It was a fun long-Christmas-weekend. So fun we failed to update the blog.
Friday invited Steve and Jennifer over, forgetting that there were anime plans afoot. No problem, as we spent the evening in fun conversation. Later we watched three more episodes of Haibane Renmei with Geoff and Beth.
Christmas morning started with phone calls back to the states, and presents to open. Tam got me (us) a stero receiver, so we could hook up the CD changer and speakers and have proper music. This required us to find speaker wire, which was in one of the 6 still-packed boxes leftover from the move. 90 frenzied minutes later we had the wire, and had unpacked and put away 4.5 boxes worth of stuff. Very productive! Tam also got me “Medicine and Surgery in South American Camelids”, which is providing fun reading.
Saturday afternoon was spent over at Geoff and Beths in their Humbug-Bunker of Anti-Christmas Doom. Good fun was had by all. We clambered down the steep bank behind their place and found many native seedlings, which we will return in the fall to raid for our bush-block plantings. In the afternoon (before many people arrived) we showed them Lilo and Stitch, which they had not seen before. Later that evening we watched Read or Die, a fun 3-episode anime involving super-powered librarians working for the British Library Special Engineering Division, fighting cloned historical figures who were trying to steal ancient manuscripts to rebuild a lost Beethoven symphony and destroy the world. I kid you not. It was really fun.
Sunday Tam and I decided to head back out to Castle Point, which is about 2 hours away on the east coast on the far side of the Wairarapa. We dropped by to see Oscar on the way, but it was his day off from the bottle store. The drive, especially through the eastern hills of the Wairarapa, was really lovely. It gets quite remote out there. At Castle Point we climbed the large hill we had spied when we were out there 6 months ago with Joel and Carol. Not a hill for people with issues about heights (plenty of huge veritcail cliffs with crashing surf below). On the way back we had some really disappointing Indian food in Masteron. Tasted like mediocre Chinese food. Bleah.
On Monday we hooked up with Steve and Jennifer and went up to a beach just north of Levin (about 1 hour north of here). This is the place where the wreck of the Hydrabad is located, which we had visited before but S&J had not. A nice walk along the horizontal beach was also good for Jennifers tricky knee. Of course looking at the first news reports of the giant tsunami right before going for a long beach walk is not always the smartest thing, but we still had lots of fun. That evening we went out for Indian food at Daawat in Johnsonville. Very tasty! Have to remember that such an excellent source of Peshwari Naan is only 15 minutes away.
On Tuesday I did a bit of burning before Tam got up (always more gorse to dispose of). After a big breakfast we walked around the property a bit, surveying what was happening, destroying some thistles, and talking some progress-photos. We also finally put away the yurt frame, and generally worked on small projects around the property, including some very-needed weeding in the garden.