I was not feeling great this morning.
Woke up feeling at a really low ebb.
Was thankfully able to can all plans for the day.
I threw a sickie – decided I needed to stay in bed and rest.
So I did.
I wallowed all morning.
Finished watching a dvd I went to sleep over last night.
Had to back peddle quite a long way so must have zonked out earlier than I thought.
The movie was The Butler.
It was such a good movie – really great history lesson as well as many other life lessons.
It really should be mandatory watching!!
I spent most of the rest of the morning in tears.
Just feeling really down, missing Tim.
I keep busy to not have to think, but then I burn out and crash.
Then I have a ‘bad’ day.
Actually most days are ‘bad’ days, I just keep busy to avoid letting it all surface.
I intended to curl up and have a sleep during my sickie but that never actually eventuated.
The kids were not moving along as quickly as I wanted them to so I ended up leaping out of bed and giving them both a bit of a rev up.
Azzan was cool, he had done several lessons of maths, some english and had vacuumed the house, done dishes and walked the dog.
Mahalia………. was sorting her clothes!
Finally got her onto her english which she worked on during the afternoon.
Interspersed with some bike riding and walking of Bella.
I peeled veges for dinner, and put a chicken on to roast.
I lay on my bed for a while and worked on the TEFLink course until I needed to check on the dinner.
I am so frustrated with this oven, it is obviously a new one but I cannot get it to work efficiently.
The chicken hadn’t even begun to cook so I popped it into the small batch oven and it roasted up in next to no time.
I persevered with the veges by playing with different settings.
We had roast parsnips, pumpkin & kumara with boiled carrot rings and buttered parsley potatoes.
I wanted to make a pudding.
I had apples & feijoas and thought I would do a ginger sponge toping so googled a recipe.
Found one that looked good so began mixing it and then realised that it was a completely different thing altogether.
Decided to improvise and tipped it over the fruit and baked it in the oven.
It turned out really good.
It was a lemon-ginger sponge pudding, but because I tipped it over the fruit it went all custardy in the fruit and had a slightly crispy topping.
I helped Mahalia with some maths before dinner.
Billy came up and joined us for the meal and evening.
Nice to have company, it also makes us cook a bit more adventurously 🙂
I wanted to see the interview on Seven Sharp tonight with Brando as he arrived at the end of his expedition around the coast of New Zealand.
We played a small part in his journey so I feel a supportive interest.
It was über cool to see him arriving at Cape Reinga after covering 600 days and 8000kms.
Left a boy, came back a man!
Well done Brando 🙂
TV was then turned off, kids watched a dvd Azzan had begun before dinner and Billy & I chatted about our impending holidays, Billy is off to Tonga so we googled up where he is going.
Looks really cool.
Bri & Nick called up so the kids were able to tell them our exciting news 🙂
Yes, we are off soon on a big OE.
Actually just two weeks in Vanuatu.
Azzan is counting down the days – he is soooo excited.
I am looking forward to doing nothing of any consequence apart from enjoy the culture, sea life and sunshine.
It was soon time to head off to our beds so we said goodnight to Billy, put Bella out for her evening wander and then popped her in the washhouse.
Azzan was off to bed first, I am sitting here finishing this while Mahalia is still busy writing emails.
Shoshannah wrote a song this weekend and uploaded it today.
It made me cry again but I can’t help watching it over and over.
I love it Shanni xxxx
Another glorious dawn sky this morning.
I woke early and Azzan slept late.
I didn’t have the heart to wake him as he was sleeping so soundly.
Eventually he was up, walked the dog, did the dishes and tidied the kitchen.
We decided to hop in the car around midday and head townwards.
No particular plans, just a list of folk I wanted to catch up with at some stage.
Sally wasn’t home so we carried on towards Stoke.
Thought I would go find Michelle & Dave – hadn’t been to their ‘new’ place yet, they’ve only been there 3 years after all, can’t rush things!!
I fuelled up with diesel and we got ourselves an ice cream.
As we cruised along The Ridgeway I stopped outside Isel Park to finish eating.
Decided to go for a walk in the park as I had never been there before.
Azzan had been there a couple of times with friends.
It was so lovely.
The magnolia trees are flowering now, I just love these trees and have never been able to grow them at home.
Don’t think they are keen on salt atmosphere
I found this bud on the ground, it is such a beautiful colour.
So huge in contrast with these tiny wee flowers nearby.
There were glorious stands of rhododendrons
And camelias – glowing vibrantly in the sunshine.
The remains of a very old tree was a platform for the drama king – pretending to be a tree 🙂
We walked through and found Isel House.
A magnificent building which I am definitely planning to come back and visit during it’s open months in the summer.
Loved the colourful bed of poppies out front.
The daffodils make it feel like spring has sprung already.
It’s not 1st Sept yet but no one seems to have told them!
