January 22, 2013

January in Christchurch

We are enjoying some lovely long hot days here in Christchurch... 30C heat yesterday, and today was also very warm. I took Poppy for a walk at the beach at Southshore after work where it was cooler in the sea breezes. Strange to return to work, but good to be back with friends, starting with breakfast at The Stray Dog Bar to ease ourselves back into work thinking processes!
Last week Jaz and Mark and I had three days in a lovely holiday home over in Hanmer Springs. It rained on the second day, but as we spent the first two afternoons soaking in the thermal pools for hours, we weren't worried about that.  Jaz also had her neurology check up when we got back and they don't need to see her for another year.  Pinot Gris with a roast lamb dinner to celebrate :)

My son Alex has been hard at work here over the past few weeks. All those months travelling the world earning his keep seem to have made a lasting impression ( I hope it is lasting...). Our huge hedge is all trimmed, trees pruned, and today the driveway is all cleared and the back garden pruning is well underway. I was pretty stunned to come home from work and see how large and wide the drive now feels. He has also started on the flaky paint areas... Thanks heaps Alex :)

The house has been in a state of upheaval of course, but we are loving the new, light airy feel and the extra space.

We found two almost new huge couches for sale round the corner and can now sprawl out with our feet on a huge ottoman.  We and the cats are in heaven!

I have said a few prayers this week for the house and the people that have been part of its memories. She has seen a lot over the years.  Just need to burn a bit of white sage to complete the cleansing process .... although it apparently smells like another fragrant weed so that might raise a few eyebrows if we get visitors. Luckily the house has been full of those so far, so I am sure they will understand! Thank you to all the lovely friends and family and the many wonderful people who have written and visited and rung and messaged and been there - you make the world go round xx  And that goes for both my mothers - who now both read this :) Hi Mum, Hi Mollie. Talk soon to both of you.
Some of the lovely visitors...

Mark and Luke set up the fishtank from our house at their place. Looks good there.

James has taught himself to flyfish. We got him a set of floating and sinking flies for Xmas and yesterday he caught and released his first brown trout. Luckily he did get pictures.... which fly scored it James???

Liam has returned to continue his helicopter training in Motueka.  We get to see what he is up to because his friends tag him on facebook. Useful....

Kirsty has been busy - helping her boyfriend shift back from the West Coast to live over here in Christchurch. Welcome back Nate.... and with the other bridesmaids, organising a wonderful Hen's Party that went on long after I had left...after the scavenger hunt all afternoon in scorching heat, we arrived to a sumptuous afternoon tea in  a picture perfect setting, which went onto dinner... look at the detail on the table - a real Alice In Wonderland Tea Party with food to match and some suitably hysterical, rude games.  Really funny, and a lot of fun. With no town to hit, they headed to the pub later... the penis cake went down a treat. Delicately shaped and coloured with pink frosting... I think it is all I managed to eat the next day while the house emptied!

And so another year starts.  Soon the students will be back and the days will be busy once more.
We had a good 4.7 aftershock over the weekend. A reminder of where we have been and that despite a reported 11,000, they haven't finished yet. The water is stored and the gas stocked..
The steady process of demolition continues; the rebuild is cranking up slowly. Still heartbreaking, but hopefully, some exciting times ahead.
As we struggle to sleep in the heat here, thanks to my friend for sending me this. Should cool you down and please all the cat lovers out there.
Night :)

January 10, 2013

Thankful Thursday

I have always left these Thankful Posts to Jaz to write... while quietly counting blessings and feeling contented. I havent even written for a while - too busy enjoying the break, warm temperatures, beaches, Xmas and the New Year with the family.

Strangely, the New Year has hardly begun and the changes have been heaping up everywhere. With the support of my wonderful parents,  I have found two sisters and my birth mother, living in the UK and Athens - and I understand four nieces, a nephew and two um um great nephews - I cant follow it all, but the promise of possibilities to visit in the future is something really nice to look forward to. Next, my birth fathers side... 

My partner left me suddenly last week (well suddenly for me but definitely long planned for him) and so I faced some different challenges this week too, but have been enveloped in love and support from family and friends, and sorted a lot out already- in fact there has been a lot to be exceptionally grateful for. Poppy is adapting to her broken home.... and we are still on holiday for another week. Yeah.... Sometimes all it takes to feel lightness in your life and home is to remove the object that was blocking the sun. We have also trimmed the trees :) 

But the best news today is that Jaz got the results of her recent MRI and the tumour is still not growing - which is really the best start to the New Year we could ever hope for. We all have a holiday home booked next week in Hanmer Springs and it will be great to chill out ( or steam at the thermal pools) with the girls. It is even dog friendly so Poppy is coming with me too.

I hope you all had a great new year.

Here are a few pictures of the holidays... havent been posting nearly enough...

Baking from Jaz and the girls for Xmas

Speaking to my birth mother for the first time in my life
Happy Birthday Mum :)

Celebrating my Mothers birthday - Red Velvet Cake :)

What I need to do to celebrate Jaz'a news tonight :)


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