Well, I sure needed that sleep.
Clare had a dance student arriving today to board with her so I stripped the bed, had a shower, remade bed and cleaned the room.
Clare is being slowed down a tad by a painful tennis elbow so I was glad to help get things ready.
It was really nice to have time with just us to chat and enjoy a morning cuppa before she headed off to teach at the fitness centre.
Last night she had received word that one of her fellow instructors had suddenly collapsed and died during a class so things were rather emotional for the team as they prepared for the day.
After she left I hung out the washing – once again showing off my OCD skills 😛
Then as I had a little time before needing to go pick up the girls I thought it would do some ironing to help as it is one of those chores that tennis elbow finds painful and as I hardly ever iron it is quite a treat for me to do it.
Funnily enough, it took me ages to find the ironing board.
Such a small place and everything so tidy, but finally found it tucked in a wee space.
You sure make the most of every nook & cranny Clare 😉
Managed to get a few items done before Shanni texts me to say they were ready to go.
Whizzed out the door, slung my bag in the back and zipped up the hill to get them.
For kids who were ready half an hour before hand it took them a considerable length of time to actually be ready and get loaded into the car!!
Finally they and Eilidh were all squeezed in and away we went down into the city.
I dropped the girls off at Te Papa, Azzan decided to come with me, he wasn’t feeling up to trailing behind them for several hours.
We found a park close by Midland Park and went for a wander as we were about 20 minutes early.
Explored Acquisitions and found some things we liked, but decided to wait until we got back to Nelson as they have a shop in Richmond.
It was time to go meet Clare and her three friends at Astoria Cafe.
We had a delicious brunch there and chatted for a while until it was time for us all to go our separate ways.
Thanks Clare for having me, loved it and will definitely return soon xxxxx
Azzan & I went back and picked up the girls and then found a park in a parking building.
I’d seen the underground market was on so decided to take the kids as I knew they would enjoy it.
Unfortunately Azzan got another really bad bleeding nose, so Mahalia helped him across the streets and we walked as fast as we could to the toilets and while the girls went off shopping I helped him to get it under control.
Poor wee man, he’s not doing well at the moment.
We caught up with the girls in the market, I found a stall there selling the most gorgeous screen printed light shades.
Zamm Lights – so super cool, totally worth checking out.
Fell in love with them and knew immediately that they were exactly what would work in our sunroom.
The hardest part was choosing which designs.
Finally chose three and she packaged them up for me.
We wandered around the market, decided we didn’t want any food there so braved the sun outside and found Cafe Eis and each got a gelato cone to tide us over until we found some real food.
The kids had not spent time on the waterfront area so I led the way up onto the walkover.
It would have to be one of the best, artistic, aesthetic walk overs I have ever seen.
So cool to just hang out there, sit in the sun, or the shade, enjoy the moment, people watch, view the harbour and wildlife, and take photos of pretty girls 😄
We met up with Perin who had been our waiter at Astoria Cafe, he was about to jump so I quickly captured the moment.
He was not happy with the size bomb he made so jumped again.
It was all too soon time to leave so we drove on to Miramar and went to visit the Weta Cave.
The girls got all excited when they saw the Wellington sign.
So I took a slight detour so they could get photos and then had a dickens of a job fighting the traffic to get back en route again – the things I do for my kids. Sigh! 😉
Visiting Weta Cave was the only thing Shanni really wanted to do while in Wellington.
Had a fun hour there meeting new friends.
Watched the movie telling all about the journey Weta Workshops has made from its inception.
Very impressive actually.
Next trip we will make time to take the workshop tour.
We zipped back to Shelly Bay and had some food at The Chocolate Fish.
It was incredibly hot so we were grateful to find shelter under an umbrella.
When ordering Mahalia chose a black pudding sandwich.
Knowing full well that she had no idea what it was I quietly queried her choice.
She quickly opted out but the waitress suggested they could put a small amount on her plate for her to try.
So she did, and so did Shoshannah.
The reactions – Mahalia – Yuck!
Shoshannah – Not bad!
But most of it went back to the kitchen 😉
Azzan had deteriorated and just was so miserable, he wouldn’t/couldn’t eat.
Shelly Bay is such a pretty place, lovely drive and well worth putting on the list for places to return to when we have more time.
We scoffed down our meals and then drove to the airport, fueled up the car and returned it.
We had some time up our sleeves so did a wee bit of shopping.
We met a few more ‘friends’ while there too.
Eilidh came right to the last elevator to milk every drop of the time she had with us and then the bused back home.
It was lovely to spend time with you Eilidh – thanks for your delightful company xxxxx
We were sitting at the gate waiting for the boarding call, but never heard it and nearly missed the plane!
It was a quick flight back, Thomas arrived to pick us up, delivered us home.
It was so good to be back.
I was met by a very pretty surprise on my bedroom windowsill.
Lilies from Phoebe, Seb & Sapphie.
Orange is my favourite colour and the flowers match my blanket and floor rug so my room is feeling happy and inviting 🙂
We all just crashed out for a while.
Around 8:30pm we all decided we were a bit hungry so I caught the Milton Street Takeaways just before they closed at 9 and got some quick food.
That was devoured and we all hit our beds.