For the last four days we have had visitors from Australia, to be known from this point on as Granny & Janma as that’s what the kids call them. It has been so lovely to have them here, we have eaten wonderful food, drank yummy wine, talked, and giggled. The kids have loved having them here, though getting thoroughly spoiled may be part of the motivation there. As I was growing up I had three mothers really, Granny & Janma are twins so are very close (that’s the two of them in my “To Mum” post), and then we all lived together in a home with my Nanny & Grandad – I was spoiled for love I guess you could say. The three of us spent Monday together, shopping, drinking coffees, and marveling at the wonderful array of New Zealand made things that Dunedins shops have to offer. My lovely Mother has just given me the two Alexa Johnston cookbooks, “Ladies, a Plate” and “Second Helpings” which I have been drooling over for some time, so the baking shall begin.
When they first arrived, however, it was back to the Botanical Gardens to spend 3 hours strolling, climbing trees, spotting wee flowers that are beginning to poke out of the ground, talking to a boisterous Cockatoo that answers back, and generally enjoying the mild and sunny weather we have been having. Reuben decided to collect seeds after finding those enormous pods on the ground, and did rather well with his collection really. (and if anyone knows what those big pods are please let me know as he’s planning on growing them!)
I have been a little quiet on the blog front of late, with the dash to A Craft Affair and then the impending visit of relatives. So, I shall exhale now.