Friday, November 7, 2014

Greetings !

It's been awhile and I'm sorry about that. Too much going on here...

Lovely photo Rosey,thank you. We had a white lawn this week too, but it was hail, not snow.  It came after a ferocious thunder storm, which literally sent sparks flying across our room...quite frightening actually, but no damage done..  The unsettled  spring weather has been more unsettled and for a longer period , than normal...  We have a fine sunny w/end forecast, so I am looking forward to that !

Bee.  I hope Gus has woken up and is none the worse for the drugs ! Nov 5th came and went  without us seeing any fireworks here. I gather that this is the last year that they will be on sale to the general public .Those who are interested will be encouraged to go to public displays .  Sounds sensible. We are often in a "closed fire season" so have never been really "into" it.  As a child in England , we always had a big bonfire and made a "guy" to put on top of it... The 'guys' were then wheeled around the village and children asked for a "penny for the guy"  !  Seems a hundred years ago...  I don't think we had any fireworks (were're talking post war here...!!) but we did bake potatoes in the fire and it was always fun...

We have had young relatives here from England ..  A nephew and his fiancee , Both in their thirties and both enjoying their travels. they have taken six months off work to travel around the world.  They had 6wks in the Sth American countries before coming here, and now they are in Tahiti. It was nice having such happy young people around and we were well impressed with their abilities on the internet, booking flights, trains, hotels, motels, cars ,theater tickets, tours etc etc etc ... all while enjoying a cup of tea and a chat... things have changed..!?!

DGD in Auckland has finished her first year at university !  Yea !!  We are so pleased. She started with little enthusiasm but has settled into the course really well.  I hope her results will be encouraging and that she will do the next two years and get her degree.. Such a shame that these important years have so many other opportunities beckoning.. She's been desperate to go to England since she was old enough to think about it .Having had a visit from my nephew and friend this week, has only intensified that desire...they have a flat in London... what could be more enticing than that !?!    

Have a good w/end.


At November 9, 2014 at 3:56 PM , Blogger Bee said...

My first fireworks night was not long aafter the war and put on by a hotel not far from us . All the kids were invited and it was a real party. Unfotunately the kids were terrified as we all had had bombs falling close and we were not impressed. All ran screaming under the tables. So sorry for the people who spent a lot of money to amuse us but we were so scared.We could hear the guns in France during the war and thought it was happening again.

At November 10, 2014 at 8:53 PM , Blogger Marion in NZ. said...

Interesting memories Bee... My clearest memory of the war is the village party we had to celebrate the end of it. Lucky me.... Tables were put on the road and we were all given flags to wave. It was the first time I had ever seen jelly or bought biscuits ! My mother had put my long (straight) hair in rags the night before. Half of the rags had come undone during the night, but the other half had done their job and I had CURLS for the first time ! They felt wonderful..


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