After my very late night I was a bit blurry when I woke up at 7:30am.
Had a good long very hot shower which helped.
It was pouring with rain.
45mm overnight and another 20mm expected this morning.
Nothing a good raincoat won’t deal too!
I was out the drive at 9am and down the road to catch up with my cousin Sally.
Hadn’t caught up with her in far too long so it was good to have some unlimited time with her.
We hopped into her car and drove down to Crisp Cafe.
I enjoyed a salmon & potato cake for brunch and we caught up over coffees.
Spent the next three hours catching up on lost months and years.
Finally at midday we had to make tracks, so back to her house and I picked up my car and headed down to Riccarton Mall.
Met up with Nathan & Mira and spent some time with them.
Left them to shop and I splashed through the rain along Moorhouse Ave to find Total Food Equipment to suss out a Vitamix machine.
Wow! What a cool shop.
Got my machine sussed – yippee, I’m joining the Vitamix brigade 🙂
Then it was time to head off to Halswell.
The flooding along the way was extensive.
The road was clear but there was ‘lakes’ along each side of the roads as I got closer to Halswell.
I got to The Old Vicarage at 3:30pm just before Jennie.
We had coffees and a small snack and chatted the rest of the afternoon away.
Then as my evening plans had changed we decided to order some dinner.
Enjoyed 3 lovely hours having a really good d&m with my friend.
We went to the same primary school ‘way back when’!
Then rekindled our friendship as adults about 30 years ago.
Lots of sharing over the years.
I was back at Louisa’s at 7pm.
Rain had eased a tad thankfully.
Quiet evening catching up blogs and chatting with Jesika.
Making more plans 🙂
Woke to a wet Christchurch morning.
The forecast was for the rain to increase so there was a lot of anxiety amongst some of the city folk re more flooding.
It is pretty horrendous here for those who are affected by land sinkage since the earthquakes.
Sure enough as the day wet on and the weather got worse the water levels in some areas rose again.
I was up and away by 9am.
I zipped down to Northlands Mall to return a top at Farmers and to get some sushi rice for Madeline.
Parked in the wrong place and ended up having to walk the full length of the mall to find Countdown, only to find they didn’t have any.
So back to Pak’n’Save and they had plenty.
Got up quite a sweat traipsing up and down the stupid mall!!
Was very glad to get out of there.
Drove round to visit Janet.
Had a very congenial visit over a cuppa 🙂
Just wasn’t long enough!
Then at 11am I got a call to go pick up Madeline & George.
Louisa had dropped them off at their grandparents place so they could sweep up all the fallen leaves and make the place look a tad nicer for their return from their holiday.
They had done as good a job as they could before the rain set in.
I dropped them back home and then headed off to pick up some stuff Bri had brought down for me from home.
She had arrived back late last night.
It was absolutely bucketing down and I was very glad of my warm raincoat.
I drove along to the Windmill Centre at Riccarton and found a park right outside the Ed Hooper cafe.
Was early so made a few phone calls while I had some time.
Hadn’t taked to Nathan since we left on our road trip so was absolutely delighted to find he & Mira were in Rangiora and coming into the city.
We arranged to meet later.
Fiona arrived so we spent her lunch hour having a good D&M over some good food.
She’s been a good mate of mine since our days at Secretarial School back in 1975.
Nathan & Mira arrived so I met them at Starbucks.
We caught up on the past few weeks and then went for a wander in mall.
It was 4pm so I gave them hugs goodbye and headed across the city to go visit Kathryn.
Lovely to see their house all fresh and lovely from the earthquake repairs.
I sat and knitted while we conversed over a cup of herb tea.
By 6pm the daylight had disappeared and it was time for them to go out and for me to head back to Louisa’s.
Madeline had made sushi.
She had made me two rice cakes as I don’t like the nori.
You did very well for the first time making it Madeline – well done 🙂
After dinner Madeline was very tired, even if she didn’t think she was 😉
So she went off to bed and George did some study.
Louisa & I relaxed and watched a movie.
The cat enjoyed the fire and after the movie ended we talked, and talked some more and before we knew it it was 2am!!
Off to bed.
The leaders had to be at camp by 10am today.
It was a grey day with rain threatening.
It got colder and colder throughout the day.
Mahalia & Azzan went off with Lenore down to where they were all meeting up.
I packed up and then made the most of the peace & quiet to do some internet banking etc.
