January 19, 2015

Summer and Paradise in Nelson

Back from a glorious few days with my friends Libby and Davy in Nelson.  Nothing like getting away from responsibilities, decisions, obligations and chores and replacing them with some fun and laughs.

Books, movies, sunny days in the garden and gazebo....


Great food and wine... Lunch at The Playhouse one day and later Fossil Ridge.

Nelson market, plus more shopping, shopping, shopping....  Enjoying the music from "evolving rhythms.com" at the market. 


Visiting Eyebright to shop and see the guinea pig village... 


And at Jellyfish Cafe on Mapua wharf where the coffee was strong and the muffins were fresh berries with a hint of stuff inbetween...the best I have ever tasted. 


Home to a blustery hot nor' wester and a faithful companion at my feet who was very pleased to find me at the airport....


Recharged and feeling ready for a new term... Or at least as much as I can be.

Thank you so much again Libby and Davy :)  
And thanks to the family for such a tidy house to come home to.  
Big hug to you all xx


January 1, 2015

Been a while

It's been a glorious, busy month...and now a brand New Year has begun..

There have been lots of things to do with the students, interviewing new ones and getting results out as the programmes finish.. and of course celebrations, awards and a cosy present for Poppy -


There were birthdays - Jaz in November and Molly had a sleepover when she turned 10 and we had everyone for dinner just before Xmas to celebrate Mum's just over a week ago.




I got to enjoy three Christmas celebrations....
The first had 17 of us at Mum and Dads - friends and travellers from many parts of the world. A fantastic day :)






Poppy and I spent Boxing day with Jaz, Mark, Phoebe, Molly, Caitlin and Rosie sporting designer eyebrows! Turkey and pavlova and yums....



 We played Cleudo -

and finally a lovely dinner with Jo, Nick, Holly, Leighton and Luka and their three new kittens!





and all along, plenty of time to appreciate the flowers Alex has created in the garden, work on the house, explore the the lake and hang out with friends.









Pretty cool.

I hope your Xmas was as fun -
It's been an interesting year, much better than 2013! I look forward to whatever 2015 brings and wish you all good health and happiness.
x


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