The clouds have gathered across the city tonight, and the promise of rain is in the air. The good thing with that is that it is warm and once tucked up inside we are nice and cosy. These days and nights are all quite similar at the moment. Mum went to the supermarket again after work - this time for broccoli and courgettes/zuccini to add to the stir fry she made for her dinner. She chopped me up a fancy feast so I was happy.
We ladies relaxed this evening, books and television for mum. Lazing on the bed for me - and the odd scratch.
Mum found this old flashback photo on the computer tonight. She does not recommend that you play with amps like this - only under people supervision. Mum has a steady day at work, she did find it hard to get up at 6.30am this morning, but once the day was under way it was fine. Work finished and she headed out for a walk, and then a visit to the supermarket for a few essentials, and she was pleased to run into an old colleague and have a chat.
Once home it was Our Kitchen Rules (the Aussie version), and leftovers of mashed potatoes, peas and sausages. She opened a feast for me, and I headed of to bed at 7pm, and she will join me a few hours later. Ahh that is the life. So tonight we relax and get ready to do it all over tomorrow.
We are all waiting to see what the royal princess will be called. Will it be Victoria or Alice or Alexandra or Charlotte. Maybe Diana? We think Emma would be nice too
Mum had a plan A today - get up early and head out for a walk. Maybe the botanical gardens and take a camera to get pictures of the autumn trees?
Plan B - get up early and go for a walk and see an early showing of a movie. Maybe see Testatment of Youth?
Plan C - sleep in a bit, finish off reading this book and then go out for a wander.
What do you know - Plan C won out and mum and I got to have a wee snooze in which was nice. The day was sunny and lovely so mum did go out for a walk in the fresh air. She is busy listening to podcasts - What you missed in History class. Todays talks were on Bela Lugosi - very entertaining!!
Me - I snoozed the day away after a morning dig in the garden. I kept mum company after she gave me my feast and she made her dinner - sausages, peas and mashed potato and sat next to her on the couch as she called her family for a wee natter.
Sorry we were M.I,A yesterday, but just as mum was about to sit down and write about our day, she got a phone call to go back into work. The good thing, was that there was another one earlier this morning too, which meant that she got to have Friday off. After 3 hours sleep though, she felt a bit of a zombie, but managed to get a load of washing done, and to go and meet Miss Belle.
They went to a very hipster cafe, but at least mum was not the oldest one there. The girls had a milkshake and a good old chat, and mum was able to drop off her winter scarf that her brother had delivered for her. Winter is coming, so scarves and gloves are important.
So now mum is hoping her body clock will let her sleep tonight, as sometimes when she is over tired, it is a bit like jet lag and likes to wake her up at crazy hours. Me - I have no trouble with the napping.
Hope you all get lots of zzzzzzzzzzzzs and are ready for the weekend.
The rain poured and poured here this morning, with the whole city woken up at 4amish by a big old downpour. Luckily we live up a bit of a side of hi, so our place does not get flooded, and the garden will be grateful for a big old soaking.
Mum dug around in the freezer this evening to make a pork/veg stir fry with some rice for her and dished up a feast for me. She was thinking about this article she read on line this weekend about a family that only eats steak (zero carb). Could you do it? I know the pussy cats could - but what about your mums and dads?
We all woke up to a bit of a wild morning. The tail end of the storm that struck Sydney last week has crept across the Tasman and brought us rain and wind, not unusual for this time of year. The saving grace is that it is not too cold, no need for blasting the heat pump. The teenage nephew had to head home this afternoon, so mum let him sleep in til 11am. That gave mum time to watch a couple of her programmes and finish a book.
After lunch at home there was a break in the clouds so they headed into town for some afternoon tea and a bit of a wander before heading for the train station for the nephew to catch the bus. Mum had made him some rolls to take with him, as well as a couple of treats.
I have taken it easy today and am back on the bed. I was busy showing Bud (the nephew) my favourite things, my scratcher and my mousie. He was impressed by my toys. So it is all quiet in the house tonight, me and mum are taking it easy.
