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Lothlorien
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[Votive] for all. What a horrible situation.

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I hear Rowen's induction went well and so I guess she has now "officially arrived"!

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Lothlorien
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That's good. Any news how recovery is going?

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I finally was inducted into my new parish yesterday. Folk drive up to five hrs to attend, and quite a few spent the night. It was a lovely service, as my woman minister friend from Sake delivered the message, and the only other clergy person, the 86 yr old Anglican woman priest, welcomed me with open arms. Apparently, she is relieved there will be another minister in the region, as she is feeling a tad old, and should retire. The liturgy was the usual, but I love it, and the hymns were chosen by me, with special significance
A cold day..... Why, it's only 1. now, but it reached 13 yesterday.

My leg is improving daily. I make my way into Canberra Monday week, to see the specialist ad hopefully get the all- clear, especially in regard to driving. As it is now, I continue to slowly ease back into work, grateful that a friend is staying with me and driving. Oh, and planting potatoes, as folk do....

She is lighting the fire, as I type.
Thanks for your concern, folks!

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Lothlorien
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So good to hear from you, Rowen. Potatoes and a fire, sounds wonderful to me. Take care, enjoy the country air and enjoy having someone care for you. I woukd find the last hard to do, but I recognise that my sons and the family act because we are family. So they try to be inconspicuous and I try to accept their help.

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Glad to hear everything went well, Rowen. [Smile]

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I have been painting gnomes with the grandchildren for their great grandmother's Nursing Home garden. We have completed a catafalque party with gnomes in Air Force, Navy and Army uniforms plus a nurse and a chaplain holding a wreath. We installed it on Friday, as that was the day they were holding their Anzac Day service.

It has caused much comment. Possibly because one of the gnomes looking on is painted as Darth Vader. Sadly, not many of them know who that is! [Eek!]

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Glad your induction went well Rowen and that you continue to improve.

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ditto from here, too.

I hope you get the all clear AND I also hope that if it is given you will still be gentle with yourself and not go straight into top gear!

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Lothlorien
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quote:
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I have been painting gnomes with the grandchildren for their great grandmother's Nursing Home garden. We have completed a catafalque party with gnomes in Air Force, Navy and Army uniforms plus a nurse and a chaplain holding a wreath. We installed it on Friday, as that was the day they were holding their Anzac Day service.

It has caused much comment. Possibly because one of the gnomes looking on is painted as Darth Vader. Sadly, not many of them know who that is! [Eek!]

That sounds like messy fun as well as educational.

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ditto from here, too.

I hope you get the all clear AND I also hope that if it is given you will still be gentle with yourself and not go straight into top gear!

Thank you. I need to be reminded of that!

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BL that sounds very sad at B3's work. Rowan I'm glad your induction went well. I'm sorry I didn't manage to visit you but by a unfortunate coincidence, that was when my knee was playing up and I could only drive for 10 mins at a time. If you are the only clergy in town do you have to do all the funerals? A Catholic priest I'm acquainted with, has to do this in another remote place

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Well, I am too new to know much really. However, in the entire region, there are two of us now, myself, and Rev 86 years old Anglican woman. She has been carrying the torch for two years, and wants, very much to give it up. A Catholic priest lives two hours away and visits the region monthly and for Catholic funerals.

So, she told me that over the next years, I can do Easter and Anzac and similar, and probably organise regular combined worship. Rev lady Bishop says it is unlikely that she will be replaced, ever. I reminded older priest that there are many wee hamlets in the mountains, and I might still need her help. She groaned theatrically. She runs a farm, and has two disabled daughters. I think she is kinda stressed.

There are no other denominations. Area size of almost Tasmania.

[ 25. April 2016, 10:13: Message edited by: Rowen ]

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There really are some extraordinary people around. As WW says, don't overdo it just yet.

In other news, we are biting our nails because we completely unexpectedly saw our dream house on Sunday and are putting in an offer on it tomorrow morning. 2 1/2 hectares, about half of that in wonderful native bush and trees, big entertaining-friendly modern house with room for giving concerts, and around 100 roses. Flat section, but on a hill - can see the sea out one side, bush on the other.

We weren't planning to buy a house now. We were planning to downsize when we did. We were planning to buy in a completely different province. Even if our offer isn't accepted, we now know a LOT more about what we like.

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quote:
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There really are some extraordinary people around. As WW says, don't overdo it just yet.

In other news, we are biting our nails because we completely unexpectedly saw our dream house on Sunday and are putting in an offer on it tomorrow morning. 2 1/2 hectares, about half of that in wonderful native bush and trees, big entertaining-friendly modern house with room for giving concerts, and around 100 roses. Flat section, but on a hill - can see the sea out one side, bush on the other.

