Kathy-Lee is 30 what the hell

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Last Thursday my eldest daughter…….aka……….our precious daughter……….aka………..Kathy-Lee turned 30, what the hell how did that happen, how did I become the mother of a 30 year old.

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Anyway I had a party for Kathy-Lee yesterday, there was about 16 people here from both sides of her family, as in her side and her partner Michael’s side, as I invited his parents and brother and sister in-law, his brother couldn’t attend as he is away working.

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Michael had gone away camping but it was only 45 minutes away and after Natasha told him off and his parents said something to him he decided he would come back from camping to attend and the whole thing was a surprise for Kathy.

Although she did say at one point she had wondered why I had made so much food and why dad (Tim) had cleaned the lounge room, and by clean I mean he took everything and dumped it in either the spare room or his room/office.

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Everyone seemed to have a good time and of course there was plenty of food, as I was up at 6.30am I went for a walk and bought bread and shredded ham they didn’t have diced bacon and after returning home I made a potato bake and a chicken and bacon pasta bake along with home made fried rice, snags and of course bacon.

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There of course was cake this cake in fact and it tasted pretty good I bought it from a local supermarket that does cakes so it was both nice and affordable.

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I also managed to do 3 loads of washing and change the sheets on the bed, vacuum the house twice, watched 2 children and go for my morning walk. After everyone had left and I was getting sheets to remake the bed, time says you look as bugga as I feel, I look at him and asked him what have you done all day, he said he cleaned the lounge-room and I asked him what have I done all day, he smiles and said everything else.

By then end of the day I was exhausted and I did manage to drink ¾ of a bottle of wine.

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Are you a morning person? I am I just didn’t realise it

Morning everyone

Good morning, are you a morning person?

Do you need an alarm to wake up?

If so when it goes off do you hit snooze a few times before getting up or do you turn it off and get straight out of bed?

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I am although I didn’t always realise that I was but this morning while on my walk I was thinking about it and composing this post in my head.

This is what I came up with, I have always been a morning person, as a teenager I would get up before anyone else and unpack the dishwasher and have breakfast so when everyone else got up I could retreat to my room to get ready for school, ok that isn’t right I have always been a get up and get dressed type of person so when I say get ready for school I mean pack my bag with the days books. Please note that at my school only the seniors got lockers the rest of us had to carry all our books around with us, although thinking about it there was a few months that I had a locker but it didn’t last long as the school decided we didn’t need lockers.

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Anyway back to being a morning person, after I left school I would often and by often I mean 2 or 3 times a week walk to the local shopping centre just because I could and while there mum would have a list of things for me to get and if the list ended up being heavy items or a lot I would get a cab home but other wise I would walk home again.

When my girls were little I would get up get us all ready and go to the shops nice and early, this was how I was able to practice reversing my car into parking spots, there were very few people around and I could do it without worry of holding up other cars, now I can reverse park anywhere I do it better then if I try to drive into a parking spot but that isn’t what this post is about.

When my girls started school I would get up before them and pack lunches and get myself ready before getting the girls out of bed, I would also often walk them to school because I either didn’t have a car or I just felt like walking often it was I just felt like walking it was my daily exercise walking the girls to school.

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I am not one of those people who needs an alarm unless I am getting up at a different time then normal, like in winter I don’t get up till between 7-7.30am but in the summer months I like to get up around 6.30am and that at the moment is the time my alarm is set for, but most days I don’t need it I wake up just before the alarm goes off.

My mum gets up between 5.45-6am Monday to Friday and on the weekend she likes to sleep in till 9am I rarely sleep in and now that I am back to going for a morning walk I prefer not to sleep in unless it is raining then sleeping in is a good thing.

If I have appointments I prefer them to be morning appointments can’t always get a morning appointment but I do try, I don’t like having to go out and do stuff in the afternoon.

So yes I am a morning person

Five things Friday

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Well today is Friday so that means five things Friday.

