We met up with grand-daughter Emma for coffee this afternoon and she had her “work bag” as she called it, slung over her shoulder. I remember that bag, I thought to myself, and when we returned home I checked out my book recording items I had made. The bag was stitched for her for Christmas, way back in 2013. The pattern was purchased in Hokitika during our epic three month South Island trip. Emma was obsessed with horses, still is, as a matter of fact, so I made her bag from a horsey print. I’m so pleased it is well used and well loved.
Emma’s horsey tote bag
And the conservation centred around, you've guessed it, Emma’s horses. Certainly an all abiding passion for her. She is quite excited to be receiving training for Dressage, both for herself and her young horse.
Jenny and Emma
We had earlier met up with the rest of the family for lunch in Palmerston North. With our trip to Australia fast approaching, together with daughter Nicky’s birthday it was time for a long overdue catch up with the family. We arranged to meet Nicky for lunch at Speights Ale House in Palmerston North. Son-in-law Robert organized his work day to come along too, and grand-daughter Megan took some time off work and joined us a little later.
Robin and Jenny, Nicky and Robert
Nicky is looking well after her earlier health issues, and tackled her meal of lamb’s fry and bacon with gusto. Robert and Robin both ordered “Pie of the Day” and I chose roast pork.
Pork for her and pie for him
It was great to catch up with them, and give Nicky her birthday gift, as we are starting our trip to Oz on her birthday. After we had finished our meals, grand-daughter Megan came breezing in, bright and bubbly as usual. As it was getting later, she made do with just a coffee.
Megan arrived later
The conversation was all about horses, this family lives, breathes, and talks about horses and competitions. All except Nicky, who really doesn’t want anything to do with them, especially when they get into her garden. The two girls are excellent horsewomen, and Robert was a former jockey, so has been around horses for most of his life. We said our farewells and went our separate ways, and we drove to Feilding to meet Emma. It was so nice to be able to see all members of this family before we head away.