Wednesday, 18 August 2010


Electricity? Check. Phone? Check. Newspaper? Check. .........
Only 2 more sleeps till we own the Wallacetown house! We're getting pretty excited now and Chris and I find ourselves lying awake at night planning where certain things will go, what new furniture we need etc etc. It will so good to have a big kitchen again, and warmth all through the house and a wardrobe in our bedroom. No more loud traffic early in the morning waking Tyler up. No more dicing with death getting out of the drive and into the traffic flow at peak hours. And as an added bonus, more singing practice time in the car :)

Once we get Tyler's new bike, we will be able to go down the road to the local school for him to learn to ride it.

Musically busy from here on in too. 31 August is the Music Circle tea meeting, then on 5 September is the A Capella concert where we combine with the Central Otago Singers and I have a solo item. Speaking of A Capella, I have created a website for them - very fledgling, but take a look here A Capella Singers.  At the end of September are the Southland Competitions vocal section. I'm in 8 classes, with 9 songs to prepare as the scholarship class has a test piece and an own selection. I have 4 new pieces to learn, 3 in other languages, but they are all lovely. I'm especially enjoying Blute Nur from Bach's St Matthew Passion. And I even have a Christmas singing engagement already - an aria from the Christmas Oratorio.

Now I must stop avoiding packing *girds loins* 

Sunday, 15 August 2010


The last little party-goer has left and now I can relax and enjoy a bit of fairy bread :)

The day started at Sparrow's fart with Tyler demanding to see 'The List'. This is the list I had to make up at his request with clues of where to find his presents. We tried to get him to cuddle up in bed with us and doze off and though he did try, I gave up at 6:30am when he started to sing 'Happy Birthday to me' rather loudly. Once the initial oohing and aahing over the various presents was completed I was able to leave him to it and crawl back into bed for another snooze :)

1pm we were invaded by his little friends and the fun began. Firstly the present-opening followed by 'Pass the Parcel' and the Chocolate Game. At 2pm Wayne McEwan, the Magic Guy presented his show complete with live rabbit and the kids absolutely loved it. We threw rugs down on the lounge floor and the kids hoed into the birthday food - all the usual suspects: cheerios and tomato sauce, savouries, lollies, chips and I even made some fairy bread. All washed down with fizz. Good luck to the parents trying to get their kids to sleep tonight ;)

Here are some photos:

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Almost 6

Our wee man is 6 tomorrow - can you believe it? Tonight we are having a birthday tea with local family. Fish 'n' chips followed by icecream cake, Tyler's choice. Tomorrow is the kid's party. Loot bags have been filled. Knick knacks ready to be wrapped for 'pass the parcel'. Photos galore tomorrow :) 

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

We're on the countdown to Tyler's 6th birthday on the 15th. The night before, we are having a family birthday tea for which his food choices are fish 'n' chips with an icecream cake. The next day is the party with his friends and he doesn't know it, but I've arranged for a magic show complete with live rabbit :)  Can't wait to see his face, especially as being the birthday boy, he gets to help the magician.

Tomorrow I start singing lessons again - hooray!! I have really missed them while Rebecca has been overseas. There's a lot to rehearse, what with an A Capella concert at the beginning of September and then Competitions at the end of September.

The days are starting to get longer and it is so nice to be travelling to and from work in daylight now.