Grace Notes – February 2016

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Grace Notes – February 2016

A grace note is a melodic decoration in music which adds a bit more interest to the written score. I trust my contribution to the St Aidan’s Informer will do just that, add a bit of a sparkle of interest in what we each get up to.

Firstly grateful thanks to Edith for her ‘Meanderings’ column over the past few years. Edith, you did a splendid job, thank you.

Christmas has been and gone leaving happy memories of visits from family members the holidays have mostly been had and schools are gearing up for another scholastic year.

Mary B had son David visit from the UK for Christmas and also family and grandchildren from Melbourne. Helene and Andre’s son Johann from Melbourne and daughter Karen from France joined them for Christmas. I had my son David home from Perth along with daughter Connie from Wellington. Christmas certainly is a time for families.

From Edith F. December and January were exciting for Edith and her family. Eldest granddaughter, Claire returned from London after 8 years away, during which time she held an important position at a Paediatric I.C.U, Cardiac Hospital. Claire had returned home for a friend’s wedding so was also here for the birth of her sister’s second son. Edith was delighted to have her three little great-grandsons home together as well as her four granddaughters. A rare event celebrated by a special Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate being together.

Andrea and family Emily, James and Tim went camping in Tawharanui with extended family and friends. Tess returned from Europe, Kevin a Korean student stayed with the family for 10 days and now Andrea says the family is looking forward to hosting a German student in April.

Fiona and John along with Rosemarie have been involved in a fair amount of Scottish dancing over the past few weeks, attending the annual Scottish Country Dancing Summer School. Fiona informs us there are two free nights of dancing coming up on the 18th and 25th February. These will be held at the Milford Senior Citizens Hall at 7.30pm (Thursdays)

Bruce and Betty are off to Wellington on the 18th February to attend the Military Tattoo which will be held there.

From Barbora: Quote. I have recently returned from the Science and Technology Forum, where I stayed in Auckland University’s student accommodation with more than 150 students from all around the country. This event was organized by Rotary. It was two weeks of curiosity, learning and expansion of minds – both in regards to knowledge but also to how we approach new people, ideas and situations. It’s been a very encouraging start to my year, and I couldn’t recommend it more to anyone who shows the slightest interest.

Anne W and her friend Pam had the luxury of a 14 day cruise on the Diamond Princess which took them to the Bay of Islands, across to Sydney, back to Fiordland, on to Dunedin then home to Auckland. Coming into the Milford Sounds was memorable due to the magnificence of the scenery. Anne also mentioned the standard of hygiene on board, nobody got sick as had happened on another cruise ship at the same time.

Many of you enjoyed the recent Pilgrim Productions performance of ‘Scrubbers’. You will be pleased to know that it has been nominated for 9 awards by the ACTT. Something like the Auckland Emmy awards. Results will be announced in March.

Roxy commenced her new position with St.Cuthbert’s College on January 25th. We all became rather fond of Roxy when she spent her intern year with us; so it is with heartfelt best wishes that we wish her all the best for her new life and career.

We wish Rae a Happy Birthday in February and also two wedding anniversaries to celebrate. Pat and Colin on the 6th and Rachel and Simon on the 3rd.

And a quote

‘’Life is like playing the piano, it’s all about how you play it”