We all had a very lazy morning.
Stayed snuggled in bed for ages.
I was feeling really weary and not too great so needed to do nothing for a wee while.
The kids started bouncing with boredom mid morning so I sent them off to socialise.
Azzan very cheerfully said to Mahalia, ‘I was being really friendly last night so it’s your turn this morning’ 🙂
She doesn’t find it as easy as he does in a new situation.
Got up and had a shower just before lunch.
Ann had already taken Salome to work in Timaru and done some grocery shopping.
Azzan helped Adoniah cut up marshmallows etc for the Ambrosia Ann was making to take to the party.
Mahalia & Abagail took the dog for a walk.
Lunch was make our own sandwiches from the piles of food set in the centre of the wonderful spinning table.
It’s pretty cool actually.
The centre spins so no one has to pass anything – just like in a Chinese restaurant but way, way bigger.
After all there are a minimum of 10 seated at this table most meals.
We could’ve done with a table like this at home.
After lunch was cleared up we got ready for the party.
It was a double 60th birthday celebration organised by Jess and her sisters, to honour their parents Jim & Glen.
we had to drive about half an hour towards Fairlie to get to their place.
It is about 20 years since we were last here!
The girls had done a great job of keeping their parents in the dark about the party.
Only 2 weeks ago had they given them a copy of the invitation but Glen & Jim had absolutely no idea how many or who would be there.
Jim’s brother had come all the way from Scotland for the celebrations so Jim & Glen had taken him for a drive to Tekapo today.
They were only away 4-5 hours and returned to find the girls had put out seats & hay bales set around braziers for guests, strung up decorations and had mountains of food prepared and were casually relaxing outside amongst it all, sitting sipping drinks as if they hadn’t done anything!!
When we arrived there was already a long line up of cars parked outside the hedge.
I heard a count later in the evening of 50 cars parked up!
Well over 100 of us came to celebrate.
A real tribute to a lovely couple 🙂
Glen saw us as we walked in and was so delighted.
She knew I was floating around the south but had no idea we would be here.
Such a lovely surprise and so good to see them all again.
We had several wonderful family skiing holidays down here when Seb was a toddler.
Life has taken many different turns since then so we have never gotten back.
We all milled around socialising with drinks and nibbles for a couple of hours.
Then Jess called us to attention for the beginning of the speeches.
She also had a goody bag and throughout the evening would ask random questions pertaining to their parents and those who know the answers were given a prize – which were crazy things we had to wear for the duration of the evening, like large head bows, funny ears, glowing noses, and I won a shiny blue neck tie which Azzan has claimed!
It was all loads of fun.
I was delighted to see some old friends arrive and sought them out as soon as I had a chance.
I introduced Azzan to Roly and they and a great time talking.
We stayed in Roly & Margaret’s farm cottage all those years ago during our ski holidays at Mt Dobson, and they came visiting us in their yacht.
Roly had fun recounting a story to Azzan about his big bro (Anson we think) who took him fishing and on catching the fish scrambled around the dinghy asking for a basher to deal to the fish!!
So from then on in Roly’s family ‘a basher’ was their byword!!
I found Mahalia and got her to come over and meet Roly too.
She was absolutely delighted with him, especially when she realised he was Croisella’s uncle.
And even more so when she discovered Croisella was actually staying nearby over the weekend!!
He had lots of fun with her trying to get his tongue around her name and his brain to remember it.
By the end of the evening she was being referred to as Miss Shand – it was easier 🙂
A bbq was cranked up and loads of meats cooked, thar, venison, pork, chicken, plus multitudes of salads and breads etc.
I’m sure the tables were groaning under the weight of the food.
A very interesting and delicious spread – more than enough for tomorrow too I reckon!
After some more questions and fun with Jess we had desserts.
They were so delicious, including Ann’s ambrosia which was doubly delish!
Another local lady was taking some professional photos so I snuck in behind her and captured these ones of the lovely family.
Sarah, Jessie Maisie & Adelia with their parents, Jim & Glen
Becky had come down from Nelson with her mum Bronwyn and kids Abe & Phoebe.
I spent a lot of the night hanging out with them.
Nice to have some time to catch up with them both.
Life is far too busy in Nelson!!
Azzan & Abe went off and enjoyed some great boy time together and then later in the evening Abe buried himself in his book and Azzan took on the job of cleaner upper.
He gathered up all the used plates and cups and disposed of them.
A great job Azzan, I am sure it was very much appreciated – thank you.
We were quite tired so said our goodbyes and left around 9pm.
It was a pitch black night and I was really cold & weary, so just focusing on the road and getting back to Pleasant Point, when out of the darkness loomed this large shape right in my path.
I was so shocked.
It was a large wallaby just sitting upright straight in front of me.
I managed to swerve around it much to the kids delight.
I know they are pests here but the idea of hitting it was most unappealing and I was also very concerned about how it might damage the car.
Wow! That was a bit of excitement for the night!!
We got back to the house and went straight off up to bed.
Collapsed and slept soundly.