May is the last month of autumn with the winter already knocking on the door making for an easier cooler sleep.
Thanks to Pat for gathering this month’s news for Grace Notes as I had a few days away when I visited my niece to hear her give an organ recital on the Pipe Organ in St. Georges Anglican Church in Thames. Some of you may remember my niece, Alison Shannon who boarded for a time with Rev Alison Grey & Sister Helen Arndt in the old manse next door; she also attended services here at St Aidans.
Pat & Colin are off for a few weeks to walk the Camino Way once more. They have walked this path before and felt the pull to do it again; I believe it can be an uplifting if not always easy, walk.
We were sorry to farewell Connie last Sunday. She and her husband are moving to Papamoa, Tauranga. Her new address will be published in the new Church Roll, due to be printed shortly. We enjoyed one last rendition from Connie’s Ocarina.
Although she wasn’t well enough to go herself Andrea’s Mother gave her four daughters a week’s holiday together in Melbourne, the 3rd most livable city in the world. Andrea says it was an amazing time together.
David has gone to Vanuatu assisting in a Rotary project of rebuilding a school. He will report on this next month. David thanks all those who gave donations of Bibles, glasses, balls and children’s toys. He has a great collection to take with him.
Pat & Colin’s grandson Nick, who has played the trumpet and ukulele at our Floral Affair, recently competed in the National Starling Sailing Championships in Lyttleton. His final result was 21st out of 60 yachts competing.
In April Cam & Val felt privileged to be part of a small group when two Coromandel Kiwi were released on predator free Motutapu Island. Their daughter Annette and partner Mark dropped them on the island before flying on to Whenuakite returning with two kiwis. Hauraki and Auckland iwi, DOC, and the Motutapu Restoration Society are all involved in this initiative. There are now 25 Kiwi on the island and the target is 40, which makes a sustainable population. An Auckland Kaumatua officiated, the birds were blessed and named (Whenua and Kite), before being released into the bush. Val realized a lifelong ambition to see a Coromandel Kiwi up close and was not disappointed.
Helene had a most enjoyable visit to see family in South Africa. She was accompanied most of the time by her daughter Karen; son Johann was able to join them for a week also.
All our thoughts are with Annalie, who has received further treatment in North Shore Hospital.
Edith was able to enjoy a week long chartered cruise on the Murray River, South Australia with a group from OPERATUNITY. They flew to Adelaide, and then took a coach to Mannum to join the Paddle Steamer “Murray Princess” gliding amongst pelicans, cockatoos screeching in the trees, holiday homes and houseboats, green bush contrasting with orange cliffs carved out by the river over thousands of years.
Activities each day included visits to wineries, a good Australian BBQ in a bush setting and spotlighting wildlife from a ‘Wild West’ type wagon.
Edith says the music was amazing.” Six singers entertained us with concerts of different eras of Show Music- bringing laughter and tears- as we relived our favourite shows.”
It was a full and interesting week with like-minded people, cared for by their OPERATUNITY hosts and the excellent crew of the Princess.
Also from Edith. CORNWALL PARK – Have you been to Cornwall Park recently – it is a lovely place for a family picnic. The magnificent trees provide a good ‘nature’ lesson and there is lots of room for little ones (and big ones) to run and play games. Plenty of room to spread the rug or set up the table and car parking is not too bad. Also excellent café service nearby. It is quite a long time since we visited and I’m sure the trees had all grown quite a lot. A nice change from the beach, especially in spring and autumn.
Marion’s daughter Elise Bradley is heading back to NZ in July to lead a children’s choir under the NZ Choral Federation ‘Young Direction’ course. The federation hope to form a choir of 9 – 14 year old children which will be called “Kids of Note”. This sounds like a wonderful opportunity for children within that age bracket who might have an interest in singing.
The website “NZ Choral Federation” has details of the course, the leaders and the music specialists involved. Please pass this information on to anyone you think may be interested.
Rosemarie and Ralph are off to Australia again and on the way to a conference in Coffs Harbour will visit friends in Sydney and spend a few days in the Hunter Valley.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Anne W.
Happy Birthday this month to Christina 11th, Paul 1st, Roxy? David 1st, Ralph 6th, Marion 13th, Betty C. 18th.
Wedding Anniversaries. Congratulations to Gerald & Kay, Andrea & Tim, Fiona & John 12th.
We are saddened by the death of Margaret S, who was recently released from hospital. Further information will be forthcoming.
Faith in God’s goodness puts a song in your heart.