This is the final Grace Notes contribution until February
2018. This seems to be such a long way away. Such a lot
of activities have occurred during November which has
kept everyone busy and with Christmas just around the
corner, we will all get busier still.
I had an interesting experience last Monday when I had
been invited to be a model for an advertising agency
promoting a retirement complex at Mount Maunganui. I
was driven with two other models, to the Mount to pretend
that we were live in residents having the time of our lives.
It was a great day. The weather was perfect so I’m sure all
the photos of the sand and sea and the complex, would
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hopefully encourage the patronage the business was
looking for. It was a fun day.
I am still in London with my new grand-daughter, Lula.
Lula is thriving well, and looking gorgeous, but she is still
not too good at sleeping, so I am able to support her
parents and allow daughter Eileen to get some rest in the
daytime, as well as getting lots of cuddles with Lula.
London is very cold, but mostly dry and we are able to get
out for walks most days. I will be back in New Zealand in
mid December and look forward to seeing everybody then.
What a lot has been happening over the past month! We
know it is “that time” again
but there seem to be more visits and phone calls to the ‘not
so well’ and catching up with (really) old friends, as well
as farewelling dear friends from our midst. Son in law
Brett, on a business trip to Canada and North America,
spent time with his ‘adoptive’ family in Maine USA, taking
greetings from the whole NZ family whom they inherited
through AFS years ago.
Our Aussie ‘invasion’ – two granddaughters and two little
ones – was a happy and busy time. They and their NZ
cousins watched avidly as the big machines – diggers,
rollers, tractors – worked tirelessly on the property behind
our house, preparing for the huge pipes to be laid for the
Northcote waste water project . We heard that George (3)
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couldn’t wait to get into his sandpit at home to operate his
The walls at Uppingham Castle were stretched to
accommodate all who ga thered there!!
Grandson Baxter (18)kindly obliged by taking me to my
Eye Clinic appointment – all the adults were working – and
I have to have someone to drive me home. Another sign of
A bright little spot to finish – lunch with our ‘junior’
bridesmaid of 62 years ago on the occasion of her 80th
birthday! I used to ‘babysit’ her when she was three!!!
Season’s greetings to all – remember to check tea roster for
Dec and Jan.
From Pat and Colin
We are going to Tauranga to hear Peter play the natural
trumpet in Messiah with the NZ Baroque Orchestra.
Finally, I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Message from Rosemarie Dawson.
Thank you to all members of our St Aidans Community. Your
friendship, love, care and support over the last months of Ralph’s
life and now after his passing has been extra-ordinary and very
special to me. I deeply value this and am grateful that I can call St