I staggered out to the kitchen at 7:20am to get a drink of water.
Was greeted by Wilf making his breakfast.
He wanted to make me toast.
My eyelids weren’t even open, I was in remote control.
Breakfast that early?
No thanks – but thanks 🙂
Went back to bed.
Spent the morning in bed blogging, paying bills, etc.
Got up a few times to do other stuff, but figured there was nothing else better to do or nowhere else more cosy, so may as well be comfortable.
The kids were buzzing around.
Maria is here now so the three girls are a bit like musketeers.
One for all, all for one.
Where there is one there is three!
And Azzan sorta flits around the periphery fitting in where he can.
He was especially happy because his big bro-in-law Mat had brought down a superflous PC laptop for him to use.
He can now play all the other educational games that won’t work on our Mac.
His other big bro-in-law Nick spent some time sorting out internal stuff for him to ensure he could get the games up and running.
He is a happy boy 🙂
Finally had a shower and braved the world.
Sunni & Lily came down to see us.
We tried the high chair for size.
Just fits, with a bit of extra padding.
She was happy in there as long as Aunty Halia was playing ‘Imagine’ on her tiny music box.
I went out and sat on the deck and chatted with Mat.
A few minutes later Sunni came out to show me a photo of Lily fast asleep in the high chair 🙂
Not the first child I have had sleeping in there!
They took her up to bed and she slept for quite a while.
Tracey, Josie, & Jack came to visit.
Anson & Marah arrived round with Eden.
There are so many willing cuddlers here so the babies get lots of tlc and attention and the mums get to give their arms a rest.
We don’t breed small babies so that is most helpful!
Eden had lots of fun sitting at the backdoor in the sun with Aunty Cat & Skip.
Then we migrated down to the beach to say goodbye to Tracey & kids when Andrew arrived to pick them up.
Along the beach David & Nick were busy nutting out how to get the PL3 down the rails and into the water.
The rails are falling to pieces and splaying out so when the trolley rolls down it kept falling off.
Tim gave the boat to David ages ago, but it has taken a while for him to get his trailer organized.
Now the times and tides are right but they just have to get it into the water!
It is a real end of an era seeing this old girl leaving.
She has been a stalwart of Port Ligar for many years.
Many a fish has been caught from her, and many a friend has cruised the waves of our bay in her.
Of course you cannot have a show without spectators and encouragers.
So we all stood/sat around and watched for a while.
Anson and his girl headed off to find food.
We followed and the ham & bread was diminished some more.
It was after 5pm so not too sure if it was a late lunch, arvo tea of early dinner snack.
Who cares – it’s holiday time and we eat when we feel inclined.
I personally don’t eat ham but am very grateful to those who have donated a couple to our pantry as they are helping to feed the masses this week.
Mahalia had all her nail polishes out so Marah made the most of babysitters to sit down and get girly.
Amongst the stash she found a perfect match with her dress.
Mind you, I would be surprised if you couldn’t find a perfect match with the number of different colors Mahalia has collected!!
Sunniva& Mat headed off for a walk with Lily.
Living with these girls Eden is going to have to get used to photo shoots!
Marah took Eden home to finsih off some chores.
She’s not moving easily today, having some sciatic pain which is not pleasant at all.
Probably a result of long hours traveling and sleeping in different beds.
Hopefully it will wear off soon.
I went off to rest and left the 3 girls and Azzan to prepare some food for dinner.
I was tired.
My book hit the floor as I fell asleep.
It was around 7pm when I woke.
The girls had made some salads, boiled up some pots of spuds and carrots and Shoshannah had made a cheesecake.
Azzan thawed out lots of mince and Shoshannah whizzed it up into pattie mix.
Here are the busy chefs – apparently doing the Shakira pose.
Shanni is like ‘a what pose?’
Wilf & Diane came down and cooked up a storm on the bbq.
We were expecting 14 for dinner so cooked up plenty of lamb chops, sausages, & meat patties.
The three dogs were forever hopeful!
We had all the food prepared and ready to serve but only half the dinner party were here.
We phoned and text the others but to no avail.
I was getting rather perturbed as it was now way after 8pm, and we were getting really hungry.
Turned out they were all around socializing with Anson & Marah on their back deck and had no phone reception
We started without them.
They finally turned up and joined the party.
I took a photo of the table just before Anson & Marah arrived.
Had to do a panoramic to fit us all in!
Note the Mat pose 🙂
Lily was completely unimpressed by the New Years Eve celebrations.
Lots of loving for Lily & Eden from Aunty Shanni & Uncle Zani after dinner.
Mahalia, Azzan, Leeann & Shoshannah having an end of year snuggle.
And finally the pièce de résistance.
Shoshannah’s honey cheese cake topped with raspberry coulis.
It was delicious.
The party time was just all too much for Eden.
She was definitely not keeping up with her Dad’s desires to party all night!
He was most put out to be in bed asleep by 10:30pm on a New Years Eve.
Welcome to fatherhood Ans 😉
They toddled off home, in fact everyone had retired by around 10pm.
All except the four youngest of the house.
I sat in bed munching on fresh chilled cherries and Roses chocolates (which Nick had given me earlier, thanks Nick xx) and reading my book, while they partied on down on the wharf under the stars in their onsies.
They cuddled up in sleeping bags on the wharf and watched ‘Pitch Perfect’ by starlight.
My book hit the floor around 11:30pm, I tried to sleep but with shrieks from the wharf and lights on in the hall it wasn’t terribly restful.
The kids came up around 12:30am so I got up, said goodnight and turned out lights.
I don’t really want to welcome you in.
The change of one digit means that it is a new year, a year away from Tim.
Another milestone that I don’t want to be facing.