The other day it was just a lovely hot, still, sunny day that I suggested to The Husband that he and Daughter-Two might want to go to Seatoun to partake of their favourite activity - jumping off the Seatoun wharf.
Unfortunately he got home so late that I feared the sun would already have disappeared from the beach. He pooh-poohed this but it proved correct. They fearlessly jumped anyway - but only once!
Last weekend, Daughter-Two's musical theatre group was booked to perform at the Island Bay Summer Festival.
It was summer - but not as we know it. It was a freezing day and we arrived at the park wrapped up in jackets and scarves, and it was so deserted we thought at first we had the wrong day. (If not the wrong season!)
But then this guy arrived:
Followed by this lot, pushing their hospital bed:
And then the Mayor:
The band performed one song then pushed their bed off across the park:
The local school's kapa haka group performed while the assembled dignitaries looked on/checked their phones/ shivered (did I mention it was cold?):
Before finally Daughter-Two's group livened everything up:
Actually, make that "Five on a Thursday" - because things are happening early this week with a big sale starting in just a few hours.
1. We have council workmendigging up the steps and path up to our house on order to lay a new pathway and new fence. At the moment it is still passable, but more than a little awkward as they all have to stand aside and nod at you and wait until you have negotiated your way down past the potholes as you leave for your morning run. Soon it will be impossible - but luckily we have our wonderful neighbours whose steps come out on another street. We can use their steps then duck through the hedge into our back yard. Should be fun at night...
Can't complain though, as we arranged for the work to be done (and, along with the other neighbours on our pathway, are sharing the cost with the council).
2. Currently also drowning in paperwork thanks to the whole 'back to school' thing. Daughter-Two somehow managed to misplace the ice-cream container she had her emergency supplies in last year, so I was going to have to buy another litre of ice-cream simply in order to empty it out. The Husband's eyes lit up at that (as he is the only one that eats it) but fortunately/unfortunately we were gifted an already empty container! Now to fill it with food that is supposed to sustain her if a natural disaster traps her at school. They suggest lots of sweets to keep the spirits up, which is quite the opposite of the usual school lunch guidelines.
3. We were in Auckland the other day for a matter of hours while The Husband had a meeting. So Daughter-Two and I walked along the waterfront, where we found a yacht that we absolutely coveted. I'm not a 'yacht person' but it was a stunner and we were a little green with envy.
It was registered in London, and presumably had been sailed all the way over here.
We ended up at Silo Park in the Wynyard Quarter where she had a paddle. Given that the local seagulls and ducks are also very fond of this pond, it made me green in another way to see the little kids spurting the water out their mouths as they swam in it.
4. Just in case you think New Zealand is all upmarket sunshine and multi-million dollar waterfront views, here's us a couple of days later on our way back to Auckland after visiting family in the Waikato.
The Husband had the bright idea of detouring for lunch to Port Waikato, where the Waikato river exits to the sea. The cafe was boarded up and empty but there was a caravan selling hot chips and burgers.
He knows how to show a girl a good time.
Daughter-Two and I just had hot chips, but I sense the burger wasn't that great either.
5. Here's a sneak peek of the new kit coming to the store: