Friday 31st August





Tim & I were barely awake when a tall figure loomed through our ranch slider at 5:30am with his head torch shining in our faces.

‘Hey Dad! Where’s the keys to the gun rack?’

Yes, it was Seb, wanting to head out hunting again.


He and Thomas went out for an early morning stroll and came back empty handed.

In the meantime the rest of us got on with waking to our day.

The guys arrived back in time to have breakfast with us.

Then they went out with Tim on the boat to do some mussel work.

It was such a beautiful day that Phoebe and I decided to go for a wee drive.

She and Seb were planning to leave that arvo and she really wanted to have a decent look at Waterfall Bay as the last time over there was fairly fleeting.

I left the kids with instructions on what I expected them to achieve while I was gone.

You can always dream eh?


I had a play with my new camera and got this cool panoramic shot looking westward over French Pass towards the Nelson Ranges in the distance which were sporting a fresh coating of snow.


We had a bit of a browse around the WB garden and house etc so Phoebe could get a feel of the place and then headed back up the hill.

Stopped in to visit with Margot and Peter who were down at their bach for a few days.

Nice to catch up with them as we don’t see them very much.

The day was absolutely glorious.

We got back up to the top of the hill around midday and the sun was glistening on the sea and islands to the north west towards D’Urville & Stephens Islands.

With the fresh bright green pasture and new lambs it really feels like Spring has arrived.

We headed back down our road towards home.

Had to stop to catch another panorama shot looking into our bay first though.

This is looking north eastwards.


When we got back to the house the children were just finishing up their chores.

I am not too sure how diligent they had been.

Shanni is always pretty responsible when I am away but the other two tend to get side tracked very easily!

Mahalia wanted me to take her around to find the horse but I suggested that Azzan could actually walk around with her.

You know – use your legs stuff winky

She was not terribly impressed with her mother but hey!

Shanni disappeared off into the sunshine to catch her daily dose of VitD.

Phoebe soon joined her.

The guys came across towing a pile of mussel floats.


It was mail day.

The mailboat arrived around 2pm-ish.

Then Paul, Kristina & Theo sailed in the bay and picked up their mail as they headed back to Waterfall.

Krstina had been working on D’Urville Island for the past week so Paul had gone over to pick her up.

It surely was a glorious day for them to be out sailing.


The guys came up for lunch and then the decision was made that they could stay another night.

So I got into gear and made dinner.

I had mushrooms and cauliflower that needed using so I went searching for some inspiration.

I found a new recipe in the Moosewood Cookbook for Cauliflower Marranca which actually was easy to make and was very tasty despite not looking terribly wonderful.

The mushrooms make the cauli look sorta grey but the millet makes it all very tasty.

Shanni baked potatoes and pumpkin.

I made some guacamole and Tahini lemon sauce to go with them and the Marranca.

The guys added some cold roast pork to the mix as they don’t enjoy completely vegetarian meals clueless

It was a very delicious dinner.












Thursday 30th August





The guys disappeared after breakfast.

Found them up at the truck.

After a hunt there is always the unfolding, discussing, retelling….

It is all part of the process.

Must be done to complete the adventure and prepare for the next one winky

Thomas, Jeff & Sebastian with the 156lb boar.

Tilly was not actually part of the hunt although she might like to pretend she was now the boar is dead.

This huge critter killed Jeff’s 2nd best dog, so some tears were shed.

But the sun was shining, the tears were dried, and they were reliving the adventure now.



I spotted this near the back door – thought it rather picturesque.


Tim & I made the most of having Seb & Phoebe here and spent an hour or so having a good chat about future plans.

Lots of interesting and exciting things unfolding happy



It was a beautiful day and Mahalia & Azzan were making the most of it.

Azzan gave Mahalia a massage.

Then Skip & Tilly joined in with the sunny arvo rest time.

I cooked up a huge frypan of fried rice and veges for lunch.

With Sebastian home the food disappears much more quickly that normal.

I had almost forgotten how much he consumes!!


Tim is enjoying having Seb here to help him.

The children are enjoying having Phoebe around.

She is a source of information re Olly as she has had her own horses until she married Seb and moved north.

Mahalia is trying to get Olly into good condition.

He is a tricky fellow.

When we got him he was so overweight and now he has lost all that and is tending to be a bit too light.

So she is saving carrots and apples and bread – he’s not too fussy – he just likes food.

Phoebe was able to get Azzan to do some decent piano practise while I cooked dinner which was very helpful happy






Wednesday 29th August

Tim got up at 6:30am.

When I asked him what he was doing he replied ‘Going hunting.’

Well so much for coming home to spend the day with my family!!

Seb & Phoebe had driven down the day before.

Thomas, Jeff and Katie had come too.

Tim got breakfast going and they all surfaced and packed up their hunting gear, loaded up the pig dogs and took off in the ’88 South’ just after breakfast.

Mahalia & Shoshannah went too.

So it was just me and Azzan left behind.

And of course the granddogs winky

After the boat left they ran off down the steps.

I could hear Skip running back and forth along the wharf barking at something.

They came back up while i was in the spa.

I took a few photos of them.

It was quite funny trying to get them together.

Skip was a bit bored with the photo shoot!

As soon as they left I got myself into the spa with my book to thaw out.

My feet were frozen.

We had a relaxing day together.

Didn’t really achieve a heck of a lot but it was good to just chill.

The hunters arrived back in the late arvo.

They had a 156lb boar.

It was massive and had unfortunately killed one of Jeff’s dogs so they were a tad sad about that.

Tuesday 28th August




I was up at 4:45am and drove to town for a full day of appointments.

Tim drove up to Graham’s with me and then drove the Terrano over the slip and greasy patches.

He was concerned that it would be too slippery for me.

It was really lovely of him to do that but it was still pitch black when I left him and he never had a torch so I was a bit worried about how he was going to see his way back.

But he wasn’t concerned so I left him to find his way.

Arrived at 8:30 and managed to get several things crossed off my list.

Then I spent the next 2.5hours at Renaissance.

Hitomi is an absolutely magic award winner with hair colouring and she transformed me from blah to amazing pleased

Then it was off to do a few more things before an hour with Julie at Nelson Beauty Therapy.

Nothing like a massage and facial to revitilise oneself.


I just had time to go collect Tim’s suit from the tailors at 2pm before meeting up with Chrissy at Yello Cafe next door.

I was starving by then so wolfed down a plate of roasted veges and a hot chocolate.

Then I had to zoom across town to the orthodontist to meet up with Nathan.

I was there in plenty of time and thought he was following close behind.

But the appointment time came and went and he never arrived.

I was getting a tad distressed when he finally called to say he couldn’t start his scooter.

By the time I realised he was walking he was there so they took the next person in and we went second so all was not lost.

Except that I did have a 4pm counseling session booked and time was ticking.

So we heard all the orthodontist had to say and then took off at a rate of knots.

Decisions can be made later!

I had just received a call from the Vodafone guy to say I could come pick up my new wifi units so I took a diversion in my route, dropped Nathan off in town, zoomed in and grabbed the wifis and managed to get back over to counseling just in time.

Nothing like a couple of spanners to get dropped into the works to throw the day out of kilter.

But I handled it all pretty well and managed to not get too stressed – well done me winky


From there I had time to zip over to Starbucks before it closed , meet up with Nathan again & get a frappacino.

Then I fueled up the Terrano, drove around the block and got myself some Chinese takeaways and then went up to visit with Mandy & Noel while I ate my dinner.


Finally left around 8pm, stopping briefly to zoom into the supermarket to get a drink to see me home and of course came out with a trolley full of stuff!


Had a good drive home.

Alexander Rybak entertained me most of the way.

He is very happy, entertaining and also poignantly sad in places.

A great CD to listen to.

Everyone was asleep when I got back so I unloaded what I needed to and fell into bed too.




A few cards I made over the past week




Sometimes background papers are just too pretty to cover up too much so I like to work with them and show off the parts I like best.

The birds below are so cute I made the card revolve around them.

This was a fun one I made out of the leftover background I made for Mahalia.

Haven’t got too many kids cards in my stash so it will be put to good use one day happy

This is a very special card for a very special person.

I was thrilled with it and cant wait to give it.

Mahalia wanted me to help her make a card for her best friends birthday.

So if any of Sophie’s family are reading this you are not to say a word – you hear!!!

She chose all the stamps & papers and asked me to help make it.

But then it was ‘can you do it Mum?

