Saturday, December 27, 2014
Mostly it's been around 30 Centigrade in Golden Bay since we arrived so I was thankful for the soft rain today. We walked around by the river in the rain, and forded the stream with out any regard for getting our feet and shoes and leggings very wet.
One of the visitors has just installed a WiFi Hotspot in the Lodge so we will be able to contact people more easily. A mixed blessing, really.
Christmas was lovely, extended family stayed for a couple of days and now they are gone the relaxing begins. So far we have swum every day except today when I walked around the river, we might get a swim in today as well, though it will be a little colder after the rain.
The beaches have been so warm and the river is so cold, we are spoiled for choice. Exercise is the name of the game for this holiday, I am determined to do something, not too strenuous, but something every day.
Hope your Christmas went well, Sparkies, and you are looking forward to a happy new year.
Friday, December 19, 2014
The house is in disarray because we are packing for our trip and we are taking everything. In the meantime, everything is spread out in various places but by the end of the day it will be stowed in the car.
I don't know what possessed me but we invited friends to join us for dinner tonight, it will be simple takeout from our local Malaysian place, followed by fruit.
The neighbors will be taking care of the chickens, lawn guy will keep the lawns under control, and I have told friends to take vegetables and flowers from the garden as they come ready. Last night I took the shears to my wonderful flowering plants which were looking so very pretty. By the time we get back they should have a fresh flush of blooms.
We are going to Golden Bay which is at the top of the South Island. We have a shared place there and usually get there once a year. My family will join us there for a few days. We have a very cold river and lots of bush for walking in, and fabulous beaches are just twenty minutes away. We have a dark dark night sky so we can see the Milky Way.
We don't have very good cell coverage. We need to make an effort to access the internet. We have a whole month off.
So you might not be hearing from me very much for a while.
There will be walking, swimming, maybe some kayaking. Reading, thinking, snoozing,relaxing.
Here's hoping my SparkBuddies get some of the same.
If I don't get to you before then, I wish a Merry Christmas to all, and a Happy New Year.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Today was hot, Sparkies, hot and mostly still. Searing in the sun, where I sat with my niece eating a Mille Fieulle, her birthday treat for me. Still hot while I watered the wildflower meadow I have just sown. Hot when the brass band playing Christmas songs worked up and down the valley.
Warm when DH & I sat outside drinking champagne, as he BBQd fish for me for my B'day dinner.
Now my new Fitbit Charge is charged, and I am a year older all at once.
My last year in my fifties.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Don't ask me how I did it, I hurt my ankle somehow. Fine when I went to bed, and when I got up in the night, but then, nek minnit, sore ankle! So sore that I had trouble getting down my steps. And along the road. And to work. And back up the steps. I have absolutely no recollection of hurting it. And no, it cannot have involved any, uh... Bedroom action.
I've been busy and I am tired and stressed. But the other day I had the jolliest dinner party with old friends from thirty years ago. All laughing our heads off about the days of our youth, I had to shush us a few times because of the neighbors!
We ate salmon, salad, tiny baby potatoes, asparagus with garlic aioli, ciabatta bread. Apple cake with whipped cream & yoghurt, and-this wasn,t my idea, I swear-chocolate cake garnished with strawberries.
Plus champagne, white & red wine. And of course, water.
It was awesome! And we get together just once a year, so I have nothing to reproach myself for.
But, back to prereading Beck...
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