Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Not so many outside adventures any more. The weather has turned, and mum is busy trying to find her gloves. How come she can find them in summer, but the minute she needs them in winter they seem hidden away. A merino cardi was pulled out tonight, and mum has left her scarf on. The heat pump is on now, and mum has turned the electric blanket on the bed so we will be all nice and cosy soon. Mum is busy putting the summer clothes away and digging out all the winter layers. She does quite enjoy her woolly jumpers and tights and boots. She has been brave and bought a knee length skirt to wear with her short boots this winter - woo hoo. She knows her friends will laugh, as she is always in pants and seldom shows off the pins.
Monday, April 28, 2014
Eggs were boiled tonight to make sandwiches tomorrow for lunch and a quick eggs on toast for breakfast, and the rest of the week there is soup to take to work with a toasted cheese sandwich - good cold weather food.
We were looking at those destructive tornadoes in the US on the news. Scary stuff, we are so lucky that we only have a few little ones in NZ. Amazing that anyone survives.
Oh and another sign of winter is that every night I climb onto mums lap for a little snooze. No longer than five minutes. She sits quietly and lets me snuggle, but I never stay long.
Have a great night. Keep warm or cool depending on where you live!!
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Mum was glad to return home to spend the afternoon with me. She watched a couple of programmes on the box, read a little of her book and took an hours nap. She then made some sausages for her dinner, with a brown onion sauce, peas and mashed potatoes - good winters fare. For me I had a feast and was quite happy. Mum then did the dishes, and tidied up, before straightening the bed and heading for bed after watching Masterchef (kiwi version) and Offspring (an Aussie drama - the final - so sweet and sad at the same time). Imbetween, she had the weekly chat to Gdad which always makes her smile. A good start to another working week.
We hope you had a nice lazy Sunday too.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
It has been such fun having the royals around, but we are glad that they are getting to head home to their own beds. We miss seeing their smiley faces on the news websites already. What a great time they seemed to have!!
So an exciting Saturday night here. We had a leisurely dinner - feast for me, and salmon, potatoes and broccoli and carrots for her. Then an earliesh night for more book reading and hopefully get some chores done tomorrow.
Smooches and enjoy your Caturday!!
Friday, April 25, 2014
We are coming home. Brush the corgis, polish up the carriages and wake old Phillip up - the tour is over and we are heading home.
Today we started off with an early start, even earlier than little G wakes us up by getting up at early o'clock and heading off to the Dawn Parade for ANZAC day. ANZAC day is a day of rememberence for our Kiwis and Aussie friends to remember all those who have served in the armed forces.
We hope we have done you proud!! See you at the airport!
Kate, Wills and Baby G
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Time to polish off the rolls to send to the airport to pick us up, we might need a truck for all the presents we are bringing back with us. Today was our final full day here in Australia. We have had a grand time, met so many people, especially lots of children, and it has been a pleasure to spend time with them and their families.
Baby G though will be glad to be back in his own bed, and will be keen to chase those corgis around the palace.
Sorry to hear about Camillas brother - a sad tragedy to die so suddenly, our thoughts are with the family tonight.
Should we pop around for dinner on Sunday - a bit of roast and pudding with the family? Please send us a text.
Wills, Kate and Baby G
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Lots more waving was done in the Australian sunshine this week. We got to visit Uluru - the big rock in the desert in our safari outfits. Today we got dressed up and went and hung out with the teenagers in Adelaide. No need to book a DJ for your next knees up - me and the misses can now spin some discs like the cool kids.
Hope you had a lovely birthday Granny - hope the you liked the slippers we sent? Tell the corgis not to chew them up. We will pick you some gin up on the way through duty free.
Off to pick up baby G and relax a bit for our last few days down under.
Wills and Kate and Baby G
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
Mum then went for a longer walk, taking in the sights and coming home to sit with me for the mid afternoon. She stopped in at the supermarket and got lots of vegetables and some beef mince to make some mexican tortillas for dinner - yumm. I enjoyed my feast - it was tasty.
Hope you all had a fabulous Easter Monday.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Happy Easter to you all. Hope you found all the eggs we hid around the palace. We had a lovely day. Off to church in the morning, and then into more casual clothes to take the boy to the zoo for the afternoon, just us and a few hundred paparazzi and a few thousand visitors watching us.
We get a rest day tomorrow, so shorts and flip flops on, sunglasses and a beer in the backyard.
Wills and Kate and baby G
Mum gave up eating chocolate for the week before Easter. She found it hard the first night,, as she was used to going and eating a biscuit or two every evening. She was good and resisted for 7 days, and although she has nibbled on her Easter bunny today, she doesn't really want to eat it all, and could happily put it away for a while. How about that?
Hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend. We are lucky, as it is a four day weekend for us!! A real long break!
Saturday, April 19, 2014
It was another fabulous day here in Australia. We got up early, fed the boy and then headed out to visit the Royal Australian Air Force in Amberly, close to Brisbane and meet many of the serving members and their families. It was a bit hot, sitting around 29 deg C, perfect autumn weather. Maybe we should move the palace to Australia?
Am looking forward to sharing Easter buns and eggs tomorrow with baby G for his first Easter weekend. Left you all a chocolate egg hidden in the palace - happy hunting!!! Hope the corgis didn't get there first.
Big bunny kisses
Wills and Kate and Baby G
Friday, April 18, 2014
Had a jam packed day today. Me and and the misses visited a local Sydney hospice to visit with sick children and their families. Heartbreaking and we hope that we gave them a few smiles.
Then it was off to the Easter show. A hotdog and some candy floss for the good lady and won a few cuddly toys for baby G. Got to admire a few sheep, we could use some on the grass outside Kensington Palace.
Then off to the beach. Unable to take a surf as too many paparazzi around, didn't want to see a snap of me in my thong on every news channel tomorrow.
Kiss the corgis and Grandpa P for us.
Wills and Kate and Baby G
P.S our kiwi friends said after a stormy Thursday, they got a nice Friday with some sunshine after a good 10 days of rain. Enough to get the washing on the line and soak in a little vitamin D.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
We left one NZ, a country suffering from too much rain at the moment, to head to Australia that could use a little more rain, although it is nice to be out in the sun. Had to head for the hills today to see some more rocks - nice. Looked over the edge - tis a long way down, would prefer more solid ground thank you very much.
Took the missus out to the country, and met a lot of lovely folks who lost their homes to bushfires. Just like what happened at Windsor Castle, minus the castle, and the rugs, and flash paintings, and all those antiques, and corgis.
Did a lot more smiling and waving. Will need arm transplants soon.
Kiss the corgis.
Wills and Kate and Baby G
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Looks like it does get some sunshine down under, as the sun was shining when we arrived in Sydney this afternoon. After settling down baby G, we will be off to get some prawns on the barbie and have a beer or two.
Left Wellington after another day of rain. Got to meet hundreds more children and trainee police dogs at the police college. Now in Aussie shaking more hands and admiring babies. Will need to sell some jewels and a carraige so you can afford to book the Duchess and myself in for a lot of massages and physiotherapy for our waving hands, as we have waved so much we have frozen shoulders. Old Charlie boy might have to have a stall outside the palace to earn some pennies.
So looking forward to getting a tan and relaxing here in Australia. Hope our Easter eggs don't melt.
Kate and Wills and Baby G
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Finally got another day off today to spend with bubba G. Saw an hour or two of sunshine before Wellingtons rain returned. Have sold a few of your diamonds to buy some cases of wine!! Hope you don't mind?
Last day in NZ, so relaxing in our sweats and slippers. Making room in the suitcases for a few of little Gs presents. He scored an all black jumper, a new bike and a tonne of books. Will need you to build a new castle for him to store all of his presents.
Sent the assistants on a tiki tour to pick up some presents. Got Harry and Charlie a swandri each, thought that Camilla would like a Trelise Cooper Coat. A weekend away at Kauri Cliffs for the Middletons, a new purse for Pippa and for you Grannie - a pallet of plonk.
So off to Oz tomorrow for a quick visit, a few prawns and no doubt a bar-b-que or two.
See you soon!!
Wills and Kate and Bubba G
Monday, April 14, 2014
There is a dinner tonight with our prime minister and his family, a rest day tomorrow, then Wednesday they will go to the police college before heading over to Australia.
In the meantime back at Chez Q business as usual. Mum is on her 4th night of call although she was lucky and got some sleep the past two nights. She might be lucky tonight. She has also decided that she will not be eating any chocolate between now and Easter Sunday, just in case the Easter bunny leaves her a treat. She is not a big chocolate eater, but does usually nibble on a little bit each evening. So she is going to leave it alone for 6 days!!! Anyone keen to join her?
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Hope you all are having a relaxing Sunday too.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Up early to breakfast with baby G, tea and toast in front of the heater. Then wisked to the airport and off to Hamilton. The misses, dressed in a pretty green dress went to the childrens Hospice where she charmed hundreds of future princesses and boys who turned out for the event.
Then we went off to the new Valodrome where we were given a new bike for the boy. Move the rolls and a carraige or two, to make room in the garage.
Home by 4.30pm to take care of the boy. Slippers and sweats on and a night in front of the box is in order.
Kate and Wills and Baby G
Oh the mumster was walking home tonight and she got to see the motorcade arrive back from the airport with the Duke and Duchess inside. She wasn't close enough to see them in person, but she knew they were in there. Mum was quite tired as she went to work at 4am again this morning. Fingers crossed she stays in her bed tonight to get some rest. Otherwise we had a great Caturday. I rested, she went to visit with a friend and have a tasty lunch out and did lots of window shopping, which was good for a rainy afternoon. Then a nice evening at home together relaxing. Perfect!!
Enjoy your Caturday everybuddy.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Hope you got yesterdays postcard. Went from damp and cloudy Wellington, to rainy grey Auckland. No wonder they do call NZ the land of the long white cloud. Dressed casual today - posh frocks have gone to the cleaners.
Graham Norton is on the box, watching it in our slippers eating fish and chips for supper. Just like home.
Love to Gramps, Harry, Charlie and Camilla.
Kiss a corgi for us.
Wills, Kate and Baby G
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Tonight is a function across the road from us. All fancy wine, frocks and I am sure many a boring speech. Kates dress was a nice homage to NZ, a few diamonds at her wrist and her hair looked lovely. There was a portrait of the queen, all formal and stuff that looked a bit paint by numbers and we think they got the lipstick wrong. Too dark - not queenie looking at all.
Funny to think that all this is happening three minutes from our house, and you all are watching it on the news at your houses, all round the world. Did you know there are 450 press following them around on their Kiwi/Aussie adventure? Crazy huh? Wonder if they get to go upstairs after and put their sweatpants on, check on George and stream some Game of Thrones? Do you think they Skype Harry, Charles and Camilla?
Maybe they send the Queen a postcard? Came to Wellington, quite windy, wet and cool (you promised nice weather - we got here a week too late), no need for sunscreen. Got a case of wine for the castle. Borrowed some of your diamonds. Send cash. Love Wills, Kate and Baby G.
It's almost the weekend!!! Hope you all have some fun planned!
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Didn't Kate look nice in her outfit so like Lady Dis one? Little George is quite the charmer, and seems such a happy wee baby. We do hope they enjoy their break and get lots of family time. We believe tomorrow they are going to meet with other babies and their mums when they return to town.
Monday, April 7, 2014
They are staying at Government house, which mum lives just across the road from (a 2 minute walk away). So as she had her shower she could hear the band playing, then the haka and while I was having a snuggle there was a cannon going off!!! Such excitement!! I was good and didn't run and hide. Mum was enjoying my first snuggle of the winter, the first time I have sat on her knee for about 8 months.
We are not sure that we will be catching up with the family, they need their privacy after all, but we will keep you up to date on their visit.
Mum has to go into work for about 2.5 hours, then she will be home again and things will be back into a normal routine again.
Enjoy your Monday everybuddy!!
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Mum had an uber busy night last night, and had to do four call ins to work overnight, so she is a bit exhausted today. Especially as it was daylight savings here, and mum had to do an extra hour of call overnight. One more night of call to get through and then she will almost back to a normal sleeping week, although she is on call next weekend as well. So for us an afternoon nap was in order.
She did try something new today. She read this article about using conditioner before shampooing her hair, and thought she would give it a go. She was pleasantly surprised, as her dry difficult to manage hair feels soft and fuller than normal. We know it isn't rocket science, but it is nice to do something that actually works. Never too old to learn new tricks.
So we better go, mum has to switch the on-call phone back on and get ready for another busy night.
Hope you have all had a relaxing Sunday and got your snooze on.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
The boys brought their own mattress to camp on, so mum put it in the corner of the room, as it was not needed. Not needed by anybuddy but ME!!! So everybuddy got a good nights sleep. They were up early and showered, and the boys took off as they had jobs to do. Mum was glad that I wasn't too scared and we all had our own beds to sleep on!!
Enjoy your Caturday!!
Friday, April 4, 2014
While wondering out for a walk she listens to her ipod. Lately it is not music playing but podcasts. Desert Island Discs and The Infinite Monkey Cage are her podcasts of choice. Do you listen to podcasts?
While we enjoy catching up with all our friends, she also loves visiting The Frugal Queen, Vintage Vixen, the very deliscious Helga, Hostess, faux, and when a quick visit to the farm at Our New Life and a kiwi girl at the Kitchensgarden on her small farm in the Midwest.
We hope you get a chance to check out our links over the weekend. Hope you are all ready for Caturday and some fun things planned.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
I had a tasty feast for dinner and mum got some steak on special and had broccoli and carrots with it. Some fresh watermelon for supper will keep her going. Some people take tonnes of food for the night shift and nibble away, but mum is happy to take something simple as she doesn't have much appetite when she is there.
Hope you are all having a good start to your April too.