Happy birthday Rita Coolidge – 65 today.
Happy birthday Judy Collins – 71 today.
Happy birthday Joanna Lumley – 64 today.
Apropos of duck shooting:
Three women died together in an accident and went to heaven.
When they arrived, St Peter greeted them then said, ‘We only have one rule here in heaven: Don’t step on the ducks.’
When they entered heaven they found there were ducks all over the place.
It was almost impossible not to step on a duck, and although they try their best to avoid them, the first woman accidentally stepped on one.
Along came St. Peter with the ugliest man she’d ever seen. St. Peter chained them together and said, ‘Your punishment for stepping on a duck is to
spend eternity chained to this man.’
The next day, the second woman accidentally stepped on a duck. Along came St Peter. With him was another extremely ugly man. He chained them together with the same admonishment he’d given the first woman.
The third woman observed all this and, not wanting to be chained for all eternity to an ugly man, was very, very careful where she stepped.
She managed to go for months without stepping on any ducks. But one day St Peter came up to her with the most handsome man she had ever
laid eyes on.
St Peter chained them together without saying a word.
The happy woman turned to her new companion and said, ‘I wonder what I did to deserve being chained to you for all of eternity?’
The bloke replied, ‘I don’t know about you, but I stepped on a duck.
There were no takers for a repeat of last year’s post a song a day throughout New Zealand Music Month but I’ll give it a go by myself.
The Waitaki has been not just a geographical boundary between Otago and Canterbury it’s also been an historical, political and emotional one.
The Scots settled in Otago and Southland on the south side of the river while English settlers moved in to Canterbury on the northern side.
On the right side of the river we’re blue and gold, on the other side they’re red and black.
My family used to have an annual trip up the Waitaki Valley to see the Benmore Dam being built.
The Waitaki power schemes not only generate electricity, the lakes formed behind dams have provided recreational opportunities for swimming, boating, water skiing and fishing.
Lake Ruataniwha is a mecca for rowers and every second year the national secondary schools’ rowing competition for the Maadi Cup brings a couple of thousand people to Twizel.
Oh, and about the song – I thought I remembered John Hore singing it, but this version is by the Plainsmen.
When Pepper, the dog , and I walk past the dam on our morning constitutional the ducks don’t usually take any notice of us.
But for the past week or two they’ve taken fright and flown away.
Is this just conicidence or do they remember last year’s duck shooting season and know that it’s opening day today?