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Saturday, 5 September 2015

I'm Back/So let the holiday news begin


Well hello blogland, I am back and we should be resuming normal transmission as from today. I am giving advanced warning that there will be a week or two of holiday related posts so hope that doesn't bore anyone silly and if it does please feel free to yell at the computer that you have had enough already, not that I will hear you but it might help you feel better..............just saying.

So Tim and I flew into Sydney on the 31st August, we arrived around 5pm and headed out towards customs but of course before we got there we had to pick up our bags and before that we had to pass through the duty free store.

So as we are passing through duty free Tim has to stop and buy grog that was ok I was going to get a few small bottles of stuff too that I would mostly use as gifts but Tim found this............


So I could only get 4 small bottles when I wanted 5 as his big ass bottle took up a lot of our allowed amount to bring in. Even though he says it will take him a bloody long time to drink it we will see I don't think it will take that long at all, oh yeah it is a 3lt bottle if you were wondering.

We spent that night at the hotel across from the airport and have to say I am so glad we did because by the time we got to the hotel it was about 6pm and I was exhausted so exhausted I didn't feel like going anywhere to get food to eat. So in the end I just ordered some hot chips from room service cost $8 for a small serve of chips. Here is a photo of said chips.


Let us move on to the following day, Tuesday when after getting up we headed to the airport again to catch the airport train to central station were we caught another train home to Newie, Natasha picked us up from the train station and I picked up both boys from school. Then of course Blain was staying here for the night and Leo also wanted to stay because he had missed his nanna and pappa and of course we said yes he could stay.


Wednesday saw me make a start on the mountain of washing that needed to be done took me two days to get it all washed, dried and put away, which brings me to over packing, everyone always go on about women over packing but in this family it is Tim who over packs and still ends up buying clothes he says he has run out of when in fact if he only looked he would find the clothing item in his suitcase. This trip it was a T-shirt he swore he had run out of T-shirts but when I was putting away the clothes he hadn't worn I found 2 T-shirts, 4 singlets, 4 pairs of shorts, 1 pair of jeans and 2 pairs of track pants and 2 other pairs of long pants and of course there was 8 pairs of socks and 3 pairs of undies yes that is all the unworn clothes he took..............

I had 1 top, some stockings and 3 extra pairs of knickers that I had to buy as I did in fact run out of knickers and had to buy extras but that was all.


Well that will do for this post until next time all be happy and be safe

Friday, 28 August 2015

My Thursday and Friday


Ok we have arrived in Queenstown not that cold here but the "motel" isn't a motel it is more like a backpackers lodge didn't realise that when I booked it, the room is so so but breakfast is included, although we had to walk up a heap of stairs to get to our room I would call this place a fail on my part but we are all allowed to screw up a bit and it could be worse. At least it is clean and doesn't smell or anything like that although it is one of the more expensive places we have stayed in about $15 more then were we stayed last night. I am going to have to make sure in future to request ground floor rooms since it is too hard for me to lug luggage up flights of stairs.

Hell everyone just spoke to my darling daughter (Tasha) via Facebook will speak to the other girls later as they would be busy getting children from school at the moment. We have had a long and busy day, went on a cruise of the lake then we went and went and saw some fish via an underwater observatory that was great. Then we walked around the town for ages looking for somewhere to have lunch each place we looked at we thought was too dear so we ended up going to KFC instead. After that we went to a place called Arrowtown to look through a museum this was great I like historical museums and so does Tim now days. We are now in for the night stopped and bought pizza from Domino's

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Monday and Tuesday in New Zealand


Day three of our holiday after getting up we went to the Antarctic Centre which was bloody great when on a hagglund ride which was awesome, and we saw little blue penguins talk about cute. After lunch we went on Gondola ride and no it's not on water but think enclosed chair lift and that also was bloody great, I did have a moment on the way up when for some reason I felt a little scared but it pass quickly and coming down no problem all in all a good day.



