Our BIG move

This is my diary of our new life in New Zealand up to 2011 when we moved to QLD to be near our grandchildren...

Monday, November 29, 2010

June to November....

well other than work, home and visiting Rachel and the kids, we haven't done anything too exciting.

I tend to be on Facebook more than blog...quicker and easier to keep in touch with friends and family that are also on Facebook.

July 2010 Rachel, Cole and Lilly at Mainly Music, a playgroup that they go to in Invercargill

Rob & Jason with Lilly August 2010

September 2010, we had a huge snowfall...it was very heavy wet snow, and a few buildings were damaged, roof cave-ins and one was the Stadium across the road from Rachel's house

I went on a cavalcade in October on Jasmine, she was very well behaved and we had great fun, it was supposed to be raining and possibly snow! - BUT I GOT SUNBURNT! go figure!

I have started riding Tim. He has been a good boy, and is very willing and is progressing nicely.

Jester suffered a bit with his joints over winter, but has bounced back, but after a hill ride this weekend he is stiff and sore again, so he will not be riding on any cavalcades or steep hill work anymore, Just nice leisurely hacks around home which is flat :)
Jester and Rob at Waituna Lagoon Nov 7th 2010

Lilly and Cole have continued to grow, and are beautiful and I love that they are here in NZ with us :)

It was Rachels 24th Birthday today... we went to Queens Park.
The kids played in the pool.

Jason graduates on the 10th Dec, with a Bachelor in Information Technology, and will be going to Otago University in Feb 2011 to continue in Computer Science.... more on that on a separate post

well Its nearly Midnight....so its off to bed for me

its been a while...and this will be a sad post

Wow, well I guess I have been busy for the last 6 months!
I just read the post below, and it made me cry...why you may ask?

Well because I saw the pictures of Acia, and It makes me sad to actually type this...

She died tragically on the 22nd August 2010
she had escaped into the side paddock, and instead of coming back through that way, she jumped the fence, tripped and broke her neck when she fell.
it was the worst day of my life, I loved her as if she were mine, but worst of all she belonged to my darling daughter, so it was even worse, and I had to get her dad to tell her...

I will never forget her and this poem is dedicated to her memory.....

The Foal
I'll lend you for a little while my grandest foal, HE said.
for you to love while she's alive and mourn when she is dead.
It may be one or twenty years, or days or months, you see,
but will you, till I take him back, take care of her for me?
She'll bring her charms to gladden you, and should her stay be brief,
you'll have treasured memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay, since all from earth return,
but there are lessons taught on earth I want this foal to learn.
I've looked the wide world over In my search for teachers true.
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes, with trust, I've chosen you.
Now will you give her total love? not think the labor vain,
nor hate me when I come here to take her back again?
I know you'll give her tenderness and love will bloom each day,
and for the happiness you've known, forever grateful stay
But should I come and call for her much sooner than you'd planned,
you'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and someday, understand.

I hope you understand why I had to write this, and the next post will hopefully be a bit less painful to read.