I’m almost ready to pick up the thread again.  We’ve been in our new house for a week and there are tradespeople coming out our ears.  Heaps to do – wiring, plumbing, and we’ve put in a heat pump.  I’m glad that last item has been done as the weather here in New Zealand has done an absolute dip into winter again!  I am not a lot of use at the moment as my ribs are bruised at the very least – Bert suddenly jerked his lead to chase a seagull and I landed flat on my side.  Still, it only hurts when I breathe!  A couple of lovely surprises when we arrived – I was rung to say we’d won a raffle for a quilt, and on the first night when we were feeling cold, marooned and far from home we looked out the window and saw a cross lighting the sky not too far away.  We’ve ascertained that it is on the side of a big water tower.  Loved it.  Don’t want to write too much and bore you all silly on my first day back, but I’ve put in a couple of photos – of the family together for once, and of that wonderful quilt.  Look forward to catching up with you all.

…If I’m looking a bit stressed, it’s because I was.

Hope to get you news of how Bert has coped – next time.