I noticed a small bridge so wandered across the lawn to it.
We crossed over and followed the path along the creek.
Gail called me to organise a get together next week so we chatted as I walked.
Found our way back out onto the road by going past the old museum buildings.
As I began to head back to the car I heard someone calling me.
It was Michelle.
She & Dave live bordering the park and she had seen us walking past through the trees across the creek.
She didn’t know we were coming & I was about to go find them next so that was really funny.
Azzan went back with her and I moved the car up to their place.
We spent a lovely couple of hours chatting with them.
I had already prearranged to call with Jesika at 12:30pm so I left Azzan chatting and went outside to talk to her.
She is working 10 hour shifts x 14 days at a time, and with the time difference it is hard to tee up a suitable time for us both to catch up.
Azzan remembered that we had to return a dvd by 3pm so at 2:45pm we said our farewells to Dave & Michelle and headed into town.
Azzan was relieved to see the time was exactly 3pm as I put the dvd back in the slot 😉
I was hungry so we went for a wander to find some food but all the kitchens were closing or closed so I had to give in and have a Pita Pit.
Munched on that as we drove around Rocks Road.
I pulled over so I could eat more safely.
Azzan wanted to get out and walk along the Tahunanui beach.
I was a bit hesitant as the traffic was pretty busy where I had stopped but he waited and carefully crossed and then climbed through the chains and onto the beach.
It was a very low tide so all the rocks were out of water and there was a glorious expanse of sand with the beginnings of the spring crowds scattered along the beach enjoying the sunny afternoon.
We found out later that Shoshannah & Mahalia were also at the beach then too!
They were there with friends – they came in from Richmond and back on the bus which they managed to miss!
I picked Azzan up at along at parking area and let him play for a while on a spinning thing.
There were a lot of kids there so he wasn’t keen on staying too long.
We arrived at John & Sally’s around 4pm.
I had a cuppa and chat with Clare and Sally until Clare had to go back and have dinner with Aunty Doris before flying back to Wellington.
Was good to catch up briefly.
We zipped back along Rocks Road and met up with Roni and enjoyed sitting on her appartment deck with drinks and chips watching the sun setting.
It was lovely.
When it had finally disappeared below the horizon and the evening air was too cold we retreated indoors and chatted for a while longer.
I was so incredibly tired that I could barely move off the sofa.
But finally around 7pm we headed back to the car and went to pick up Mahalia.
She and Shoshannah had enjoyed a lovely weekend together.
We stopped in at the supermarket and Mahalia ran in to get a lot of bread then straight home to Bella who was waiting eagerly at the gate for us.
Azzan made himself a filled pita bread for dinner and I boiled some eggs and had them with baked beans on toast, tomatoes, avocado & feta.
Took them off to my bed to eat and watched the beginning of ‘The Butler‘.
I think I went to sleep whilst watching………..
It is so hard to get mornings moving when we finish the days before so late.
Even though I am waking up really early most days the kids are still sound asleep at 8am so I tend to let them sleep longer.
Azzan came in to see me this morning looking like death warmed up.
When I suggested that he should shower and get the day kicked along he complained that he had barely got his eyes opened and wasn’t yet thinking so a shower was definitely not on the horizon for a while!
Anyway, we eventually got moving.
Azzan walked Bella and then got on with his English homework.
Mahalia sat in the sun at the table and did hers.
I parked up on the sofa with my laptop and did mine.
Then Azzan moved out and halfheartedly did some Maths before we got into gear to go out.
It was such a beautiful day.
Too good to be stuck indoors.
We left around 1pm and drove to Mapua to have a look see in a couple of the shops there.
Then headed to Motueka to have a late lunch with Jillian at Up The Garden Path.
We arrived at earlier than planned just after 2pm, Mahalia was so starving hungry that I let the kids order their food and I waited for Jillian to arrive.
Mahalia had hers in reverse – she ordered the brownie because she knew it would be served more quickly that her mains and she couldn’t wait that long for food!!
‘Muuum! just let me eat in peace!’
I enjoyed a mochaccino while waiting.
It was rather delish!
Mahalia’s quesidilla and Azzan’s fish of the day arrived just after Jillian 🙂
I had to order the Moroccan Chicken salad again as I had enjoyed it so much last time.
We had a brilliant afternoon.
It is always good to spend time with Jillian.
We laugh, cry and share – she’s actually one of my friends I can talk about anything with and even when we are crying we are laughing.
Love you my special friend 🙂
The kids disappeared off and left us to talk.
Then Azzan came running in calling me to come help get Mahalia unstuck.
Im like, what now??
Jillian obligingly followed him.
I just knew that I had to take my camera 😉
She was 2/3rds the way up an enormous tree in the play area.
Jillian alerted me to the sign at the bottom of the tree – had to laugh!!
Such an errant mother I am!!
