St Aidans Meanderings – April 2013

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St Aidans Meanderings – April 2013

Greetings – Some felt like dancing in the rain – hoping their tanks would be filled – the gardeners clapped their hands with glee – yes, some good was done, but we need lots more to make a difference to the crops.  Normally the dams would be low and Auckland would be on water restrictions after so long without rain, but thanks to the Waikato River, we have survived.

Fleur declared “it’s nice to have him around” – we agree – it is great to have Alf back among us and to know that he felt refreshed after his time away.  We were sorry he missed all that warm weather, but the opportunity to be immersed in such an historic community as Salisbury will have given him spiritual and learning enrichment. One couldn’t help but envy a long association with the beautiful Salisbury Cathedral and its environs.  Most of us recall a brief ‘tourist’ encounter with Salisbury in our O.E. – a must on a visit to the U.K.

It is good to have Anne home resting after her surgery.  Her doctor is pleased with healing progress in her leg which still needs lots of rest at home.

We have BIRTHDAY wishes this month to Audrey, Betty, Val, John, Wendy and Edith.  We hope you have a happy day and lots of fun.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY congrats to Bruce and Betty; Helen and Brian; and over there in Oz, Lee and Rob.  It’s good to celebrate these milestones folks.

Our thanks to the Kids n All team for your efforts in keeping Friday Fun Nights  and the Kids n All services going happily.  Cafe Church was fun – a really nice idea enjoyed by all who came.

The beautiful summer certainly favoured the Auckland Arts Festival and outdoor summer fun. Events that suffered last year from so much rain have had a bumper season. What a pleasure to organise an outdoor event, being confident of the weather.  The outstanding pyrotechnic display “The Breath of a Volcano” at Auckland Domain was an example. Thousands of people gathered to sit on the grass below the Museum where the light show was displayed on the long wall of the building and lighted figures cavorted on the grassy hill. The startling ‘volcano’ fireworks below the Museum, accompanied by wonderful music boomed out a spectacular portrayal. The crowd was reminiscent of Opera in the Park, but these thousands were paying!  Hopefully causing the Festival to be a financial success.  The cost of the pyrotechnic company from France would have been huge.

Speaking of art – at the North Shore Home and Garden show in March the floral art groups were invited to compete for displays in various categories.  Our Robin worked hard on the display for her group and we wished them well in the competition.

The Wearable Arts show “Off the Wall” at the Museum was, a must see.  To be up close to some of the winning exhibits from past years was amazing.  There are some extremely talented and industrious people.  This was a chance to see some of the exhibits housed in the Nelson Museum, and it was free.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER was held early March at the Northcote Methodist Church (St Luke’s) and was well attended.  The theme was “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” and seemed real for New Zealand where we have people from so many different countries.  The service was written by the World Day of Prayer Committee of France, where there are also people of many nationalities living.

With so many Cruise ships in N.Z. this summer, it has been delightful to watch them arrive early morning and sail in the evening out past our beaches.  The most spectacular of course was the Queen Mary II on her circumnavigation of N.Z. following the charts of Captain Cook. Probably the best way to appreciate this magnificent liner is in daylight, from the ferry boat, as her size and majestic lines are lost at night, though her lights are beautiful.  Evening fish and chips at the beach have been popular this summer.

A big thank you to the organisers of our dinner and film evening in March.  We all know that a tremendous amount of work goes into the success of these events and we were not disappointed.  The meal was delicious (there were enquiries as to whether we would be having hot dogs! Due to the name of the film we were going to see.  Little did we know that the hot dog would feature in the film!!)  We have had more enjoyable films, but parts of it were interesting, especially to our age group.

Remember to watch out for the end of DAYLIGHT SAVING (7 April)

We will remember Anzac Day on 25 April.

It was interesting to note in the newspaper that NEIGHBOURS DAY (weekend of 23/24 March) was started on the North Shore by Takapuna Methodist Church and Methodist social agency Lifewise, now nationwide.  Although this may be the ‘official’ weekend, we reckon any weekend would do to invite your neighbours over for a cuppa.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God puts each fresh morning, each new chance of life, into our hands

As a gift to see what we will do with it     (source unknown)

GO WELL AND SAFELY….

Edith