We weren't planning to buy a house now. We were planning to downsize when we did. We were planning to buy in a completely different province. Even if our offer isn't accepted, we now know a LOT more about what we like.

Good luck to you, whether you buy this house or another.

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Best of luck, APW! [Smile]

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It sounds wonderful Arabella. Sitting in suburban Christchurch, with no real bush anywhere and my few roses blighted by insufficient rain and voracious aphids, I am a tad envious [Biased] but of course I wouldn't be able to have a cat, so Georgie-Porgy would veto such a move.

Best wishes with the house buying process, whichever province you end up living in.

Rowen, sometimes I forget how vast Australia is. Best wishes in your new place.

Huia

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Like Cranmer's Baggage, I guess Rowen will be spending a lot of time in her vehicle. Some people love driving, but I am always exhausted after a long drive...so I have the greatest respect for all those who then fall out of the four wheel drive to do a church service.

I'm sure there was a good reason Jesus sent his followers out two by two. And very glad Rowen will have helpful company for a little while longer.

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All visitors will be welcome. [Yipee]

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quote:
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All visitors will be welcome. [Yipee]

Does that mean your offer has been accepted?

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When do you move?

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APW - [Yipee]

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Arabella Purity Winterbottom

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Sorry, I was posting in between appointments yesterday! Yes, the offer has been accepted, conditional on a builder's report.

We won't be moving until July, as they need to find another house with some very specific amenities. Suits us, as we weren't even thinking of buying right now, so we can take the time to sort ourselves out.

But if anyone needs a bed on the Kapiti Coast (many, many lovely attractions), give us a yell.

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Congratulations (and fingers crossed for the building report. Is this the first house you've bought together, in which case double congratulations?

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We've lived in our lovely house in Wellington for nearly 22 years. Sadly, the garden is like the Himalayas, so we had planned at some stage later this year to start looking for a flat section on which to garden more happily into late middle age.

Its all about the knees.

Thanks everyone. Its been a very exciting week.

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quote:
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We've lived in our lovely house in Wellington for nearly 22 years. Sadly, the garden is like the Himalayas, so we had planned at some stage later this year to start looking for a flat section on which to garden more happily into late middle age.

Its all about the knees.

Thanks everyone. Its been a very exciting week.

Someone else to see on one of those days out up the coast. All th best for the new venture.

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My childhood favourite part of the country, after we spent a holiday at Raumati when I was 5 and only had one brother.

July would be a better time to move any plants you want to take with you too [Yipee] .

Huia

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Feeling a bit empty here today.

One son and his wife still have unspecified time on business in Shanghai. A month before Christmas, now another month and some weeks at least still to go.

Middle son who was married on March 12, flew out today for a month in France. This is their honeymoon. Driving around and then a week in Paris and a few days in Bangkok on way home. Youngest son was coming down this weekend but has picked up a nasty infection and does not feel up to train journey down.

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Chez Banner is, on the other hand, a bit TOO busy. Sometimes I have to book in computer time, TV time and shower time. I suppose it shows how far I still have to grow as a human that I can find this a tad annoying.

BL. Definitely not adept at communal living!

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Not adept at communal living? Neither am I. I can handle conferences etc for a short time, but found things difficult when we had seven adults at home and the occasional hanger on. One bathroom but a fairly decrepit shower downstairs extra at the time. And an outside loo in addition to one in bathroom. Talk about peak hour rush.

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My nephew was recently considering joining the Navy. His grandmother pointed out the communal living aspect of it and he rapidly changed his mind, saying that he couldn't even bear 5 day long school camps, let alone months at sea.

Actually visiting the ship when it was docked in Wellington was also a good reality check for him.

Autumn is beginning to bite. Today I made my first bacon hock soup of the year. Thank goodness for crockpots where nothing boils over.

Huia

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quote:
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My childhood favourite part of the country, after we spent a holiday at Raumati when I was 5 and only had one brother.

July would be a better time to move any plants you want to take with you too [Yipee] .

Huia

We camped at Raumati South the summer after I'd turned two. Then Dad and Mum's mother bought adjoining sections, and I spent all my summer holidays there until I'd left school. Dad built a garage with bunks in it (he was a headmaster with a history degree but he loved building) and then we had a cottage built; Gran bought a bus and my carpenter uncle turned it into a bach with a deck in front. Later he built her a small house.
At the start of the summer holidays the surrounding kids, from various schools, would gather on the reserve and agree on the rules for rounders; as we grew older we'd play tennis on the adjoining courts, which were free until 8 am. The beach where we spent so many hours (and fished for flounders) is gone: erosion has brought the sea right up to a steep bank.
I drove up there today for Cuzzies' Lunch – Kapiti Island is part of my forever landscape; I think I could draw its outline blindfolded.

You can preview and still see what you expect to see.

