Wednesday 31st July

Last night I snuggled down into my bed and I watched the beginning of a new series which I bought recently.
The Pillars of the Earth‘.
So far it is showing an excellent portal of the times during the Dark Ages.
Somewhat brutal in places but very real.
The producers have done an brilliant job with set creation.

I woke this morning to hear Tardis approaching.
It was a flat calm morning, perfect for seeding up a line.

I met this young man heading to the spa as I stepped out to take some early morning photos.

Anson has a real bounce to his step these days.
I heard him bounding down the path to meet Seb when he arrived in with the ‘Tardis’ around 8am.
It is so lovely to see my boys working together so happily.
They were busy loading up stocking and ropes before heading out to harvest some spat so they could seed up a new line.
I could hear their voices chatting away, discussing what they needed to do the job for the day.
And when they are out on the water the sound of their voices carries across the water.
You can’t hear exactly what they are saying but it is music to my ears 🙂

Anson loading tubes of stocking from the shed to the boat.
P1080006Loading a few bags of rope on board.
P1080011Getting another bag ready to hoist onboard.P1080014Discussing what and which next.P1080023Seb teaching Anson how to use the hoist.P1080027 P1080029
And away they go.P1080031P1080033
Harvesting from the spat line
P1080034Gathering up some extra floats before heading out further to seed up a new line.P1080041

I had stuff to do online so sat in bed and did that.
Bri has invited Mahalia to go skiing with them in a few weeks time so I was organizing travel plans and booking tickets.
She is so excited 🙂
Mahalia went round to help Marah with Eden and feed the dogs.
Azzan brought me breakfast in bed.
Caramel latte and fresh fruit salad with yoghurt, coconut, cashews and a teeny sprinkle of coffee – the last was his decorative addition, I never asked for that!!

I finally got up and had a spa and read my book somewhere around 10:30ish.
Azzan decided to make muffins.
He did have a recipe and he made them all by himself 🙂
Only thing I think he did wrong was he used plain flour when it said self-raising flour, which we do not have.
But as the recipe also included extra baking powder all was not entirely lost.
They were edible and interesting.
He added chocolate chips, black currants plus banana slices for decoration.
I tried to feed them to the boys when they arrived back from work 😉
He had made a 1 1/2 times of the recipe – far too many for us to consume.

Mahalia decided she needed to make her own batch of muffins.
They were very tasty – boysenberry and chic chip.
I ate several for my lunch while I carried on working in the study.
Was trying to sort out some accounts etc.

Then finally I managed to get them to clean up the kitchen and sort washing and I went off to start sorting books in the school room.
I did fill two banana boxes with books I can sell or pass on so I felt I had made a small amount of progress.
But I kept on finding books I want to use with the kids yet.
Also I am aware I have grand babies coming along and some of them plan to home educate so they will need curricula.
Best not to be too heavy handed with the sort out eh?

I did unearth ‘Adam and his kin‘.
I had read it to the older children years ago and decided it would be a good book to begin reading to Mahalia & Azzan.
So while dinner was cooking I read the first chapter.

Azzan prepared the veges for dinner.
He roasted some yams, boiled up some carrot and parsnip to mash and cooked some brussel sprouts.
Mahalia added some lasagna and chicken Toppers to the oven.
Only problem was that Azzan took the pots off the stove and left them on the bench for ages before dinner was served and they were all cold.
So I served it all onto our plates and popped them back in the oven and read another chapter while they heated through again.
After reading we talked a while.
Talked about Daddy and where he is and being grateful we can be that we know where he is.
And how we should live our lives.
That one day we will all be together, and how glorious that will be.
Until then we can be sad we don’t have him here with us,  glad that we know he is waiting for us in a much better place, and be happy to remember the wonderful times we had with him and the loving Daddy he was – and still is in our hearts.
Tears were shed, thoughts thought, and memories stirred.

The sky tonight was amazing.
The reflection on the bay was so beautiful!
Everything was intensely pink.

While we ate dinner we watched an episode of ‘Castle‘.
Unfortunately it was not the best episode to view just before bed and the kids were a tad freaked out.
It was a Halloween one – “Vampire Weekend”.
Azzan sat and laughed all the way through at Castle’s antics and wants to view some more.
I got a few more rows of my knitting done.
It is getting easier the more I do.
They both decided they wanted to sleep with me tonight!
I said a very firm no and sent them off to get ready for bed.
I did put on the new Celtic Thunder dvd to lighten the moment.
Mahalia and I sat and talked by the fire for a while while Azzan was getting himself ready for bed.
Nice to have some one on one with her.
I banked up the fire and then went down to tuck Azzan in, only to find his bed empty.
Yep! He was cuddled up in my bed, little monkey.
So I have another body in my bed tonight!

