First morning after daylight saving is always confusing.
Today was no exception.
Shoshannah had arrived home somewhere around the 3am mark – but whether it was before or after the clock changed we still don’t know.
It was still late and she didn’t have enough sleep.
She battled on and was way better than we all expected.
Mainly because she had planned a bbq today in honour of her 18th birthday.
Well, she called it a bbq but actually she had no idea what the facilities on Rabbit Island were like so lets just call it a picnic 😉
While I was waiting on everyone to surface I put out the garage sale items and opened the gate for a couple of hours.
Only two or three people ventured in and one sale was made.
Once we were all ready to go I called into the supermarket to pick up some food to take along.
We arrived at Rabbit Island around 1pm and spent some time trying to find Clare & Chrissy who had arrived first.
It is a bit of a maze with all the one way roads and myriads of picnic areas so after circling the mulberry bush about three times we finally located the girls.
It was a lovely spot – a daisy strewn field with a picnic table.
Shanni spread out the blankets and unloaded the food.
Soon the rest of her friends arrived, some by car and others on their bikes.
Dave brought Sophie & Katherine so I sat and enjoyed some adult conversation with him for ages.
Then David & Sasha arrived with their bbq, so we could actually say it officially was a bbq 😉
The afternoon was spent reclining in the sun, eating, drinking iced juice, socialising and playing games.
Azzan was the only young male in the group and wasn’t at all phased.
He had my camera so that kept him and Sophie & Mahalia occupied.
It was lovely on the beach, albeit a tad breezy.
The girls spent some time sunbathing on the sand.
It was all too soon 5pm and we had to pack up.
Shanni with her International friends.
Shanni being Shanni 🙂
And Shanni with her Kiwi friends, except Jillian who had left already.
We called into David & Sasha’s on the way home to pick up some stuff.
Then back to the house to meet up with Seb & Phoebe who had just returned from their Christchurch visit.
Clare & Shoshannah went home with Seb in his truck, and once Phoebe had revitalised with some food, a few stretches and a rest, Azzan hopped in with her & Sapphie so he could help to keep her awake on the last leg of their journey.
Quiet reigned supreme once they had all gone and Mahalia & I collapsed into bed.
I woke at 4:45am and realised Mahalia was not yet up.
Woke her soon after, it is the first ,morning she has slept through.
I made her porridge while she quickly got herself ready.
She was out the door by 5:15am.
Amazing how quickly you can do it when you have to.
Shanni was off to work around 8am.
It was her last Gateway day on the building site.
Azzan got himself fed and lunch packed while I showered.
Mahalia flew in just before we left.
I dropped Azzan at the marina at 8:30am where he was joining his classmates for an educational morning sail on Steadfast.
I wanted to go have a look at the yacht and the marina as I hadn’t been in that area before but there was no way on this planet that my lad was going to get out of the car if I did.
So I got back in the car and let him go off to hang with his mates until the teachers arrived.
But he did get a hard time when he got home about it 😉
Not long after I got home a little visitor toddled up the hallway to find ‘Nonna, Nonna…..’
Interspersed with ‘woof woof, woof woof,’ as she talked to Caspian and then to me in great excitement at having finally arrived after their 3 hour drive.
Phoebe & Sapphie had left early as they were enrolee to Christchurch to go visit some new cousins.
Sapphie was very excited about the prospect of meeting some babies 🙂
I left them to have some breakfast and I zipped back into town to meet Seb at the lawyers.
We had some papers to sign.
Got that job out of the way and then back home so they could rearrange vehicles.
Seb left his work truck here and they went the rest of the way in Phoebe’s car.
Nathan woke in time to hang out with them for a short time.
Just before they left I captured these few photos of the wee cutie – love the changing expressions.
Waved goodbye to them and then tried to get some office work done.
Gay arrived at the door so was a welcome distraction.
I feel a little bit like Bernard Black in Black Books when he was trying to do his tax and kept welcoming and inventing distractions!
It was such a beautiful day I got Caspian’s lead and walked with Gay to her friend Kevin’s place.
It was lovely to meet him, a delightful elderly gentleman with an equally wonderful garden.
Had a stroll around and admired all the fruit and veggies.
