Saturday, 25 February 2012

la photo du jour

I've been tidying up the photo library came across this smiley of James and had to repost.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Chemo Round Three

This is the half-way mark…  Woohoooo.  Three shirts down and three to go - very excited.  All is going really well, saw the cardiologist last week who reported that not only was my Aorta no longer under any pressure (it was being compressed) but he could no longer see the tumor on the echo.  So all this chemo stuff must be working.  I go for another CAT scan in four or five weeks which should more formally establish progress.   Bring on the weekend and the return of normality.
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Sunday, 19 February 2012

The Great Tomato Fund Raiser

Our veggie garden has been working overtime this year… must be all the rain.  We planted around 10 tomato plants and they have gone off.  Impossible to count how many tomatoes that we have harvested but it must be getting close to 100kg if not more.

For some reason scooters are back in fashion and the young boys both want new ones.  Rather than cave into pressure we insisted they had to pay for these themselves.. so for the past two weeks I've been bombarded with money raising schemes - most of which involve us paying them for things which they should be doing anyway.

So as the mother load of tomato crops came in, I came up with the idea that they could sell these on Queen street.  James was super enthusiastic and straight away got stuck in to the project of cleaning, weighing and packing.  Henry finally came around to the idea once he saw the profit in it and was most put out by my suggestion that his share of the profits would only be 33.3%.

James setup shop yesterday after cricket and Henry joined him we he got home an hour later… I thought maybe it was yet another one of my schemes that would fail miserably - there wasn't  that much foot traffic and I didn't think anyone was going to stop.  I left James all on his own and checked on him every 10-15 mins or so. Sure enough the sales just ticked over and within two hours they sold all their stock.  The result two very excited budding entreprenuers actively planning how to spend their profits and planning their next venture. They are back out there this morning selling more bags that were harvested overnight.

What of Jack you ask?  Well he had his hands full this weekend - a couple of girls in his new high school class had invited him to the movies on the weekend.  He was a bit pre-occupied with this prospect, which as per "teenager" mode was very poorly planned, i.e. they agreed to go see a movie but didn't think to plan what movie, what time and what place.  Obviously the movie was secondary to the idea of catching up out of school..   It all worked out in the end. Phew.

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Saturday, 18 February 2012

Bowling Action

Cricket season's is back in full swing and Henry and James are both getting stuck in. Nice bowling action James - you must have inherited this from the Beeby side (or it has skipped a generation).
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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Henry's Fishing Expedition

While we partying up in Wellington our boys were staying with friends.  Henry got to go fishing with his friend Sam and dad Grant.  He landed his first snapper shortly after leaving Westhaven marina.  I think the smile says it all.
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Wellington Anniversary Weekend

Well our anniversary at least…. number 18 ( I had to use a calculator to work this out once Ange reminded me of the year).  We headed down on Friday to the Capital smoke for a wedding and a well deserved break.  After almost a year and half of regular weekly visits it was great to finally have the chance to show Ange around the windy city.  It was a friggin fantastic…  every element (including the weather and even Ben's skirt) seem to click into place perfectly.

Our Agenda included:
  • Friday Tapas at Havana Cafe.. a classic Wellington must do.
  • Followed by desert and cocktails at The Library (bar)
  • A dance or two at bogie wonderland
  • Great complimetary breakfast to kick off Saturday at Rydges
  • Obligatory coffee at Smith the Grocer
  • Cable Car ride and walk around botanical gardens
  • Shopping at Kilcardie and Stains (I survived thanks to the new Air New Zealand luggage restrictions)
  • A great bike ride around waterfront
  • THE BIG EVENT: Wedding of the lovely Kat to that mongrel Ben
  • Sunday breakfast repeat
  • Bike ride repeat to chill out on Oriental Bay Beach
  • Post wedding gathering with the Irving clan
  • Falling asleep on the flight home  - PRICELESS
It was fantastic..  Wellington is great most of the time but it is a world beater when the weather is good.   Wedding was really cool.. nothing like a boy getting married in dress (see pic below).

I had been a bit nervous about flying as I'm quite vulnerable to illness while my immunity is recovering from the last chemo round.. check out the in-flight mask (gangster - I know).