A day in the life

Housesitting means we have settled into a bit of a daily routine when we do not have visitors. Roy gets up early as is his usual pattern, that usually means somewhere anytime from 4am onwards, some days it may be even earlier. However, I am not an early riser, I wake at a later hour and would rather stay in bed, read the news, do a crossword and rise for my shower and breakfast once the sun has come up and has started to warm up the day a little. Then the days usual chores are done; dishes, washing, feed the chooks, check the sheep, sort out what’s on the menu for the day. Sometimes we have to venture into Maungataroto to do a bit of shopping, or we have visitors who pop by for a coffee and if they are lucky they may even get a scone or a muffin.

We are not into watching TV these days, in fact we only turned it on for the first time for the rugby on Saturday night. But we have been doing a few jigsaws to keep us occupied, we pick them up from the local second hand shops, do the puzzles and then return them to the shop always noting if there are any pieces missing. Of the puzzles we have done so far, only one had all of its pieces, however, we do have three extra pieces that we hope that we may, one of these days, stumble along a puzzle to put them back into their rightful place. In fact we have just completed another puzzle and we were able to put one of the extra pieces into its rightful place.

some of the completed puzzles.

The tide comes in and out throughout the day and the view is always a little different. This is the view from the deck with the tide out, the remains of an abandoned oyster farm can be seen at low tide.

Fishermen go out in their boats and return later in the day with their catch and we watch to see how successful they have been.

The end of the day routine usually end thus; dinner, dishes, then a soak in the spa, gazing at the stars trying to spot a satellite or a shooting star, such a nice way to end the day before heading to bed.

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