Sunday social

September 11, 2011

Sometimes people who comment have something to say but no appropriate post on which to say it.

Consider this your spot to say what you like (within the usual bounds of decency).


Sunday social

September 7, 2008

Keeping Stock has a Friday Forum, NZ Conservative has a Friday Night Free for All, Friday Feminist is cross posted on both The Hand Mirror  and In A Strange Land, Adam Smith at Inquiring Mind does a Saturday Rant and here at Homepaddock there’s the Sunday Social.

It’s an opportunity to look back at the week that was, forward to the one ahead or to chat about the weekend.

We’re in Dunedin after the celebration of an 80th birthday at Plato last night. The cafe was a hostel for seafarers and is decorated in retro-style, stuffed to the gills with 50s and 60s kitch. That was very appropriate because I met the birthday girl in 1959 when she moved next door with her family. I was two at the time, so was the youngest of her four daughters and we’ve been friends ever since.

The birthday girl was an only child until she was about 19 when her parents had another daughter. Soon after that her mother had a stroke and the BG gave up her studies to look after her mother, care for her sister and teach her father to cook.

She married, had four daughters, immersed herself in home, family, church and community. I know no-one who has done more for others and done it both graciously and willingly. Her husband had a heart attack and died whens he was just 51 but she didn’t allow that tragedy to make her bitter and has carried on caring for and giving to her family, friends and society.

People like this don’t make the headlines but they make our world a much better place. As one of those paying tribute to her last night said, it’s angels like her who make heaven on earth.


Sunday Social

August 31, 2008

We came over to Wanaka on Friday evening and were greeted by a starry sky. That promised a hard frost, which we got, but it was worth it for the views from Mount Iron of blue skies, snow clad mountains and millpond lake.

We spent most of the day at Millers Flat. The road there from Wanaka goes past Lake Dunstan and through Alexandra. The grape vines we passed en route were still wearing winter clothes but the cherry trees were in blossom.

The recent snow and rain have replenished moisture levels in the soil and the pasture is starting to change from winter brown to spring green.

Wanaka gave us another frost and sunny skies this morning but there’s work to be done back home so we can’t stay to enjoy it.


Sunday social

August 24, 2008

I’m still in Southland for the second day of our annual  girls’ trip.

Yesterday’s itinerary concentrated on food and flora – lunch at Le Potager, a cafe and gift shop near Wyndam; a wander round Maple Glen, the 25 acre garden, nursery, aviary, woodland and wetland created and lovingly tended by Bob and Muriel Davison and their son Rob; then back to Woodstock Loft at Dacre for a demonstration by floral designer Rachael Reed who showed us how to work magic with flowers, producing eight different but equally delightful creations whcih were both simple and stunning.

We finish our gathering this morning with an art workshop.


Sunday social

August 17, 2008

Several blogs have Friday free-for-alls which has prompted me to have a Sunday social where you are welcome to talk about the week that was, the one that’s coming and/or the weekend you’re having.

I’m just about to fly home from Wellington where I’ve been for the National Party list ranking meeting – results will be announced later this morning.

We had dinner at a wonderful Italian cafe  last night. I’m a bit vague about it’s name and location – it might have been called Cafe Italiano and was in or near Cuba Street. I am in no doubt about its quality though – delicious pasta, wine, desert and terrific service from Italian waiters.

Super Saturday was indeed super – our best ever day  at the Olympics and the medal count is now two gold, a silver and a bronze.

This might help TV ratings because deeply shallow people like me take only a passing interest in the games until we start winning.

I fell asleep part way through the rugby and won’t divulge the score in case you missed the game to and want to watch it without knowing the result.

The six Australian climbers have been rescued from Mt Cook.


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