Ann & Peter
in New Zealand
Kia Ora and Happy New Year
January has been hot and dry with the temperature in the high 20s / low 30s every day. It's rained a few times but not anywhere near enough to fill the water tanks, and some of our friends are thinking about ordering a tanker of water to keep them going. Ann even managed to get sunburned whilst sitting under our shade umbrella on the deck.
The veggie plots are starting to provide us with fresh produce. We've already had lettuce, courgettes, radishes, peas, beans, potatoes, chillies, tomatoes, cucumbers, capsicums and of course, lots and lots of strawberries.
We've also just created two growing on beds for the bonsai in training and planted out pines, totara and kauri that we had growing on in pots.
Peter has also put in a couple of gateposts for a new gate into the dog pound. The next job is to replace the wire fence where Maxie tries to escape.
Both dogs have had their annual check up and boosters at the vets. Maxie is fine but Jaz has been incontinent over the last few weeks and the vet has linked it to her having been spayed so she's now on hormone replacement therapy, which appears to be working well (no more wet patches!) We've also discovered that Jaz has urolithiasis, a urinary tract disease. Luckily we've caught it early and so long as Jaz is fed a special diet she should be fine.
Peter has been fairly quiet at work and has passed another two exams - he is now a Citrix Certified Administrator. Despite Andrew saying he wanted Peter to do 1 exam per year, he has already asked Peter to do an IBM exam - this means another course in Wellington in March. Peter didn't fancy going to Sydney or Brisbane (actually he did but Ann didn't as it would have meant her cooking her own dinner and walking the doggies on her own for an extra couple of days).
Ann has been busy preparing to go back to work - after 6 and a half weeks on holiday it's not easy! She has a new class of six students, junior aged with very high needs.
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