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LindainHerriotCountry Report 1 Nov 2016 10:44

Driving in all that rain didn't sound good Huia, I am glad you got home safely

Poor Sue, I hope you feel better soon. In the meantime,sit down, put your feet up and we will all fuss over you <3


SueMaid Report 1 Nov 2016 09:53

We are having odd weather here....warm and humid one day and freezing cold the next. Yes there has been snow on the mountains in fact quite a lot on the weekend. Also on Mt. Wellington in Tassie.

I have been a bit off colour the last few days so I'm staying in and catching up on my reading.


Huia Report 31 Oct 2016 18:38

Yesterday (Monday) was a beautiful fine sunny day. I had to leave my vehicle over the road from work so they could replace the rear suspension thingies. I decided I wouldnt need my raincoat so left in in the wagon.

At 3pm I noticed heavy black clouds in the west, so asked the boss is I could leave an hour early to get over the road (always busy, particularly at 4.00) to my wagon before the rain came. She agreed. I got over the road fairly easily and went up to the workshop and as I entered I heard claps of thunder. I paid the bill and got into the driving seat and out onto the road, when the heavens opened. I was so glad I had noticed those clouds and left work early. Thunder, hailstorms, heavy downpours all over the Auckland district.

It is fine again this morning. I am on the morning shift in the shop, 9.00 - 12.30. Better get moving.


LindainHerriotCountry Report 31 Oct 2016 09:41

I know they have ski areas down under, so they must get snow at high levels.
Sue doesn't like the cold - she even insisted on having the heating on when she was here in high summer :-D


SylviaInCanada Report 31 Oct 2016 05:54


I see snow fell in parts of Victoria, not far from Melbourne!

In addition ot the strong winds.

Sue ..... hope you're OK, and keeping warm.


SylviaInCanada Report 30 Oct 2016 18:28

Our clocks don't go back until next weekend ................. so we are not 8 hours behind you but an awkward 7 hours (I think!!).

We have gorgeous sun this morning, blue sky, some high white clouds. I ahven't turned on the heating in this room yet, as the sun is pouring in through the windows.

You just would not believe that we are on track to setting a new record for the number of days with rain in October ......

......... it poured with rain yesterday, and that was the 26th out of 29 days with rain, which equals the previous record. Rain, or showers, is in the forecast for tomorrow, so that would be 27 out of 31 days have been wet :-0

Just hope we don't get a tropical downpour between now and midnight tomorrow ........... we are about 50 mm from setting a new rainfall record :-D . At the moment, we have had the 10th wettest October.


LindainHerriotCountry Report 30 Oct 2016 15:44

Well, the clocks went back this morning. Mercifully most things reset themselves, so there were only a couple of clocks, the cooker and the microwave to do.

The one outstanding thing is the phones which are supposed to reset themselves, but havent. I will have to go and look for the instructions as it isn't obvious how to do it.

It is definitely colder today, but I have manged without the heating on during the day so far.


SylviaInCanada Report 29 Oct 2016 19:00

it's pouring down here :-(

Gosh, Sue ..... how time has fled!!!

We love taking the train, but we don't have many short distance trains now except in "the Corridor" between Toronto and Montreal plus Ottawa and Quebec City. There's a high speed train (for us anyway) about every 90 minutes between Toronto and Montreal between about 6 am and 6 pm.

The rest of the country?? The Canadian goes 3 times a week in summer and 2 times a week in winter!


LindainHerriotCountry Report 29 Oct 2016 16:36

Gosh, it is amazing that Drew is moving on to big school. I keep forgetting that your school year starts at a different time from ours.

The house is very quiet without Eve, tidier as well as I have put all of her drawing things away. Grandad has also dismantled her swing and put that away. I would rather have all the mess and chatter though.

It has been about fifteen today which is warm for this time of year. Our clocks go back tomorrow morning, so it will be dark sooner and they are forecasting colder weather from mid week, so winter is on the way.


SueMaid Report 29 Oct 2016 12:32

What a lovely thought Linda <3

My daughter and SIL have decided on a high school for Drew and he now has his new school uniform In readiness. He's so excited :-)

I can well imagine the fellow passengers' amusement on the train....what entertainment :-D


LindainHerriotCountry Report 28 Oct 2016 09:27

I saw it would have been Berona's birthday as well. If we look up tonight, maybewe will be able to see her tangoing all over the sky with Tec <3

The train is the best way to travel with Eve. She insisted on reading the whole of the Sleeping Beauty book to me, much to the amusement of the ladies on the opposite side of the table. We then did lots of those drawings where you fed the paper concertina style and take turns at drawing the head, body etc. We have to draw monsters and she chortles with laughter when we reveal them.


SueMaid Report 27 Oct 2016 23:15

How annoying for you Linda....I don't like train travel but if we go to Sydney it's the best way to go.

We've gone back to winter with quite cold days for this time of year.

Thinking about Berona as today would have been her birthday <3


LindainHerriotCountry Report 26 Oct 2016 10:43

The journey was horrific, coming back the train was jam packed as well, but at least we had reserved seats.

There are lots of princess games going on. She is doing a lot of drawing and playing on her swing obviously. We went to the local play area yesterday as it has a new climbing frame area for older children. She is the monkey bar queen, so loves it, she wants to go back again this morning.

She likes reading now, and is pleased that she can manage to read some of the books I read to her for bedtime stories. She is so pleased with herself as I think she considers them to be grown up books rater than her school readers


SylviaInCanada Report 26 Oct 2016 03:55

what a terrible journey down to London :-(

I bet you are having a wonderful time playing princesses :-D

We're well into Fall here ............. rain, rain, and soggy wet leaves all over :-)


SueMaid Report 26 Oct 2016 03:50

So....what wonderful games are you playing with Eve, Linda? Hope you're having a great time <3


LindainHerriotCountry Report 22 Oct 2016 13:45

I have just about finished the extra work, so I can step back now. We have a new secretary who wants to change every single thing. I foresee fireworks.

I am going to London tomorrow to collect Eve. I am bringing her back on Monday, but only for three days before I hand her over.


SueMaid Report 22 Oct 2016 12:37

I didn't really fancy Bridget Jones' Baby but if it's okay I may watch it after all. We went to see Inferno with Tom Hanks the other day. I'd read the book and the movie stuck very close to it. We really enjoyed it.

Don't take on too much work Linda - you're getting on a bit you know :-P


LindainHerriotCountry Report 19 Oct 2016 23:48

We went to see Bridget Jones's Baby last night. Predictable, but funny. oH came along with me, but he didn't think much of it of course. It was a sell out, people were turned away, so this will be another good week for the takings


LindainHerriotCountry Report 18 Oct 2016 09:10

Congratulations Sue, although I know you don't really want to do it.

I have landed myself with even more work for the cinema because the old secretary has gone.I helped her out, but I wouldn't take it over. I have been doing my best to keep things going. A younger man has volunteered and taken the post on, but no one is helping him at all. So I have taken him under my wing and am helping him sort everything out and pointing him in the right direction. I wouldn't care but I am not even on the committee


SueMaid Report 18 Oct 2016 07:22

So.....after an Annual General Meeting I am Vice President for another year. I don't mind but sometimes it would be nice if members took on some of the work or nominated for the committee instead of complaining.

Strange weather here - warm and sunny one day, cold and windy the next day.