Greetings – While we beach lovers and outdoor fiends enjoy this beautiful summer our thoughts go to the farmers and all who work on the land and rely on rainfall for their livelihood. On the journey to Turangi we travelled constantly through parched pastures – the farmlands and hillsides were brown! It was difficult to see what the stock could find to eat. What a contrast then as the sparkling waters of a deep blue Lake Taupo burst through the bush – it took your breath away! The sky was cloudless, the sun was hot, humidity was low – few cars about – peaceful – just about perfect. A few days in the tranquillity alongside the clear and clean waters of the mighty Tongariro were just what the doctor ordered!!
Re-reading Jeanne’s story of her adventure on Mt. Kilimanjaro and picturing Alf’s experience of an English winter surely makes us realise the enormity of our world which is “filled with extraordinary places and travel (and) is about embracing this fact and living life to the full”.
BIRTHDAYS – We say Happy Birthday this month to Jocelyn, Cam, Malcolm and Nan. We hope you all have a happy day and a good year ahead.
OUT AND ABOUT – A number of folk visited the Sculpture Trail on Waiheke recently and while the trail was quite challenging, it was the heat that affected people more. The general impression seemed to be that the exhibition was not up to previous standards, though there were several sculptures that were remembered, particularly the ‘shelter’ pavilion of recycled building wood, where many enjoyed a rest in shade. As always the lovely views from the top made it all worth while.
The development at Hobsonville makes an interesting expedition. The walkway close to the housing and school, their park full of old shady trees and the new wharf with its interesting photos and historical information (especially that William Hobson was the first Governor in 1940!!!) will make the ferry trip worthwhile.
Betty and Bruce are off for their annual visit to Oakura in the north for their allocation of R & R – we hope the good weather continues – it is such a lovely spot.
The highlight of Edith’s few days in the Turangi/Taupo area with brother Ken, was a swim at lovely Pukawa on the western side of the Lake. The Lake level was low but plenty of water at Pukawa. It was picture postcard stuff with blue sky, blue lake and hot sun. Also lots of reminiscing by the Tongariro, the trout fisherman’s Mecca, with its unlimited walks and beautiful fishing ‘pools’. And soooo peaceful!
Nan and Kerr have an interesting change ahead – they have sold their house in Park Ave. They would like to find another home in the Birkenhead area. So if you know of one for sale …….
Didn’t Connie look pretty in her traditional Korean costume? The week before, near Waitangi Day, it was interesting to hear people’s thoughts on being a N.Zer and for living in N.Z – we all appreciate we have much to be thankful for.
David and Liz tell us that it has not been so cold this year in their chateau in France. They are looking forward to Alf’s visit and a big catch up. We also are looking forward to Alf’s return to hear more of his adventures. We hope he has fully recovered from the ‘flu’. If only we could package up some of our sunshine and send it over to him!
HAVE YOU MARKED YOUR CALENDAR ON 21 MARCH? The film “Hyde Park on the Hudson” sounds fun and you will remember how successful our dinner/film evening was last year. Meal at the Senior Cits clubrooms 5 pm and over the road to Bridgeway for the film at 6.30pm. $25 for meal/film; $15 for film only. Bring friends – contact Bruce Hay (480-9642) or Val Windross (480-5915) for tickets.
PARTING THOUGHT –
The game of life is the game of boomerangs.
Our thoughts, deeds and words
Return to us sooner or later,
With astonishing accuracy
Florence Scovel Shinn
Blessings – Go well and safely.