Monday, 18 July 2016
Yesterday, Wilco the Psycopathic Dog and I went exploring the bush in the Akatarawa Forest. Running along the track, we found this amazing old dam. It's called the birch wood dam and it used to supply all of Upper Hutt's water supply. The water spilling over the edge looked stunning, a man-made waterfall!
Having time to go exploring and checking out new places is brilliant fun. During term time there isn't always time to find out where a track leads, or wander off the beaten track. When I get the chance to explore different places in the holidays it is always amazing what I find.
|Wilco the Psycopathic Dog and I enjoyed the last of the day's sun during our run through the Akatarawa Forest.|
On Saturday we spent the day wandering around in the Wairarapa sunshine. Wilco the Psycopathic dog and I then spent the afternoon running around the Kaitoke Forest Park catching the Suns last rays. On Sunday Rachel, Mrs Williamson and I spent the morning and early afternoon exploring the markets on the waterfront and the Cuba Street shops in full sunshine. When we returned to Rachel's house I took Wilco the Psycopathic dog running into the Akatarawa Forest along the Cable Point Walkway in the last of the days sunshine.
It felt great enjoying so much sun this weekend. Thanks to Bella and Kyah's STEM project I know that it's safe to be in the sun without having to worry about hats and sunscreen. This weekend was perfect for enjoying some extra sunshine.
Saturday, 16 July 2016
|Mrs. Williamson, Rachel, and Nigel hanging out in Martinborough.|
We started off by taking a drive over the Rimutaka hill to the Wairarapa. We stopped in at Greytown first and ate brunch in the sunshine at a French Bakery. I had delicious tomato and basil soup with fresh bread and coffee. I got to sit in the sun reading comics and following the baseball on my I-phone while Mrs Williamson, Rachel, and Nigel took care of the shopping.
We then headed out to Martinborough for s pizza lunch, yum! Sitting in the sun eating lunch and catching up with the family is a great way to relax. After we wandered around Martinborough for a while it was time to head back to over the Rimutaka hill, back to Rachel's.
I wasn't completely lazy today. Wilco the psychopathic dog was waiting for us and full of energy. So off we went again exploring the river trails some more this time running northwards up to the Kaitoke Forest Park. Once again it was lots of fun, hope we get out again tomorrow.
I'm looking forward to lots more sleep again tomorrow, our last day in Wellington before we head back home again. These holidays are fun!
Friday, 15 July 2016
Rachel has recently moved house and this is our first opportunity to pay a visit to her in the new house. Her house is in Upper Hutt right close to the Hutt River Walkway.
Today I took Wilco running on the walkway. It was fun with lots of tree roots, dips and rises, and zig zags along the way. Part way through the run Wilco slipped his collar and escaped. Thank goodness I managed to get him back by pretending to have treats for him. We ran for an hour and Wilco had just as much energy when we returned as when we left. Unlike me, I'd had it!
We will spend a few nights in Upper Hutt. I'm hoping to get out on the trails and doing some more exploring while we're here.
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
|Macgregor, Finn, and Jock. In their pyjamas at tea time and still full of energy.|
Today was an inside cold and rainy so we had an inside day. The three boys had turns choosing games to play. Jock's game was catch the balloon, Macgregor's game was dinosaur flesh, and Finn's was activities (reading, outside forest adventures, Rocksteady toy battles), then Poppa got lunch ready!
Being a Poppa is great fun because you get to do all the cool things you did with your own children all over again. It can also be tiring. The boys wake up at about 5:30 every morning raring to go. I'm starting to look forward to getting back to work - these holidays are wearing me out!
Monday, 11 July 2016
Over the last few days I've seen lots of ex-room 1 students including Jamie, Dylan, and John. Yesterday was extra special because I had a visit from Jade and his family. They came all the way from Palmerston North to visit us. It was exciting hearing about how much he was enjoying high-school and all about his 2 paper run jobs.
It's always exciting to catch up with former students. Hear what kinds of things they are doing, like being electricians, plumbers, scientists, pilots, skydivers, teachers, farmers ..., amazes me.
Sunday, 10 July 2016
This morning I tried an early morning swim. I've had kids in my class before who were early morning swimmers and I always admired them and wanted to try it out. I'd never managed to wake myself up in time during the holidays for am early morning swim ... until this morning. I managed to wake up at 6am (this is when I normally wake up in term time), grab some breakfast and I was at the pool by 7am.
I really enjoyed my early morning swim. There were a dozen others there too so I got to meet a few new people I don't normally see. I'll definitely try this again. I might even be able to try it during term time if I can wake myself early enough (I'd need to be up by 5:30)!