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Nunc Dimittis
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Happy New Year, one and all!
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quote:
Originally posted by Nunc Dimittis:
Happy New Year, one and all!

Happy New Year from 1 January 2015.

Hmmm. Why is the time on my post two hours behind?

[ 31. December 2014, 12:17: Message edited by: MSHB ]

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Welease Woderwick

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It shows the right time here, MSHB, perhaps you need to change your settings in My profile, though in this case, your profile.

Happy New Year!

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MSHB
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quote:
Originally posted by MSHB:
quote:
Originally posted by Nunc Dimittis:
Happy New Year, one and all!

Happy New Year from 1 January 2015.

Hmmm. Why is the time on my post two hours behind?

OK, clock fixed - time zone adjusted. Now Nunc's and my posts appear in the right year.

(cross-posted with WW - I found that, thanks)

[ 31. December 2014, 12:21: Message edited by: MSHB ]

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MSHB
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quote:
Originally posted by Welease Woderwick:
It shows the right time here, MSHB, perhaps you need to change your settings in My profile, though in this case, your profile.

Happy New Year!

Question - what is Sydney 12 hours ahead of? I would locate that somewhere in the deep North Atlantic...

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Welease Woderwick

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Yes, that's right, the server is on Atlantis!

Or, alternatively, I have no idea why Ship time is like it is, I'm not even sure that Simon, our revered Captain, knows the answer to that one!

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Hi Everyone. Welcome to the New Year.

Today's forecast maximum temperature means I should be able to get things done, instead of melting into a useless heap [Yipee]

I tend to ignore date and time settings as they seem to be a thing of fantasy and I've never worked out their relationship to Real Life.

Huia

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Happy New Year!

We saw the New Year in dancing away to a band in Thredbo village. Lots of fun.

There have been plenty of things to enjoy about 2014, but there have been many tough things and I'll be glad to see the back of it.

Home on Saturday then 2015 can get underway.

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And a Happy New Year to all, from us also.

A good night last night. Quiet dinner with just Dlet (he had broken up with the latest girlfriend about 3 weeks ago) and he then went out. At 10, we wandered down the hill to some friends, and stayed there until about 1. A sensible time to start a new year's eve party really. People can have dinner at a normal hour then get together for the big event.

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Slightly surreal NY's eve for us, having dinner at my mother's retirement village, which meant the average age was lowered to about 80. Lovely conversations with some wonderful people, pipe band visited about 8pm, and all in bed by 10pm.

The previous few days were spent in blissful isolation in Tuai, near Lake Waikaremoana, just the two of us. About one car an hour goes through the village, so the main noise is hundreds of native birds. We did almost nothing except read and sleep. I don't think we've ever done that before!

Interesting historic area, as the whole area was owned for about 50 years by Electricorp, who built about 50 very nice homes for the workers building the dam (in the 1920s). It was sold back to the nation in the 1970s. If there are 50 people living there now, I'd be amazed, but most of the village is in good repair, and Lake Whakamarino is just beautiful.

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Happy New Year. Just up after sleeping right through midnight..

Feasting on enormous cherries and a celebratory bagel.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lothlorien:
Happy New Year. Just up after sleeping right through midnight..

Feasting on enormous cherries and a celebratory bagel.

Think of us next time you eat a cherry – weather ruined a large part of the cherry harvest here. They were $24 a kilo before Christmas but I think they're down to $16 now.

Happy memories of driving through Central Otago in summer, buying cherries at orchard gates and spitting the stones out the window.

And for all who hang out here – whatever 2014 was like, may 2015 be even better.

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Lothlorien
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I think these were $12/kilo from supermarket, but they are good. Last year my fruit and veg supplier had very good cherries at reasonable prices. He scored a good deal of publicity in foodie pages. This year he had only boxes for special delivery.

I'm here by myself at the moment and a box would not keep. I did send a box anonymously to DIL as three grandchildren would gobble them up pretty quickly.

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And a Happy New Year to all from the old steel city.

We spent a quiet night in, watching the 9pm and midnight Sydney fireworks on TV and chatting to a mad cap friend via skype who was p...d as a nute (made for an interesting conversation though). Fireworks seemed a bit shorter this year than the last few or maybe I had too much Baileys during the evening!!

Have spent most of the afternoon filling in a myriad of forms (12 very detailed pages)including those for a criminal check, just so I can play the organ at a nursing home for their once a month church service and anyother extra service. No wonder people don't want to volunteer for anything!!

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May I chip in from over here, having recently come in from taking in the new year with friends, to wish all my Antipodean chums a Happy New Year?

[Smile]

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Lothlorien
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Dennis, I agree about fireworks seeming shorter, although I did not watch midnight presentation. Chilly on my balcony. There was another lot at 10:40 this year. Perhaps that would have given same total as usual.

McDs downstairs is busier today than I have seen it for months. Greasy cures for hangovers perhaps.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lothlorien:


McDs downstairs is busier today than I have seen it for months. Greasy cures for hangovers perhaps.

Not a lot of choice around today, I would think.

