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27 December 2015 @ 10:57 pm
Making the most of a long weekend.  
Us Aussies are not ones to miss out on a day off work, so when a public holiday falls on a weekend, we just take the next working day off in celebration. Which means that tomorrow (Monday) is a day off in lieu of Boxing Day. Yay us - four day weekend!

My son and his lady are in New Zealand this Christmas, making the last minute plans for their wedding, so I have custody of their dog and cat. Their cat, Pickle, was bred by me so he's really just coming home to his (cat) mum, grandmum and aunties. Pombo the dog is familiar enough with me that she's not too stressed, although she's a bit wary of the cats.

One of my closest friends is in hospital at present and I drove down to see her today. Traffic on the motorway was at a standstill in places and the usual 45 minute drive took twice as long, and coming back wasn't much better with pouring rain all the way home. Worth it, though, to see her for myself. She's just had a teensy defibrillator implanted in her chest, after blacking out while out walking recently. It's just amazing what technology can do now.

Yesterday was boating on Lake Somerset, and tomorrow is a barbeque in the park with friends, weather permitting. I love this time of year.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Spencer's Journalspencer5460 on December 27th, 2015 02:01 pm (UTC)
You are having summer, correct? Good for you. I have dear friends near Sydney I've been wanting to visit for years. I'd love to visit New Zealand, too. It sounds so exotic to me. I'm glad your friend is doing well. Enjoy the holidays!
miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on December 27th, 2015 11:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's summer, and the weather has been perfect so far - not too hot, so it's still pleasant to be outdoors.

New Zealand is an amazingly beautiful country - from the lush green paddocks and wild coastline in the north, to the mist-wrapped fjords in the far south, and all places in between. It's well worth a visit; if you ever make it to Sydney to visit your friends, give yourself an extra week to hop across the ditch to NZ as well.

Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] HUGS C'MEREdraycevixen on December 27th, 2015 03:12 pm (UTC)
I'd say I'll never get used to you having summer activities at Christmas but it was 87F here on Christmas day so we could have gone boating too. :D

I hope you've had a lovely Christmas. ♥
miwahni: Dr Who Snow TARDISmiwahni on December 27th, 2015 11:57 pm (UTC)
87F?? In winter? Mother Nature needs a good talking-to, that's just not on.

Lil Miss Morgan Dork: Sunset Lovebadfalcon on December 27th, 2015 09:36 pm (UTC)
We're having the same long weekend here in England :)
Hope your friend is doing ok
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on December 27th, 2015 11:59 pm (UTC)
Isn't it wonderful, having the four days together. Just long enough to recharge the batteries.

Thanks for your wishes for my friend. She had a heart attack when she was 35 and has had a dodgy heart ever since; we're hoping the defibrillator will help her.
byslantedlight: DoaBankHolidaybyslantedlight on December 28th, 2015 08:30 am (UTC)
I keep forgetting that today's a bank holiday, I've been planning all the catch-up-wallet-replace things, and clinging to the admittedly vague hope that someone might have decided to post my wallet back to me and that it might turn up today - not on a bank holiday it won't... Oh well - my hopes will rest on tomorrow instead!

Sounds like you have excellent plans - and best wishes to your friend in hospital too!
miwahni: Pros Never far apartmiwahni on December 29th, 2015 12:04 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry your hopes were dashed... maybe today? I hope that someone is moved enough by the spirit of Christmas to do the right thing and return your wallet.

My friend was released from hospital a full day earlier than expected so your wishes did the trick, thanks for that. *g*