When I was sorting books this arvo Azzan was sposed to be cleaning up his room.
He started asking me where he could put all his bathroom stuff.
He reckoned he needed a special shelf, cuz after all Shoshannah has one.
I brushed him off with a, ‘we will talk about this later when you have cleaned up’!
Tonight when I went to the bathroom I found a whole heap of my things dumped on the vanity.
Looked up and found he had cleared the small wall shelves and now all his hair products etc are in residence there!!
This kid is only 10!
You’d think he was jolly well 16 already with all his ‘products’ 🙂

Tuesday 30th July

This is the scene that greeted me when I opened my curtains this morning.
The fog was down almost to sea level.
Very ethereal.P1070880

I had a spa and then got busy in the study.
Azzan brought me a scone and muffin and a cup of Caramel Latte for my breakfast so I could eat while I was working.
Mahalia came and asked if we could go for a picnic.
She had ideas of kayaking but that just seemed a little too wet and cold to me.
So she called up Marah & Phoebe and we arranged to meet up the hill for a picnic lunch.
I was busy so left the kids to organize the picnic.
Mahalia did most of it.
Azzan had lots of ideas but wasn’t very focussed on taking them to fulfillment!
So when I got out to the kitchen at 12:20pm the sausages he wanted to take were still in the freezer :-/
I quickly got them boiling while we packed up the rest of the stuff.
Halia had enough food to feed an army – she did good 🙂
We were all loaded up and heading up the drive by 12:45pm so not too far behind schedule.
Stopped off at Marah’s and Mahalia ran in to see if she was still coming.
She & Eden were sound asleep 🙂
Mahalia woke her and they followed us up in the truck.
We got up the top and found Phoebe waiting for us in the sunshine.
Glorious day up there.P1070881

Phoebe hopped in with us and we drove along to the tailing yards to try and find the small fire drum that Tim used for his fires.
But we couldn’t find it so came back and found a sheltered place on the lee of the hill below the superbin to make a fire and have our picnic.
We gathered up rocks to make a fireplace.

Then we gathered sticks and lichen and the girls tried to make a fire.
Azzan brought his notebook with him and decided now was the perfect time to write!P1070886There was just enough breeze that lighting the fire was a tad tricky.
So we all gathered around it to block the breeze.
I also cheated a weeny bit and brought a small fire starter block from home to help get it going 😉P1070888

Marah arrived and sat in the truck to feed Eden before joining us.
I love this satisfied milky grin 🙂P1070892Just go away, I am too sleepy to picnic!P1070896Oh well, if I have to, I suppose I can wake up enough to join your picnic.P1070897
Phoebe made this cool toaster out of a branch and some twisted twigs.
Worked a treat 🙂P1070898 P1070899Then there was the multi sausage toasting machine in action as well!
She really was in an inventive mood today 🙂P1070900
Eden at her first Shand picnic – she was totally unimpressed with the essential smoke that always accompanies the food!P1070905 P1070906She got to have a cuddle with her Nonna and gave her Mum’s arms a rest.
She is one hefty wee baby, totally ‘build your biceps chick’ this one!!
So not impressed!P1070909But she has very smoodgy kissable cheeks!
Aunty Halia had a wee cuddle too.
Warming up Joy’s muffins over the fire marshmallow style, just the trick, made them even yummier 🙂P1070917Of course marshmellows were on the menu too.
Aunty Phoebe took Eden for a walk and rocked her off to sleep.
She was very contently snuggled up in all her blankets.
Eden’s singing makes Aunty Phoebe’s baby dance 🙂
Marah – the Port Ligar fashion plate 🙂P1070922

Anson arrived up on the quad bike with all his dogs.
He stopped and joined us for a few moments before heading off to go do some mustering.P1070925Just before we left I saw a small hobbit lurking in the woods.P1070928

Eden all snuggled up and strapped in.
Don’t worry, she was not going anywhere!!
She just looked real cute all propped up there so I strapped her in.
Marah stayed up the hill in the sunshine for a while to feed her after we left.P1070929

Graham got home last night so we stopped to chat with him on the way back down the hill.
Mahalia got out to walk and try to find Olly.
Azzan headed off with my camera and took a million photos!!
I love these ones of the spring flowers which are all blooming at present.
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Azzan made this daffodil tree 🙂P1070970
I backed down to the house to unload.
I was deliberately trying to keep as far to the left as possible to allow room for folks to walk past once I had parked up.
I misjudged and hit a waratah, saw a blast of dust and heard an almighty woosh as the air abruptly escaped from the tyre.
Brand new tyre too.P1080001


Phoned up Seb and moaned on his shoulder.
He and Anson will sort it tomorrow.