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GG you need to move south [Biased] . Cherries are $12 a kilo here [Big Grin] The only thing that prevented me from buying more that I did was the thought of their effect on my digestion.

Arabella - I taught at a school on that road - Frasertown, which is closer to the Wairoa end. One of the blokes from church came from a farm near Tuai (which his brother still runs) and went to Frasertown School as a child. I think the school has probably been closed now.

I did indeed get things done today [Yipee] Am going to celebrate with a glass of wine which will probably put me to sleep.

Night all [Snore]

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Really, Huia? Was it in the days of country service?

The only thing I know about Frasertown was that my great grandmother went there after her husband drowned (presumed drunk) and subsequently she disappeared from historical view.

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Enjoy your wine Huia. I rather fancy a G&T but my son makes better drinks than I do. He gets proportions right first go while mine is never as good as his. He is still at Charlotte Pass. I too could go to sleep. I was planning on watching Military Tattoo on TV but it does not finish till 10:30. I won't last that long. No sons here with me to complain about my nostalgia type TV viewing. I can remember Tattoos at old Sydney Showground with my grandmother. I also scored a very expensive ticket for free when the presentation was shown here some years ago.

Actually it is not the nostalgia I enjoy so much as the pipe bands.

Yes, I enjoyed the cherries while they were still good and fresh but some at lunch as well as breakfast was probably too much.

[ 01. January 2015, 08:16: Message edited by: Lothlorien ]

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I am having a leisurely breakfast before the storm of grandchildren and sons returning from holidays hits again tonight.

There must have been more portaloos set up than last year. Many trucks came out of the city yesterday, but there are many more today going west. The same goes for the large orange or white barricades. Several trucks also carrying the solar operated large signs used for directions.

Must make an effort and take my own garbage downstairs and also sort possibilities for dinner, depending what time the travellers return.

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I have nothing cherry related to contribute.
Not even Kirsch. Though that might actually be berries.
Happy New Year, y'all. Hoping for some justice from our Family Courts this year. I will settle for compassion and good sense, but I'm cautious on all three counts.

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DK, I think of you and wonder how things are going. Prompted now by hearings at end of month for #2 son. It's been so long for you.

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Quiet New Year for we two here in the valley. Cheese, crackers and bubbly in front of the tv on NYE, then a day of rest yesterday. Tattoo and New Year's Day concert from Vienna last night. We had an almighty thunderstorm at 3.00am, which didn't make sleeping any easier, so didn't surface again until almost 10.00am this morning. Just about feeling conscious again now.
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Cherry check this morning – $14.95 but that's for a 700g box.

Lots of young birds here – I threw out a crust and watched a cock sparrow feeding two demanding chicks.

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Ginormous cherries from a roadside cart for $12 kilo [Yipee]
Just waiting for the Golden Queens to hit the stores....my favourite peach.

While my mother was in reasonable health on Boxing Day, she has deteriorated quickly within the space of a week. Cannot stand up, and all bones aching terribly. Pain meds means she is sleeping a lot, and her strength is about a third what is was last week. Her heartfelt wish is not to face another winter, to die in her sleep, and for there to be someone sitting with her when she goes. I trust God has this all in hand.

In between daily visits to the nursing home I am paving again. The courtyard now has a pergola over it which has necessitated some re-landscaping. Keeping busy helps, too.
Lord have mercy.

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[Votive] for BL's mum.

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[Votive] indeed for BL's mum and all the family. We have spent time this Christmas and New Year with some who may not see another Christmas, so it has been good to share the times with them.

Currently sitting on the motel balcony overlooking Crown Street. Haven't made it to Newtown, Loth, but had a great day going over the boats at the Maritime Museum.

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Quiet NYE for us, as I had just collected the Marama off a plane from Europe, and she was in no shape for anything except straight to bed!

But in good news, the reason she was enduring a month of the God-forsaken [Devil] Netherlands winter was to be with our daughter (#2) who duly gave birth to a healthy baby boy [her first-born] on 19 December.

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BL, prayers for your mother that she may have her wish, and may you be with her at her time. I know how hard it will be for you when she does go (over 8 years now since my mother went, and no easier now than then) but if she is at that age and stage, it will be mercy for her.

GG, plenty of young birds here, none interested in someone like me. Little do they know what they are missing....

And Tukai, as with our Lord, new life from the chill of winter - congratulations, best wishes, and prayers for all.

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I checked. Kirsch is indeed fermented from whole cherries, including the stone. Sadly, I have none.
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Happy New Year from Darwin - where the Monsoon rains started pouring right on cue at 12.05 am on New Years Day!

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Well- deserved vacation on tne beach, just out of my parish..... But close enough to go do my bushfire bit, if the worst comes.

Today, so far, the worst day in the current fire season of midsummer. Nothing bad yet. We wait with baited breathe.


Happy hot new year!

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Rowen, I see that it is forecast as another Ash Wednesday fire for SA. I remember driving to city and listening to the broadcaster who was also a member of RFS. He was describing to thousands on air what he was seeing as his house burn down in front of him.
[Votive] [Votive] for you, Victoria and South Australia.