A day off school not because he was sick but because he was missing his mummy and wanted to spend time with her

A school show resulting in a late night for me

Staying with great-grandparents because you think the show will be boring

Thinking nanna forgot about you because she was so late picking you up after the show

Being able to stay home alone while nanna went shopping, and having her ring you to make sure you were ok and still in the house

Good Afternoon, nothing much today just some thoughts and other stuff

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Good afternoon, I am going to share with you some of my thoughts that I have had today, thoughts like why do we say corner of the world when the world is round and has no corners.

I am also wondering why is it after we vacuum the floor it looks like it hasn’t been done in less then half an hour or is that just my floor, the same thing happens when we wash the floor someone will walk on it and it will look like it hasn’t been done in not time.

I had to go and get Blain from school as he is feeling sick and of course tonight it is Leo’s school show and I am expected to go because Jessica can’t go alone, but she did only buy 2 tickets as she forgot that I would have Blain so don’t know what is going to happen with that, and if he is unwell should I take him out oh well we will see how he is later on.

On Monday I went to a funeral, an old family friend passed away on the 31st in fact Tim and I were still at the airport when my eldest daughter rang to tell me the news. We knew it was coming but it was still a shock to hear that she had passed away. It was a big funeral in fact it was the biggest funeral I have ever attended, they had to go and find more seats as there was so many there they ran out of room.

In other news yesterday a man was shot outside the local post office this is only a 2 minute drive from my place, the man was waving a machete or large knife around was threatening the police they told him to drop the knife or they would shoot but of course he didn’t and they shot and killed him. The man was a staff member, in fact he was well known to me as he served me often while I was in the store and I am shocked to hear that he lost it and was killed.

Ok that is all from me for this post as I don’t what else to say.

History Tuesday/Christchurch

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This Tuesday I have decided to write a bit about the history of Christchurch, why well because Christchurch is the town we flew into and out of on our recent holiday to New Zealand.

Maori history suggests that people first inhabited the area about a thousand years ago, those first people were moa-hunters who most likely arrived there as early as AD 1000, by around 1450 the Moa had been killed off. These hunters cleared large areas of the Matai and Totara forest by fire.

After the moa-hunters came the Waitaha people who are thought to have migrated from the east coast of the North Island in the 16th century.

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The first European settlements

The first Europeans came around 1815 when Governor Bligh landed on what was called Banks Peninsula, the name I think came from Captain James Cook when his ship the Endeavour first sighted the area in 1770 and he named the are Banks Island after the ship’s botanist, Joseph Banks.

In 1827 Captain William Wiseman, a flax trader, named the harbour (now known as (Lyttlelton Harbour) Port Cooper, after one of the owners of the Sydney trading firm, Cooper & Levy.

During the 1820s and 1830s the local Māori population fell. The reasons included fighting between different groups of Ngāi Tahu, raids by the Ngāti Toa chief Te Rauparaha from 1830 to 1832, and the impact of European diseases, especially measles and influenza, from which hundreds of Māori died.

More and more whaling and sealing ships visited the peninsula and harbour, and in 1837 Captain George Hempelman set up a whaling station on-shore at Peraki on Banks Peninsula.

Captain William Rhodes first visited in 1836. He came back in 1839 and landed a herd of 50 cattle near Akaroa.

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The first attempt at settling on the plains was made by James Herriot of Sydney. He arrived with two small groups of farmers in April 1840. Their first crop was successful, but a plague of rats made them decide to leave.

In August 1840 Captain Owen Stanley of the Britomart raised the British flag at Akaroa, just before the arrival of sixty-three French colonists on the Comte de Paris

In May 1840 Major Thomas Bunbury arrived on the HMS Herald to collect the signatures of the Ngāi Tahu chiefs for the Treaty of Waitangi. The Treaty had been signed by many North Island chiefs in the Bay of Islands earlier in the year on 6 February. During Bunbury’s visit only two of the Ngāi Tahu chiefs signed it.

During 1850-1851 the first organised groups of English settlers, the founders of Christchurch, arrived on the ‘first four ships’ into Lyttelton Harbour.

Christchurch became a city by Royal Charter on July 31, 1856, making it officially the oldest established city in New Zealand.

