Treated the boys (and ourselves) to a big-screen viewing of The Hobbit (II) this morning. We seldom go to the movies as it's outrageously expensive, but apparently on Tuesdays the prices are 'terrific'. Not sure about the truth of that marketing ploy but it's the best day to go.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Monday, December 30, 2013
One of the items on a very short shopping list for my parents to bring from SA was 'fabric'. In Timaru our sewing shop stocks an array of ridiculously expensive materials, so I generally buy oddments from the Red Cross shop, or duvet covers and curtains which make lovely dresses a-la Maria von Trapp. It's been a treat to work with brand-new, uncut fabrics which are large enough to comfortably accommodate all the necessary pattern pieces! My mom and sister-in-law together chose some fabrics, and they made good choices - particularly loved this piece of cotton which is now a cute blouse with three sets of ruffles down each front. It's also very gratifying having my parents ooh and aah over the process and finished work - here my mom is describing it to Nick as a 'work of art' :)
Sunday, December 29, 2013
After an excellent morning service and Nick's message from Romans on God's providence (highly recommended to listen to on-line), we invited the Bothas around for a BBQ. Unfortunately Betta was feeling poorly so opted out, but we were so pleased that Andreas and Danielle could spend a very relaxed afternoon with us. The sun broke through the clouds early afternoon and it was a treat to be outside enjoying the mild weather and warm fellowship.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
We had Alfie Orr fill the pulpit for our Christmas Day service, who preached an excellent message on the good news of Jesus' birth...and the necessity of His death. Following the service and an extended time of hugs and greetings afterwards, we gathered with a few South African families at the Bothas' home for a bring and share lunch and fellowship. We had a wonderful afternoon of 'kuiering', petanque, music, singing, eating and laughing.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Christmas Eve - such a blessing for us to be spending Christmas with family! When Mom and Dad announced in March that they had booked airline tickets to come visit, the theme was centered around 'Christmas in NZ'. So here we are then...this is it! With our German heritage we always open gifts on Christmas Eve, following a good meal. Tonight we had roast pork and veggies, and pavlova for pudding. We also stuck to our usual family devotion following a meal, and tonight we reflected on Jesus' birth and the events leading up to it, and how Mary pondered all that the angel had said. What a blessed time of reflection on the birth of our Saviour and the gift He has given us, of salvation and reconciliation with God, our creator and Father.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Oooh yes, cherry picking in Cromwell - ticked that one off our list too! Took a bit of driving around to find a PYO orchard, and although it's no more economical to buy ready-picked cherries than it is to pick your own (we thought they should pay us to pick their cherries?!), it was definitely worth the effort. None of us really had any idea what to expect...Dad thought cherries grew on the ground like strawberries, but no, they are on trees like apricots, and sprout forth from the branches from ground level to the topmost branches.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Queenstown featured on today's itinerary. Although it was a beautiful clear day, there was a strong Southerly about which made it almost unpleasant being outdoors. Poor Mumsie already had a head cold which was settling into her chest, and being buffeted by icy blasts didn't help much. Still, we intended to ride the gondola and do the luge, so trudged up the hill to the entrance.