My friend 'crazy Julie' had her hens day today (she is around 6 months pregnant, so a night was never going to be). We started off at St. Beads, where we got to make beaded jewellery. I made two bracelets for my nieces (and I wish I had taken photos as I quite liked them). It was a tonne of fun, but a wee bit expensive (well what I made was, didn't have to be) so I had to stop myself after making the two, as I was about to go on and make myself something it was so much fun. We then went for lunch at an old fashioned tea rooms. Wasn't overly impressed - I had water, jug no glass so I poured it into my tea cup ('clean' - I don't drink tea or coffee) and it had nice dust floaties in it, my scone with jam and cream was $5.50 (wasn't that big, but very tasty). After lunch we went to Bluewater Hotel and played mini-golf, which was a lot of fun (I was terrible, but it was still fun).
I decided to come home after mini-golf. The girls were just going for a drink, and since I am trying to quit soft drinks, and I don't drink alcohol, I didn't see the point. So I came home, via Scotts Berry Farm, whereby I drove home while consuming a rather large punnet of strawberries - much better for me than McD's I figured, so all good!
Of course, since I had made the girls something I then had to go and buy C something, so he didn't miss out. I bought him a book that had slide windows in it, which he currently loves, and it went down a treat. He loved getting more presents a few days after Christmas.
Tonight I went around to my sisters, after tea at Mum and Dads, to give them all their Christmas pressies, and T's birthday pressie. I felt a bit stink as sis had a friend with her two kids there, and I didn't have gifts for them, but I let them open the ones for sis and partner, so that worked out ok. I didn't stay long as I am in a bit of a confrontational, opinionated mood and I didn't want to ruin their day by being a nag. And speaking of being opinionated ...
I wrote a very long email to a 'farmer hater' today. You can read it here at The Joys Of Farming. I can be a little 'aggressive' so I ran it by my slightly cooler headed mother first. She seemed to think it was ok. I thought of a couple of changes I could have made after I sent it, but a bit late now. Unfortunately (due to the out of office reply I got) it only goes to the manager, so I hope it gets passed on, once they get back to work, on the 9th of January (farmers should be so lucky to get such a decent break!) It will be interesting if I get a response, and the kind of response I get. I believe that, while I made it fairly clear I thought David Trubridge was a hypocrite and highly insulting, I was also polite.
Almost bedtime, but while I am still up - I am glad they have arrested someone over the brutal bashing of a 5 year old tourist in a holiday park here in NZ. Saddened that he is only 16, but he obviously has some serious issues! You can read that article here