Canterbury’s economy was built on primary products and Canterbury has long been recognised as living “off the sheep’s back”. Although its economic beginnings were in refrigerated sheep and dairy meats and in other dairy products, Canterbury now has a diversified regional economy with growth across a range of “new economy” sectors.

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In 1893 New Zealand women achieved a first in the world when they won the right to vote. This significant event was honoured in 1993 when the Kate Sheppard memorial, a commemoration to Women’s Suffrage was unveiled on 19th September 1993.

Flag Monday/N Z Flag

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Well it’s Monday and that means flag Monday so today I am going to tell you a little about New Zealand’s flag why, well because I was just in New Zealand and thought why not.

Their flag is a defaced blue ensign with the Union Jack (flag) in the corner with four red stars with white borders to the right. The pattern of the stars is to represent the asterism within the constellation of the crux, the Southern Cross, whatever all that means.

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Now New Zealand’s first flag was the flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand and this was adopted way back in 1834, six years before New Zealand became a British colony. It was chosen by an assembly of Maori chiefs at a place called Waitangi in 1834, the flag had the St George Cross with another cross in the corner containing four stars on a blue field.

However, after New Zealand became a British colony in 1840 the British ensigns came into use, the current flag was designed and adopted for use on Colonial ships in 1869 following an Imperial statute and became New Zealand’s national flag in 1902.

There has, however, been a debate about changing the flag for several decades with a two-stage binding referendum on changing the flag planned to take place in 2016. There are four designs up for the vote they are these four.

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I know many people often confuse the Australian flag and the New Zealand flag which may have something to do with New Zealanders wanting to change their flag, for those who have forgotten what the good ole Aussie flag looks like this is it.

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I’m Back/So let the holiday news begin

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Well hello blogland, I am back and we should be resuming normal transmission as from today. I am giving advanced warning that there will be a week or two of holiday related posts so hope that doesn’t bore anyone silly and if it does please feel free to yell at the computer that you have had enough already, not that I will hear you but it might help you feel better…………..just saying.

So Tim and I flew into Sydney on the 31st August, we arrived around 5pm and headed out towards customs but of course before we got there we had to pick up our bags and before that we had to pass through the duty free store.

So as we are passing through duty free Tim has to stop and buy grog that was ok I was going to get a few small bottles of stuff too that I would mostly use as gifts but Tim found this…………

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So I could only get 4 small bottles when I wanted 5 as his big ass bottle took up a lot of our allowed amount to bring in. Even though he says it will take him a bloody long time to drink it we will see I don’t think it will take that long at all, oh yeah it is a 3lt bottle if you were wondering.

We spent that night at the hotel across from the airport and have to say I am so glad we did because by the time we got to the hotel it was about 6pm and I was exhausted so exhausted I didn’t feel like going anywhere to get food to eat. So in the end I just ordered some hot chips from room service cost $8 for a small serve of chips. Here is a photo of said chips.Hot chips

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Let us move on to the following day, Tuesday when after getting up we headed to the airport again to catch the airport train to central station were we caught another train home to Newie, Natasha picked us up from the train station and I picked up both boys from school. Then of course Blain was staying here for the night and Leo also wanted to stay because he had missed his nanna and pappa and of course we said yes he could stay.

Wednesday saw me make a start on the mountain of washing that needed to be done took me two days to get it all washed, dried and put away, which brings me to over packing, everyone always go on about women over packing but in this family it is Tim who over packs and still ends up buying clothes he says he has run out of when in fact if he only looked he would find the clothing item in his suitcase. This trip it was a T-shirt he swore he had run out of T-shirts but when I was putting away the clothes he hadn’t worn I found 2 T-shirts, 4 singlets, 4 pairs of shorts, 1 pair of jeans and 2 pairs of track pants and 2 other pairs of long pants and of course there was 8 pairs of socks and 3 pairs of undies yes that is all the unworn clothes he took…………..

I had 1 top, some stockings and 3 extra pairs of knickers that I had to buy as I did in fact run out of knickers and had to buy extras but that was all.

Well that will do for this post until next time all be happy and be safe