Lenore popped back up to the house and then we sat and chatted over a cup of tea.
Then all too soon it was lunch time so we continued talking over a lovely chicken salad.
Another cup of tea and then I hopped in the car with Lenore and we drove down to where the kids were all hanging out.
There was another group using the camp facilities who were not leaving until mid afternoon so the CEF team were having fun interacting and socialising at the other end of camp.
I sat and chatted with Peter.
The girls were all enjoying each others company.
Finally it was getting too cold to sit out any longer so I walked back up to the house.
Met up with Ross and ended up talking with him for another hour.
Easy to do 😉
Finally loaded all my gear into the car and left around 3:45pm.
Headed straight to Rangiora.
Called up Jesika and chatted to her on loudspeaker as I drove.
Then popped into visit Elizabeth & Robin for a while.
Nice to catch up with them – it’s been a while.
Left around 6pm and drove on into Christchurch, chatting with Jesika again.
Great to have free calling to Australia on my phone plan now.
Plus helps to wile away the driving hours.
I did some searching around Northlands for some food for my dinner, finally found Burger Wisconsin and got myself one.
Louisa, Roger & kids were just back from Auckland so I took it back to their house and munched it all up.
I was quite hungry by this point.
Roger & Madeline went off to get groceries and came back with sushi ingredients.
Madeline wants to have a go at making it.
George was cleaning his room & moving in with Oliver, graciously allowing me to sleep in his bed for the week.
It was very cosy and warm and I was very glad to collapse into it.
I woke at 7:30am so zipped through the shower and got myself organised to head off soon after 8am.
Drove 45mins into Christchurch and picked up Mahalia.
She and Madeline had been having a great girls time.
Stayed half an hour waiting for Louisa to get home, but gave up and headed off to do the shopping.
Mahalia wanted to get some socks so we went to Northlands Mall.
This was not in my plan so I was feeling a bit rushed having to slot in this extra time.
She found sox at The Warehouse and then we zipped along the mall to Farmers and found shorts for her and some other things for me.
I wanted to pop round and see Janet & David briefly before leaving, so we did that, although the navigating took us a wee way off course
Was good to see them both, will go back for longer next week.
Then we headed to Raeward Fresh in Hareward Road to fill Azzan’s shopping list and get some lunch.
David sent us off on the Papanui Road route, I think he was forgetting the busy traffic!!
We should have followed Janet’s directions, it would’ve been so much quicker 😉
We eventually got moving after some long queues and twiddling of thumbs.
Zipped around Raewards gathering up all the requirements from a most interesting menu list.
It was getting later so we decided to get some take out food from the cafe, but the cafe was manic!
We chose my food front he cabinet, gave our order but what I had chosen had already been pre sold, so I made another choice.
We stood back to wait for it to be warmed.
Then a guy came looking for us, apologised profusely that my order had been pre sold again and he was giving me my money back and letting me choose something else for free.
Can’t argue with that 🙂
Finally we took our food and drove back to Darfield.
I dropped Mahalia off with the groceries so she could help Azzan start his cooking.
He had gone to the river with Steve!
So she made a start on the cheesecake.
It was a raw vegan recipe.
I went to the village to meet up with Emma.
She was delayed so I wander the street and visited a few of the shops.
Found a present for my friend 🙂
It was a very impracticable one, but one to make her smile 🙂
We met up at the Express Yourself Cafe.
Once we had ordered our afternoon tea I presented Emma with my crazy gift.
It did make her smile 🙂
When you squeeze his hand he sings ‘Zip-aDee-Doo-Dah’ – you cannot help but smile 🙂
We had a most enjoyable time together, as we always do.
Just never have enough of those times, which I guess makes them all the more special.
Love yo my friend xxx
Finally got back around 5:30pm-ish to find my two busy busy in the kitchen.
It was Master Chef night.
Mahalia proudly showed me her cheesecake which she had stashed away in the freezer.
They had the bacon omelettes in the oven
And he was busy stirring his beef dish.
Mahalia was making salads etc and I was told to get out of the kitchen and to nt make any suggestions or comments!
We adults took great pleasure in being able to relax at the other end of the living room and converse without having to worry about cooking dinner.
I had found candles in the village which delighted my young man.
Knew they would.
His table would seem very abnormal without candles.
He set the table and poured the first round of drinks, soda water with a twist of lemon.
