maths, bike, kayak, tennis, workshop – this was a packed weekend, and we didn’t even go to Woodhill, let alone take out the boat!
Saturday 6.15am (!) Thomas gets up for his regular kayak training to a beautiful sunrise over Lake Pupuke. After a couple of sprints we head home and everybody has a decent breakfast. At 9am he is whizzing down to Performance Divers in his little blue Suzuki to pick up the diving gear for a good cause: Dive against Debris! In the meantime Elias is bravely working his way through trigonometry and the unit circle, and has taken (and edited!) a beautiful shot of a calendula in our garden. You can actually see more of his photo – art here on his own website. Later on we meet the friendly diver bunch at Milford beach, luckily it’s warm and sunny, the ocean is still pretty freezing though, it’s only springtime! He wraps himself up in a double wetsuit and off they go. They find some golfballs – somebody must have quite a decent swing up there as Pupuke Golf Club is actually quite far away! – and some other rubbish like cans, bottles, plastic bags etc, not as much as last time, which is actually a good sign. They get changed, back at the divestore we have some BBQ and everyone gets their certificate.
No weekend without biking, so the boys head out for some jumps and tricks around the local schools, getting home before dark hungry and tired craving for some combination of mince, pasta and tomatosauce – what else! We watch “In aller Freundschaft – die jungen Aerzte” – there is still time for some bedtime reading and lights out at 10pm!
On Sunday morning t Browns Bay Racquet Club all the junior players turned up on sunday morning at 9am to trial for interclub and Elias signed up for Prem Boys with Stirling after skipping half of the season last year to change his technique from a double handed forehand to a single handed one. And while he was at it he probably thought he might just as well change to a single handed backhand and get it all sorted in one go! The later turned out to be much more his natural stroke – looks almost like Fedex! – for the forehand it took him a bit longer to adjust but now he is getting back his control and feeling a lot more confident. Thomas moer or less lives in the workshop, making progress with his boat trailer. Details to be found here. At 10.30 the boys had arranged to meet with a few class mates to test the Onzo-Bikes (NZ equivalent to Obike) and how they compare to a mountainbike – just crazy stuff, I felt sorry for the poor old commuter bike being trialled for jumping – it was beeping all the time in protest of its abuse. We found one on the Onzo app standing around in Browns Bay, we put it in the car to take it to Murrays Bay Intermediate School, scan the QR-Code, after a few tries it unlocks and off they go. 25 Cent per 15 minutes, you can’t really complain. Enough of that kind of fun, heading home for lunch, Meanwhile Thomas’ boattrailer is making further progress: the rims for the trailer rollers (the small wheels where the boat is actually sitting on on the trailer) are going into mass production. Elias plays a match with Sam at Mairangi Bay Tennis Club just go get back home early enough for the math session with Dennis, topic: Complex Numbers! Dennis is so kind as to repair our printer where the paper feed is playing up and we have dinner together. No school day can be as exhaustting as a weekend at home – 10pm lights out – good night!