Hey! Hey! Honey, I’m home!
During the first week
We went and watched my 2nd oldest nephew L12 milk cows. He wants to be a farmer and the farmer down the road gave him some work experience over the school holidays. We learnt what happens after the cows have been milked on the rotary milker. We were given a guided tour around the milk shed from one of the guys helping to milk the cows.
Both my boys loved being on the farm. Going for rides on the quad bike with their uncle and older cousins. They loved looking at the animals and playing with the house cat. B13 helped his uncle and older cousins begin to make a garage.
During this first week I had the chance to make home made butter. My BIL makes his own cheese so I tried that to. YUM!!! He even gifted me some to bring home.
The day I was suppose to come home got on the road at a reasonable hour of the day and was an hour on the way home when my car broke down. Quite an experience. I felt like I was stuck in the middle of a forest road with no cellphone coverage. In fact I wasnt as far from civiliansation as I felt. B13 and I stood in the pouring rain with the car hazards on and us waving our arms about. Eventually a couple of guys stopped and decided it was my clutch. They had to go though so after they rang the AA car people and we decided because as of yet I am not a member they would cost too much, I was again alone. We flagged down a lady whom said she couldnt help as she was going to an appointment. Helpfully she told us to flag down a ute or light truck as they would be able to tow us up the hill to a garage. FINALLY a maori man with small child towed us up the hill. Quite an experince in itself as I dont liked being towed and these were along winding mountain hills. At last we got to the top. I rang my sister and she and her hubby told us to have a picnic LOL (we had lunch at a cafe) and eventually my sister would pick us . Her family had just started their own lunch and my sister had to feed her baby too. After an age she arrived. We drove my car to the mechanic a few kms down the road at a top speed of 25kms. Unpacking my car and loading all the stuff into my sisters van we left the car at the mechanics and went back to hers.
The thing is the car was fine getting here and even the day before I left.
It was nice going to chuch with them on Sunday morning.
We started home schooling again this term alongside my sisters older children.
It was a quiet week. One afternoon I took D3 and my niece Miss 5 to town when my sister took her older boys on a home schooling swim meet. We window shopped. Looked at some boats. Had an icecream and drink in a icecream palour. The children also saw a parrot that took their fancy.
One night I babysat my nephews and niece when my sister took her 2 oldest to youth group. (My BIL was away for a couple of days, as well as having the farm he has a business a couple of hours drive away.) Although this meant I was looking after 8 children including B13 and D3 it was easy as they are all well behaved children and as everyone gets up early here. Hence early bedtimes.