Surprise helicopter rides must be the trend at present. For Scott's birthday, Claire arranged a mystery date for both of them to go up and over Christchurch city in a helicopter. The ride was for 20 minutes and they both thoroughly enjoyed it. Claire said it was strange not having the landmarks to go by to know where she was but the pilot pointed out things of interest.
This coming weekend is Easter. Mum came to Christchurch for a night last Friday before her and Averil set off driving to Queenstown for 4 days to see the Southern Barts. Averil had not met Hazel so was itching to get down there. They will be back on Wednesday and then Mum, Claire, and Scott fly up to Auckland on Friday (Good Friday). Claire and Scott fly to Rarotonga for a week for Jess Howie's wedding. What a great time to get away to a warm island resort. Jealous!
I just had a chat to Dad. I rang him earlier just to make sure he wasn't too scared or lonely while Mum is away. Ha! He has square eyes from watching Sky Sports all night and falling asleep in this chair - just as Mum predicted. She knows him so well! He said it is rainy, windy, and cold up there today - much the same as down here. Winter is definately on the way. Boo.