Home again

As I wrote the title of this post I thought of that old nursery rhyme:

“To market, to market to buy a fat pig;
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog;
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.

To market, to market, to buy a plum cake;
Home again, home again, market is late.
To market, to market, to buy a plum bun;
Home again, home again, market is done.

To market, to market, a gallop a trot,
To buy some meat to put in the pot;
Three pence a quarter, a groat a side,
If it hadn’t been killed it must have died”

Is it one that you knew as you were growing up?  Note three pence is three pennies and there were twenty pennies to the pound twelve pennies to a shilling and twenty shillings to a pound;***a groat is an old coin from the days of Edward I of England and was worth four pennies.   How times have changed!
***Thanks to my big sister in California for pointing out this error.

Anyway, back to the post.  I returned home from the Golden Door in the early hours of Monday morning and immediately got stuck with an awful head cold, coughing and sneezing my way through the next few days.  So sorry, the thought of writing a blog and even reading any of yours was way beyond me.

A funny thing happened on the way home (no not on the way to the theatre).  I picked up my suitcase and placed it on a trolley.  I was waved though customs and immigration they didn’t even x-ray my bag (but they did my friend’s) and then we  went out to the concourse where we were being picked up by another friend.  So the bag was transferred from the trolley into his car and we went to his house for the night.  However, and this is the point now, when we arrived we found that the wheels had gone from the base of the bag.  How could such a thing happen?  So the next day, coughing and sneezing we went back to the airport with bag as instructed, and found an absolutely charming young lady who took all the details and my bag and informed me that if it couldn’t be repaired they would provide a replacement.  So here is a big round of applause for Virgin Australia who really mean it when they say that they care about their customers.

Applause

I have so much to share with you following my seven days at The Golden Door but before I do so I have to ask you to bear with me while I read the 900 plus emails that were awaiting me on my return – of that number at least 800 were new posts from fellow bloggers.  So I am currently catching up on my reading.

Also I am about to change internet providers so I hope to read all of these blogs, and those that have come in today before the changeover on Tuesday, otherwise I think I will lose them all.  So please bear with me.

And today’s news from our corner of the world…Christchurch is still living through continuing, and quite large aftershocks from the earlier earthquake and has now been hit with a freezing cold snap.  In fact it has been reported that yesterday was the coldest day in Christchurch in 130 years; the temperatures hovered between 0 deg Celsius and 1 degree.  Very chilly.  Adding to the problems  some houses were without electricity overnight.  Apparently the heavy fall of snow landing on boughs of trees pulled the boughs onto the power lines.  Another good reason for all power lines to be underground.

The badly damaged Christchurch Cathedral is subject to demolition. Today it was covered in snow.
Picture from The Press, Christchurch June 7/12


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24 thoughts on “Home again

    1. Still feeling poorly and can’t face writing a blog. Hopefully tomorrow I shall be back to normal. Meantime, I am reading all the fabulous posts I have missed when at the Golden Door. 🙂

  1. Your baaaack!!!! Hurrah!!!!! I am so glad you’re back. Missed you in cyberspace. So sorry you are sniffling and trying to read all those emails with a head cold. Get well quickly and tell us all about the Golden Door. P.S. Did I tell you I have a new blog now? It’s “Virginia Views” at http://countryliving4beginneers.wordpress.com . Hope you will follow me there. Dor

    1. Hi Dor. Sorry I have been MIA for the past few days. Struck down with a ghastly head cold as I arrived home and really feel lethargic and too lazy to do anything.
      I have now been over to your new site after several abortive attempts and have clicked to follow. so now I wont miss any of your posts. 🙂

  2. Glad you’re back, not so glad you’re not feeling well. Snow and ice storms create havoc with tree branches power lines. Hopefully Christchurch will soon be on the mend, too. They’ve had a rough couple of years.

  3. Christine in Los Angeles

    Welcome Home!!!!! sweetie. Talk to you soon.
    God Bless, Christine
    And Dor, you silly girl, you put an extra E in the link to your new blog. tsk, tsk.

    1. Hi Big Sister. I will be in touch soon. Just have to get my head around not feeling well.
      And now I know why I couldn’t get onto Dor’s blog through the link she posted. Love you 🙂

  4. Welcome home, Judith. My Mom recited the “Home Again” poem to us all the time when I was a kid. More often than not, when the boys and I return home from a car ride I will utter either “home again home again jiggity jig” or “home again home again jiggity jog”. The tradition continues. 🙂

    I am sorry you are battling a cold. I recently fought something flu-like, but I am feeling much better now. I hope you are feeling better soon, too.

    1. I didn’t know whether this was one of those nursery rhymes particular to England and the UK. Glad you knew it and recite it to your boys.
      Still battling this cold, coughs and sneezes and really don’t feel like doing anything much. Thank you Lenore. 🙂

  5. I’m glad you’re back! (Sorry you’ve had a cold, though.) The snow is beautiful, but the havoc it causes is another story. Hope things warm up a bit for you 🙂

  6. How ironic that you return from a health resort and fall ill with a head cold. Is there no justice? Glad you are back though. Amazing story about your luggage. Airlines being nice? What’s that all about?

    1. Thanks Susan. My friend says that people are nice about things because I go into a discussion expecting them to be nice. I have never heard of an airline being so accommodating. When I first approached Air NZ though whom we booked the travel (they code share with Virgin) I was told that I should have made the complaint before leaving the airport. 12.45 am and nobody to make the claim to even if we had known the wheels were broken off!

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