Left feeling very inspired.
Took the long route home so Caspian got a decent outing.
I was on pager so was staying reasonable close to home.
It has been so quiet lately, which is a good thing ultimately, but I almost forget I have it in my pocket.
I had just begun back at my desk when I received a plaintive request from a very tired young son who needed a ride home.
Why so tired??
‘I have just had 2 periods of PE and the whole morning sailing and I am so tired.’
The car was out on the street so I zipped up and got him.
Back home to find Mahalia’s dilemma about her model and timeframe tomorrow was not yet solved.
There had been a last minute hiccup happen yesterday which she had been trying to work out but so far the tutors hadn’t sorted it.
I was cross as she was running out of time so insisted she called the head tutor.
Should’ve done that way sooner – to was all sorted in minutes!
She got herself all ready to go stay with Sophie for the night so they could practise the makeup and hair for next day.
So I left Nathan to cook dinner and we took Caspian for a ride.
He was so funny when he met their cat.
He has not yet felt the sharp end of a cats greeting so we were keeping him on tight rein.
But once the cat found some higher ground he was allowed off leash.
He was still incredibly curious.
Mahalia diverted him outside to meet Missy, their dog.
They had a wonderful time tearing around like mad idiots.
I chatted with Dave about gardening and landscaping ideas, and Sam had some Caspian cuddles before we left.
Nathan had made a delicious stir fry beef dish with rice.
I carried on with my office work while it cooked.
We had dinner, Shanni cleaned up, all off to bed early and I carried on getting the scanning & banking done.
I wanted to be in bed earlier but knew if I didn’t make the most of the uninterrupted peace and quiet it would be another week before I got it done.
Finally crashed out around 10pm.
Woke with renewed vigour today.
Must’ve slept better.
Had things to do this morning so I was up and through the shower before 7am.
It was raining.
Azzan headed off to school and soon after I received some photos of a very strange thing in Hardy Street!
We found out later what the story was – you can read about it here.
I passed by later and took these photos.
The dry ice was no longer wafting about so the effect was not the same as when Azzan biked past.
I dropped Mahalia off at NMIT then had time to quickly run in and change some tops at Jay Jay’s.
Then a fast call into the bank and up to Prep.
I got there early so waited in the car for 10 mins but Azzan is so used to me being early he was stressing that I was late.
Then he took me on a meandering tour around the college to get to reception.
I was sure I knew a quicker way but as he is a Prep boy and doesn’t have to access the front of the College he only knew the route they take when playing games at break time.
So by the time we arrived at the desk I was out of puff, but we were still early enough I had time to regain my equilibrium 🙂
We were soon called into the Year 9 Dean’s office and had a very enjoyable interview with him.
Azzan was incredibly nervous but I found the whole process to be very friendly and welcoming.
Afterwards I followed one happy boy back to his class area in a more direct route.
Left him to continue his day and I came back home.
Then I whizzed back into the city to meet Mahalia at lunch time.
She needed to get some make up for her model for the 1950’s competition they are having on Friday.
We thankfully found a helpful shop assistant and soon had everything she needed.
Walking along the street and I saw an old friend who I have recently been trying to track down.
Hadn’t see Annie for years and years so was overjoyed to finally catch up.
We chatted for too long so Mahalia said goodbye and headed back to polytec.
After exchanging phone numbers we parted company promising to catch up real soon for a proper talk.
That encounter so made my day 🙂
I walked upstairs to change my appointment at Rennaissance and then did a wee tour around the Wednesday Farmers Market.
Jana was there with Colin so had a quick convo with them.
It was a tad drizzly so my umbrella came in handy.
Except when I was trying to juggle too may things in my hands at the bread stall and dropped everything.
Back to the car and home for a while.
I went to bed for an hour or so as I was really tired – decided to rest up while I could.
Glynnie popped later in to use the internet.
She and Nathan discovered sparring partners as they each had differing views on world events.
It was rather comical to observe 🙂
Azzan is a keen follower of Pinterest and had been wanting to make some bacon & egg muffin things for a while, so tonight he got to and did them.
They certainly looked ‘interesting’.
But I guess to some, as long as there is bacon involved it will pass muster 😉
Mahalia got inspired so made a veggie option with eggs in pastry.
