Saturday, 5 November 2016

Busy week

 This week has been ridiculously busy.
On Monday we went to the Botanic Gardens for lunch and ended up not getting home until 5pm. After a picnic lunch from New World across the road, we walked right up to the Rhododendron Dell and back down, exploring some places we hadn't seen before such as the Perennial border and the bit where the meconopsis poppies (including a purple one!) were.
Hungry Black-backed Gull

Eva was practising funny faces

I love this azalea

and this one

Not sure what this is

Purple Meconopsis

I should get this put on a T-shirt

A good place to pretend to be a hobbit

Traditional end-of-year(ish) photo

Family of paradise ducks with more kids than us

Tuesday was spent at the Library and on Wednesday we were out to Mosgiel for Drama classes.  On Thursday I had to go out to pick up a trademe deal, and make a trip to Spotlight for a sheet of craft foam to fix a clarinet we got for $50.
Friday morning was spent using double-sided tape and the foam to fix the clarinet.  Six or seven of the pads had fallen off because the glue was old and brittle.  It still needs a short piece of springy wire to make one of the keys go, but I'm working on that.  When that was done we headed off to Brighton for a Homeschoolers get-together, then to Taieri Mouth for lunch, then soccer in the afternoon.
Saturday morning was music classes.  This week the re-enrollment forms were handed out, so the kids have to decide what they want to do next year.

On Saturday evening we picked up Grandma and headed out to Allanton to "A Backcountry Dinner", a fundraiser for Otago Sports Chaplaincy.

It was basically a big barbecue/picnic in a paddock by the Taieri River (BYO seating).  Someone must have been out hunting because there was wild goose, wild duck, wild turkey, wild pig, rabbit, feral beef, wild deer, possum pies, and trout.  And a hangi and a few salads :)  It was very yummy.  There was also a bonfire and marshmallows on sticks for the kids - a lot of people got red faces trying to get close enough to the embers.  When we got home the kids were allowed to stay up late to watch the fireworks - living where we are we get a good view of the city.  And today we're off to Taieri Mouth for the afternoon and tea, which will be nice.
Tomorrow I'm not going anywhere :)

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