Ann & Peter
in New Zealand
It's been a bad month in South Island as you've all no doubt heard. Although this earthquake in Christchurch was smaller i.e. 6.5 it was much closer to the surface, and much closer to the city than the one in September. It also happened during the daytime. It is feared that over 200 people will have lost their lives and there has been heavy damage to buildings. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved - victims and rescuers alike.
Back to Pirongia - something has been eating our grapes! We had over a dozen bunches growing nicely then all of a sudden there was not one left! Fortunately we managed to eat our 2 nectarines before anything else got to them. The onions have all been dug up and we're eating our own apples, spuds and carrots, and there are pomegranates growing nicely on the bush. Ann is busy sowing more pea seeds as she now has to share fresh peas with the girls. Her Ladyship (aka Jaz) still requires the pods to be shelled but Maxie is now able to shell her own - clever dog. Ann just hopes Maxie doesn't decide to pick them herself too - or she'll never get any!
We went to a film premiere of 'Lily White' a short film shot in Hamilton and using pictures of bonsai trees to create a forest.
Our recycling is collected weekly and normally Peter takes the crate down to the gate. However he was working from home one week so Ann put the crate in her car - and forgot to unload it at the gate on her way to work - so it had a lovely round trip to school and back.
Old age is getting to Ann (as it does to all of us). One morning Peter went to give the dogs their breakfast and found some clean washed bowls. Ann had forgotten to feed the dogs the night before. But (says Ann) it was a very hot and humid evening and neither dog hassled us for food after their walk so they couldn't have been very hungry!!!
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