St Aidan’s Meanderings – December 2013

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St Aidan’s Meanderings – December 2013

SEASON’S GREETINGS
Summer came in with a bang!  What beautiful warm sunny days we had towards the end of November – unusual 26deg and high humidity.  Great for that first swim and not even cold to get in!  The roses have been glorious everywhere, particularly Parnell, and our gardens are a riot of colour – a tonic in itself.  A ramble in the gardens of Coatsville revealed all kinds of beauty, memorable were the huge spreading deciduous trees, providing peaceful shade on a hot day.  The magnificent Moreton Bay Figs on Devonport Reserve never cease to amaze with their huge roots and enormous spreading branches.  They have been there a long time.  The Ocean Swims have begunand it’s good to have someone we know participating.
For the tennis enthusiasts the season is upon us. The winter could not have concluded on a better note for our Rugby and League followers. At time of writing the Kiwi League team has yet to meet Australia in the final, but their last-second win over England will surely be recorded in the history books.  One couldn’t help a thought for the Ireland Rugby team, when, after leading all the way by a good margin, the All Blacks pipped them, also in the last seconds of the game.
TIME Magazine paid tribute to two of our outstanding young people when it praised the achievements of Lydia Ko (16) youngest professional golfer, and Ella Maria Yelich-O’Connor (aka Lorde) at 17, singer/song writer, who received the World Music Awards ‘Best Entertainer of the Year’. They certainly put N.Z. on the map.
Friday Fun Nights – a wonderful effort by the Team for the final night. Several families came along to meet with St. Aidans folk and share a meal with their children and making decorations for the church Christmas tree.
Birthdays – We wish a Happy Birthday to Judith and Bill, Ann G, Fleur and Alf, Gerald
Wedding Anniversary Congratulations to Bill & Judith; Jimi and Willie; Andre and Helene.
It was good to see Ann out and about again after a long spell resting her leg.
John is recovering well with family following hip replacement surgery
Jocelyn is recovering from cataract surgery.
Good wishes from us all.
Out and About ——
Pleased to say Betty & Bruce enjoyed their holiday in the Deep South.
Alf has just about recovered from his car accident in October, though his daughter’s whiplash has taken longer to mend.  Sadly, the car was written offand Alf is now driving a Rover, which would seem to be more his size and it does have nice leather upholstery!
School camps have been popularand Barbora enjoyed hers at Waiheke.
Luka (Alf & Fleur’s grandson) came top in his class at school and was selected to welcome new entrants.
The Northcote Intermediate production “SEUSSICAL” was a great success, due in no small measure to the assistant director Hannah and the participation of Emily and Alex.   Congrats girls.
James enjoys his music as a member of the North Shore Youth Brass Bandand they played for both Mairangi Bay and Glenfield Christmas parades.
Congrats and best wishes to Barbara who has made the move to Mayfair Retirement Village. An exciting new beginning, Barbara.
As Commodore of the South Pacific area of the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians, David H will travel to the Philippines to attend a Board meeting.
During January Liz and David’s daughter Pip will host partner Adam’s parents from Maine, U.S.A and towards the end of January Lucas and Julien (Jenny and Eric’s children) will welcome their French grandparents on a visit to N.Z., staying with the Hansen’s.  Looks like a pretty busy summer, Liz and David – may the good weather continue.
Helene and Andre enjoyed a weekend visit from son Johan who is now much closer in Melbourne. In the early summer weather they enjoyed a swim together at Milford and Johan was able to do some sailing.
Dalia looks forward to a visit over the summer from her father Algis Kubilius – it will be good to see him again spending summer in the Antipodes.
Edith’s two granddaughters from London and one from Sydney will return in January for the first actual contact with their nephew Nikko, though they have had photos daily by phone.  The N.Z. contingent will celebrate Christmas together, with further celebrations ahead.
The Waikato and Waitomo beckoned a group of Operatunity enthusiasts in the first week of December with visits to interesting spots (Hobbiton, Hamilton Gardens etc) and a concert of singers in the Cathedral Cave – quite special. Plenty of music and fun and no airports to contend with!!
ALF’S MESSAGE in November Informer struck a chord with me – as his messages often do – regarding ‘opening doors’ – particularly the thought of opening a new door – to do something not tried before. The strong desire to turn back and not do it – then the courage to go ahead and finding a new interest to help with the adjustment to being ‘one’ after being part of a duo for so long.  It’s huge and requires a big ‘push’. Many of us have had similar experiences and were pleased they found the courage to venture into something new.
As we approach a New Year, we give thanks for all the good things happening around us – in our Community and further.  We pray for safe travel for those on holiday, that they will return refreshed. We look forward to our BIG DAY OUT on 22 February when we can relax together at Little Shoal Bay.
MAY THE BLESSINGS OF CHRISTMAS BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES
A thought for the day:
Love is most divine when it loves according to needs and not according  to merit
(George MacDonald)
Blessings –    Go well and safely.
Edith