Ok today was spent driving from Christchurch to Dunedin after checking int the motel we set off to see a castle, yep the only castle in New Zealand and have to say I liked it although Tim wouldn't let me climb the narrow winding stairs to the roof as he said I would only fall on the way down hate to say it but he was properly right..............lol This motel room is large and nice and I have just had a shower and will give mum a call in about half an hour, will have to plug this laptop into a power point to charge the battery there is limited power points Tim had to get on the ground and unplug the electric blanket so I could plug my Cpap machine in for the night.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

My Saturday and Sunday/the holiday has began



Guess what everyone, the clip to do up my Cpap mask broke, yeah seems like nearly every trip something bloody well breaks on it, I think I can manage to do it up somehow we will see and when return home I will need to get a new clip. Oh yeah I am somewhat tipsy atm due to the scotch I brought with me to drink as Tim says I deserve to have a few drinks while on holiday. If I drank the same amount from the mini bar it would have cost me $75 as it is $15 for a small 50ml bottle..............who pays that not me that's for sure.


Have arrive in Christchurch New Zealand and after a lot of driving, u-turns and going back to the airport for Tim to get a map because he said he must had left the GPS at the hotel in Sydney. While he was going into get the map I checked his carry on bag which I suggested he check and was told he had and it wasn't in there and you can guess what I found the GPS sitting on top of everything, I asked him if he checked the bag with his eyes close. We had macca's for tea after going to Countdown aka Woolworths to get some wine for Tim and other stuff now we are in for the night, we are here for two nights so tomorrow we will be doing a bit of sight seeing around Christchurch

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Good Afternoon just nothing much today but a post none the less


It is Thursday and I didn't get a chance to do a post yesterday went with mum to see dad and then we went to see my nan before going to Coles to get a few things, also had to take mum and show her were she has to go to pick Blain up from school on Tuesday afternoon, so never had a chance to do a post yesterday as the day just seem to get away from me.

Today I have been busy washing and even changed the sheets on the bed so Natasha will have clean sheets if she stays here while we are away.

Dad came home from hospital yesterday afternoon he isn't 100% but then he rarely is 100% but he is well enough to come home, I just hope he doesn't expect mum to wait on him hand and foot as she has enough to do, of course she will take care of him, she always does but dad has a habit at times of milking it and acting like he is completely useless.

Yesterday my brother asked mum if next week she can take his girls to school and take Landon to day care as both him and his wife will be working, actually he asked mum what days she wanted to take the children and she said any day except Friday and of course Dave says that is the one day we really need you, so she said ok whatever.

Natasha told me this morning that Blain's father was thinking about taking him next week for at least one, two or even three nights but if he goes to his dads he might go to school as his dad lives a good 45 minutes or more from Blain's school this is not something Natasha wants she doesn't like the idea of Blain missing so much school.

I guess since I will be in New Zealand it isn't something I will be able to do anything about, Kathy has offered to take Blain for a few nights or even most of the week if that is what Natasha wants her to do.

I arranged for Kathy to pick up both boys from school each day next week except for Tuesday when mum will do it as Kathy works Tuesday afternoons and will not be able to do it.


Ok that is all for this post

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

History Tuesday/Flight



When we think about the history of flight we think of the Wright brothers and maybe of Leonardo da Vinci who most of us know designed a glider way back in the 1480's even though he had over a 100 drawings that illustrated his theories on flight, he never actually created a flying machine. Although the modern day helicopter is based on his concept of the Ornithopter

Of course there is also the hot air balloon way back in 1783 the first passengers in a colourful balloon were a sheep, a rooster and a duck, it climbed to a height of about 6,000 feet and travelled more than a mile. This balloon was the creation of inventors Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier after the success of the first flight with the animals the brothers began to send men up in balloons.

