An even more exciting weekend away than anticipated, as it turned out, with the news that granddaughter arrived - three weeks early. S rang us in Queenstown Saturday night from Kyoto to tell us the news - she was born on May 31st; midnight NZ time, 9.00 pm Kyoto time. We all thought she was going to be a June baby, but she obviously had other ideas.
(I will perhaps post the photos we were emailed later on - after the proud parents have had a chance to let family and friends see first. But you can take it from me, she's just wonderful!)
This is the view that ABM's parents have from their dining table.
Walter Peak from across Lake Wakatipu.
Unaware at this time that our granddaughter was on her way, we went for a quiet stroll through the mall. Town was quiet - the ski fields don't open until next weekend. Bought two kiwi music cds. Don McGlashan's 'Warm Hands' and the Muttonbirds, 'Salty'.
On the Sunday, we travelled from Queenstown to ABM's brother's farm in Waikaka for a family reunion. Here we are raising glasses to toast the new addition to the family. 'Happiness and Health to 'Miniko'."