They were certainly interesting.
All have been eaten so weren’t that bad!
I finally managed to make the pear ginger sponge pudding.
It is mainly sponge with not a lot of pear.
Just needs lots of milk or custard or ice cream.
But hey! Can’t complain.
Mum actually made pudding.
First time in can’t remember when!!
This morning was not a good.
I was feeling like total rubbish.
Thankfully once the kids had all headed off to school I had nothing on till later in the day.
My head, shoulders, back, stomach – all aching, feeling sick and so cold.
Once they were gone I went and had a soak in the bath with magnesium sulphate in the hopes that it would help to relax me.
Several of us had tried to get the fire going for me but it was a dismal failure.
Thankfully after the bath my body core had warmed way up.
I was sitting at the table trying to eat breakfast when Glynnie arrived at the door with a big smile.
My morning slowly began to improve.
Nothing like a friend to help raise the spirits.
After a while I threw some salad into a couple of ciabatta buns and we munched on them as we took Caspian for a walk.
It was good to get out and stretch the legs and clear the head.
It was threatening to rain as we left but thankfully held off.
I love this neighbourhood.
There are some really interesting homes and artwork to pique interest as I walk.
Today I spotted this blackboard at someones entrance.
Bub Bridger - 1924
If you love me
Bring me flowers
Clutched in your fist
Like a torch
No orchids or roses
No florist's bow
Risk your life for them
Up the sharp hills
In the teeth of the wind
If you love me
Bring me daisies
That I will cram
In a bright vase
And marvel at
We walked back along the river
Caspian stopped to talk to some dogs behind fences along the way.
Back home again and Glynnie headed off.
I drove out to Richmond for the parent teacher interviews.
Got there early so sat and chilled for 20 mins.
Then chatted with Shanni’s English teacher.
He was absolutely delighted with her progress.
Was so impressed with her work ethic, her ability to come directly & immediatley to him with queries and her ability to action critiques.
She has blossomed since last year, has faced challenges square on and is looking at finishing her year with a really good achievement.
Then on to her Psychology teacher who also had nothing but praise for her.
Loved having her in the class.
She is focused and works hard and puts 100% into it all.
She was thrilled to tell me Shoshannah had attained an excellence just today!
Her Outdoor Ed teacher was away on camp so I went directly to her Gateway advisor.
I spent an hour with her.
She was amazingly helpful.
A very persistent woman who insisted on checking out all the career path options that Shanni is looking at to see how they will work and to ensure she doesn’t get mucked around in the system.
After many phone calls to tertiary institutions and internet searches I came away with my brain in overload.
But a good overload as it was all helpful and gives Shoshannah information to assist her as she heads into her next phase of life.
Nathan had gone to German class and Shoshannah to Youth group so only Mahalia & Azzan were home.
Azzan was getting ready for Sea Cadets but there was some confusion as to what was happening tonight.
Finally after many phone calls I managed to discover that the reason we were so confused was that we had not been put on the email list so we hadn’t been getting any of the weekly info.
So he changed out of his uniform and into some warm civvies.
We got Caspian sorted and the three of us were out the door again.
Dropped Azzan off for his end of term fun night and Mahalia & I popped into the Vic Rose for dinner.
Nathan had sent me some vouchers so as it was just the two of us for dinner tonight I accepted them.
Mahalia ordered the tomato & mozzarella tart with salad and roast potatoes.
And I had the chicken burger with onion rings.
Both meals were really good.
Mahalia had enough to take home the leftovers for lunch tomorrow so that was a bonus.
We sat and talked over some of her career options as she had been to another interview today.
It is good to have a one on one date night just to touch base and talk without interruption.
Life is so busy with everyone going in all directions that often we don’t connect properly for ages.
We didn’t dally long as we were both weary.
Once I ascertained that Nathan & Shanni could pick up Azzan from Sea Cadets I fell into my bed.
I was still body achingly weary.
Mahalia took Caspian for a quick run around the block.
Azzan reported in on return, they had been doing stuff around town.
Mock injuries/accidents and rescues and reports.
Apparently he was commended for doing the most informative and detailed report.
Should that surprise me?