The kids arrived in.
I got Azzan unpacking and cleaning up the picnic stuff and Mahalia got firewood in.
I made a quick dinner of nachos and beans for Azzan and myself.
Mahalia had salad.
We watched several episodes of The Mentalist.
I managed to get a few rows of knitting done.

I came to the study to get this written and ended up with Azzan on my knee.
He had been quite stroppy as I was trying to get him off to bed.
He is missing his Daddy but doesn’t know how to say.
So he gets angry and frustrated and stroppy and difficult.
He sat and cried and we talked and hugged.
Now I am finishing here and am going to go tuck him and Halia in and give them some big hugs.
Cuz we are all missing him real bad.
He was missing from our picnic today and we all felt that big time in our hearts.

Monday 29th July

I was still awake when the 5.4 quake hit at 1:07am.
Even though it was a severe jolt and wasn’t too major over here it really unnerved me.
Took me a while to calm and get to sleep.

Woke before 8am with Azzan stomping down the hallway.
Got up and had a spa.
Mahalia was up early and baking treats – for the horse!!!
She cleaned up the dishes and kitchen.
She then went off for a ride on Olly.
He loved her biscuits.
Azzan hung out the washing and then vacuumed the living room.

Seb came to get Anson and they headed out to work in Tardis.
It was a perfect day for mussel working, flat calm and sunny.
We spent the morning cleaning up the living room and kitchen.
Marah & Eden walked round.
Hadn’t seen them for a week, Eden is growing so much, such a wee cutie.
Marah is a really good Mum.
It is lovely to see her and Anson with their wee poppet.

I wasn’t feeling too great.
Started feeling quite nauseated.
Had a slight headache which seemed to be stemming from my neck or back so took some Panadeine which kept it in check.
I made cheese scones and focaccia bread.
Both went down a treat for lunch with the soup.
I wasn’t happy with this lot of soup.
Not my normal best, but it was eaten so must’ve been edible.

Joy, Tony & Phil arrived in their boat just after midday.
We chatted over drinks and choccy biscuits for a while.
But when the conversation turned to wedding attire the guys decided to head off and look at machinery.
Phoebe arrived and then finally the guys came in from their mussel working.
We had a very happy lunch time together.
Lots of stories told of days gone by and gruesome accidents and events that our older children got up to.
And tales of mischief Tim created over the years.
Marah was able to join in lunch after Eden had hers and she cuddled up sleeping in Anson’s arms looking ever so sweet.
He has the magic touch ❤

Azzan wasn’t feeling too well so he headed off to bed for a while.
Mahalia had a sleep for a while and then went off to look for Olly again but he evaded her.

Sebastian went off in Tardis to pick up floats and then home to do some boat maintenance.
Tony, Phil & Joy left around 3:30pm to go catch some fish on their way home.
It was lovely to have them over – thanks for coming guys 🙂

It started getting cold again mid arvo so Iit the living room fire.
Phoebe & I sat and chatted by the fire for a while.
I was starting to get nauseous again.
The pain was coming from some tight muscle knots in my back so Phoebe gave them a real pummeling and I started feeling loads better.
Then she drove home to cook dinner for Seb.

The kids and I were not really hungry so no planned dinner tonight.
Just snacksville stuff.
Azzan was wanting to play a game of Monopoly Millionaire Deal.
I was wanting to head off to bed by 6pm.
I am so boring at the moment.
Just can’t do evenings.
All I want to do is curl up in my bed and tell the world to go away.


instead I sat shivering by the fire, I was so cold and headachy.
Mahalia got the fire cranked up and draped me with my dressing gowns.
Azzan gave me a foot massage and then we played Monoply Millionaire while Mahalia made smoothies for us all.
Then she made a pasta dish, which we ate whilst watching The Mentalist.
By this time the fire was generating so much heat that we were all cooking!

And now finally at 9:15pm I am in bed.
And a hoping that the two darlings are also on theirs!

