It has rained and rained and rained. (came late today so I did manage to get washing dry outside first).
A day spent knitting another sock, starting another Toshette fingerless glove, cross stitching, writing a letter and blocking my shawl.
Boys kept busy with friends.
I did an impulse shop this afternoon and managed to get my winter wardrobe (2 skirts and 1 pair of shorts) bought in one swoop in Esprit. With the 3 light merino jerseys I bought weeks ago, I am sorted for winter. I also got my boots back from being re- heeled.
Talked with the brother in Switzerland too - my nieces are nearly ready to go to the village school where everything is done in German. They have spent nearly a year in a German learning intensive primary school. What a great way to do it - every child immigrant to NZ should go to one of these and learn English before mainstream school. It would fix the ESOL battles at schools!
They will never come back to NZ to live and are far ahead of any NZ kid in what they know and have seen - this is the 3rd country they have lived in. They have NZ passports but will tell you they are British. I am gobsmacked at the amount of money European countries give families too just because you have children whether it is a child benefit or child care fee money - NZ is so back wards in this respect! They value children and stay at home mothers! I think poor Christchurch ( and the bloody rugby world cup) has sucked up all our money!
It does make me think seriously about uprooting us all again and going to live in another country again... We have almost left it too late as the serious GCS exams start next year for our oldest.