Another Mothers’ Day thought from Story People by Brian Andreas:
Happy World Laughter Day:
World Laughter Day was created in 1998 by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement. The celebration of World Laughter Day is a positive manifestation for world peace and is intended to build up a global consciousness of brotherhood and friendship through laughter. Its popularity has grown exponentially with that of the Laughter Yoga movement now counting over 6000 Laughter Clubs in more than 65 countries. . .
Today is the most sacred day in the Christian calendar.
When I look back to my childhood I remember going to church with my family in the morning and hot cross buns for tea in the evening but nothing in between.
We probably spent the day reading, playing or visiting or being visited. We didn’t have television and there wasn’t much else to do with shops and any places of entertainment like movie theatres closed.
These days Good Friday is just another holiday for many, although no doubt we’ll have the annual stupidity of Labour Department inspectors working to find retailers who shouldn’t be in some places although they could be in others.
As for hot cross buns, they’ve been in the shops since January.
I’ve maintained my one-woman protest against that by not buying any but am waiting for the dough for homemade ones to rise as I type.
They are for lunch with extended family which will be taking priority over blogging for the rest of the day.
You’ve got to give it to the Irish, theirs is the saints day which is celebrated most widely around the world, although most of the celebrations have little if anything to do with the St Patrick.
In light of that some Irish wisdom and toasts:
May you enjoy the four greatest blessings:
May you live a long life, full of gladness and health. With a pocket full of gold, as the least of your wealth.
May the dreams you hold dearest, be those which come true. The kindness you spread, keep returning to you.
May the friendships you make, be those which endure; and all of your grey clouds, be small ones for sure.
And trusting in Him, to Whom we all pray; May a song fill your heart, every step of the way.
North Otago A&P Association’s 150th show takes place this weekend and the scarecrows are gathering to promote it.
This is Dr James Hairy-Ett B. VSc., one of many scarecrows decorating Oamaru’s main street.
This is the weekend for Lunar New Year celebrations issuing in the Year of the Snake.
This 2013 year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. Focus and discipline will be necessary for you to achieve what you set out to create. The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs. It is the enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve.
Oamaru’s Scott 100 celebrations begin today:
On February 10th 1913 the Terra Nova arrived off New Zealand’s little Harbour of Oamaru bearing the news of Scott’s Antarctic expedition and its fate.
This momentous epic of exploration will be marked at the point of return from the Antarctic in the Oamaru Harbour February 6th to 10th 2013.
Oamaru Harbour will come alive with the celebration of a golden age in exploration. 100 years since the Terra Nova arrived off Oamaru Harbour the town will host five days of events including sea and land activities, education and adventure programmes, art, literature and lectures.
6:30am—- Royal New Zealand Navy Ship HMNZS OTAGO arrives & anchors off shore
8:00am—- Morning gun fired & HMNZS OTAGO is dressed for Waitangi Day
9:00am—- HMNZS OTAGO open to visitors (until 2:30pm)-queue at Holmes wharf steps for a boat transfer to Otago between 9am and
————– 2.30pm. Children need to be accompanied by adults, wear stout shoes and be fit enough to climb ladders.
10:00am— Flotilla of Water Craft -Oamaru Harbour
12:00pm— Multi-cultural performances – grassed area near the rail foot overbridge
12:00pm— Boat Displays Mokihi & Double Waka –Harbourside
4:00pm—- Formal Opening of Exhibitions- Forrester Gallery
8:00pm—- The Night Visitors Play by Paul Baker – ODT Ink Box, Oamaru Opera House
8:30pm—- Pre Concert Harbourside Picnic orders will be taken for supper boxes from Annie’s Victorian tearooms up untill Tuesday lunchtime.Timed for dusk audience may wish to bring torches and rugs and cushions to sit on- Steampunk playground
9:00pm—- Waiata and Korero, a Waitangi Day Concert featuring international opera singer Ramonda Taleni- Te Maiharoa,
————– Waiata by Dame Gillian Whitehead and Adrian Mann’s Longest piano in the world-Friendly Bay
The full calendar of events from today until Sunday is here.
It happens every year.
People criticise the way Waitangi Day is celebrated, or not and say it should be done better.
