24.05.2010 - 30.05.2010 14 °C
We're not sure if it was Milli or Vanilli who first (or ever) uttered those words, but there's plenty to blame on the rain for us here in New Zealand. While you may think this is all negative, that's not the case at all. With the rain comes some perks, which we'll describe in a 'mo.
The past week was not kind to Jenn as the rhinovirus infecting her body left her feeling miserable-as. Fortuantely for her students, she didn't miss a day of work and they received the full benefit of her skills as an educator. The side benefit is that there will likely be fewer students in her classes this week as the outbreak takes hold.
Tuesday had Tim taking advantage of a brief break in the rain to rush out to Kaiate Falls to study the hydrodynamic effects of excessive moisture and gravity. You may remember Kaiate Falls from a previous post - it's only 15 minutes from the house, and you can see it overhead here. There was considerably more water flowing through the area than last time the crue visited. The only way it would have been more peaceful is if the damn water wasn't making such a loud noise. They should do something about that. Here's a photo and a video:
On Wednesday Tim continued with the swirling water theme and cleaned the toilet. And the floors. It was gripping.
Jack took hold of Thursday like he wanted them to rename the day after him. It was cross-country race day at Maungatapu Primary and Jack ran the course against all of the other year 5 boys. Tim rang the cowbell each time he passed, and cheered like an idiot. While a lot of the other boys left it all out on the course much earlier, Jack saved a burst for the end, propelling his body across the line to seize 29th place, wrestling it from the slackening grip of one of his mates as you can see in this photo-finish:
We wrapped up that exciting day by dining on home-made Minestrone soup, and catching the finale of American Idol. Friday was a strange day in New Zealand. It was "Hug a Ginger" Day here (as well as in many other countries apparently). We had never heard of this event and had a nice dinnertime debate about the value of singling out those with red hair with likely-unwanted physical contact. In the end we decided that we would continue to abstain from participation in similar events in the future, although we may well give 3/4 of the Bettgers individual hugs when we next see them - just because they're so great!
Saturday arrived with Jenn feeling much better having shed virus throughout the week. Following unmentionable soccer results, we launched into a Skype-fest and ended it feeling less than half-a-planet away. While Jenn went into work for a couple of hours, Tim helped Bronte with her science fair project. After putting out the fire, we waited for Jenn to arrive home so that she could take Bronte shopping for clothes that she won't grow out of at an alarming rate (Bronte that is). That night we went out to the Flying Burrito Brothers for dinner. It was as tasty as Mexican food can achieve.
Sunday was hiking day, and keeping with the theme of revisiting old treks, we returned to Waiere Falls. This one still ranks at the top of at least a couple of our "Best Hike" lists, and we wanted to see what majesty befell the falls with so much rain over the past while. We weren't disappointed! The trail was greasy in spots, and 3/4 of the family went for a header at various points along the trail - the most serious injury sustained by Jenn who neatly removed several layers of skin on her leg after doing her best impersonation of a Canadian figure skater, letting gravity take her down. Despite the wipe-outs, it was a fantastic outing as usual. Here's some proof:
Compare that with the previous photos of the place here.
Sunday night had us relaxing at home in front of the space heater, reading Harry Potter and the Half Baked Kiwi - thankful for a brief respite from the rain. We're having a fantastic time still, and we are really, really looking forward to next weekend (which is a long one owing to the Queen's real birthday). We've got some terribly exciting things planned that will see us reach new highs and new lows, and may cause the next blog post to be slightly delayed. Until then, keep your stick on the ice (or your rugby ball on the field).