The upshot was, Mahalia carried on up the tree.
I asked her to please do not fall out cuz I didnt need any more dramas at present.
She called down to me to make sure I turned off the life support if she did!!
We laughingly returned to our table and continued with our tête-à-tête.
They eventually returned safely, Mahalia raving about the fantastic view she got from the top!
We finally got the feeling that they were closing up for the day so paid our bill and then went for a wander around the art gallery and bought a couple of things before finally leaving around 4:30pm.
Sucha lovely afternoon 🙂
On the way back I called in to visit an elderly friend.
I had met Bob a few weeks back and had promised to bring the kids to visit.
He was so happy to see me and invited us all in.
I was so glad I had finally gotten back to visit, and the day was right as he was having a bit of a downer of a day.
We sat and talked for a couple of hours.
He had obviously done some homework since my first impromptu visit and found a lot in common.
One of which was that Anson had shorn his son’s sheep a few years ago!!
He had also heard good reports about our family which was so lovely to hear back.
Such a small world.
He really enjoyed the kids and verbally sparred with Azzan and complimented them both on various aspects of their beings.
They took off with my camera and went walking around the cliff tops.
I am allowed to put these photos up if I tell that they were taken by a couple of astronomically fantastic photographers 🙂
It was way after 6pm when we finally left with promises to return soon.
He gave us all warm hugs goodbye and we zoomed off down the drive and back to the house.
While I got dinner sorted the kids gave Bella a run and got her fed.
Azzan wanted to watch one of his movie choices.
He had hired Chernobyl Diaries because he is interested in finding out more about the Chernobyl situation and thought he was hiring a documentary.
It turned out to be the wackiest, stupidest, weirdest horror movie I have ever seen.
He was in such a state of disbelief that it wasn’t what he thought it was, that he was still trying to convince himself that it was actually a docu film for ages.
At the end I was like – ‘you have got to be kidding! I wasted my entire evening watching that rubbish when I could’ve been watching another Robin Williams film!!!’
It was so far fetched and bizarre that no nightmares could spring from it!!
But I definitely DO NOT recommend taking any time out to waste 86 minutes of your life watching this – total thumbs down mega times over
Next time I will be more vigilant about checking his choices cuz I have better things to do with my time 😉
It’s so cool to look out my bedroom window and see the wee lambs arriving.
Really feels like spring is on its way.
Billy must have moved the small flock up the hill in the past few days.
I think I counted about 5 lambs and then this morning there were two more very tiny new lambs just born.
We honed off into town a tad later than I planned.
I was trying to get organised, actually I was organised, but hadn’t had my shower when Sandra phoned up for a chat, then Seb called too.
Was good to talk but I had to race afterwards.
We left with just enough time to drop Mahalia’s bike off at Ross’s.
Saw Seb there briefly while the kids unloaded the bike.
Then we raced off into the city with just minutes to – actually there were no minutes to spare!
Arrived just on 11am.
Carpark was pretty full already but I managed to snag a park and left Azzan to go suss out the nearby op shop and Mahalia to tie her laces and lock the car.
I arrived at Nelson Beauty Therapy right no time but they were running late so I had time to sit and breath and have a glass of herb tea.
Then I spent a lovely hour with Eloise.
She gave me a delicious facial.
Mahalia was busy doing her thing there as it was her work experience day.
Azzan came and waited in the reception area for me.
He was not interested in the library today.
It was after 12:30pm before I left.
Had to take Azzan straight to his English lesson.
While he was there I whizzed off to The Warehouse to suss out some items which the kids and I are going to need soon.
From there I went on to Rebel Sports to see what they had.
Then it was time to pick up Azzan and go meet Katarina.
She had opted to wait for me upstairs in Starbucks so I got a drink and sent Azzan off to get lunch from Chilandos.
He got me a chicken quesadilla, it was delicious.
We wiled the afternoon away up there chatting.
Azzan would head off to various shops and then report back in and entertain us both before going to another one.
Mahalia worked until after 4:30pm and then came by to pick up her English from the car and walked on up to her lesson.
Azzan and I wandered on to Glassons with Katrina, I bought a top and then we said our goodbyes.
We popped into Rebel Sports and had a good chat with the young fella there.
Nice change to have someone helpful and friendly.
Then we went to pick up Mahalia.
While I sat in the car and did some computer work on the laptop Azzan walked round to United Videos.
We picked him up there along with several Robin Williams dvds that I had been wanting to see.
They had a stand specifically set up with all his movies on it – it was pretty empty so Im guessing a lot of people are catching up and reminiscing.
We came straight him and had the lunch Mahalia had forgotten to take to town with her for dinner.
Just added some salmon & spinach to it.
It was easy and very delicious.
Watched Good Will Hunting.
Such a great movie.
I was totally engrossed, and when Robin/Sean kept looking straight at Will repeating over and over ‘It’s not your fault’ I just cried along with him.