Some look across the Tasman and ask why Waitangi Day can’t be more like Australia Day.
There are several answers to that question, one of which is that this is our day and we should celebrate our way.
The signing of the Treaty was a significant event in our history.
Conferring the rights of British citizens on indigenous people was most unusual in 1840.
That it didn’t settle land wars nor prevent abuses and injustices is at best unfortunate, but doesn’t change the intent which is worth celebrating.
We’re celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary today.
I use celebrating in a very loose sense – my farmer is at stock sales and I’m dealing with some bits and pieces which fell off my to-do list at the end of last year.
But we’re remembering a beautiful sunny day three decades ago and some of what has happened since.
We’ve had our moments – wonderful and woeful – as any couple does.
Our marriage has been for better and worse, richer and poorer, and in sickness and in health.
We’ve experienced the wonder of welcoming our children into the world, the sadness of the illness and death of our two sons and the challenges and rewards of bringing up their sister.
We’ve confided and confronted; we’ve had laughter and tears; we’ve changed and grown.
There’s been some very long days but looking back those 30 years seem very short.
In fairy tales everyone marries and lives happily ever after.
In real life it doesn’t happen quite like that but while good times and bad come and go, love endures.
It’s Australia Day and Meat and Livestock Australia is continuing the campaign to encourage Aussies to eat more lamb.
Sadly Lambassador Sam Kekovich has been hit on the head.
He’s now suffering from Lambnesia:
If you’re concerned that you might be suffering from Lambnesia, you can take this test.
It determines whether or not you’re unAustralian – might it be a test we Kiwis prefer to fail?
It’s Burns’ night .
My father was born in Scotland. Although he lived longer here than there he retained his accent and was often called on to address the haggis – which he was able to do from memory.
We went over to Wanaka last Monday, spent a very happy Christmas Day there with extended family then enjoyed a week of exercise, reading and socialising.
As always happens the population increased through the week and the town was packed when we left yesterday to come home for a wedding.
Finishing the old year with celebrations of a new marriage among happy people was fun.
We counted down to midnight and welcomed 2013 in with Auld Lang Syne with good people full of love and good will which is a very good foundation for whatever the new year brings.
As I look out the window while typing this, the sky is blue, the grass is green and I’m counting my blessings.
My farmer was in a supermarket queue with a police office on Christmas Eve.
He asked if she was looking forward to a quiet day the next day.
She said the morning was usually fairly peaceful but when over indulgence of alcohol kicked in as the day wore on it could get busy and unpleasant.
Our Christmas Day couldn’t have been more different.
We spent it with extended family, relaxed and happy all day.
We don’t exchange gifts with our siblings and stop giving to nieces and nephews when they turn 21; we keep the food simple and share the preparation and clearing up.
We enjoy each others company, laugh lots and end the day at least as close to each other as we were at the start.
Yet another reminder to count my blessings.
Just back from my last trip to town before Christmas and keeping to the spirit of our keeping-it-simple celebration managed to get round the supermarket with only a basket.
There’s just a bit of tidying up to do at home then tomorrow with extended family to look forward to.
Thanks to all of you who read, extra special thanks for all who leave a comment which adds to the interest of the blog, and blogging.
May your Christmas be happy and may 2013 be kind to you and yours.
If you want some pre-Christmas reading, I commend Remembering the Night: Christmas Story 2012 at Bowalley Road.
. . . living near Central Otago is one of them:
If you’re not looking forward to Christmas and enjoying preparations, it could be that you’re forgetting to keep it simple.
This post on Smile Project provides a timely reminder that it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive:
It’s 150 years since Oamaru officially came into being and sesquicentennial celebrations began last week.
Yesterday Waitaki District Mayor Alec Familton was given a pipe band escort to the Farmers Market where he read the Ordinance and Proclamation which established the Oamaru Town Board in 1862.
Oamaru Life has a fuller report and much better photos.
Tomorrow a five-day birthday party starts and a variety of other events are planned for the next 12 months.
Even Father Christmas has deadlines – and it’s this Friday for letters to him if the senders want a reply by Christmas.
Lots of little people have already penned epistles to the big man and New Zealand Post has some edited highlights from them:
For St Andrew’s Day: