3 weeks gone

 Well it is hard to believe but Mum and da have had 3 weeks of their holiday, they have 12 days left.
They have been to loads of places and  think have had a great time….unfortunately Gilly died a few days after  they got here….she was old for a dog but they feel bad that it happened after they left and that Tammy had to deal with it…..well done Tammy, they would not have come over unless they felt you would be able to cope with what they knew could happen……….I got the better end of the stick here. It will be hard for them to come back to an empty house though.
Anyway Mum and Da have both said they have done more walking and excercising than they have done in years and I think it has done them both good.
Mum wants to take the decking at Yvonnes house home with her and the view of the water, Da and her both walk down to the beach each day and I think they will take bad going back to cold winter in the UK.
We just got back from the Coromandel and last week went to the Bay of Islands, so more photos to come.

mum and da in NZ

Well mum and da braved the LONG journey to get here, and agreed it was a LONG LONG journey but hopefully they will have some good memories to take back.
Da is raring to go even though he is exhausted and mum just wants to chill for a few days which suits me and jeff because we are packing up and moving this thursday/friday. We have packers in at the moment who will take 3/4 of the furniture and stuff into storage, the rest is going to the beach house ………so the house is a bit frantic but I do think it was good that they could come and see the house here. Mum loves the decking that is covered and means you can sit and look out at the view.
Both of them suffer a bit because there is no central heating so whilst it is not freezing by any means it seems cool to them at times..especially Da who likes the heating on in the middle of summer anyway.
I have 2 days work tomorrow and thursday and the packing will continue during this time then I am off for 10 days and we will go off and explore new zealand, I think Da will prefer that as he wants to do stuff every day.
Da has got lost a couple of times and as my car is automatic wants to change gear al the time so if they go out mum has to keep her hand on the gearstick to stop him.
He loves the mince and cheese pies.
Will put photos on when the men get out of my way so that I can get them online……some funny ones of Da. 

My youngest baby is 15! Happy birthday Ree

 Well I cannot believe that Ree is 15…….officially in NZ she can drive!
She has grown up so much in the last 2 years, I think people back in the UK arein for a bit of a shock.
She went off to see The Cure last night and it is just so funny that she goes off to concerts and stuff……although she still likes to get treated as my little girl ( but then all the girls say they won’t relinquish that right – just becaus ethey have babies does not mean that they want to be ignored or replaced!)
so in keeping with the birthday messages for the other 2 earlier this year, here are a few photos of Grace
Happy Birthday Baby
lots of love
Mummy Bear , Dad and Frankie xxxxxxxxx

well done Maddie

Just to say well done Maddie in getting your job, you prepared really well for it and I know that Lesley is a hard task master and would not have given you a job if she was not impressed with you……and being my daughter could have gone against you as they would not employ someone related  unless they really thought you were going to be an asset, often they will not employ staff with family links so you must have come across really well.
Also, I did not talk to them about you at all………so you absolutely got this job on your own merits…..very proud of you and it will definately give you a step up when it comes to doing your  nursing/ midwifery. 

house sold

 The house went unconditional yesterday ( which is the same as exchanging contracts in the UK, deposit paid).
move out date is 28th september at which time we are moving into yvonne’s beach house – good timing yvonne!
pictures of view attached.
we leave to come home on 14th november and will stop in sydney for a couple of days.
gracie has GCSE’s in that time.
melanie and jessica coming out and so is mum and Da!
I am going half time at end of August and last day is 6th november so we can go up to the Bay of Islands one last time.
so its going to be go go go……..can’t wait to be home……..believe chrismas plans are going on haha
Angie and Dave better get on with decorating coz we will be home 3 weeks earlier now.