It triggered some stuff for me, good to let triggers work in your favour sometimes.
It was after 10pm when we all made a move towards bed.
There was loud crashing and banging noises coming from Azzan’s room for some time after.
Have no idea what he was doing!
I woke around 7 so sat in bed and caught up on mail etc.
Was reading blog of a friend when I saw something that alerted me that something was wrong.
Did some more investigation and discovered that our friend Ian had been killed over the weekend in a motorcycle accident.
He was in Cambodia doing the mission work he loved so much.
I was so upset.
Really feel for Trish and the family.
Seems like we have only just farewelled Hayden, then I was still reeling from Daphne’s death and now this.
It was all too much.
I could barely see the keys through my tears.
Later I received a text from Phoebe sending me a big hug and ‘kissy breakfast lip loves’ from Sapphie.
Made my day xxxx
The kids wanted me to wake them at 8am but when I went in they were totally out to it so I had my shower first.
Then roused the sleeping babies.
We only had a few hours of the morning to get things done so I was chasing them along a bit.
Mainly Azzan as he wanted to come to town with me in the afternoon.
He and I sat on my bed and worked.
He was trying to write his English homework and I was trying to update my blog, but he kept talking which was a bit frustrating as I couldn’t focus.
Eventually I stopped to help him and then set him alight on his maths but that was a fizzier as we are still having problems with the program running on the iPads.
I got so sick of it that I phoned Australia to ask for help.
The IT guy was pretty much useless.
It was time to get moving so I heated up the left over salmon fill from last nights dinner for lunch.
Then gathered up what I needed to take with me and Azzan & I left around 1pm.
Mahalia was busy working on her maths.
She had already done a lot of her English and I really wanted her to spend most of the arvo on Maths to get some catch up time in.
Azzan & I stopped off at Ross’s to talk about the iPad issue.
Can’t figure out whats going on
Had to get hiking so we took off soon after 2pm.
Stopped at the orthodontist to pick up some more bands for Mahalia and then into town to wait for Anat & Rami to arrive with their 3 kids at the Citizenship Ceremony at the Council Chambers.
Finally they arrived and we all followed the rest of the folk upstairs and found seats.
The ceremony kicked off at 3:30pm.
There was a good crowd, 33 people being presented with New Zealand Citizenship and lots of supporters.
There were folk from many countries – England, USA, Australia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, South Africa, Germany, Latvia, etc…and of course Israel
Here they are – not yet citizens 😉
I found it very moving and extremely interesting.
I had never been a part of anything like this before.
There was an English woman in front of me and she was very emotional about receiving her citizenship.
It was good for Azzan to witness it all too, so many of the folk came from war torn and less advantaged countries.
NZ must seem like a real haven for them.
We don’t know how lucky we are Trev!!
Congratulations Rami – you are now a Kiwi 🙂
Each person pledged their oath or allegiance and were then presented with their certificate of citizenship plus a small native tree.
Our lady mayor spoke after the presentations.
I had to leave the room for a while because I was hit by another coughing fit.
It was horrid but I was so glad it held off until after Anat & Rami’s presentation had happened.
It took ages for me to stop coughing and get to a point where I could go back in so I missed the last few presentations.
The mayor with 5 new Kiwis 🙂
Azzan had to try it all out for size too!
The Nayland primary school Kapa Haka group performed for us after we all sang our national anthem.
Afternoon tea was served at the end of the proceedings.
Once we had taken enough photos, eaten plenty of food, talked long enough andwished many congratulations, we headed on our merry way.
I zipped around to pick up a book I had on order but the shop shut at 5pm and I was 5 mins late.
Have to reschedule that for tomorrow.
My throat was so sore from the coughing I took myself to Starbucks and got a frappaccino to soothe it.
Water doesn’t always do the trick and this time the cold frappe helped immensely.
Haven’t had one in ages add I have gone off sweet stuff but this one really did help.
We called into see Roni.
Mahalia’s passport had arrived this morning so I got her to enter the details in her database.
She is out security backup when any of us are travelling.
The evenings are beginning to stretch-out now, it was near 6pm and still quite light.
We headed around to Tahunanui and popped in to see John & Sally for a chat about a few things including the iPad issue.
From there was went to Ross & Andrea’s to pick up the laptop and iPads.
Andrea was busy working – I think we were invading her bubble space cuz we were rather noisy and interruptive – sorry Andrea 😉
Caught up with Shoshannah too.
She and Azzan should really learn not to play with my phone when I am not looking.
They are lucky I didn’t publish all the photos 😉
We didn’t get home till around 9pm.
Azzan did maths while I cooked up some dinner.
Got him off to bed around 10pm but Mahalia was still working on her English till after 11pm.
It is now far too late for me to have the light on so I am going to finish now.