It’s currently the school holidays here and the arrival of my (step)daughters from Stratford.
As Stratford is 4.5 hours from between our homes, and the girls are 16 & 18 now, we don’t get to see them all that often. Due to work commitments and other work related events, I have not managed to take time off when the girls are up in at least 5, probably longer, years. Natalie likes to get home every holiday but Veronica usually only comes up once or twice if we are lucky each year. This year I managed a whole 4 days with them, in a row even 😀 I had to work the Monday but I got the rest of the week off.
Tuesday was a crappy ‘catch up on the weekday stuff’ day and along with my darling husband we caught up on all the things that you can’t do on a weekend. The door guy came round and measured for our new door. Excessively way happier than we should be about this. Because we live so near the beach in a coastal town our wooden front door has gradually died over the past few years. All the wood that takes the brunt of the coastal blows has warped, bowed and dropped and now it groans like an 80-year-old getting up off the floor when you open it (no sneaking into our house at night) and you can see daylight through the panels from the hallway. Obviously this is not an easy fix as we have a unusally sized door and it needs to be specially made. Door guy came round for the measure and quote so hopefully we will have a lovely powder-coated white aluminium front door with no groans nor daylight very soon.
Also got the cat to the vets for WOF and had internet guy around to fix the mess that was our non-wifi ultra-fibre wi-fi that spent more time not working than it ever did working. This last bit resulted in 3 very happy girls who can now Runescape, YouTube and stream Anime in the sanctity of their bedrooms whenever they want without swearing and getting their grumpies on.
Darling husband was back at work on Weds so it was me and the girls. The weather was utter shite as it often is at this time of year so we ran around the back of Papamoa until we finally found the worlds best, at least as far as the bay is concerned, Second-hand bookshop. I lost the girls in there in the first 10 minutes. We were there at least an hour.
There are books everywhere in here! You literally have to turn sideways to get down some parts of the aisle and I love the place! Nat and I are seriously going back again next time and pretty much every time after that 😀
After that we hit the supermarket and by then it was lunchtime so we headed home for pizza, movies and the fire for the afternoon. It was too miserable out to be of much fun and we all had new books 😀
The weather cleared a bit in the arvo so we went to the beach, me with my book 😉
Thursday saw darling husband again with the day off so we headed over to Rotorua for what was an even more horrible weather day than the previous one. Plan A was dashed with the powers that be shutting the Zorb range so the girls couldn’t roll around in giant inflated clear plastic balls like people shaped hamsters. That will have to become next times event. We then came up with plan B and went in search of other touristy events to partake in. We found ourselves at the Paradise Valley Zoo where the animals were also displeased about the weather. It rained the whole time and was rather chilly but we had fun playing with the critters 🙂
From there we got caught in sudden snow and high tailed it too Carl’s Jr for lunch and coffee where I Facebooked them to turn the heating on because we were sitting in the restaurant blowing ‘smoke’ rings at each other and I couldn’t feel my feet Sooooooooooo coooooooooold. The maze we then attempted to go to was also shut due to weather so we gave up and went home hahaha 🙂 The fire was lovely and we had hot veggie soup for dinner so all was well with the world.
Friday saw dearest husband back at work and me dashing the kids down to the bus at 7am for their journey home. Bus was about 10 minutes late but we weren’t worried even though it was as cold as a polar bears proverbial. That was, we weren’t worried until the bus driver pulled up and hopped out asking ‘Do you want the bad news first or the bad news first?’ and promptly informed us that weather had caused major road closures and unless we only wanted to go to Taupo we weren’t going anywhere. So we piled back in the car and headed back to the warm. Mental note: next time check internet before rushing out the house dressed as Nanok of the North.
At this point we came to the rather slow realisation that the girls had come up during the worst winter storm in 16 years so we laughed (at least me and Nat did, Ron was in a sulk because she wanted to see her boyfriend) and drank coffee.
As Ron was now channelling her inner feral mongoose and about as much fun as a soggy toast Nat and I decided to head for the hills, literally, and went for a hike up the Mount. Nat had never actually been up it and although it was cold and threatening rain we decided to seize the fear and do it anyway 🙂
You can’t tell by the photo but it was getting a bit spitty. 15 minutes later we were at the bottom and soaking wet so we made a pit stop into a cafe for hot chocolate and chai latte’s and very sympathetic coffee makers 🙂 We were not the first, nor the last, of the soggy mountain climbers for the day.
Arrival back at home for hot showers found our feral mongoose not terribly improved in temperament so once we were warm and dry we headed back out again and off to the local art gallery. Nat loved the carvings and enjoyed herself 🙂 I love art so was in my element.
We then stopped at a cafe for lunch before heading home and chilling for the remainder of the day 🙂
That day is truly going to be one of my favourite memories. Nat and I had a fantastic day hanging out and laughing and just enjoying. We talked about assort’s and I have to say that our baby, our 16-year-old youngest, has grown to be a delightful young lady and an absolute joy to be with.
Roads opened and the heavens sung and they managed to get home Saturday morning 🙂
It was still bloody cold though
Ka Kete Ano xx