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The rain is lifting

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.

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WESTERNSAGE 12/28/2014 12:32PM

    Your description of the warm weather is comforting to those of us freezing in the northern hemisphere. Thanks for the inspiration that we will be warmer again soon.

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GABY1948 12/28/2014 10:50AM

    Glad you had such a nice holiday! Happy New Year next!

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VEG954 12/28/2014 9:30AM

  Sounds like you had a wonderful Saturday.
Hope today is too.

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BABY_GIRL69 12/27/2014 9:01PM

    Sounds very relaxing! Happy holidays!

God bless,


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RAPUNZEL53 12/27/2014 8:30PM

  Enjoy your holiday!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/27/2014 8:29PM

    Sounds lovely!

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Packing for our summer holiday

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.


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WISHICOULDFLY 12/20/2014 9:13AM

    Sounds like HEAVEN! Enjoy!

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WATERMELLEN 12/19/2014 9:45PM

    A. Whole. Month. Off.

Unimaginable bliss!!

Wishing you that, and a Merry Christmas too!

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    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, a whole month!

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PHOENIX1949 12/19/2014 6:51PM

    Sounds heavenly to me. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you also.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 12/19/2014 6:01PM

    Have a wonderful holiday!

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VEG954 12/19/2014 4:48PM

  Have a great trip and holiday!

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GABY1948 12/19/2014 3:46PM

    Nice and takeout will be nice!

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WETPTARMIGAN 12/19/2014 3:37PM

    Happy Christmas, Fifi! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/19/2014 1:03PM

    Travel safely.

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UMBILICAL 12/19/2014 12:43PM

  Takeout works

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And the band played on

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.

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WETPTARMIGAN 12/15/2014 3:10PM

    Champagne, fish, mille fieulle, wildflowers, warm is good, Fifi! emoticon

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WISHICOULDFLY 12/15/2014 12:38PM

    I'm late to the emoticon !

emoticon Fifi!

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AUDISP 12/15/2014 10:55AM

    Happy birthday a little late. Glad you had a great day even if it was hot.

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GABY1948 12/15/2014 10:35AM

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Have a wonderful birthday! NEXT year will be a BIGGIE

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VEG954 12/15/2014 9:38AM

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Sounds like you have a wonderful life.
Love your blogs.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/15/2014 6:49AM

    Hope it was a happy birthday!

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ROSINVN 12/15/2014 6:26AM

    Happy Birthday,

Glad you had a hot summer day to celebrate it. Me too, I am in my last year of my fifties. Cant believe it really but my zero birthday is looming closer! emoticon

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Many more birthdays like this!
The sixties are just as nice!

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WATERMELLEN 12/15/2014 5:47AM

    Enjoy your last year in your fifties -- and keep in mind, the sixties are great great years too!!!

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Fasting today...

Saturday, December 13, 2014

I am doing the fast diet and after breakfast I decided to make today a fast day. So my fast day is 24 hours from 11 til 11 tomorrow morning. Not starving, just having 500 calories in those 24 hours. I find it fun to do this, at least when I have a big breakfast under my belt!
I made a chicken salad for dinner and if I get peckish I will have an early night.

I have just one more day at work, on Wednesday. And it is a half day because we are having our team Christmas celebration.

I decided to take the following two days off because we are traveling on Sunday and I want to take the time to prepare for Christmas and get the house ready to be abandoned for the month. I'm looking forward to a whole month off. But I don't have a plan for that time. I need to get onto that, as a month is long enough to make a big push towards my goals.

Luckily I recovered from my mysterious sleep injury, I rubbed anti inflammatory into my ankle and after two days it was as right as rain.

Still I have to compete my Christmas gift shopping and get myself into the mood! Next week better be the week.
Have a Sparky weekend, Sparkies!

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    Enjoy your time off.

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PHOENIX1949 12/13/2014 6:26PM

    Enjoy the time off. Years ago when we traveled quite a bit folks from non-United States' areas were surprised at the small amount of vacation time we were allotted. Things have not changed much here! Good news on ankle.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/13/2014 11:24AM

    Good luck and enjoy your time off.

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WISHICOULDFLY 12/13/2014 10:13AM

    WOW. A whole month off. I am so jealous I could cry! emoticon

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VEG954 12/13/2014 9:03AM

  Glad your mysterious ankle injury is better.
That must have been quite a dream you were having!

Sounds like you will be enjoying your time off from work.
Have fun.

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GABY1948 12/13/2014 8:20AM

    Hope you enjoy the Christmas shopping! And don't get worn out! I do not like crowds!

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GINGKO711 12/13/2014 1:22AM

    Good luck with the Christmas shopping! Almost there!

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Sleep injury

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.
A mystery...

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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    Sounds like you had fun.

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VEG954 12/10/2014 9:45PM

Feel better.

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PHOENIX1949 12/10/2014 6:17PM

    Gout flare?

Hope ankle better by now.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/10/2014 5:50PM

    Hope that ankle is better now!

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GABY1948 12/10/2014 2:32PM

    Sorry about the ankle! But your attitude is GREAT! emoticon emoticon

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WETPTARMIGAN 12/10/2014 11:45AM

    Celebrate with those strawberries! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIDMIFFY 12/10/2014 4:05AM

    Well at least you are looking at the positive :) speedy recovery from your nocturnal mishap!

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