Pictures of the New Zealand Troops in France in 1917 - from the WWI Display at the Dominion Museum, Wellington, NZ
Our teenage guest is very well behaved and I am not so scared of him. I was in and out while he was in the lounge, and like to sit on my scratcher and stare at him. Big boys need to sleep. Mum got to sleep at 2.30am and was up at 9am (middle aged lady sleeping) and he went to bed at midnight and was up at 10:30am.
Mum made some more toasted bagels for breakfast and then made him go for a walk with her. They went back to the war memorial park, this time to see the First World War Display at the Dominion Museum. Using lots of things from Sir Peter Jacksons private collections, it was an interesting and moving exhibition. With many uniforms, weapons and personal items that have been collected over the years. We imagine that the Jackson garage is very large, and we wonder where he stores the 10 tonne gun that had to be craned into the museum. In 1915, New Zealand had a population of one million, and of those 100,000 or 10% of the population went away to war. So for us, there is hardly a family in the country who was not affected.
Mum and Bud met up with Miss Belle at a hipster hippie cafe, Laundry for a quick lunch together which was fun. A couple of shops were browsed and mum popped off to the library to get some more reading material, as the seven books at home might not be enough reading. Then miss Belle took her brother up the university to show her the Belle palace, no easy task as it is a steep hill walk up to campus. So steep that the nephew came home with sore legs and needed to rest on the couch.
The mumster went and got some groceries and cooked up some steak and broccoli and corn so that they could stock up on vegetables, as not many greens have been consumed over the weekend. Feet were put up, and relaxing was done.
It has been fun having a teenage visitor - we hope he comes back to see us soon.
Mum did make it to dawn service for ANZAC Day. The alarm went off at 4am and it only took 2 call outs to get Mr Bud out of bed, and they left the house at 4:30am. They did get a good spot, but there was no view for mum to took photos, as she is a shortie, but she could see this screen as everything was televised. Bud is tall, so he could see over the crowd in front of them. 40,000 people turned up, so space was at a premium. It was very moving.
They got home after 8am, and mum made toasted bagels with pastrami and tomatoes. A little nap was had and then mum took the nephew out for an easy dinner and a movie X and Y, then they walked home back via the memorial park. It was packed as tonight was the last night of the visual show. It is a pity that it can't be shown every night, but we are sure that there is a huge cost with having it playing.
So tonight we are thinking about all those that have served, and who are buried far from home.
Today was a glorious day in the capital city. The sun was shining and it was warm for late autumn. Lovely! There was an ANZAC day parade through the centre of town. Traffic was stopped and the streets were crowded with people. There were horses with riders.
A big collection of world war one vechiles owned by Peter Jackson, bought into town specially.
One broke down near us and had to be pushed to the side, but got started later.
There were a variety of marching bands and soldiers marching, cheered on by the crowd.
There were even double decker trucks filled with soldiers in replica uniforms.
Peter Jackson marched at the back and got big cheers from the crowd. This is is home town, and from what the mumster can gather, has put a lot of his own money into supporting the ANZAC celebrations. Mum then went down to the other end of town to meet her lovely nephew Bud, who has travelled down for a little holiday with his aunty.
We saw the Weta Workshop designed show The Scale of Our War at Te Papa which was amazing. It was an hours wait in a long long line to get in, and while we were waiting we had a rather large 6.2 earthquake, which was a bit scary. The Te Papa museum is one of the safest buildings to be in, as it is quite new with good technology built in that make the building absorb the shakes. The displays were amazing, each depicting a real New Zealander and 2.4 times actual size, with incredible detail.
This one, particularly moving was of war nurse Lottie, on a hospital boat, who finds out that her brother had been killed four months previously at Gallipoli, and only finds out when his letters are returned to her. Each envelope is marked that it is returned as he is dead. So sad.
Tomorrow is ANZAC day in New Zealand and Australia and marks the 100 year anniversary since our troops landed in that small bay in Turkey. Boys and men who travelled around the world to invade a country they knew little about. The above pictures illustrates that 93% of New Zealand boys who went were either wounded or killed, more than any other force in that 8 months. Another note at the display said in one of the battles 850 of our men were killed. Only 8 of those were ever identified, the rest never found or in unmarked graves. 2 of those 8 were the youngest - just 17. The age of my nephew.
