Once again I was awake far too early
I seriously do try to go back to sleep but end up giving up after tossing around for a while.
Had my spa while dawn was breaking this morning.
It began to gently rain while I was in there, but thankfully cleared up quite quickly.
I was on a mission to get rid of the massive piles of papers that have been accruing in the study for ages.
I have been trying to get them sorts and filed for far too long and it has been depressing me.
So I asked Shoshannah if she could direct the wwoofers when they came down for breakfast and I took my mug of hot elderflower drink and began the task.
I waded through some stuff, made some very necessary business calls that have been on my list for too long, had to wait till after 10:30am to speak to some folk.
Hate that, just when I get into a momentum and I have to put that job to one side for later.
It is so frustrating cuz I then am just paper shuffling again.
Graham arrived down around 10am and I vacated the study for a wee while so he could make some important calls.
Ella was busy baking, the kitchen was in a right state of busyness 🙂
I had found a recipe for a lemon slice so she made that and Shoshannah made it in a gluten free form.
It was delicious, but I loved Shoshannah’s the best!!
She had substituted coconut flour which really went well with the lemon.
The kids loved the slice and it disappeared very quickly.
Azzan & Elias were in the door, grabbing a piece and gone again, several times over until I hid the plate!
YC & Shan were weeding the front rock garden today.
The gardens are all looking so much better now.
Grant made an attack on my poor old sad broken wood stove.
The wetback has been leaking for ages.
So he came down equipped with the necessary tools to try and fix it for me.
I just love the Kiwi ingenuity – the log of firewood holding up the flue 🙂
He and Graham spend ages pulling it all to pieces.
They had to turn off the water and empty the hot water cylinder.
So no water to do the dishes at lunch time – kids were very sad – not!
Poor thing looks very sad and tired.
I was wondering if it was worth fixing, but cannot afford to get another at the moment.
Grant is rebuilding the wetback so hopefully it will last a few more years yet.
While Grant was working on the wetback up in the workshop Shoshannah got stuck in and cleaned the whole thing right out.
It is amazingly clean now so should go like lightening once it is all back together again.
It was a lovely sunny day so everyone ate their lunch out on the deck.
Ella made some spinach & feta pinwheels to add to the soup and other munch lunch foods she had brought.
The kids were hard out playing all day.
They spent most of the arvo down leaping around the mussel bags on the wharf.
It is so good for Azzan to have a friend a similar age and stage that he can get out and do stuff with.
He and Elias almost look like twins and get along so well.
Some of the kids went fishing and Shoshannah was roped into filleting the fish for them
Seb came and went a few times in the Tardis, doing more mussel seeding.
I brought all my filing out onto he kitchen table to make it easier to sort the papers.
Finally got them all put in the appropriate places in the filing cabinet.
I had several more phone calls to make, interspersed with Graham’s calls.
Am still dealing with the police mismanagement of Tim’s recovery, have a bit of homework to do over the weekend so I can send in my/our version of the events to get them considered and put on record with the coroner.
My desk is looking somewhat clearer, although the mailboat came with more papers to sort.
It is just never ending.
I am trying to get caught up and into a better routine and am biffing stuff out to lessen the load.
The hard part is when I am going through papers and Tim’s handwriting is scribbled all over and I feel so bad putting them in the bin.
It feels like I am losing part of him, but I can’t keep it all, it is only lists and notes, nothing special apart from the fact that he wrote it and it’s like all I have left.
Dinner was easy tonight.
Shoshannah had made so much last night she just heated up what we each wanted.
I made tapioca last night and Azzan had it for dessert tonight.
I am not impressed
The hot water is now heating by the mains power as the wetback is obviously not connected so the water was still cold when it came to doing the dishes.
I boiled several jugs for YC & Shan and they plowed throughout the pile.
Azzan & I played a few games of chicken foot.
He bemoaned that it was not quite as fun or challenging with only two of us playing.
I sent him off to bed after three games.
Then Ella, Grant & Miriam arrived up for some socializing.
Miriam is their new au pair from Germany.
Grant was interested in the dominoes so I called Azzan back to see if he would like to play some more games.
Dumb question 😉
So we enjoyed a few riotous games with 5 of us – much more fun than just two.
Miriam & Azzan went off to bed and we three talked some more over a cuppa.
Jonas didn’t want to watch a movie with his older siblings so he came to visit and crashed out while he was cuddling his Mum.
It’s been a big day for a wee man.
We talked over tomorrows first aid course and then decided that 10:30pm really was late enough for us all.