Grace Notes – April 2017

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Grace Notes – April 2017

Grace Notes

I remember a song a few years ago titled ‘April Showers’ which was probably written to reflect the Northern Spring but I think it is particularly relevant to attribute to our present Southern Autumn. Already daylight saving has arrived, Easter is on the doorstep and the school holidays are around the corner.

The following are some recent meanderings of some of our St.Aidan’s family.

Nan and Kerr had a very enjoyable trip to the South Island, catching up with old friends, re-visiting some favourite places and getting to know some new ones – all in great weather, mostly sunny and bright. They stayed in Wanaka, Dunedin, Christchurch, Hanmer Springs and Blenheim and enjoyed some excellent walks, and very good food and wine. One of the highlights for Nan was a close encounter with four takahe, two adult and two juvenile who walked out of the bush in front of them at Orokonui ecosanctuary near Dunedin.

Barbora has settled into the student O’Rourke Hall. After a lot of orienteering parties she has finally settled into some serious study for the engineering course she has chosen. We all wish you well Barbora.

Edmund has also been busy with research for a biology project studying the water quality of some of the local streams and waterways. That is such a worthwhile project as I often despair when I pass some of the streams on my walks. Good on you Edmund.

Dalia is counting the days to the 21st April. The World Masters Games will be in Auckland and will include 100 members of a Lithuanian team some of whom will be staying with Dalia and family.

John and Fiona are planning a small trip to New Plymouth where they will be joining up with a Tree Choppers group which will involve some field trips to farms and orchards. Neither of them has been to New Plymouth before so this will be a splendid introduction to the Taranaki countryside.

Pat and Colin had a couple of weekends away on their yacht which were enjoyable for some of the time ..Pat said it was VERY WINDY!!

Neil and Naoko Matheson are off to England where Neil is presenting at a language teaching conference in Leeds. They are planning to travel through the north of Scotland and will visit Don’s remaining cousin in Cultrain north of Inverness.

Anne W. Val W. and Betty C. are all on the move. They each have a house on the market in preparation for their move to the Bert Sutcliffe Retirement Village in Birkenhead. Their homes are up for auction during April. They jokingly ask if there are any offers?!!!

Jocelyn has just reached the honourable age of 90 years young. I mean young…….as she remains one of the most vital and alive woman I have had the pleasure of meeting. St.Aidans celebrated the day with her at Church on the 19th March and her family and some close friends celebrated with her at Northbridge where ex manager Henrietta had made a birthday cake and kitchen manager Tessa did catering for the group. The afternoon was spent telling stories and jokes with family who had travelled from all over NZ and even Australia. I love Joss’s mantra ‘No judgement, No questions, No advice’. This mantra Joss told me has served her well with the wonderful rapport she has with her nieces and nephews and their families.

Edith reports several important events during March: notably a farewell memorial gathering at Northcote Bowling Club for Connie Courtney, a long-time member of St.Aidans and resident of Iona Close. Also the farewell at St.Aidans for Muriel Johnson, 101 years, dear friend and member of St.Aidans and Northcote Probus Club. World Day of Prayer as always, a worthwhile event which was held at the Northcote Baptist Church.

The Fyfe clan went exploring the Kaipara Harbour in the ‘Kewpie 2’. An 8am departure from Helensville saw the whanau arriving as a surprise for Debbie’s 60th birthday. A delightful day, learning the history of the Kaipara – magnificent kauri forests, gum diggers, fishing – from Skipper Terry, while caterer Cheryl plied us with delicious food. We saw the familiar places on the way – Tinopai – Whakapirau – Pahi, where we transferred to a coach for the rest of the journey to Dargaville, kumara capital of the north.

A step back in time saw us installed in our rooms at the Northern Wairoa Hotel, built in 1878. Not a lot has changed since then, but we were pleased to have en-suite bathrooms and crisp white bed linen. The buffet dinner was fine and entertainment centred on the Karaoke machine, undiscovered talent emerged.

Another early start next day, (8am) a beautiful cruise in sunshine on glass like waters past Pouto Point and lighthouse, South Head and Shelley Beach – again interesting commentary and enjoyable food. Back at Helensville, home to pick up children, we had had a great weekend of family fellowship and learned a lot about the early days of the north.

Helene. While away for the past ten days I had a once-in-a-lifetime experience; the privilege of going to the 80th birthday celebration of my best friend from school days, whom I have known since I was 12! Most of the invited friends have known her intimately for the past 40 years while she has lived in Melbourne, but I have still known her the longest.

After catching up with her during the two days I was there, I flew on to Sydney to spend 4 days with my sister before going on to visit Johan for the weekend. Johan fetched me from Lina’s on Friday evening and that gave us the opportunity of going out for dinner with her daughter, Annette, and her grandson, Christian. That was the first time Johan had met either of them. I hope they will get to know one another now that he is in Sydney. Johan and I had some lovely swims at Maroubra beach where he has an apartment right on the beach front. I am sure we will be going there quite often.

Rosemarie and Ralph have enjoyed a week on beautiful, sunny Niue Island (The Rock) – exploring, swimming and relaxing.

Quote: We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. Buddha.