Biding time

We have had another delay to Albie’s surgery. Starship did give us a new surgery date. Its not far away either – but we’ve decided to not focus on it too much – not until we are there. The highs and lows of sharing this waiting game are getting just a little too much.

So in other news, we recently spent some time in the Lud Valley visiting our lovely Michael and Judy. It was glorious – as their place always is . I love how ballsy the seasons are when you step away from the city. I knew it was winter in Wellington,  dont get me wrong. But in the Lud Valley, the winter sun shines on many bare trees,  the vege gardens are resting, the shadows arrive early, and the frost is thick white in the morning……you get the picture. Its a whole new level of winter and it was beautiful. Calm. And oh-so-good for us.

The Love of Stacking show no sign of abating.

Marcus and his Kindle. Joined at the hip, I kid you not.

Passing Mike wood to stoke the fire for the pizza oven. Cute lil’ helper.

Judy is like this amazingtalentedubercreativemega artist. Its always inspiring to see her projects when we go down. Albie had  a wee adventure in paper-making. It was a bit boggling to see him start to do some of it himself. AND Judy taught me just a little bit of plant-based dying by dying some of Albie’s tired woollies. Can’t wait to bust the eucalyptus leaf onesie out at the hospital. Bam! Take that morose sterility!

And Mike and Judy had recently inherited Molly, who really must be the luckiest dog in the country. Molly and Albie became fast friends. A friendship helped considerably by some generous sharing of food. I have always hankered for a pooch – something large with long ears and a short coat. Now I really wanna small white fluffy one. The world never ceases to amaze.


  1. How lucky were we to have you all here .I miss kissing albernators head (( and having my helper about, such a hard worker ))) It was a treat to see marcus breaking out it a sweat getting the trees down .I did catch him hiding behind one with his little kindle once 😉 just kindleing hahahaha .What a hot young woman in green ummmm looks like you lot out there will not see it come now sarah lets have another look .

  2. Thinking of you lots. I remember how hard the waiting was before Charis had her heart op- and hers was a nothing in comparison though still scary for us at the time . I think you are so incredibly brave and amazing and feel so honoured that you share your story with us. I might not always reply, but I ALWAYS read, and ALWAYS am amazed by you all, and ALWAYS send you loads of love xxxx What a beautiful boy for such beautiful parents. Albie’s lovely face always makes me smile. Thinking of you lots xxx Kerris and all.

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