Ann & Peter
in New Zealand
November has been a quiet month for us with the routine of work, gardening and walkies.
Peter stepped down as President of the Hamilton Bonsai Club after 3½ years to allow someone else to have a go and give him a break from organising everything. His job has also changed a bit. Now he is working closely with the sales team working on putting together network specifications and 5 year plans for server replacements rather than fixing broken stuff.
The strawberries are going well - we're picking (and eating) about 1.5kg per day. Ann has been busy making yummy ice cream from some of the surplus (she has also made pineapple ice cream from fresh pineapple). Next on the list is strawberry jam and strawberry syrup.
Ann has been taking her students out to visit local places of interest. She has to visit the places beforehand to assess the health and safety aspects of each venue so the four of us went to Taitua Arboretum one Sunday afternoon to check it out. The arboretum is about 25 minutes drive away on the outskirts of Hamilton.
We've spent a few evenings getting ready for our annual bonsai weekend workshop with Nobuyuki Kajiwara. This year we have three people staying over with us. There will be 10-12 people each day at the workshops and 8 people at the Saturday evening BBQ.
This year our Christmas photo took two days to take. Jaz and Maxie would not sit still and look in the right direction long enough for us to get a good photo.