Mama’s been on Pinterest again

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Bye bye!

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Bye bye house. I’ll miss you.

But Squishy is coping well.

We’ll be back!

Location:Departure Plaza,Mascot,Australia

And there goes the truck

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I guess it’s really happening!

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The packers have just left. Movers will be here tomorrow morning, and Squish and I are on a plane back to NZ on Wednesday.
 I’m absolutely shattered, it has been a huge week. Where’s my gin?

Location:Abbott Street,Merrylands,Australia


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Having day surgery – the admissions clerk looks startlingly like Westley.

Apparently people mention it all the time, but this is the first time anyone with a son called Inigo has mentioned it…

- from my iPhone

Happy Sunday!

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Spinning, and the first ever Formula E.
 And Squishy is working on his first sewing project.

I’m OK. Are you?

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Living in NZ has been mostly great.  We miss our family and friends, and great Middle Eastern food, but all three of us have found things we absolutely adore about living in NZ.  Mark is doing challenging and interesting work, and living a short walk from work has been great for us spending time together as a family.  Mark gets to see Inigo both in the morning, and in the evening – in Sydney he was usually asleep by the time Mark got home from work.

Mark has also found a new choir to sing with, an octet that has paid gigs, and they are flying him down to Wellington for a gig next month.  Exciting stuff.

Inigo has two rocking schools.  Freemans Bay School is a lovely city school with loads of green space, a kitchen garden, the freedom to go barefoot and climb trees, and the ability to just be him, without the pressure to conform to anybody elses idea of “normal”.  The school is very child centered, and Squishy is loving the freedom and personal power he gets from taking responsibility and ownership of his learning process.  It’s not perfect, but he is a much, much happier wee beastie when Monday morning rolls around each week than he ever was about going to school in Sydney.

And then there is One Day School.  A place where kids get to explore a new topic each week, with the freedom to apply their own initiative and resources however they see fit.  Where the kids are guided and encouraged to explore the topic through their own eyes and methods. I can’t speak highly enough about what this experience has meant for Squish.  He was already a great thinker, but he is gaining so much confidence and passion for learning, that he is wanting to do homework so that he can have more time at school for his projects.

I have withdrawn from university again this semester because the exam period fell exactly in the middle of when Mark’s contract here ended, and the uncertainty about where we would be living was very damaging to my ability to focus on study.  So I have thrown myself face first into the Auckland (and greater New Zealand) fibre scene.

I have joined Creative Fibre, and attended lots of different groups.  I have learned bobbin lace, and loom weaving, and supported spindling, and how to use a hackle, a drum carder, and now I have even bought a double treadle spinning wheel.  And last month I taught my first class – “Unravelling Ravelry”.  Some of you may laugh at the thought of me teaching Ravelry (yes, you Emily!), but i have come a long way, and the process of putting together the class notes taught me a lot.  The class went brilliantly, and I am happy to say that the owner of the yarn shop has asked me back to teach two new classes. Learn to Knit, and Continental Kntiing both coming up.

Our tenure in NZ ends in about six weeks, and we have not yet reached an agreement with Mark’s employers that will enable us to stay here long term.

The stress, of course, is huge.  On the upside, Mark and I have weathered some pretty rough storms in the past, and we are very lucky that we are able to communicate effectively and present a united front.  We’ll get through this, and will be thrilled at the outcome.  If we have to come back to Sydney, we get to have Summer and Christmas with our loved ones, Squish will be able to go back to choir and piano lessons, I’ll get back on track with uni, and Mark’s job will carry on, and I’m sure he will find another choir.

And if we end up staying here, you can look forward to lots of pictures of our travels around this lovely country, and more fibery adventures, and the joy of packing up a three bedroom cluttered house to move into a tiny two bedroom apartment.  Joy!

So, on RUOK day, how are YOU doing?  If your glass is only half full, can I help you top it up a little?

My little mermaid

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Swimming again, in the cold. This time, in Auckland Harbour.

Location:Vincent Street,Auckland,New Zealand

Rainbow day at one day school

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Location:Vincent Street,Auckland,New Zealand

My new souvenir

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Hand blown orange glass. Squee!

Location:Taupo,New Zealand

Mama’s reward

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Location:Mt Ruapehu

My snow bunnies

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Location:New Zealand

Saving Zeroland

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Inigo wrote a role playing game! He just ran it for me, and it was great.



The nerd is strong in this one

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Inigo plays D’nD for the first time.

Bobbin lace – accomplished

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Location:Budock Road,Hillsborough,New Zealand

The Meaning of Life

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Well, if there is a silver lining to being poorly, it’s having an excuse to stay in and watch movies all day.

And introducing Squish to Monty Python’s “Meaning of Life”. He recently discovered some of their less child appropriate music, so I figure that horse has already bolted…

Sit on my head

Bon voyage Gonad!

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We’ve had a lovely weekend with my dad, sad to see him go home.

Location:Vincent Street,Auckland,New Zealand

Not a bad spot for a knit

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With dad, while Mark takes Squish on the sculpture trail. Bless him.

Location:Arabella Lane,Snells Beach,New Zealand

Snow and smiles

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Cold and wet

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A weekend trip to the snow. Apparently that fancy ski gear is actually useful. Weather is awful.
 Hard to believe people enjoy this.

Mark has taken Squish (both of them are properly attired) to play in the snow a bit. Hopefully Mark’s pictures will be a bit more cheerful ;)
 I’m in the car, in my jeans and slip on shoes, knitting.

Location:Tongariro National Park,New Zealand