Sunday, October 18, 2020


Today ... well I'm off to the local Sunday market:

ABOVE:  It starts at 8 am, so I shall probably be down there bang on 8. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜…

I was going to show you the photos we took yesterday while out on our 'tiki tour', but they can wait till tomorrow.
There's likely to be a 'few' market photos posted,  once I get home again.  *smiles*

I don't know if I've mentioned this, but I have a 'bucket list' of things to do before I go home.
They are the things I WOULD have done with Mum, had she been well enough.

-She would have dragged me off shopping.
-And to the markets.
-And sightseeing.

I'm sure there are a few more things I'm not aware of, but I will do as much as I can.  For her and for me.

I've made a good START on the shopping!
And the sightseeing too after yesterday.

While I've been away, Stew has been absolutely wonderful, doing all the things he knows I would want him to be doing.

Like keeping the house clean and tidy πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜‚πŸ˜„.

And he's made us a vege garden, and he's also put some wooden edging around the areas of the gardens that kept having bark wash off onto the paths and driveway.

ABOVE: Dirt was running off the vege garden as well, so he's put a wooden edge along there too.  It looks like those lettuces will be ready for eating soon!

ABOVE: The tomato plants in those pots look healthy! 

ABOVE:  The edging looks good Darling.
Well done.

I'm just so, so desperate to get home again.  It makes me cry knowing that it's still 4 weeks until I walk through my front door again.

I think my biggest fear right now is my flight is cancelled, pushed back or what ever, and I have to stay here longer.  I pray that does not happen.


The tiny butterflies are out again.  This means RAIN is coming.  Might not be today, might be tomorrow, but it's coming!
This happened two days  before Mum died, and Ron said the butterflies were a sign of rain coming!  And the day Mum died... IT RAINED.
Rain will be welcome, this country is as dry as fuck.


First time I've put the word f*#k  on the blog since Mum died too.  Mum hated when I used that word.  Sorry Mum... it's BACK. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…πŸ˜†

11.31 am:  And I'm back from the market.
It wasn't as big as I expected, but still a nice variety to look at.

ABOVE:  I bought a dress from this stall. 

Then I moved on to another, and while yakking with the seller, she mentioned she was from Tauranga.  I said that's where my Mum was originally from, in fact; she was from Oropi.
AND would you believe it?
That lady was from Oropi too!
She said she even knew Mum's family.


Gave me the creeps.  Kinda.  OH yeah, I bought two tops off her too.  Cos I could, and they are gorgeous. 

On my way home... driving up the bumpy, gravel road... I get stopped by COPS!  


But not a worry, they were lost.
So I redirected them to where they wanted to be and carried on home.

Such a weird morning.

ALSO on my way home this morning, I noticed smoke up behind our house.
I just talked to Ron about it.  And it would appear there is a bush fire only 2 kms away from us!
But it's supposed to be under control.

ABOVE:  The red arrow shows where we are, and the blue and white square? That's the fire.
I feel like it's too damn close, thank you very much.

OMG I can't wait to get out of this place!
Why, WHO would live in the bloody bush in a country prone to fires?  

Get me outta here!

8 MORE SLEEPS here, then I will be in Sydney.  NO fires there.

ABOVE:  Well, it's been raining for a few hours now!  Which means I will sleep a bit better tonight.  I went outside a little while ago (6.45 pm) and all I could smell was smoke!  Scary shit that.
But, this rain is expected to carry on through tomorrow, so I'm not going to pack me bags and run... YET.


  1. The house looks perfect. Have fun at the Markets.

  2. I love your idea of a bucket list. Don't stress about flight delays or anything you have no control over. Enjoy your time with Ron, then look forward to at least being in NZ - I'm sure your quarantine over there will be 100% better than here. And you know what to do now if things are not up to scratch!!
    Now go kick those bucket goals!

  3. I laughed when I read that. Old Moo will be shaking her fists from heaven LOL

  4. Your house and garden is looking great ... well done to Stew. The edging will certainly save a lot of work putting bark and dirt back where it belongs. That's one of my projects for today - staining some new garden edging so we can replace some of ours which has seen better days.

    I hope that you have a lovely time at the market. I'm wondering if you might need a third suitcase by the time you leave Australia 😊

  5. Anonymous1:43 PM

    oml what a weird morning but kinda kewl...😊 and love that you have had some strange interactions with the local authorities lol even if it was because they were lost lol πŸ˜‚
    #Lacy πŸ’™

  6. What a mixed bag of a day you have had ,but some happy buying N memories re Oropi etc,
    Lots of kiwi go to places in that area and some places are similar to home too,

    Your home n garden going fab due to Stew and to get home, all the familiar things will fall in To place quite quickly again

    Did mum have a brother Henry ???

    So happy though while you are in Australia,you can fulfil lots of things you have on the list ,,

    Can’t wait to see the new clothes too,

    Take care

    Cheers πŸ₯‚

    Going g for an all black win this afty.πŸ‘

  7. Kiwionholidays2:26 PM

    Lost my last message I think
    Glad you had a fab day
    Did your Mum have a brother Henry???

    Looking forward to seeing new clothes good on you shopping
    Your home looks fab thanks to Stew n the others,
    Go the all blacks ,,,

    Cheers πŸ₯‚

    1. NO Henry! Richard, Robert, Frank, Charles and Alan! Plus 4 sisters.

  8. Kiwionholidays2:30 PM

    Thanks for that , fabulous to have such a lot of tellies like that

    Enjoy your afternoon up there
    Cheers πŸ₯‚

  9. You DID have a weird morning! Getting stopped by the cops? Odd.

  10. lololol ohhhh you don't like my lovely country??? Hahahaha the heat, the spiders, the bushfires... yep, that's Australia!!!!!

  11. Anonymous5:15 PM

    Australia is lovely but I am too much of a Kiwi to move I do however have a feeling that Ron will miss you terribly when you leave I sincerely hope he has loads of support around him πŸ’™πŸ’™ FABULOUS looking market did you buy anything for me?? George's Mum.

  12. Anonymous5:51 PM

    oh I so wana be there, like I no Bush fires are bad ect but ohhhh, like is it wrong for me to be a little exited and want pics ect.....sorry πŸ˜•πŸ˜‚
    #Lacy πŸ’™
    p.s love and miss you Ma and hope you are doing ok Ron, we all love you πŸ’™πŸ’œ

    1. Anonymous6:53 PM

      Pyromanic Lacy haha George's Mum πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

    2. Anonymous8:36 PM

      hello George's Mum xx πŸ”₯ xx πŸ’™πŸ’œ
      #Lacy πŸ’™

  13. I'm with you on the fires! We went past the covid quarantine hotels in Christchurch today and there were loads of people outside with masks on in the exercise area getting in some walking and fresh air - that will be so much better for you than your last quarantine!

  14. Sandy in the USA5:49 AM

    So glad you are doing well and that you got to dip your toes in the ocean. haha that really was a weird morning!! Here in California we have had horrendous wildfires but it's good to see that you guys are getting rain so that will help a great deal in putting that fire out I hope. The landscaping is gorgeous. Did Ron do all that??

  15. Stew is doing a great job of keeping things tidy ;)
    ugh so tired of fires, there are some up in Nevada now I saw on the news (state to the North/East of us)


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