Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Holiday Traditions


During our holiday, we spent a few days in a rented cottage near the mountain.  I was there with a handful of my family, and had the pleasure of enjoying some of those holiday traditions that really only occur when you are all completely out of your comfort zones.


Reminiscent of school holidays, where structure and routine disappear and you have a bunch of unscheduled time on your hands.  We found a puzzle in one of the cupboards.  Someone started it, and over the course of the weekend, every family member contributed their skills.  Even the little guys.  How tolerant of us.


It got to the point where we felt we couldn't actually leave until the puzzle was completed, which made for a *fun* nighttime drive through The Gentle Annie (I have no idea how it earned that name - let's just say there were tears, and they weren't all Garland's).


It's easy to forget the simple pleasure that can be found when completing a meaningless activity like this.  And really, not so meaningless if you account for the conversations, giggles, and even faux arguments that ensue.  *Bonding*.

7 comments:

  1. Puzzle time! We go away with the Mr's family on Queens Bday each year and this year we found a puzzle at the Bach we stayed in. We spent the whole weekend doing it.. but we didn't get time to finish! It still taunts me!

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  2. Yes puzzles bring the folks together, although I got annoyed last time that the puzzle fun got hogged by certain late night puzzlers who wouldn't leave the thing alone and so some of out missed out on the joy of 'finished'! Gentle Annie = washing machine. The old school type which didn't have a 'spin' cycle - but a wringer on the top, well that's what my Gran called it, http://www.nydof.com/furniture/vintage/vintage-1940s-speed-queen-washing-machine

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  3. I think a Gentle Annie was a washing machine name once apon a time
    Love seeing the puzzle progress, and understand how you couldn't leave until done. Thank goodness all the pieces were there.

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  4. Ah yes, we ha a gentle annie! Though I really wouldn't consider that road 'gentle', but I'm sure it's pretty during the day...

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  5. Ohh puzzles. I haven't done puzzle making for years. I do love having one on the table, working away at it day by day. Have to be careful though with two cats- puzzles pices would make good toys I be. x

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  6. we did one of those wasjigs one summer holiday with the inlaws. Very cool! You could do a little...then go away for a while...A much better way to do a puzzle!

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  7. LOL! I can imagine the tears! Living there for a number of years...its name is sarcastic in every way possible! You should try going down to Pipiriki, at the back of Raetihi just as fun...Woooaahh!!
    Love doing family puzzles on holiday, definitely a great way to spend some fun together :))

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