Grace Notes – September 2016

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Grace Notes – September 2016

Grace Notes

Spring is in the air. Tra-laa. Yes, indeed the earlier daylight hours, the warm sunshine and the blossoms on the trees, raise the spirits and make me feel like bursting into song!! I will spare you that however, and get on with the job in hand.

Spring is also the theme for a sumptuous programme of French music, ‘Salut Printemps’ performed by New Zealand’s premier choir, Voices New Zealand, under the baton of Artistic Director Dr. Karen Grylls and accompanied by Rachel Fuller. There will be one concert only which will be held at St.Luke’s Church, Remuera. Sunday 25th September. Adults $39. Students $20. Children under 12 with an adult – free.  For further details talk to Marion.

From Jim:   who also enjoys choirs. He tells me that the choir he sings with performs fairly regularly at different Rest Homes on the North Shore, great for the audience and singers alike.

From Ann:  who voices her gratitude for the support she received from the Enliven Group for 3 months after her spinal injury. Somebody usually arrived at 8am, gave her breakfast in bed and did whatever other chores that needed doing. It is so good Ann to see you back on your feet.

From David: Once again into a renovation project. Daughter Pip and Adam are off to live in Maine, USA so David is working on their house preparing it for tenants; they are living with David in the meantime. The cat meanwhile is supervising the work on the renovations.

From Yvonne: Granddaughter Wakana is returning home from her teaching stint in Southern Spain, She has enjoyed travelling around Europe but must have faced some danger in Turkey as she was there during the recent coup.

From John & Fiona:  We leave at the beginning of September to fly to the UK. The first 2 weeks we will visit and stay with relations in Hoddesdon and Letchworth then we will visit Fiona’s mother who is now in a rest home due to deterioration resulting from Alzheimer’s disease. The second 2 weeks will be in Scotland where we plan to go on a short tour to the Orkney Islands, then a few days in Edinburgh before flying home from Glasgow. We are taking our dancing shoes as we hope to do some Scottish Country dancing during our travels.

From Helene & Andre:  We took a short break to the warmer climes of Queensland for a 10 day visit including some days in Brisbane then a cruise from Brisbane to Cairns and back. The new P&O vessel, Aria, is smaller than most cruise ships which made it easier to find one’s way around. We were in the city centre in Brisbane and explored the shopping and also took two tours on Hop Off/Hop On buses which gave a good understanding of Brisbane’s lay-out with a wonderful view over the city from Mount Coot-Tha. The cruise was pleasant and relaxing with 2 days in Cairns one of which we took a bus tour to Port Douglas. We spent a day on Hamilton Island then sailed directly into the deep sea to have a look at Willis Island, a weather station 400km east of Cairns. Even though the weather was warm, we were not enticed into the water as there was usually a cool breeze. It was wonderful to have the time to just chill out and process what has been happening in our family for the past seven months.

From Colin & Pat:  We had a great trip staying at Altanont Lodge in Wanaka for 2 weeks skiing on Treble Cone, the steepest ski field in NZ. Colin says, ‘There was a huge dump of snow as we arrived and every hot shot skier in the South Island descended on Treble Cone to carve it up, jumping off everything that could be jumped. These powder days at Treble Cone bring out the highest percentage of hot shot skiers I have seen on any ski field in the world!’ Pat had other pursuits and enjoyed walking around Lake Wanaka; she was also pleased to find two pianos she could play on, one of them entertaining the residents of a Rest Home.

From Dale: who recently had a trip to the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador. –The islands had been in the back of my mind since school days so it was rather strange finally getting there. So now all those TV videos and photos are replicated on my camera with a full quota of tortoises, iguanas, sea lions and birds – including Darwin’s finches. Snorkeling was included but I couldn’t take photos underwater. We then had 2 weeks on mainland Ecuador – starting by driving over the Andes in a bus!, then seeing numbers of beautiful old churches and other Spanish-style architecture, some Inca ruins, a bit of Amazon rain forest, lots of local villages and plenty of volcanoes, handcrafts, art, food and wildlife.. All adding up to heaps of lovely memories.

Since getting back……..son #3 has just completed a 4,500km rickshaw ride/drive through India from Darjeeling (north) to Kochi (south). This was a charity ‘run’ with two friends from Spain and Portugal (all based in London). They had lots of ‘stuff-ups’ apparently, and sounds like they have become better mechanics out of necessity.. I gather the experience has reshaped Greg a bit! (I never know whether it’s better to know what your kids are doing, or be in blissful ignorance).

From Edith:  The Olympics proved exciting after all, after a shaky beginning for us. Great to see some wonderful athletes excelling, smiling at us as they proudly received their medals. Another important event – a bit closer to home – was Muriel Johnson’s 101st birthday. Yes, the year has flown by since we celebrated her 100th and there she was, alert and as smart as ever receiving greetings and gifts for her 101 years! Love and congratulations Muriel, from us at St.Aidans. Edith is looking forward to her bus trip to Tauranga where she will visit Connie & Ben in their new home in Papamoa. Watch this space………….for adventures with Connie.  Further excitement for the Fyfe/Wallace family when they welcome home Baxter from his year on exchange in Sardinia. His parents visited Baxter and his host family at the end of his exchange then Baxter went on to visit some of his exchange pals in their own countries. He seems to have done well with conversational languages.

Andrea tells me she has settled into her new job. It’s very busy which she enjoys – she is also exploring different routes to get to work in Massey. I think we all appreciate the challenges of the Auckland traffic!

Christina met the Shaolin Monks performing at school and the NZ Herald was on hand to photograph the event.

It was lovely for family and friends to meet Nan and Kerr in their lovely home to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Congratulations.

Congratulations also to Margaret and Malcolm after 61 years of marriage.

BIRTHDAYS:           Colin R, 5th.  Robin B. 19th.  Bev. A. ?


Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.  –