Wednesday, 19 October 2022

Time for a Catch-up!

I can’t believe it’s almost 3 years since my last post!
As often happens to us all
life in general got very busy for me
 and my blog was sadly put on the back burner!




I officially retired in December 2021!
and dare I say it
I’m now a very busy, lady of leisure!
This entails a weekly Majong morning with a great group of girls!
Our embroidery group of five meets fortnightly!
Getting out and about meeting friends for coffee and a movie!
Life is good!

My husband and I both celebrated our
80th birthdays in March this year!
We had a lovely party with a small group of family and friends!

We have almost completed a much needed ‘make-over’
of our little townhouse!
In all my busyness I hadn’t realised how tired it looked!

We are now on the lookout for a single storey bungalow
or we may even consider an apartment!

Now it’s time to attack my neglected garden.
I’m doing a little each day and!
My energy levels aren’t what they used to be!

Take care and be kind to one another.
Merci à bientôt.


Shane













Saturday, 7 September 2019

The Golden Days of Spring 2019







A lovely New Zealand native Kowhai tree in
Cornwall Park.
The flowers nectar is a food source for birds
especially two of our native birds



Kereru (a large wood pigeon) 



Tui, called the Parson Bird
because it has a white tuft at it's neck
resembling a Parson's collar!




I enjoyed my walk in Cornwall Park 
to see the
the golden daffodils and kowhai flowers.
True to Spring
there were new lambs and calves too!


Take care and
be kind to one another.
My thoughts are with all those in the 
Bahamas and the US
affected by Hurricane Dorian.
The damage and chaos is horrific.
You are very much in the thoughts of all
New Zealanders and we are sending 
our prayers your way. 
Take care.
Mary and Bob, I was so happy to read
Mary's post and know you are both safe.


Merci à bientôt

Shane



Tuesday, 19 March 2019

The day our world changed forever.....



Friday 15th March 2019
will be forever etched in the minds of all New Zealanders
as the day our country lost it's innocence.
Until this horrific day we all felt safe and secure....
probably because of our geographical isolation
compared to Europe and the Americas.
We were that safe haven
in the Antipodes
downunder
at the bottom of the world
untouched by the horrors of a pre-meditated massacre
...until terrorism visited 
Christchurch
a small city in the South Island
that reminds many of England
with the beautiful
Hagley Park.




A place where we thought we were
out of harm's way amid such scenes as
punting on the Avon River.



Looking back at other terrorist attacks
who could ever forget
the 9/11/2001
in 
New York City and Washington, D.C.
~
7 July 2005
The horrific underground bombings
in
London.
~

And the one that especially touched our family
the Charlie Hebdoe attack
January 2015
in
Paris.
At the time our daughter and her little family 
were still living in France. 
Thank goodness they were no longer living in Paris
but had settled in a sleepy little village
in the french countryside.
You can read my post here
~
Please pray for the Christchurch families who  have
lost their Father or Mother
son, daughter, brother or sister
Grandfather or Grandmother
Uncle, Aunt, cousin, friend or neighbour.
~
Keep close to your families dear readers and
every day tell them how much you love them.


Take care and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt


Shane




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