natesmountain (natesmountain) wrote,

Picnic in the Park...

Hey hey, Easter break is winding up. We had a picnic down at the park today. There were... hang on, I'll count, twelve families or so, all with about three or more children each! It was a lovely day. We met at the park at noon, and then I ran some races. We did old fashioned ones, like three legged races, sack races, obstacle races, relay sprints and egg and spoon races!! Then we had a barbecue - everyone chipped in packets of sausages and bread, and one family brought their gas fired barbecue!

After lunch three of us went up to the school and hid Easter eggs (we pooled a big collection of those too) all over the playgrounds, and the children all walked up together (it's about a five minute walk or less from the park to the school) and hunted for eggs. After that it was back to the park and we had a big game of 'parents versus children' in soccer. The children just loved that.

And now, four and a half hours later, we're home, and wow, I'm tired! But it is a very good kind of tired, and we're all very contented. We're just about packed for the road trip (although I'm still trying to dry all Christy's camp clothes) and the sleeping bags are already in the back of the car. I'm not taking much, camera, laptop, a few charger cords LOL! Maybe a book, but Mum has plenty of my father's books to read up there. My map book. Some more Easter eggs for our friends on the farm. It's going to be good to get out of town. If I don't get back here in the morning, well, I'll be back on line by Thursday night unless there is a glitch in our plans. By then we should be in Tauranga, where my mother lives. This is a reasonable site

And this is where we go tomorrow... well, there isn't a site about Hurleyville, but this is the closest town, Patea (and it's almost a ghost town for shopping)
- it's the town Keeley's sister, Anna, and her husband, Hamish, live in, in Safe. I talked about the waka over the park. It's on this site if you scroll down! And you know what? I can still hardly believe we might really be publishing Safe. It's just like something in a dream! Wonder what he'll think of Breathing Space. The contract only demands that he gets first look at it, as a subsequent novel, before I submit it anywhere else. My wish is that everyone who seeks publication can one day achieve that. I'm just still so totally amazed that I'm going to do it OMG! Me!
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