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Waitangi Day... or is it NZ Day???

It's really, really hot here today. Well, it's starting to cool a little now, at six p.m.

I took the children up to have a swim in our friends' pool this morning and I thought, how could their dad walk out on these three beautiful children, all the same ages as my own. But *shrug* who knows what's gone down with him. I know he gets depressed... stupid man *shakes head* he needs to get his brain back out of his dick and think about his family...

And I got up last night because I was coughing, and it was nearly a full moon, and I walked around the house a little and even sat out on the porch for a few minutes, and it was like day outside, a magical, mystical sort of day, a silvery hue over everything and it was dead silent. And the light - something between silver and violet. I sat in the basket chair and the stillness and silence wrapped around me, like tendrils of a peace that existed without human intervention.
Quite extraordinary, something I would love to capture in writing.

I spent all afternoon painting our big windowsill next to the new table. It's a 1920's window, with leadlight fanlights and casement windows and a very wide sill for some lovely reason. It was a glossy peachy colour, something I painted in the '80s, and now it's my favourite colour *g* Ship Cove blue from Resene. I adore painting, and while I can't create what Viv does, I can do a good windowsill. It looks fresh and bright, whilst I look scruffy and smell of turpentine!

School goes back tomorrow, and for the first time in many years, I don't. It feels surreal, like I'll wake up in the morning and I'll really have to go to school... work... I'll have plenty to do here though, I'm not worried. Steve and Christy are still on holiday anyway.

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vivh
Feb. 6th, 2007 06:55 am (UTC)
It's really, really hot here today.
I'm so envious, we have woken up to ice and snow here today, (I'll post some pictures when it gets light!)

Your description of the night makes it sound so lovely, tantalising and mysterious...

And are the holidays really over so soon? - I don't know where January went!!!!
natesmountain
Feb. 6th, 2007 07:41 am (UTC)
Ice and snow? OMG we just had dinner out on the deck, at half past eight *g* and I'm still in shorts!

I'm glad you like my night *g* maybe I'm halfway to getting it in writing already!

Yeah, it's February. School resumes tomorrow... tomorrow... the boys are just shaking the dust out of their schoolbags!
vivh
Feb. 6th, 2007 07:46 am (UTC)
The boys here are searching for gloves and hats so that they can play in the snow on their way to school!!
natesmountain
Feb. 6th, 2007 07:48 am (UTC)
Heh. I can't imagine that just now. We only need sunhats, no hat no play...

What are you going to do today? I've been thinking about you.
vivh
Feb. 6th, 2007 08:00 am (UTC)
I'm supposed to be going into Birkenhead to shop with my friend Kethryn, but I don't know if she'll be okay to go given the weather today, yesterday when we organised the trip it was cold but sunny!!
natesmountain
Feb. 6th, 2007 08:03 am (UTC)
I guess there are challenges to shopping in the snow. I wouldn't know *g*

And it's so hot here in the house, I've been sitting out on the deck writing. But I have to be inside now, to ensure the boys go to bed. Christy is testing Finn to see if he can read the Finn Family Moomintrolls!
vivh
Feb. 6th, 2007 08:11 am (UTC)
Shopping in the snow is fine, it's getting to town and moving around once you're there, Kathryn has limited mobility anyway, so there are extra challenges for her!

Christy is testing Finn to see if he can read the Finn Family Moomintrolls!

Why???
natesmountain
Feb. 6th, 2007 08:15 am (UTC)
-Why???
It's a book we thought he might like, and it has the name Finn so... *shrug* why not? Did you read it when you were little? hannahfmuk would be able to tell you all about it.

Limited mobility. Now that can be a challenge. My friend with MS finds all sorts of challenges these days. She has to plan outings very, very carefully.
vivh
Feb. 6th, 2007 08:20 am (UTC)
I think I did read it... but I can't really remember it much...

Yeah, Kathryn has to plan outings carefully too, it will be a shame if we have to call it off today!
natesmountain
Feb. 6th, 2007 08:33 am (UTC)
-it will be a shame if we have to call it off today!
Maybe you'll have some time to paint the snow!
vivh
Feb. 6th, 2007 08:44 am (UTC)
Maybe, but snow is so difficult to capture, the trees look so delicate and intricate under their snowy mantle, you notice twigs and branches that normally just blend with the background... just such a fairytale world!!
natesmountain
Feb. 6th, 2007 08:51 am (UTC)
I guess you could paint just one branch and it would be a work in itself. It does sound wonderful. I'd love to see snow here. I remember it snowed one time, back in '76 *g*
vivh
Feb. 6th, 2007 08:55 am (UTC)
I guess you could paint just one branch and it would be a work in itself. You mean something like this icon...I think it's just amazing the way transform something so ordinary into something so magical!!!
natesmountain
Feb. 6th, 2007 08:56 am (UTC)
Ooh, yes, something like that!!

It is amazing, and magical, you're so right. Like dew on a spider web.
vivh
Feb. 6th, 2007 09:05 am (UTC)
Yes, just like that, transitory beauty, beautiful, perfect but so fragile, one careless movement and it is gone forever..
natesmountain
Feb. 6th, 2007 09:31 am (UTC)
-ransitory beauty, beautiful, perfect but so fragile, one careless movement and it is gone forever..
*sigh* beautiful words, Viv.

- makes me want to hold onto everything!!
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