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Sunday travels

The children and I skipped Mass today and drove over the Rimutakas (the huge hill (more like mountains to some of you) range at the end of the Hutt Valley) to Carterton at eight this morning, where Asher had two rep-build up soccer games. It was a beautiful day there in a country town (village?) and turned out to be market day. I entertained Christy and Finn while Asher played his games. Christy bought me a badge the same as this icon. (Probably not the best badge for someone with my job to wear but what the hell, it's great music)
We drove back mid afternoon, but boy it's tiring, that drive. Beautiful but tiring! And Finn decided the fences were not strong enough to stop the car going over the edge. (it is a very steep windy road clinging to the side of the bush clad hill)
'How far down is it?'
'Maybe half the height, about 500 m.'
'Would we die?'
'Maybe. Or we might get stuck in the bush.'
'I don't want to go over.'
'Well,' I said, 'I'm going to drive as carefully as I can.'
'Could you just drive a little slower? ...no, really, slower. I mean it... NOW!'

And tonight we entertained the brother in law and he brought Hot Fuzz and OMG it's glorious! What a great movie. It has some gross moments, but it really is very funny!! Worthwhile for sure, especially if you ever watched Sean of the Dead... same guy.

And wow, don't tell me it's another week tomorrow. I can't believe it. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!


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Sep. 10th, 2007 09:45 am (UTC)
Well, you obviously drove slowly enough...
And I'm with Finn. I hate roads like that, even when the view is great.
Sep. 10th, 2007 09:55 am (UTC)
Oooh whee, your postcard arrived!!!! I love it, thank you so much, it's so wonderful to have something so tangible way down here xxx and a note from Fledge too *g*

Sep. 10th, 2007 10:00 am (UTC)
Re my comment on the card about the tram, Fledge asked me to point out that downstairs/inside would have been worse...
I shall post at length about our trip, with a few photos once I've sorted them out.
Sep. 10th, 2007 10:02 am (UTC)
Sorry! I've just installed an add-on that lets me flick between journals and I forgot to flick...
Sep. 10th, 2007 10:05 am (UTC)
Who on earth is Sergeant Harper??? I feel like I was whirled into an alternative universe!!! *g*
Sep. 10th, 2007 10:12 am (UTC)
He's a character from the Napoleonic wars, taken from the Sharpe books and films. I 'created' him for a comm called vintage muses where you had to be careful to converse/answer questions/ write drabbles etc. in correct period language. Then the comm folded and reinvented itself for 'older' muses only and he's only about 30. He's been hibernating for ages and recently a friend invited me to take him along to a mass roleplay comm for characters from books. So far he's met Armand St. Just from The Scarlet Pimpernel, and a goddess from a book of Roman myths. It's good writing practice - and fun at the same time! He's Irish, and 'currently' in Portugal in Wellington's army and I have to think carefully about how he got there and what the conditions are like, etc.
But I didn't mean to whirl you away!! (He's mentioned on my profile).
Sep. 10th, 2007 10:15 am (UTC)
Wow, what a challenge for writing. I'm impressed with your endless skills!!!
Sep. 10th, 2007 10:43 am (UTC)
I'm not so good with e.g. graphics! And my recent posts should tell you how dystechnic I am. LOL!
I've always been fascinated by different writing styles and used to do the exercises I set for the kids - partly to 'model' for them, but partly for fun!
I thought male voice, Irish, early nineteenth century, would be quite a challenge! *g* Trouble is, I haven't really time to spend on him as it's just a 'fun' thing, that isn't going anywhere, but as I'm writing a long fanfic set in Regency England at the moment, the period experience is useful. (Spooks/Harry Potter slash crossover set in Regency London as an AU, in case you wondered).
Sep. 10th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
-'ve always been fascinated by different writing styles and used to do the exercises I set for the kids - partly to 'model' for them, but partly for fun!
Ooh, yeah, it makes me wish I was teaching English again.

-Spooks/Harry Potter slash crossover set in Regency London as an AU, in case you wondered
OMG um....well... how interesting! *g*
Sep. 11th, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
I never enjoyed going over the Rimutakas much... it wasn't the weak fences that worried me, I never minded the Manuwatu Gorge or the Napier Taupo Road, and both of them have some scary moments, I think it was just the a combination of the windiness and up and downess that I didn't like! I have never been car sick, not ever.... but if I was going to be I think it would have been on that road, strange really!!
Sep. 11th, 2007 10:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, it always makes me feel sick unless I'm driving. And thank goodness I was! We went over a while ago in a friend's 4WD and I thought I wasn't going to make it! I drove back! It's a wild ride!
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