GG

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GG, the film Secondhand Wedding is set in that area with a few shots of Kapiti Island. When I saw it I was reminded of my childhood ambition to swim to the island, but I was never able to swim that far. I'd still like to visit it one day.

Huia

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quote:
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GG, the film Secondhand Wedding is set in that area with a few shots of Kapiti Island. When I saw it I was reminded of my childhood ambition to swim to the island, but I was never able to swim that far. I'd still like to visit it one day.

Huia

I've been three times, the first when you were still allowed to feed the kaka, who would sit on your shoulder or arm.
The big surprise is climbing to the top (spoiler alert!) the far side is a steep scarp slope that drops straight down to the sea from the summit)

GG

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I've seen the cliff from the air once when I was flying out of either New Plymouth or Rotorua. I got really excited when I realised we would be flying over Kapiti and managed to move around the plane so I could get the best view. Luckily it was nearly empty.

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quote:
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GG, the film Secondhand Wedding is set in that area with a few shots of Kapiti Island. When I saw it I was reminded of my childhood ambition to swim to the island, but I was never able to swim that far. I'd still like to visit it one day.

Huia

Well don't be paying for accommodation when you do. I still haven't been to Kapiti Island either. My old church used to do the occasional tree planting day there, but I don't know if DOC still have those.

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Been up Kapiti a couple of times in recent years ... being a Kapiti boy myself it was extra special. Prices have come down recently.

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Thanks Arabella, I'm thinking possibly Feb/March next year. I know you have to get a permit from DOC, but I think the people who run the boat over from Paraparaumu organise that. I know it may get booked up, given the record number of tourists we've had lately so I thought I'd make some enquiries around August.

Cheaper trips sound good Zappa.

My youngest brother, the hyperactive one, [Roll Eyes] has been over there, possibly with DOC. I think he has also kayaked around the island because when we were clearing out the family home he was interested in some old maps of Kapiti that Dad had stored.

Huia

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Half their luck, as the saying goes. Son and his wife have just arrived in Paris after a twelve hour flight from Bangkok where they spent a couple of days.

They are hiring a car and driving around for three or so weeks. I have no idea of their journey. Then a week in Paris and another couple of days in Bangkok. This is their honeymoon after wedding in early March.

Good AirBnB accomodation in Bangkok. Clean and comfortable with a helpful owner. AUD $19 a night.

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That sounds good value, Lothlorien. Paris may be marginally more expensive, he says euphemistically.

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Lothlorien
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Son picked up the car they are hiring for trip, a Renault Mégane, and they are now in Alençon for the night and part of today.

Like me, he was brought up with French cars and drives a Mégane here. Also has a seven seater Renault Scenic for driving blended family. He is proud that in 200 km of driving in what is to him the wrong side of the road, he hit the door only rwice while feeling for the gear lever.

They are having a ball so far, good food and wine, lots of walking and now the start of driving for three weeks.

Lots of beautiful photos.

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Rowen
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My specialist was pleased with me. I can drive now.... Makes life easier.
But there's no rushing into things. My first big task was getting a car issue fixed. They wanted the car for a full nine hours. The Nissan place is a few hours away from my house, and it is a Nissan issue....
So, a friend and I booked two rooms in a motel in this town, and our plan today was to check the car in, after a leisurely breakfast and a good sleep, and then spend the day with movies and gentle walks, then get the car and spend the night...
Such is my difficult life.

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Zappa
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I'm back on the ranks of the unemployed!

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rexory
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quote:
Originally posted by Zappa:
I'm back on the ranks of the unemployed!

[Frown]

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Our first words on getting to heaven will be "Ohhh!", with an air of "Now I understand!" - CS Lewis, via Philip Yancey, "What Good is God", 2010

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Piglet
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[Waterworks] [Votive]

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Lothlorien
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That is good news, Rowen. Glad you can drive again.

[Votive] Zappa.

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Buy a bale. Help our Aussie rural communities and farmers. Another great cause needing support The High Country Patrol.

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Huia
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Zappa, thinking of you and your family [Votive]

Rowen, I admire your planning skills. [Overused]

Huia

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Charity gives food from the table, Justice gives a place at the table.

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Evangeline
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quote:
Originally posted by Zappa:
I'm back on the ranks of the unemployed!

Is that good or bad or somewhere in-between?
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Cranmer's baggage*
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quote:
Originally posted by Zappa:
I'm back on the ranks of the unemployed!

[Tear] because that's a waste of a very good priest. Hoping, however, that it is a healthy place for you personally, and that things unfold in a way that serves you and yours well in the longer term.

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Gee D
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Fr Max-Augustine Eggert, the leader of the group to which our shipmate Emli belongs, was killed earlier this week. He was charged by a bull on his property at Putty (near Sydney), gored and thrown, breaking his neck. Of your charity, pray for him, his family and his community.

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