Finally we were all allowed to come to the table and the feast began.
Entree was broccoli & blue cheese soup with bacon omelettes.
It was so filling that I requested a very small portion of mains.
Mains was beef schnitzel in a Chinese sauce, with spring rolls, Asian dumplings and salad.
Drinks with this was red sparkling grape juice.
Then after a fashionable delay we were served dessert.
The cheesecake was delicious and the fruit kebabs were absolutely perfect to finish off the meal.
Afterwards we sat around and gave Azzan & Mahalia our individuals evaluations and scores.
5 of us gave a score out of 10 for each of the three courses.
They all added up to 134 out of 150!
Then Azzan gave us a summary of what he would do differently next time and finally the entertainment for the night was them playing with the red wax from the melted candles.
And using my red highlight setting I captured these photos of the chefs 🙂
An excellent night.
Thanks to Azzan for having the ideas and desire to create the menu.
Thanks to Mahalia for being a wonderful sister and helping Azzan with the cooking.
And thanks to Laura & Steve for allowing them to get loose in the kitchen, and to Merrin for dropping us all into it 🙂
I woke early and did some more searching for buses.
No seats available!
Then on my way to the shower just after 8am I got enough cell reception to call up the only company left to try, Budget Bus Shuttles.
Yes, they did have a seat but they left at 10am from Timaru.
I quickly booked Mahalia a seat, tore back upstairs and told the kids to move it – fast!
And I raced inside for a shower.
We were all packed and saying our goodbyes and many many thanks to Ann & Donald by 9am.
We arrived at the iSite in plenty of time to relax, have fun and grab some takeaways for Mahalia to eat on the bus.
Although Azzan found half of her order left in the car after she had left!
At the Railway Cafe waiting for the order to be heated.
‘Muuuum, put the camera away!’
‘But I just have to get one of that chandelier, it’s real pretty.’ 😉
And then the kids made friends with a local resident while we waited for the bus.
We waved goodbye to Mahalia, she was delighted to be heading off to Christchurch to spend a few days with Madeline.
Azzan & I went off for a drive around the city, it was early and it was Easter Monday, so not a lot of activity.
Called into Briscoes to check out the sale, then went to BurgerKing to wait for Corrinne to arrive.
She & Cleveland were on their way to Invercargill so we were meeting up for coffee as they passed through Timaru.
We were only there to wait for them as it was a central easy to find spot, no way was I going to eat there!
Azzan got a drink while we waited cuz ‘it’s the polite thing to do Mum’ 😉
I had exhausted the internet allowance when they arrived so we packed up and went to find some decent food.
When they arrived we scooted off to find somewhere with reasonable food that was open.
Eventually found Mocca and spent a lovely hour there catching up on lost time.
Finally just before 1pm I dropped them back at their car and they continued their journey south and we found our way to my cousin Inez & Graeme’s place.
Thankfully I could remember from Friday the general direction of where it was as my iPhone was hiccuping and wouldn’t load any internet stuff so couldn’t use maps.
Inez had lunch all ready so we relaxed and enjoyed her wonderful cooking.
The afternoon was spent doing just what we all needed to do.
I sat and knitted whilst talking with Graeme’s sister Clare.
She & Doug were visiting from Blenheim for the weekend.
Inez’s cat Bear entertained himself with my knitting until Azzan helped put a stop to that for me.
Then after a while he got bored and curled up for an arvo nap.
Good afternoon for it.
Overcast and cold.
Inez was doing what she loves – being busy in the garden.
She has an amazing garden – very productive and impressive.
Graeme & Doug had made a huge clearance of the kiwifruit vine etc in the morning and they were now getting a chook run made.
Once that was all done Inez ushered her chickens into the new run.
Graeme spotted me taking photos through the window 🙂
Azzan was happy to just chill out and spent the afternoon playing with his egg on my phone, curled up behind the couch on his laptop, and writing in his book.
Early evening a friend popped in for a visit so we sat round talking over drinks.
Then we enjoyed a delicious dinner on our knees in the lounge and watched the tv news.
So good to have home cooked meals when you’ve been on the road for as long as we have.
Azzan & Inez’s favourite tv show was on, so we all watched Master Chef.
Just hope I can get to see the finals, it’s getting to the nail biting stuff now!!
Finally all rolled off to bed and I slept soundly.