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Tuesday 13 October 2015

The Life Of Kathe: Who Said Having A Disability Couldn’t Be Fun?!!!

"Who Said Having A Disability Couldn’t Be Fun?!!!"

The time has now come that I need to start using cane!
Having Fibromyalgia and Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome, along with a badly sprained ankle {we are now 8 weeks +2 days}, I have now resorted to using a Cane to help me get around.

I really wanted a Cane that screamed “Kathe”, and this Cane was perfect for me!
I love the pattern on it, it reminds me of my {many!!!} Jacqui E dresses!

It is height adjustable, and my Physio, Matt from Physio 54 adjusted it to the correct height for me.

Also, it is a folding Cane, which means it can fold up and fit inside my handbag!

Because I am now using the Cane {which my daughter has told ALL her friends about – (she and) they love it!}, I have had to change handbags, so I have gone from my black Kardashian Collection handbag {thank-you AliExpress!}, and reverted back to one of my 10 Kathy Van Zeeland Handbags {thank-you ebay!}. 
The reason for the switch is I needed a longer handle/strap that I can sling over my shoulder, + it is roomer to fit my Cane in!

Sue from Access Mobility was my “Mobility Specialist”, and helped me choose the Cane that reflected my personality, and I am rapt with Cane that I “walked” away with!
After all, “Who Said Having A Disability Couldn’t Be Fun?!!!”

Here are some piccies of my Cankle … cringe!

Cankle Day 1

Cankle Day 2

Cankle Day 4

Cankle Day 4.5

Cankle Day 6

Cankle Day 8

Cankle Day 14

Cankle Day 58 {8 Weeks + 2 days}

Tuesday 6 October 2015

The End Of An Era ...

The end of an era ...

Today the Cook Family Homestead and property sold.
This land has been in the Cook family since 1912, and it is with much sadness that we say goodbye.

My brother's comment says allot ...

"Remember even though the physical has been taken away from us and the great grandchildren to come, the memories, the stories and the love will never be taken away from us".

Thank you for the memories Grandma and Granddad Cook...

This photo is of my grandparents on their wedding day, and is taken back on 3rd December 1947. 

and these photos were taken just before Grandma and Granddad  passed away ...

A book by Sue Murray, was written about our family and the property, entitled 
"Cook Family Chronicles: Early Settlement of Upper Moncks Spur, Mt Pleasant, Christchurch 1912-2012"  ...

and here are some recent photos of the property ...

and finally a "drone" movie ... 

1.39ha (3.43 acres)
Steeped in history and boasting magical views across Christchurch city to the mountains and sea, this is truly something special. 
Purchased in 1912 the property has remained in the family until now. As well as being used as a military base throughout WWII, the property also boasts an original army hut. 
Modest in design the home offers potential plus with a character filled kitchen/dining at its heart. With sliding doors connecting the space to the decked verandah outside, the room is flooded with natural light and amazing views morning and night. 
Found adjacent is the living area. With built-in cabinetry and timber joinery throughout it offers a warm and neutral canvas on which modern day family life can play out. 
A Masport log fire ignites notions of cozy nights in. 
Four bedrooms and one bathroom ensure there is a private retreat for every family member. 
Able to enjoy the view from bed, the master bedroom has touches of luxury with sliding doors to the verandah and a separate toilet. 
A separate laundry with external access completes the floor plan. 
Sheltered from the elements by mature plantings, macrocarpa and olearia hedging, also a stand of pine trees planted for firewood. 
The house and surrounding 1.39ha is comprised of five paddocks. Perfect for those with a love of space or looking to run stock. 
A mature garden connects the home with surrounding pasture. 
Ticking all the boxes for outdoor utilities is a wood shed, small hut, garden shed, hay shed, glasshouse and old army hut. The army hut was given to the family by the army as compensation for the use of the land. 
An external access single garage is also found on the property.
Without a doubt this is a property all about location, location, location. With unbelievable views it is something you have to see to believe. 

Have you fallen in love with the Cook Homestead yet?
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