- On a fleeting overnight visit to Hanmer Springs to make the most of our ability to holiday during school time before it disappeared.
One thing Farm Girl and I are very sad about is the end of our weekly Mash Up (Homeschool) Group outings and so it was very special when they all travelled to Hanmer for our final session. Farm Girl spent the day soaking and swimming and sliding and talking all kinds of nonsense with her homegirls and we, true to form, soaked and gossiped and neglected to take any photographs.
The wind came up mid-afternoon downing trees in the valley, one through the power supply lines to the village. Although the pools have their own generator, we were pretty prune-like by then so we decided a wander around the township was in order. It was all pretty deserted but, near our accommodation, we spotted a lit window, smelt the coffee, and decided it was time for a smackeral. As the power outage stretched into evening, the smackeral turned into dinner and a bottle of wine for some/juice for others. The power returned late in the evening, much to The Bean Counter’s relief; the motel had Sky, we don’t, and he was keen to catch the Italy v Spain Euro semifinal game. Happy days!
The following day was spent breakfasting at a cafe that came with many recommendations (and lived up to them), checking out the farm park The Farmer and Princess gave 10 out of 10, and having another soak in the pools, before venturing home. I admit to not being the biggest fan of Hanmer but we had a great time.
- It was my birthday
Another trip around the sun, that sort of thing needs celebrating! Of course we had an evening meal out at a favourite restaurant, but we also spent a leisurely day wandering around town and checking out a place everyone seems to be talking about at the moment, Riverside Market. As a rule, we kiwis don’t often do this sort of thing well but we all agreed this was the exception to that rule. I also got to check out Christchurch’s own Antony Gormley (it’s no secret I’m pretty smitten with another of his works) and meet some folk looking for The Doctor
- and then Farm Girl got sick
According to those in the know, the run-of-the-mill coughs and colds we avoided catching last year while we were locked down and social distancing are now are now wrecking havoc. It has certainly been our experience. Farm Girl spent the last two weeks of home-time lying on the sofa under the heatpump.
Which pretty much brings you up to now. Farm Girl has just completed her first week of conventional schooling with its highs, a few lows, some good stories, and even a bit of learning, while the rest of us have spent the week battling on and/or fighting over the spot under the heatpump.
It’s now August! A pinch and a punch, bugs, you’ve had your fun, it’s time to sling your hook.