Grace Notes – August 2016

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Grace Notes – August 2016

I believe that Spring is on the way as I see the mornings are gradually getting a little lighter and students leave in daylight in the evening provided there is no cloud cover. I think there has been more cloud cover and rain then clear skies however, Spring is something to look forward to.

From Lynda & Alex.  During the school holidays we had a trip to Christchurch to see Nick and his girlfriend. A busy time sightseeing – up the Kaikoura Coast to see the Seal colony and walking around the ‘Red Zone’ in Sumner. To actually see the destruction in person was quite heart breaking and to hear first-hand from relatives the shock of it all was something that we, living in Auckland, found hard to comprehend.

Lynda was happy to see that Nick had settled in very well living away from home and setting himself up in his new flat. His archeology job is very busy as every removal and rebuild has to have an archeologist attend the site to check on possible artifacts. All in all it was a restful holiday.

From Mary. Mary recently spent two weeks in Melbourne with son Philip, Emma and grandsons Callum and Darcy followed by four days in Sydney with an ‘old’ school friend. A highlight in Melbourne was seeing the musical ‘Matilda’ an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book. Best of all was time spent with the family.

From Rachel. Stephen saw two plays during the school holidays. He was disappointed that Peter Pan didn’t fly but was delighted with The Reluctant Dragon.

Rachel also informs us that St.Aidans is a ‘Pokemon’ target.

From Edith. Once again the Event Centre off Porana Rd was host to the Scottish Tattoo in July when eight pipe bands, Highland dancers and Scottish Country dancers entertained, stirring the blood of the local folk with Scottish heritage. A good crowd enjoyed the programme.

Edith’s family celebrated the third birthday of grandson Niko last month. Even his tiny cousins came from Sydney with their mother Melissa and Aunt Rachel for the occasion. It was a busy ten days of ‘get together’, walks, etc., all converging on daughter Deb’s house for good food, camera clicking (four generations), lots of laughter and fun. The birthday celebration took place at ‘Jump’, the trampoline park at Westgate and was a huge success for (nearly) all ages. Somebody had to babysit!! Only the babes in arms were not on the sprung floor, jumps etc. Adults and children loved it.

As planned, a group from St Aidans enjoyed the Operatunity concert ‘Tribute to the Rat Pack’ at Windsor Park… Many of the old favourites from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. days had the audience enthralled and there were several opportunities to singalong. It is interesting to note that the A.P.O. has a concert this month at Aotea Centre, also commemorating ‘The Rat Pack’.

Susan Devoy was an inspiring speaker at North Harbour Probus in July – she spoke from the heart – no notes – as Race Relations Commissioner, and encouraged us to visit the Refuge Centre at Mangere to help understand the need for us to take refugees.

Fleur & Grace. Fleur and I both share granddaughters who have just had 5th birthday parties and started school. Such excitement to see these little ones very excited to be setting off on their BIG journey into the world. Watch out for future updates from Sanja and Stella.

Annalie, Paul, Hannah & Christina. Have now settled into their new home in Pupuke Road. We wish them all the best.

From Greg and Paul – they have been enjoying the sunshine in USA – Houston, Nashville (wonderful), and now in Walt Disney World in Florida.

BIRTHDAYS FOR AUGUST. Annalie & Kath (3rd), Paquita (9th) Helene (23rd) Mary (28th) Sheila & Lucy (?)

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES.  Malcolm & Margaret (1955) Nan & Kerr (1966)

Quote.  “How powerful is your magic sound.” – MOZART. (The Magic Flute)


I am sure this will make you smile…

A little boy got on the bus, sat next to a man reading a book, and noticed he had his collar on backwards.

The little boy asked why he wore his collar backwards.

The man, who was a Priest, said, …. ‘I am a Father..’

The little boy replied, ‘My Daddy doesn’t wear his collar like that..’

The priest looked up from his book and answered, ”I am the Father of Many.’

The boy said, ”My Dad has 4 boys, 4 girls and two grandchildren and he doesn’t wear his collar that way!’

The priest, getting impatient, said. ‘I am the Father of hundreds’, and went back to reading his book.

The little boy sat quietly thinking for a while, then leaned over and said,  “Maybe you should wear a condom, and put your pants on backwards instead of your collar.”

Now you can smile!!!