Sunday's are great for catching up... and I certainly needed a catch up day today!
Ian and I made a quick trip up to Hastings on Friday aternoon.
As we passed through Dannevirke Ian's luck was in as Aunty Ma's food caravan was open and doing business. As you can see from the picture above her trade is in fried bread. I stayed strong and opted not to have any but Ian indulged in what must be one of his favourite treats.
We were heading to Hastings to take his Mother out to a concert performance at the Hastings Opera House as a combined Birthday and Mother's Day treat. The concert was by the Seven Irish Tenors and it was a good night out... the Irish link of some of the performers was a little stretched though... case in point the tenor who I thought was the easiest on the eye was in fact Norwegian but... he had an Irish Grandmother. I described it to Ian as a bit 'Irish lite' due to the fact they sang so many songs which had no Irish or classical connection but having said that the harmonies on 'Danny Boy' were beautiful and their version of 'Barcelona' was quite impressive. Ian's Mother enjoyed herself so the evening was a success.
We stayed at a friend's beach house in Haumoana and this was the view looking out from the front porch on Saturday morning...
That's the pacific ocean and even on a dull Autumn morning it was still a beautiful sight to see. There is something really quite special about about being beside the ocean. I love the smell of the air and the sound of the waves crashing against the shore. Perhaps one day I'll be fortunate enough to be able to live close to the ocean... but until then I'll make the most of the opportunities I get to visit places like this.
We had lunch with Ian's Mother, Sister, Niece and her boyfriend in Hastings at Westerman's which many years ago used to be a traditional department store selling things like liberty fabrics and spode potteryware. The building itself had the most amazing art deco stained glass windows and a pressed tin ceiling on the verandah ceiling outside. Today it is a cafe and the food was just as beautiful as the surroundings. After lunch and goodbyes all round we jumped back in the car and headed on home again.
As we passed through Waipukurau Ian needed a pit stop so we stopped and while I was waiting I happened to notice this metal work art on the wall... I guess that in New Zealand you really can't get away from sheep (or images of sheep) anywhere! It is very cute though.
So this morning I had a little bit of a sleep in until 7.30 and then headed off on a 10km run... well run is a bit of an exaggeration as I don't do running but it was a reasonable paced jog and I have a blister on my left foot as proof! As I got home I decided it made sense to start raking up all the leaves.
Miss Paisley was interested in watching me rake the leaves... but that was as much as she was prepared to do until I started rolling acorns down the driveway. She swatted a few around and then Miss Ollie joined in so I spent more time playing with them than actually doing the yard work...
So back inside for the afternoon I finished off the sock I was working on while I was catching up on a couple of tv shows I had taped (I'm still an American Idol fan!). Then it was an afternoon of web surfing and planning for the week ahead. One of the great things about web surfing is discovering the creativity of other people...
So here is a video I re-discovered on youtube today. I saw the video on TV back when the song was released but I had forgotten about it. NZ music combined with knitting... brilliant!
Happy Mother's Day to all the Mothers out there!