Sunday 28th July

Woke at 6am.
Was sitting in bed blogging when Mahalia came in.
She was up and dressed and heading out to find Olly.
She put her pile of washing on before she left.
I got up to light the fires.
Cleaned out the wood fire, it was getting too clugged up with ash.
Got two buckets full from it!
Then headed to the study to pay some accounts.
Azzan was up and sorting out his clothes and tidying his room.
He was so funny.
I went in to see where he was at and he had all his clothes sorted into piles of matching outfits.
He was planning to hang them together, matching pants, tee shirts and over shirts.
His creative and colorful brain allows for nothing as simple and straightforward as to putting his clothes away in respective orderly drawers!

I finally had my shower.
Wanted to give the water time to really heat up as I didn’t want a luke warm shower.
Mahalia finally came back, she had been cleaning Olly from top to toe!

She hung out her washing and then cooked up some pasta for lunch.
The kids started their acting up again.
I was not impressed.
Told them that it actually had been rather pleasant not having them fighting  all this past week and to sort themselves out.
I was really teed off with them and they knew it!
I left them too it and they soon were friends again and being nice to each other.

Watched a move while I ate a late breakfast of fresh fruit and yoghurt – ‘Heartbeat‘, another Danielle Steele dvd.

Seb popped around to bring me stuff from town.
He has been getting stuff for ‘Tardis’ and working on maintenance while the weather has been rubbish.
Hoping the wind will have dropped to get out and start seeding soon.
Just waiting to hear when it will be going up on the slip for survey.
The slipway is booked solid but they are trying to squeeze us in as we will only be a small job in the scheme of things.

Played a few games of Monopoly Millionaire Deal with Azzan while Mahalia had her shower.
We have just bought the game in town so he was keen to have a go.
It is very similar to Monopoly Deal so easy to learn.

Made up a pot of soup for tomorrow.
Asked Azzan to watch and stir the capsicum as they fried.
They got burnt, but I was able to salvage  most of them.
He had decided he was pretty useless, but I assured him that I burnt food too.
And that it wasn’t cuz he was useless or dumb, just that he wasn’t being attentive to doing what he had been asked.
Then followed a great discussion as to whether the famous cooks/chefs had ever burnt food?

There was discussion as to whether anyone wanted dinner or not.
Finally decided that yes we did.
So I got some dinner on.
Made a salad with mashed spuds and lasagna toppers.
Nice and easy and very tasty.
Watched some of The Mentalist with the kids.
Mahalia made smoothies for dessert.
Tried to get some knitting done.
Got stuck so called up Wendy and Eilidh for help.
Between them both I got it sussed and had a lovely catch up chat with Eilidh at the same time.
Managed to do a couple of rows.
Then went to study to do some more work, ended up skype-ing Jesika and now it is past time for bed.



Saturday 27th July

Woke early but thankfully was able to go back to sleep for a few more hours.
Got up at 8am and hopped in the spa with my book.
It is unbelievably quiet here.
Tried on some clothes which arrived in the mail.
I was hoping they would be ok for the wedding, but I am not happy so with the colours so now will have to make another decision :-/
Wasn’t feeling too great so gave breakfast a miss.
Washed my backlog of dishes instead.
Tears were pouring down my face as I did them.
Just all of a sudden felt really sad and empty.

Got both fires going, need to give the hot water a top up before it gets too cold.
With only me here not much hot water is getting used so haven’t needed to light the fire for several days.
Still windy here, gusts aren’t as violent as yesterday, but it is quite a cool wind.
Made myself a hot elderflower drink and went to attack the study.
It is in such a mess.
I went through several pile of things.
Got rid of a mountain of plastic & paper bags – amazing how many accumulate in the back corner where they get stuffed for ‘just in case’ times.
Refiled old company accounts ready for attic storage.
Then tackled a pile of old photos and letters.
They were quite nostalgic, put them aside for another day.
Called up Rachel for a chat about wedding stuff.
She was very helpful and helped me tick off another few things from the list.

It was then 3pm and I was getting hungry so fossicked for food and kicked back by the fire to watch a movie.
I’ve had the dvd of ‘Oranges & Sunshine‘ here for ages and only just gotten to watch it.
It is so good, but so tragically sad.
I have read a book about the Lost Children many years ago.
This is a story needing to be heard.

After my rest I got stuck into the study again with major vengeance.
Got rid of a heap of stuff.
I had mail from quite a few weeks of mail days piling up all over the place in no order at all.
I just couldn’t get my head around it all and it had gotten totally out of control.
Sorted all the current papers into piles –  to be filed, to be paid, to be replied to, and I now have a lot more order and space in there.
I can now tackle it more easily tomorrow.

