An Unexpected Journey

No.  I am not talking about tomorrow’s premier of The Hobbit.

The Oh Waily family will be taking an unexpected journey to the hairdresser in the morning after Miss Oh Waily decided that she had had enough of hair that was full of tangles each morning.

Please tell me that all children do this, to one extent or another.  Personally I know I did this to my fringe when slightly younger than Miss Oh.  The night before I was due to have studio portraits taken as well.  I was not quite as gung ho as my darling daughter, but I still have the photographs to prove that hairdressing was never a future career option for me.

So here it is – the chop.


As you can see, a short cropped bob not unlike her mother’s own, will probably be the result of her decision to snip. Certainly less likely to be tangled in the mornings for a while now.  She was not wrong about that.

The Great Oh Waily Jungle Adventure

Cross-posted from The Pukeko Patch.  Apologies to those who read both.

My lovely children began asking me to take them on an adventure yesterday.  Everyone, including me, was just too tired to do anything about it though.  Instead today I made a plan and we headed out on our adventure just before lunchtime and got home just before dinnertime.  A very full day of adventuring was had.

The request was to drive somewhere and get lost.  And we had to end up in a jungle, eventually.  Clearly a real jungle is out of the question in this part of the world, but a bit of farmland and bush is completely doable.  So with a bit of imagination and pretending, we drove through a forest jungle today.  A brief jaunt up the main highway to Waikanae before turning off to head up Akatarawa Road.  It was the perfect choice for adventure – hills, forest bits, covered in patches of road, bush, hilltop views of the sea and valleys, single lane roads and, eventually a place where animals lurk.

The lurking is more like wildlife reserving, but hey that’s what imagination is for.  And for the adventure songs that were dreamt up and sung in the car.

We spent the best part of two and a half hours wandering around feeding various fowl, farm animals, and playing by the stream and walking over the wobbly bridge.  The pushy goats were still pushy and persistent, Bob the Clydesdale was still big and slightly worrying, but the rabbits were cute, furry and pat-able.   The peacocks and the cockerels were loud and almost seemed to have perverse pleasure in letting out a loud screech when you had no idea they were a couple of feet behind you.  The trout seemed even larger and more edible than ever, while the swans seemed laid back and relaxed.

Here are a few snapshots of the day out.

Feeding Ducks

At this point we had just fed some ducks, had a harem following us, and had discovered the geese enjoying themselves on the lake. I’m not quite sure what had caught Master Oh’s attention, but clearly he wasn’t looking away in a hurry.

On the Wagon

The Oh Waily kids, and friend, on the wagon in the BBQ area. Very nice spot this and new, I think, since the last time we visited. I left Master Oh’s hat in the car so he had to make do with his sister’s old one and clearly it does not quite fit him as well as it does her.

In the Aviary

They really need to work on their “cheese” faces, don’t they?  This is in the kea aviary, where we saw two sleepy-ish keas up close. One kept his beak under his wing, but a beady eye open and on the not so subtle children invading his home. But don’t you just love the exit? I had to duck down to get out, and I am no giant.

Playing in the old bank

Then in the bush settlement area they just had to play in the bank. Great fun.

Staglands makes for a fun day out for the kids.  A goodly bit of wildlife to finish off the Great Oh Waily Jungle Adventure day.  Oh and the ice cream and ice block at the cafe afterwards didn’t hurt either.

I wonder what they’ll think of doing next?

New Shoes

And a day ahead of expectations, Amazon delivers the new season of Keen shoes to the Oh Waily children.

Here they are, in their own choice of colour…

New shoes

Sorry. The photograph isn’t the best. That’s what you get when you take them in the evening with no decent lighting. I will get some in action photos tomorrow and will add them to the subsequent post when the next shipment arrives. But you get the idea. Blue (bright & light) and pink (bright) were the colours of choice. Hmmm. Yes.


As you will be well aware, Sunday is pancake day in our house.  This morning, however, we started the day off with an early visit to the fruit and vegetable market in town.  We were done with the shopping by 8am and then went for a walk around the waterfront and up to Waitangi Park where the kids played on the swings, swivel chairs and climbing equipment.  Eventually I convinced them it was time to go home, but on the way back to the car we stopped off at one of the market stalls.

We indulged in crêpes in the French style.  Miss Oh and Master Oh shared a scorching hot lemon and sugar crêpe while I had a nutella crêpe.  Oh it was all down to the memory of having one of these some decades earlier in France.  It started out tasty and chocolatey and ended up super-sweet and ‘oh why did I choose this?’  Still, it was a nice change from our home made variety and the clean up was incredibly easy.

Do you think they enjoyed it?  I know she looks a little worried – that’s because it was hot hot hot and we ended up using the paper plate as a wrap to hold on to it and munch around the much cooler edges.