Lunch with friends - at a gorgeous house overlooking the estuary...
and been watching a little rugby lately... the 4 am semi final game was a killer. Cooked breakfast and front row seats at the big screen at the casino helped, although the tension was almost more than we could bear. We went back there for the 5 am final game and it was pure pleasure... we cracked the bubbles after a fantastic breakfast - and then went home to catch up on some sleep.
There were 10 players from our local Crusaders team in the All Black squad - so we are a very happy region.. and of course Dan Carter got the World Rugby Player of the Year award and Richie McCaw collected the award for World Rugby Team of the Year on behalf of the All Blacks.
We will miss these two very much. Dan is off to France and Richie will possibly retire... he hasn't decided.
I didn't get to the parade - but congratulations to them all. http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/73705191/live-christchurch-welcomes-all-blacks-home
Last week we had the annual student trip to Peacock Springs http://www.isaacconservation.org.nz/conservation/peacock-springs/
Just search my blog for pervious posts on our trips - always a lovely day. I loved the beautiful female NZ gecko from Northland.
You can read more at this link and see better pictures- including her red tongue that I couldn't capture...
The view down the lake - there are swans nesting next to it. So peaceful...
Went to the fireworks at the pier for Guy Fawkes.. we wined and dined at the restaurant Salt on the Pier and watched the fireworks from there.. a decadent and fun evening, and warm and cosy, sheltered from the cold wind... I took this picture as we waited for the show to start - set to the music of Back to the Future.
Kirsty watched them from up on the hills.. lovely view of the city by night.
and yes - I would like the sale of fireworks to the public banned - we can plan for one night of preparing the animals, shutting up stock, but it is annoying that the damage and fires and fears have to go on for so many weeks.
On Friday I met Jaz and Mark at the food trucks -we tried the spring potatoes. Loved them...
Went to a lovely welcome to summer barbecue last night after a hot sunny day, and wound up the evening at a 21st - congratulations Nicole, it has been a pleasure to watch you grow up xxxx
and now its the countdown to my birthday - at least I will get the day off as it is Show Day here. And yes, its another Friday the 13th birthday...