Ann & Peter
in New Zealand
It's only rained once this month and the daytime temperatures have been between 25 and 30 degrees. Ann made some doggie ice blocks using vege stock – yum! Both girls lapped them up. Now Ann has made some with beef stock which goes down just as well.
Do you remember the grasses bed we planted two years ago? Well - they've grown well.
Coming back from our walk around Lake Ngaroto Ann's car started to make a funny intermittent squealing sound. She took it to the garage and they found that the brake pads were a bit worn and the rivets were just starting to show - hence the noise. So Ann had to take the Ute to work the next day and had a close encounter with a young cow. Driving along a 5km long dead straight road she saw a couple of young cows by the side of the road - nothing special as they often are left fenced in on the verge. As she got close one of them started walking across the road straight at Ann - there was no fence to hold them back. Fortunately the cow and Ann swerved in opposite directions.
Ann has now finished her fourth week in the new Melville Primary Unit. It was opened with a Powhiri (welcome ceremony) and blessing. Check it out here - http://patave.school.nz/room_22.cfm
Jaz managed to escaped into next doors garden. They were not there and when Ann found her and opened the gate to let her out she ran to our gate and waited for Ann to open it to let her in - with that 'what kept you' look. Later that evening Peter was on fence mending duty again.
We're still eating lots of home grown veges and salad stuff although we've stopped planting any more as it's been so hot and dry that our water tank is running low. We love the sun and the high temperatures but the garden, vege beds and bonsai are hanging out for some rain! For dessert we've been eating our own home grown sweet, juicy watermelon.