A belated Happy New Year to you all from the Homestead! If you’re anything like us, you’re craving a liquifaction-truck load of fresh vegetables, a decent night’s sleep and to avoid any dessert requiring whipped cream for a good while. Our farm clothes may be a little snugger at the moment, but wasn’t it all fun while it lasted?!
This Christmas season had two hugely contrasting features to set it apart from other years.
The first injected a fair-sized dollop of glitz and glitter in the form of the Sydney Elders. Visitors at Christmastime are always extra-special, but this double act take it all to a different level. Their time here was split between visiting and revisiting, and checking out the inaugural Test at Christchurch’s purpose built (no rugby boots will be churning up this hallowed turf) Hagley Oval between the Black Caps and Sri Lanka.
Thankfully the monsoon-like downpour on the day earmarked for their visit to the Homestead was all but gone by their arrival. The foliage sparkled in the watery sun and all residents (human, furred and feathered) proudly showed off our collective best side while our visitors seemed to appreciate our take on living the life.
On the down side, The Bean Counter has not been his normal, jovial self this festive season as a persistent virus decided to zero in on his back, resulting in a prolapsed disc. It’s never as much fun when one of our number is under the weather but he’s definitely on the mend now.
And so to 2015. Now that all the hoo-hah is over, we’re looking forward to getting back into the garden, lavishing a bit of attention on the animals and morning coffee on the deck. No resolutions here, we’re just focusing on having fun doing what we do on our little patch of the globe.
Happy, fun filled, aroha-driven 2015 to you all from Union Homestead.