You make such cool cards and you make it look so professional.

Well, how can you refuse such buttering up like that?

So we talked about how to use the stamps and she chose the colours etc and then I produced it.

Then she lost interest and left me to it.

She was absolutely rapt with how I did the inside of the card pleased






Sunday 26th & Monday 27th August





A day of resting, reading and a spot of eating.

Not too much else happened.




Tim & Shanni went up to do the trapline.

Azzan came back with this wee critter.

It’s a shame they are so cute whatevah

Tim and the children brought down a truck load of firewood.

The kids unloaded it into the woodbin.

Azzan was having his own private party once they had finished.

The girls were still unloading the last wheel barrow full.

Mahalia’s flowers are beginning to bloom so she is very happy.

Now the days are less wet and the sun is shining more often the girls are getting busy in the garden.

Shanni has a lot of seedlings sprouting on my windowsill in the sun.

Mahalia has discovered that weeding the flower garden is actually quite enjoyable and she has been working away out there.


Tim helped Mahalia trim Olly’s hoofs.

That took quite a while but she announced that he was the best hoof trimmer ever, and Olly behaved himself.

So that was all good.


I was getting ready for town and also spent a few days making cards when I had some moments.

We also did some school work.

Azzan is racing through his maths book and Mahalia is beginning her new one.







Friday 24th & Saturday 25th August





It was so, so, so wonderful to be home and to have the spa fixed and hot, and to be able to soak my weary bones in it before beginning my day.

There was a mountain of washing to put through.

Thankfully the day was fine and we could get most of it on the line.


I got the children to help and also do some music practise.

Mahalia & Tim ‘persuaded’ Olly to move further up the hill for fresh feed by moving some fallen pine branches and putting hay up there to entice him.

It seems to have worked.


I was planning to have an arvo nap as I was rather weary but that didn’t happen.

I did have a lovely long chat with Joy.

Hadn’t caught up with her since she returned from her trip to Europe.


Bruce arrived down with his grandson and a Czech wwoofer.

They stayed the night at The Croft.

Tim took them out to get some fish and mussels before dinner so they were very happy chaps.

Bruce is very generous with his pears and apples so it is great to be able to reciprocate


Shanni cooked a mince and vege dish for dinner and served it with pasta.

She’s a gun wee cook and I really appreciate her getting loose in the kitchen these days.


I took myself off to bed quite early.



Saturday 25th August


I am reading a really interesting book.

I picked it up at the library when getting books for Shanni.

It is by Jenny Pattrick and is called ‘Inheritance‘.

It is a very intriguing book – I couldn’t put it down.

I read in the spa this morning for a hour or more and then curled up by the fire and read it some more while I ate my lunch.

The Samoan history is fascinating.

So much I did not know.


I did some Maths with Mahalia & Azzan.

Shanni worked away at her own school work.

I took myself off to bed at midday and turned off my phone and told the kids that no one was to disturb me unless they were dying!!

I was reading my book before falling to sleep when I heard my phone vibrate.

It was Jesika wanting to skype the children.

So I got up and turned it on and called the kids in to talk to their big sister.

She had some exciting news for them.

All will be revealed soon winky


I finally got back to bed about an hour and a half later and tried to sleep.

I think I dozed a bit but it certainly wasn’t a restful sleep.

Tim took the tractor up the hill and spent the day clearing off the slip.

He is hoping that the rain that is forecast will wash a lot of the sludgy mud away.


I had asked Mahalia & Azzan to do some weeding in the flower garden and they were happy to do that.

They made a great start while I was in bed.

Mahalia weeded the triangle garden and planted some of her wee flowers in the top narrow bed.

And Shanni pruned back the very prolific flowering creeper on the arch.

It has a tendency to creep very quickly when we are not watching and it covers the kowhai tree on the other side and tries to entwine itself in through the house claddings.

Then they went around to see the horse before getting the washing in.


I had lunch after I got up a few hours later.

Bruce and his crew left to head home as there is more rain coming.

Shanni organised dinner.

The roast chicken hadn’t been turned on so we will have to have that tomorrow.

Thankfully there was enough leftovers from last night to satisfy everyone.

I had to make a few phone calls so did that and now am off to bed.

Am hoping that a good night’s sleep will put me back into gear so I can function a bit better tomorrow.