive pain attack in his eyes again just after Seb’s presentation.
I had some really strong pain killers with me so once he had taken them he was a lot more comfortable.
The evening went really well.
It was fun to catch up with old friends and lovely to meet new people.
I took a couple of photos with my iPhone but I am still getting the settings sorted so they are not too great.
You can still see the big smiles though
Dean, one of Seb’s previous bosses, was very proud of his protegee and told him & us many times
He was rather amusing and had us all in stitches.
Tim also enjoyed meeting Gus, a neighbour of ours.
He has lived not far from us for 32 years and this was the first time we had physically met.
So despite the rocky start and Tim feeling decidedly not great he did enjoy the evening.
He wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
We had to pull him away at 10:30pm so we could get on the road home.
I drove back.
It was the first time I had driven Seb’s car so it took a bit to get used to and then we hit fog.
All the way through Okaramio, Havelock to Rai Valley.
It was really hard driving.
But we made it safely and fell into our beds at 12:30am!
It had been a wonderful night and we were and are very very proud of our young man.
He is doing good