St Aidan’s Meanderings – November 2015

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St Aidan’s Meanderings – November 2015

GREETINGS – Sport would seem to be the topic of the month, especially the RUGBY WORLD CUP, and as we go to press we await the result of the Final between the All Blacks and the Wallabies. Many Kiwi athletes have been doing well on the world stage in their individual sports – Linda Villumsen claimed the World Time Trial title in cycling; Lydia Ko continues to amaze with another good LPGA performance in Malaysia, finishing tied for second; Triathlon athlete Andrea Hewitt claimed second place in overall season standings having raced eight international Triathlons this season.   We look forward to the summer with plenty of tennis, cricket, swimming.

The countryside is looking beautiful, with lots of good grass and flowering trees along the roadside. It would appear to be a record lambing season in South Auckland, with hundreds of healthy lambs frolicking about. The buffalo milk yoghurt was selling well at the Clevedon market, as were all the delicious looking home-made, and locally grown delicacies. It has become a very busy market and makes an interesting early Sunday morning activity.

Pleasing to report that MALCOLM has been enjoying life quietly at home, with a little gardening and enjoying the spring sunshine.

Again we have had an interesting month with a variety of activities: the A.G.M was well attended; the WORKING BEE was also well attended and many tidying/cleaning jobs done; we were treated to amateur theatrics at CAFE CHURCH, a good way of getting a point across and appreciated by all. We look forward to the NOVEMBER Church programme with interest.

BIRTHDAYS – We say HAPPY BIRTHDAY this month to Betty R; Jean Biggers (USA); and Andre.   We hope you all have a great day.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY – Congratulations to Dalia and Gerald– enjoy.

FUND RAISING IDEA – Edith attended a fun evening organised for the Probus Clubs of the North Shore in the form of a TRIVIAL PURSUITS competition.   It was a relaxed yet orderly evening with a wide variety of questions, plus three additional pages of questions circulating during the evening, and the results were quickly tallied by a team, progress totals appearing at the end of each round. People came along armed with their nibbles and liquid refreshments (no food to organise and no washing up) and competition was keen.   Each Club paid $30 for their team to enter – in a different situation there would be an entry fee, with modest prizes.   Interested – ?

ROBIN SAYS after two whole months away it is nice to be safely home.   She stayed well for all that time which is no small feat as one ages! No moving parts failed her and she is still friends with her travel companions!

Robin and her niece visited the Northern Lake District of Italy – very beautiful – even if George Clooney wasn’t in residence to greet them on Lake Como. They stayed in Florence, Venice and a week in Nice doing the odd day trip from there. Monaco is a must and in exploring Menton to see the residence where recipients of the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship get to live, they spotted the Rue Webb-Ellis.     This was pertinent to the fact that Robin has to attend at least one game in each Rugby World Cup. On this occasion it was versus Tonga at St. James Park. The result was much better than her Cardiff experience in 2007.

Lest you dismiss Robin as a Rugby nut, she did dream up another challenge. One of two sisters who provided accommodation for injured servicemen in WW1 was an artist and Robin has a number of water colours that she painted. “View at Gisors in Normandy, France” and an inscription that simply reads “Stromness” took her to both of those places to see the scenes for herself. The Orkney Islands are magic, as much for the inhabitants as the scenery. Robin would promote travel to anyone who can still move!!             Thanks Robin.

Ralph accompanied Rosemarie, who was a delegate at a three day freight logistics conference in Sydney. They extended from there to tropical Northern Queensland to spend a pleasant week in Townsville, an impressive city of 193,000 and growing. Their stay in a modern apartment on the banks of the Ross River enabled them to engage in wider voyages of discovery covering in excess of 1,000 km by car in balmy weather on excellent roads with many highlights and new experiences.

Watch out for our other World traveller – NAN – who shares a little of her travels in Scotland and Europe elsewhere in this issue.

SITUATION VACANT – Would a kind person like to take over writing “Meanderings” next year? The first edition for 2016 will be February. Please email or phone me if you have any questions. It takes perhaps two half days per month of preparation.   Thanks, Edith 419 0264.



“Enjoy the day – live life to the full;   make the most of what you have.

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect.

It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections”

Go well and safely,       Edith.