Ann & Peter
in New Zealand
Kia Ora Everyone
Ann has had to go to a specialist dentist – an endodontologist – as she’s had toothache for 6 weeks and her regular dentist has been unable to fix it. The specialist dentist was very good - although apparently she has unusual teeth. Although the tooth he worked on is a molar it's designed like a canine - and he found an extra half root and the roots were in the wrong places too. He said that only about 1% of the population have this design and they are almost exclusively Asian - not Caucasian. Ann is going to quiz her dad on their family history.
Whilst Peter was away Ann managed to take both dogs for their daily walks on her own. One night Ann had to give Maxie a really good growling for teasing Jaz. Well, Maxie spent the rest of the evening glued to Ann’s side (trying to make up to her)! Maxie was especially pleased when Peter came home - she does miss him when he's away. Jaz, of course, hardly realised that Peter had been missing - "What, you were away for a week - really?"
Ann's been on her Term 1 holidays (2 weeks) and still managed to do several days in school.
Half way through April we enjoyed a trip up to Auckland with other bonsai enthusiasts to see several collections in the north of the city. We had a great day, and managed not to spend any money on plants in the nursery on the way home!
Easter was very peaceful in Pirongia. Lots of people went away so the village was lovely and quiet. We spent three days working in the garden and one indoors as rain stopped 'play'.
News from Home
Jean and John have been looking after Dave and Ann's racing tortoise whilst they spent the Easter holiday in Turkey. He even managed to hide underneath the gas stove when they took their eyes off him for a few minutes.