Ann & Peter
in New Zealand
Kia Ora and welcome to our final news page for 2011
Whilst we were in our monthly bonsai club meeting Jaz managed to rip the drivers seat in the Ute - pulling some of the stuffing out. It's a good job we weren't in Ann's car! Now Peter has to go look for a seat cover - if he can find a bench seat type.
Boxing day saw us at the Pirongia races with Jean and Tim before coming back to our place for a BBQ. Unlike last year we lost about $10 on the races this time.
Ann developed toothache on the Friday before Christmas. It wasn't too bad at first but by 27th December it had become an abscess and we needed to find an emergency dentist. She had two options - root canal and porcelain cap - $2,100 or pull the tooth - $210. Guess which Ann chose. She spent the next week with a hole in her mouth, swollen jaw, eating pureed food and popping extra painkillers and antibiotics. Toothache certainly helps with over-indulging and weight gain at Christmas time - but is not to be recommended really.
We appear to have a resident bird who hops up onto our windowsill most days and checks out the house. We have no trouble recognising him as he has a large bald patch on the back of his head! We've named him Baldy (very original don't you think)?
Ann's been doing more baking - this month she's managed to make some lemon curd and strawberry jam. She's also had another recipe published in the NZGardener diary. Last year it was zucchini bread and this year it was Thai pumpkin and kumara soup. The challenge is now on for her to make it a hat trick in 2012.
Great news - the horrible berberis hedge at the end of our garden (you can see it in our family photo in the background) - anyway - it's going to be ripped out - yippee! Hopefully this will all happen in the next few months. We can't wait as it means no more thorns to continuously pick out of doggie paws and gumboots.
We celebrated the end of 2011 quietly as Ann was still on pureed foods only and not up to entertaining.