Life changes so quickly. Only 22 days ago we were celebrating my Mother’s 97th Birthday. Today at exactly 8am she departed this life while Dot and I were sitting with her. Since having a flu injection 3 weeks ago she quickly deteriorated. Spending up to 12 hours at her bedside every night for the last week today was time for her to finally let go. Thanks for everything Mum.
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
In the last week or so we have been inundated by ladybirds, Yesterday I counted at least 40 on one window, inside and out. Where are they all coming from? I assume this is a good sign. Any ideas?
There was an article on Radio New Zealand news last month of them being released down in Canterbury as a trial to eradicate the insect tomato-potato psyllid.
Monday, 8 April 2013
Yesterday saw us head south to Papakowhai where my Mum was celebrating her 97th birthday. She had had her hair done especially in the morning although it was Sunday. Looking bright and happier than we have seen her for a long time.
Another 3 years and a telegram from the Queen may be on its way.
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
Plans were varied for Monday as some of the group were going to stay an extra night, some were heading further north and 3 of us decided on a short journey south to Turakina and the Koitiata motor camp down at the Turakina river mouth.
We had to book this as it is only a small camp with just 8 power sites. We had vision’s of huge traffic hold ups trying to get out onto SH3 from Mowhanau but surprisingly the road was very quiet. Down at Koitiata we wandered through the sand dunes and out to the estuary where fisherman were unsuccessfully trying to catch their supper. No point in me trying my hand.
Tuesday came around all too quickly and we were on our way home, and back to reality. Until next time!
Monday, 1 April 2013
After our two day stop over in Wanganui we headed north to the little seaside settlement of Mowhanau. Along the road towards the camp is Bason Botanical Gardens which was bequeathed to the people of Wanganui by the Bason family and administered by the local council. As we had time to spare and the weather was good we called in for a visit.
Compared to some Botanical Gardens they are small but with other family bequests they have been made into a family friendly area with 3 free gas BBQ’s for picnic’s, trail’s through planted area’s and 2 hot houses for tropical plant displays. Well worth a visit.
At Mowhanau we met up with the rest of the club members for our Easter Rally. The camp filled up quite rapidly over Thursday and Friday to the extent that it would have been necessary to hang out the No Vacancy sign. We have never seen a camp so full for a very long time which just goes to show that camping is still alive and well.
Over the week-end we had a beach hike where we collected articles for a beach art competition. Another competition was a sand drawing using glue and sand on a A4 sheet of paper. Judging was done by the camp proprietor. Our entry didn’t win but our beach art entry was taken to be displayed in the camp’s coffee bar.
On the Sunday a picnic was organised to take place in the Bason Botanical Gardens. Unfortunately the weather had deteriorated overnight but it did hold up long enough for a slightly windy picnic before the rain arrived an hour or so later.