How about Sir George Cayley heard of him he we was first called the “father of the aeroplane” in 1846 yeah way back then. He would design the first modern heavier-than-air craft. In 1799 he set down the concept of the modern aeroplane as a fixed-wing flying machine with separate systems for lift, propulsion and control. In 1804 he constructed a model glider which was the first modern heavier-than-air flying machine

Now look at the planes we have so big so powerful and flying all over the world, we have come a long way since those first machines invented way back when. The world's first airline was the Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-Aktiengesellschaft,It was founded on November 16, 1909 with government assistance, and operated airships manufactured by The Zeppelin Corporation. Its headquarters were in Frankfurt.

The first fixed wing scheduled air service was started on January 1, 1914 from St Petersburg, Florida to Tampa, Florida. The four oldest non-dirigible airlines that still exist are Netherlands' KLM, Colombia's Avianca, the Czech Republic's Czech Airlines and Australia's Qantas. KLM first flew in May 1920, while Qantas (which stands for Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited) was founded in Queensland, Australia, in late 1920.


Why a post about flight, well on Sunday Tim and I are flying to New Zealand for a weeks holiday, we booked with Qantas but the flight is being operated by Emirates, on our first trip to New Zealand we fly over with New Zealand airline and back with Qantas and pefered Qantas. We flew with Hawaiian Airline when we went to Hawaii. This will be out first flight with Emirates I will let you know what I think of the airline after Sunday.


Monday, 17 August 2015

Dad in hospital again


Hello blogland, how is everyone doing, I am well, cold but well can't have the heater on as Tim is home from work, if fact he has called in sick for the day, he has a sore throat and not feeling that great at all.

In other news my dad is in hospital again, on Thursday night he was really unwell and spent most of the night coughing and fighting to breathe. So on Friday morning mum suggested ringing the ambos but dad said no he didn't want that, mum said she had to go to Woolies for a few things and would see how dad was when she got home.

Well when she got home he was still in bed and Sandra and Ed went to check on him at first they thought he would be ok if he just stayed in bed, however, he had to go to the toilet and he ended up coughing and nearly collapsed, he couldn't breathe and the whole thing gave mum and Sandy a fright.

So Sandra walked out and rang the ambos and went in and told mum to get dad ready the ambos were on the way, this annoyed dad as he really didn't want them called. However, while he was in A & E he changed his mind and told mum it was the right thing to do.

Mum said last night when I was talking to her that he had a couple of bad turns the first was when he thought he would go and have a shower, this didn't end well and he was brought back to his bed in a wheelchair with a couple of nurses with him, his breathing was very shallow and he blood pressure was very high, they thought he might had been having a heart attack but that wasn't the case after they gave him oxygen and settled him back in bed he recovered a bit. In the end there was 3 nurses and 3 doctors around him and mum thought how many more people are going to squeeze into this little cubical.

The later in the day he had to go to the toilet and called for a nurse to wheel him to the bathroom but when he had finished and just fell into the wheelchair and had to have oxygen again when he was taken back to his bed.

I haven't been over to see him, I feel he is too sick for visitors and mum said that was right he only wants mum there with him, she goes over in the morning and leaves to be home when Dawson gets home from school, she doesn't go back over in the afternoon as mum doesn't like to drive at night.

For those of don't know dad has COPD which is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease it is a term used to describe a number of lung conditions that are long-term, gradually worsen, and cause shortness of breath by reducing the normal flow of air through the airways. The most common are emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma. Each of these conditions can occur on its own, although many people have a combination of conditions.

The main symptoms of COPD are:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Increased mucus production
Wheezing and chest tightness are also common. Some people in the very early stages of COPD can show no symptoms at all, and it may only be detected with breathing tests. In the early stages, breathlessness may occur when walking up hills or stairs. As COPD becomes more severe, breathlessness can worsen to a point where everyday tasks, such as hanging out the washing or showering become difficult.
Dad has COPD because he only has one lung due to having lung cancer in 2009.