Greetings for the beginning of spring. I have noticed several
daffodils blooming and magnolia trees flowering, surely a
lovely introduction to the promise of warmer more settled
This past month I have had the pleasure of having my
daughter Connie living on Waiheke Island.
She has been looking after two (air b n b) units for friends
who were holidaying overseas. I stayed overnight in one of
the units and it was like another world, I almost felt like I was
in Bali or some other tropical paradise. In the morning I was
woken to the song of a Bellbird, something we don’t often
hear in a North Shore suburb.
I have also had the joy of giving my granddaughter Stella
some piano lessons. Its early days but my hopes are high
that she continues to enjoy it.
Nan Inkson has just returned from about a month in UK.
She says – ‘I spent a wonderful two weeks in London
looking after our 21 month old granddaughter Lula. She is
an absolute delight, as are all grandchildren, and I loved
spending this time with her. The weather was very hot, so
we played in the garden, particularly in the paddling pool,
and I enjoyed reading, drawing, playing with blocks and soft
toys and remembering what seemed like hundreds of
nursery rhymes. We talked all the time, even when we didn’t
understand each other, and I felt very privileged to be able to
have this opportunity to be with her. When Lula was able to
return to her playgroup I took the train to the Scottish
Highlands and spent some time there catching up with family
and friends, especially enjoying a big family barbecue. A
very special time away.’
Edith Fyfe. Driving in Northcote recently I made a hasty
decision to proceed on an orange light instead of my normal
rule to stop on orange. This meant I was across the
intersection just as ‘red’ came up. I knew immediately it was
close and this was confirmed when I saw a traffic officer’s
car behind me with all lights blazing, siren wailing. Pulled
over, officer pulled over behind me. Window down, switched
off. Thought ‘here comes a ticket’. The officer must have
sensed my trepidation, was gentle in his approach. He knew
I was close to offending, but he was the one who pointed out
that I had just ‘made it’ before the red light appeared.
Looked at my licence – saw my birthdate – said ‘what did that
make me now’??? I don’t think he had had a 90 year old
offender recently. Very kind – complimentary even –
especially as I had acknowledged that it was ‘close’ and I
usually stop on orange. He knew I was contrite – let me off
with a warning. I promised I would always stop on orange in
Our family is suddenly reduced as grandchildren spread
their wings either living or working in other parts of the
country or overseas. Grace has a job in Sydney in her field
of TV and Taylor is having a ball in Europe, visiting lots of
interesting places, while Baxter and Harry are involved in
activities relating to ‘extreme’ sports in NZ. Always
interesting to see their messages on line. Great grand
children moving up at school and kindy – lots going on. Nice
to be able to sit back and watch!!
I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got
my doctor’s permission to join a fitness club and start
exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors.
I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired
for an hour.
But by the time I got my leotards on
the class was over.
GRACE NOTES – September 2019
An inclusive Christian community in Auckland, New Zealand