Thursday, August 27, 2020


 First up for today... a message from THE OLD MOO.

She wishes to say a very big 'Thank You' to everyone who has wished her well.  She appreciates each and every one of you.


MICHELLE C!  Mum got your gorgeous gift and card the other day.  She loves it and wants to say THANK YOU to you.

She has tried to leave a comment many times over the past few days on the blog to thank everyone, but by the time she gets it all typed out on her phone... she mucks it up and loses it.

So please take this as from her:  THANK YOU gorgeous blog friends. 

Obviously, I Thank You all too, as you have helped cheer my Mum up on many occasions. 

And she means the world to me and Stew.

Stew and I were talking the other day, and we realised that Stew has had my Mum as his 'other Mum' for longer than he had his own Mum in his life!

He was 24 when I met him, so he's known and loved my Mum for 35 years.  He wishes he could come with me to see her again, but with the double quarantine, it's just not possible.

I am going to make damn sure once I'm with Mum, that I do video chats with him every day, so he can see Mum and talk to her too.

Today I need to go out and work on a few more things in readiness for my trip to Australia.

I did not get any smaller jigsaws yesterday, so that's on the list.  I love these WASGIJ ones:

ABOVE: This is a WASGIJ? puzzle.  The picture on the box is NOT what the puzzle is.  It's usually what someone in the picture can SEE.  So they are more difficult, which I love.  The harder the better in my opinion.

I'm not sure what else I need to do/get, but at least I have some time to get it all sorted out.

Because I might be away from home for a considerable amount of time, I do need to get this all done right.


11 am:  Well, I got a few things accomplished this morning.

ABOVE:  I found the puzzles I wanted.

Brilliant idea TRACY!  I will leave the boxes at home.

ABOVE:  I forgot to show you these gorgeous Boxers that were at the patchwork shop yesterday!

They live there.  They are adorable.  The chocolate brown one is fairly young.  Boisterous, but so cute.  Brylee spent the entire time she was in the shop playing with them.

I'm going to do a trial pack of my suitcase sometime today, to see how heavy it is.

Same with my carry on bag.  It can be 7 kg, which is quite a bit eh? 

Now though, I'm going to go out again and get some nice fresh bread to go with the pea 'n' bacon hock soup I've got cooking in the crock pot.

6.02 pm: And we have a really lovely soup and fresh baked bread buns for dinner.

We just had another hail storm... sheesh it went cold fast.

They are very short and sharp though, so pass over quickly.

Looking forward to bed tonight, just to be snuggly and warm.

Dinner was really good.  Then we had a visit from Steve, Bex and the boys.  They brought over donuts for supper!

Once they had left it was quiet time, Coronation Street time, and now?  Bedtime.

Catch ya tomorrow.


  1. I could NEVER do a puzzle like that!

  2. Barbara Anne7:35 AM

    Hi Chris - Please check my comment on your previous post (the last comment) as I think you'll get some good information from the link I included. It will link you to the 14 or 15 posts written as a couple from AU were reentering the country and endured the 2 weeks of quarantine in a hotel. I found her blog posts really interesting and I'm not traveling anywhere.

    Wishing your Mum well!

    1. I have done thanks Barbara Anne. It made for interesting reading... seems all I have to look forward to is the meals! lol

  3. With the puzzle, can you leave the box at home & just take the puzzle pieces in a plastic bag & have a photo of the picture to use (especially since the picture is not actually what the puzzle is anyway), it will take up heaps less room in your suitcase that way. Also, I am sure if you run out of stuff to do, you can online shop & get it delivered to the hotel :-).

  4. ohhh your Mum has virtually been Stew's mum.
    Facetime, Skype and video calls are the best.

    Much love to your mum, I bet she is counting down the days to see you as much as you are to see her.

  5. Can I suggest you take a few cans of diet coke? You are allowed them in your checked in bag and because it's ALL you drink, you don't want to be caught short when you get to quarantine. I know it will add weight but best to be sure you have some!

    1. Will you be able to buy at airport when you land?

    2. Anonymous12:06 PM

      Chris won't be allowed to do anything at the airport - she will be directed to the bus to take her to the quarantine hotel. Are cans of coke less than 100ml because isn't there a restriction on the amount of liquid you can have? Audrey

    3. You can have them in packed, checked in luggage just not in your carry on luggage.

    4. Oh, and it must be cans, not a plastic bottle of coke!!

  6. I would playing with those 2 creatures too!

  7. Anonymous11:40 AM

    It is great you mother is home and looking so well.

    I have the same thng as Stew, I have known my father in law for 43 years he passed away on Saturday aged 96. My own father passed away when I was 34, so I have known my FIL for so much longer. I am sure you would be able to do some online line shopping in Sydney and have diet coke delivered to the door from Woolies.


  8. Kiwionholidays12:30 PM

    Mum is looking lovely and totally agree that’s her colour ,view from there to Coffs is stunning

    Lovely gardens and the peace and quiet is fabulous to be there together enjoying,
    Two weeks will flyby ,,,,you are up and at it ,,,,

    with all the lovely suggestions on here as well

    Cheers 🥂 xx

  9. Did you fall into the suitcase never to be seen again? Or did you decide to make the bread from scratch? Hope all is ok. You've been gone a looooooong time!!

  10. It's almost time to bring back the soup pot here. A rather chilling morning in the single digits. Looks like you have plenty of things to help pass the quarantine. Take care.


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