365 days of gratitude

December 24, 2018

This evening locals and their families who have returned home for Christmas gathered for a carol service.

Tonight I’m grateful for music, reflection and reunions.

365 days of gratitude

December 23, 2018

A celebration yesterday in Tekapo for a couple who married in England in July; lunch today with other friends who have come from England to be with family made it a weekend of fun for which I”m grateful.

365 days of gratitude

December 22, 2018

He works with addicts, prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families.

He’s been abused, spat at and urinated on.

He continues to see good in people others have given up on, doing his best to shine light in the dark, showing compassion and bringing hope to the helpless and hopeless.

He is as near to a saint on earth it’s possible to be and I am grateful for his service and his example.

365 days of gratitude

December 21, 2018

Roses and lillies, the smell of Christmas.

A gift that’s brightening our living room for which I’m very grateful.

365 days of gratitude

December 20, 2018

Beef + Lamb NZ announced the annual Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards recently.

The Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards are New Zealand’s longest running culinary awards originally established back in 1997. For 23 years the Excellence Awards have been acknowledging the skills, expertise and talent of our greatest chefs. New Zealand is renowned for its world-class beef and lamb by locals and visitors alike. The intention of the Excellence Awards is to further extend the remarkable New Zealand food story by seeking out and acknowledging the great work our chefs do to contribute to this. The restaurants who currently hold the 2018 Excellence Award have not been compared with each other in the assessment process. Rather, they have been judged on their individual merits and style of cuisine. So, whenever you see the prestigious gold plate hanging on a restaurant wall, you can expect tasty, skillfully composed and superbly presented beef and lamb dishes.

Among this year’s recipients, again, was Cucina in Oamaru.

We ate there this evening and, as we’ve come to expect, received a very warm welcome, excellent service and delicious food using fresh local ingredients for all of which I’m grateful.


365 days of gratitude

December 19, 2018

Today I’m grateful for other people’s creativity for instance this which I found at Books Rock My World on Facebook:





365 days of gratitude

December 17, 2018

The shortest route to town takes me along a few hundred metres of unsealed road which leaves its mark on my car.

This afternoon I dropped it off for a service covered in dust. I picked it up a couple of hours later to find it had not only been serviced but vacuumed inside and washed outside.

Thank you North Otago Motor Group, today I’m grateful for service above and beyond the expected.

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