Location:Budock Road,Hillsborough,New Zealand
We’ve had a lovely weekend with my dad, sad to see him go home.
Location:Vincent Street,Auckland,New Zealand
With dad, while Mark takes Squish on the sculpture trail. Bless him.
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
This morning Squish and I traipsed off to New Lynn to the New Zealand Association for Gifted and Talented education, for him to have a another cognitive assessment, with a view to seeing if the one day school was appropriate for him. The appointment was for 10am, and took a few hours, so we had lunch (and a milkshake) with daddy in the city afterwards.
He’s been offered a place, and I’ve been strongly encouraged to take up the offer. Apparently, he scored above the 99th percentile for reasoning, which means that the way he thinks is highly original (we knew that!), and that he is unlikely to ever fit well in standard school (we were starting to understand that too).
On the up side, from next term he’ll have one day a week of inquiry based learning, in a small class environment (about 12 kids per class), where he will be encouraged to engage however he sees fit. And he’ll be with his academic peers – which is huge – rather than having to wait until he’s at university, I am really hoping he’ll find a bunch of kids that really get him. And don’t punch him for being “eccentric”.
And if you’re wondering why I used the word “eccentric”, read this lovely piece by Amy Gray.
We’ve been watching “How to Cook like Heston”, and this was his choice of what he wanted to cook. Not macaroni & cheese, or even fondue. No – he wanted this…
Mix well, pot, and chill
Port wine reduction (or jam if you can’t be arsed, and you live in a country where port is considered to be for winos only)
Yesterday, a rainbow arrived in the mail.
Squish had told the lovely Helen at our farewell party that he NEEDED a rainbow scarf, and she asked for specifications, and knit this gorgeous perfection. He loves it so much, thank you Helen!
She also included in the parcel a couple of items from home I’ve been missing. Chilli paste, and Sard Stick. You rock Helen.
And this was the backdrop for our shoot this morning
New Zealand does great rainbows.
- from my iPhone
Location:Freemans Bay,New Zealand
Good thing I just finished my rainbow scarf!
No time to block!
Location:Garnet Road,Westmere,New Zealand
Mark, Squishy and I spent Star Wars Day (4th May) at Hobbiton. And today, I finally arranged to borrow Mark’s lappy so that I can upload my pics and caption them.
I was going to try to make a gallery here, but instead I think I’ll just stick in a link to flickr, and same myself some pain and a few hours of dealing with wordpress.
So, without further ado, for your viewing pleasure, here are my pictures from Hobbiton.
(Or – I’ve just realised you can click left and right from the main picture and see the whole set from the main picture above)
Woolfest today was WONDERFUL!
Jussi met me there, and we spent the whole day fondling exotic yarns and chatting.
I bought some Happy-Go-Knitty self striping rainbow sock, and some Rowan Calmer (for $6 a ball!).
And this. A supported spindle made from used photocopier parts and carbon fibre, and some lovely merino/silk to learn with.
A fabulous day, met wonderful people, and even got a gig teaching about ravelry.
Overall, so far we are all finding much that is wonderful in our new home. I am missing my friends very much, so immersion into the Auckland fibre scene is just the thing.
$1.90 each for shrink wrapped Lebanese cucumbers. Not per kilo. Each!
- from my iPhone
In the weeks before we left Sydney, I was fortunate to be one of the counsellors on roster for this innovative trial. It was a great success, with all of our mums achieving their breastfeeding goals and feeling supported. I hope that the lessons we learned during this trial will help to inform us with how we support mothers into the future – technology can be very helpful when used thoughtfully.