We then went for a light sushi train dinner which was nice, and wandered up to the National War Memorial which is on the way home. They are practising for some displays tomorrow and there is a light show on the Cenotaph, which was moving. We think of Great great uncle Pat, who served in France in WWI, Uncle Frank and Uncle Jack who served in WWII. Our Uncles and cousins who served in the Army and cousins in the Navy. We thank you.
So tonight, we are off to bed early. We are up at 4am to go to dawn parade.
Today was a lovely day, all the better cos mum got to spend it with me. She also realised that she got a solid 7 hours sleep, possibly the first time she has slept that long in about two months. Also she had a good hair day - every little thing helps she says.
She was about to unload the washing machine this morning, when she felt a bit of a rumble and a roll as a 5.1 earthquake shook us about. Luckily it was not very strong and was quiet short. Turns out there was one a few minutes earlier but mum never felt it. It was good too that there was no reported damage or any injuries. Miss Belle said that the Auckland students at Uni all shrieked and had to call their parents as apparently they were a bit freaked out. Miss Belle is sensible and felt earthquakes before so she was fine. Mum has also talked to her about what to do if there is a really big one - she is to try to come to our house or to meet mum at the hospital.
We were lucky as sister in law is in town, so mum took her and Miss Belle to dinner and she enjoyed catching up with them. Apparently we are to get a visitor tomorrow - I wonder who that would be?
Mum got to have another day off today which was awesome. Days off during the normal work week make chores like going to the post office or bank a bit easier, but mum did neither of those things and instead went for an afternoon walk in the fresh air. Although it was grey and cloudy it was warm and she loved to walk beside the sea. Me - I relaxicated at home and caught up on some zzzs while mum was active.
She also managed to find a shop that had pillows half price - and don't worry they weren't the $300 ones she saw last week. These ones were only $20. She is still on a mission to find a more comfortable pillow and is beginning to feel a bit like the princess and the pea, as she now has 6 pillows on her bed, in an endless rotation. She has tried the memory foam, the firm pillow, the medium pillow and now has a feather/down one to try and one with latex chips. Wish her luck!!!
Mum got to have the whole day off today which was good as the sun was shining. Us girls got outside to have a potter in the garden, and mum put some bread out for the birdies, so I had to go and inspect it. She actually got some washing done and out on the line, and a big photo session with me. It was bliss to not wake up to an alarm clock and take a long shower.
Then she went out and visited with her niece Miss Belle and her sister in law. They had an early dinner out and the girls ate lots of yummy asian summer rolls, chicken satay, chicken dumplings and beef satay - delish!! There tummies were rather full so they went for a walk around the city as it was a mild autumn night. Mum then said goodbye to the ladies, as they both had to go off and study and mum walked home, stopping to see the light display for the Anzac day celebrations at the war memorial not far from home.
So home in time to put the fresh clean linen back on the bed and do a bit of relaxing. It is now close to midnight and I am on my blankie on her bed, and she it ready to join me. Night night friends.
Awww my pretty kitty friends - you know me so well. I love my new scratcher/seat that the mumster got for me. It is great to perch on especially in the morning sun, and mum is kind enough to put some catnip on it every other day - bliss!!!
The mumster bought me this bit of kitty enrichment. We had spied one on our friends Rumblebum blog. It was meant to arrive for Easter but thanks to NZ postage it turned up days later. So mum unwrapped it next to me.
What do you think Caturday kitties. Did I love it or did I ignore it? Please let us know in the comments. We will let you know which way it went tomorrow.
Also the lighting makes you think that it is pink leopard - but it is Kardashian leopard baby - we are keeping it classy!!
We sure are glad that Friday has rolled around, although mum is on call and is working over the weekend. So we have had a quiet night indeed. She made sure she went for a walk after work and popped into the library to refresh her reading material, the supermarket for a few treats and then home to talk to me. After dinner a nap was in order and now as midnight approaches we are headed off for more sleeps. Hope you all have some nice plans for your weekend.
We are glad we have made it through til Thursday, and it is almost the weekend, even though the mumster is working. Mum was busy at work and had not slept well, but she did enjoy her time after work, as she went and met her niece Miss Belle. Her and miss belle enjoyed some tasty foods together and caught up on all the goss, before heading home to snuggle with me.