Our plans for today had an interesting turn when Dad bumped his head on the corner of the car boot - we were about ten minutes away from leaving for a mini-holiday to Akaroa and Christchurch, and from my bedroom window I heard "oh no" and the boys giving some sort of response. First Aid to the rescue...there was so much blood gushing out Dad's head though that I got Nick to phone for an ambulance straight away. The paramedics were lovely, and got the bleeding to stop. Since we couldn't get a doctors' appointment until the afternoon, they took him to the hospital in the ambulance where we waited for about an hour. The doctor on duty gave him a tetanus injection and applied medical glue to the opening - a much more efficient dressing than stitches and bandages.
Stopping at the top of the hill before the descent into Akaroa itself is a must-do, especially on a clear day, and more so when you have spent a few hours in a hot car in summer (which apparently started today)!