Not that I've been physically absent from my home; just from Blogland (apart from the occasional visit). All this living the 'real' life can be very frustrating. I keep wondering what my Blogland friends are up to and what I am missing. Of course croquet is to blame. There was a national tournament taking place at the two local clubs (the one I play at and Te Mata in Havelock North - and, no, there isn't a Havelock South or East or West for that matter although there is an unadorned Havelock down in South Island). I also had a croquet friend staying which took care of the evenings. By the time we'd gone over the day's play, eaten and so on it was time for bed and a 6am start for another 9 hours on the lawns (and, in my case over an hours travelling time too). All in all it was 7 full days and yesterday was housework and catching up. Today was child taxiing and more housework.
Well that's me up to date. Wasn't that exciting? How did I play? Don't ask!
On Sunday, though life was quite exciting. I was on the lawn playing my last (and exciting) game before 8am because at midday I had to collect Jamie (The Family's number one son) who was, unbeknown to them returning from his gap year in Europe and working and learning Chinese in China. In fact for the two days prior to leaving China Jamie had only had Chinese speaking friends and colleagues to talk to. The return was to be a surprise for The Family. Which is exactly what it turned out to be. For Jamie the sudden return to a relatively unpopulated, quiet, organised sort country which spoke English was quite an experience too.
|Air New Zealand's ATR 72-212A on the Auckland Napier flight touches down in Napier|
|First foot on Napier soil|
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