I had just gotten into my dressing gown with the intention of heading off to bed around 7:30pm as I was quite weary when I heard a vehicle.
I thought Seb was taking the kids home with him and then bringing them over here in the morning.
But as it wasn’t too drastically late he decided to bring them straight home.
They were both very happy with their camp and pronounced it one of the best!
Azzan won the dress up competition 🙂
Mahalia forgot to take a photo of him so I might have to see if he will model his costume for me tomorrow.
They had already eaten so they took themselves straight off towards bed.
Mahalia came out for a wee chat, thankfully she is loads better than when I left her at camp.
Must be all the Vitamin C I was shoving into her!
I grabbed a bowl of ricies and banana for ‘dinner’ and hopped into bed and watched a movie, ‘Secrets’ by Danielle Steele.
Nice to have the kids back home again.
The silence here has been deafening.

Friday 26th July

Woke around 8am, so did get a good 5 hours of sleep.
Needed to!
It was really windy, the bay is white today.
Probably the hardest wind gusts we have had in quite a while hitting us.

I stayed in bed for a while then went and had a spa around 10:30am.
The wind was playing havoc with my washing.
It was all dry but some strewn across the ground and bushes.
I could see that something had gone from the pegs still on the line but couldn’t find it.

Anson came around to meet the mailboat.
I had been primed to get him there as they had something for him.
I told him that he needed to be there to sign for a parcel 😉
I was actually quite glad of him as there is a huge mountain of ropes on the wharf which make accessing the boat quite a mission.
I went down with him so I could record the presentation.
It was for the local pig hunting competition held recently.
Anson normally goes but this year he hadn’t caught anything so gave it a miss.
He was presented with the biggest losers ‘shield’ and a dozen of beer as a consolation prize 🙂
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Just as he was leaving I went out to get the washing in.
I bent down to pick up a towel which had blown free when a huge gust picked up the washing trolley and whipped it over the bank.
I could see it down there with pegs strewn everywhere, and I could also see the errant sheet which I hadn’t found earlier.
It was tucked in under some bushes and I only saw it cuz the trolly cover was near it.
Anson hadn’t quite left yet so he came back and scrambled down to retrieve them all for me.
Thanks Ans – didn’t want to tempt fate and try going down there myself.
Probably wouldn’t have got back up!!

I went back to watching my movie ‘Waitress‘.
It is really cool to see Andy Griffiths as an 80 year old, I grew up with the Andy Griffiths Show,  and Nathan Fillion  – much younger than the Castle we know and love!

Got in a few armfuls of wood for the fire.
Phoned Phillipa to talk wedding plans.
Am trying to get all the catering sorted, lots to do but it is all falling into place.
Made myself some dinner.
Into bed to watch Bette Midler in ‘For the Boys‘.
Great movie 🙂
Now, my eyes are struggling to stay open so I am shutting down for the night.


Thursday 25th July

Morning movement began slightly earlier today.
Nathan was up as he was expecting Anson to come round and help him cut up a mutton.
Mira & I chatted over breakfast while waiting for Seb & Phoebe to arrive.
They turned up around 11am.
Seb was wanting to get out to town and try and get through his list.
So I hurried Nathan & Mira to pack up and get moving along.
They were all loaded and ready to go around midday.
Lots of huge goodbye and they were gone.
It was good to have Nathan home even if it was only for a few days.
I know how hard it is for the older kids to come back and face home without their Dad being here to greet them.

House back to quietness again.
Sun is coming back fast now.
Mo was making the most of it and sunning himself on the trampoline.P1070866
I put a load of washing through and for the first time in several months was able to hang it on the line.

Left it out over night as the forecast was favorable.

Did a spot of cleaning up.
Topped up the firewood to keep the wood fire chugging along.
Made myself some lunch.
And under instruction from Sunni took myself off to bed and rested while watching a movie.
27 Dresses‘ – a pretty harmless chick flick.
I really like Katherine Heigl so she added to the viewing enjoyment.

Got up and made myself some dinner.
Pretty much eating through leftovers.
Sent home a large platter of leftover roast dinner and tiramisu with Anson for their dinner.

I hopped into bed and watched the rest of my movie.
Then started working on some online photo books.
I had some internet left to use up before midnight.
Got really involved in what I was doing so didn’t hit my pillow until 3am!
Stupid I know, but no-one here to worry me or tell me off :-/