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[Votive] for BL and your mum, and for Rowen for safety if the bush-fires happen.

Congratulations, Grandpa Tukai! [Smile]

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It has been so lovely to join you all here in Pacifica. Christmas and New Year spent on a beautiful beach in the Far North of New Zealand.
On Wednesday we'll start the long journey home to Kenya.
Thanks for having me and Happy New Year to you all!

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quote:
ust waiting for the Golden Queens to hit the stores....my favourite peach.
Mine too, I love the flavour.

Prayers, BL for you and your Mum. As Gee D says, time does not make things easier. I miss Mum who died just short of ninety, and dad died almost twenty years ago after many scares with pneumonia. May God's grace be upon you.

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Reminding me of going to the market all those years ago and coming home to fill the shelf with jars of golden queens for the winter.
Now I do jellies and marmalades instead, and keep domestic cooking to the simplest minimum – but I've just tested my new S*****ine pan with a batch of ratatouille, and it was pretty good.

[Votive] for BL and her mother, and for Rowen and any others who may be too close for comfort when the wind blows on the fire.

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They were showing pictures of the bush-fires near Adelaide on the Weather Channel here today, and it looked v. scary.

Hope you're all safe and well. [Votive]

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We watch the Adelaide news with great empathy... Still ok here, as even tne terrible dry heat and winds dissapate a little.
We know there are weeks still to come, but today at least, we can relax.

Thanks for your well wishes and....
A belated Happy New Year!

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Thanks for the prayers - very much appreciated. Mum is 96, with advanced osteo parosis - had a v.bad night last night but whatever meds she was given made her sleep then bounce back strongly this morning. It's a day by day thing but I am convinced she is getting the monitoring she needs, which is a relief.

Another plus was finding the first golden queens today. Not a lot of flavour yet, but I know they ae going to get better each week until Autumn. [Yipee]

Meanwhile TP is in the kitchen stewing up cherry plums from our garden. He is very happy.

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A very hard time indeed, BL, and our prayers continue. Does your mother want to have a talk with her doctor about reducing her medication to just painkillers and so forth? She may also want to have a chat with her priest and get her passport stamped. All in her own time of course.

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Getting aged P on to parish prayer list, check.
Getting priest + home communion to aged P today, check.
Having chat about new care arrangements in place with aged care facility manager today, check.

Gee D, I will keep in mind your suggestion regarding meds other than pain killers, but it will be her call, and her heart is strong according to her doc.

B3 is also in crisis management on the home front - an interesting beginning to a year for us. I suspect by the end of it, the family will be somewhat altered.

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Thinking of you and your family BL. A friend of mine talks about being the 'sandwich generation' caught between the needs of his children having children and aging parents.

28c again here. I know this is chicken feed for some parts of Australia, but I am not used to it and a nice hailstorm would go down well with me at present. Here in Christchurch we spend winter complaining about "the beasterly easterly" but today it was very welcome. Thank heavens 19c is the forecast maximum for tomorrow.

Georgie-Porgy fat'n'fluffy coped by stretching her length on the new cotton sheets that had fallen off the clothesline. I also put ice in her waterbowl and a couple of frozen slikka pads in the water bucket shared by the neighbourhood cats.

Huia

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28 is just about perfect for me. Anywhere between 25 and 35 is my comfort zone - although the humidity levels have been quite uncomfortable this week. I did not realise that raised humidity can increase the pain levels in arthritis sufferers - always thought it was cold that made that worse, so maybe this has had something to do with the increased pain levels - especially at night - for my mother.

Twelfth Night, so Happy Christmas to all our orthodox brethren. My sister in Serbia reports that Christmas is very low key with occasional figures of St Nicholas in blue robes appearing in windows. Lanterns and candles, but absolutely no tinsel or flashing lights and Christmas cards are not available because the festival is kept in the same way that all church festivals are kept. It sounds lovely after all the tacky glitz and Santa cultism in the malls here.

My nativity set will be put away today, but I am leaving the fairy lights on the deck up permanently as a reminder that whatever is going on in my family, the Lord of Light shines in the darkness. And Disco Jesus is now on permanent display in my studio!

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Oh dear, Huia – heat and now more big shakes. Thinking of you and our other Christchurch friends.

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A mag 6.4 earthquake struck Methven in mid Canterbury this morning. There are no reports of damage yet. In my part of Christchurch it was a gentle rolling quake that seemed to go on for ages. With those kind of quakes it's difficult to know when it actually ends, so I watched the water in Georgie's bucket.

Huia

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6.4? [Votive]

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Oh, Huia! Surely they must end soon?! Hoping the damage is minimal and that they stop soon!

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Banner Lady wrote:
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I did not realise that raised humidity can increase the pain levels in arthritis sufferers - always thought it was cold that made that worse, so maybe this has had something to do with the increased pain levels - especially at night - for my mother.
My wife's severe arthritis is a very accurate weathervane. If rain is on the way, we have very advanced warning. She has also been extremely uncomfortable in this high humidity. Her medications along with me applying anti-inflammatory creams nightly still haven't prevented painfully sleepless nights.
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