Yesterday, we had planned to go down to Orewa to visit Doug's daughter, Donna. It was her birthday last month and as she was going to come and visit us last weekend we hadn't posted her birthday present as it is quite large.
We also have a "farmyard" that Doug made for her to give to her granddaughter (she has the farmyard animals for it).
Anyway, Donna decided not to come up as she needed a break (she drives buses around Auckland so a drive up here is not really a holiday).
We had arranged to go down yesterday but the previous afternoon I had a phone call about a Mammogram I had ten days earlier. Apparently, on its first "reading" it was thought to be clear but when it was sent for a second check they thought they could see something. I was told they could squeeze me in yesterday for two more x-rays and an ultrasound - but don't worry. If I hadn't gone yesterday they could not squeeze me in for another month and I would have had a whole month of "not worrying".
So we postponed the trip to Orewa for a week and I went along to get checked over. It took an hour as I had the ultrasound first and then an x-ray, then waited while it was checked, then a second x-ray followed by the waiting. Anyway, the good news was that nothing was found and the second lot of good news was that there was no extra charge.
After that it was lunch time so we went home and made up a salad of Pastrami from our local butcher, hard boiled eggs, home grown tomatoes and cucumber, some cheese and I had some olives and roasted capsicum. We had the same again today except for the capsicum which I finished yesterday so I had a gherkin instead. I didn't take a photo yesterday so this is today's lunch which was delicious.
As we now had some spare time we decided to walk up Mt. Parihaka. We used to go up once a week but just over a year ago we stopped when things got hectic prior to my house sale and move and time went by without us getting back into it. It was quite hot but not as hot as on Monday when we walked halfway up on another walk.
Now we have started we must keep to our weekly routine. Today the weather broke as predicted. The weather in most of the country has gone mad with temperatures halving in places, flooding in some places and wildfires in others. Luckily all we have had is wind and rain (so far touch wood).