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An idyllic afternoon

I had the most amazing day today. After a very nice Mass with a visiting priest - the gay one *g* - (no idea where JCjnr had gone), I had an hour to buy a nice strong cappuccino and have a stroll around the stalls at school, then I was on gate duty from noon until four, for our school fundraiser, the St Anthony's Garden Festival. Some of our parents came up with the idea of fifteen really neat gardens which people were happy to open to the public, and they installed sculptures in there from local artists, brought in some jazz bands and a party atmosphere at the last house. Then maps were made, brochures printed, tickets were sold today and - OMG - it was a beautiful day. My address was away from the main Seatoun homes, up on the hill well above our house in Seatoun Heights Road, the most beautiful house, and I sat on my stool on the driveway, did all my marking and let people with tickets up into the garden for a look.

This was the view from my stool - I had the school camera in the boot of my car so I nabbed that to take a few shots - not as good as my camera but you get the general idyllic idea *g*
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I met people all day, checked the stamp on their hands and made them feel welcome. And it was really fun. And at the end, the delightful owners showed me round their house and OMG it was magnificent. The woman was so enthusiastic. I told her I admired her enthusiasm and she said she felt our life was for that. To do your best and get the most out of life. Great, huh, for a retired person to be so wonderful, so lively, so warm. She brought me a cup of tea half way through and gave me a hug and a kiss at the end!
So. That was the main part of my day. Now we're maybe taking Asher out to dinner for his birthday. Then I shall do some more schoolwork. Yerk.

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microjotz
Nov. 11th, 2007 07:28 am (UTC)
What a wonderful view to have.I would love to live near a lake.
natesmountain
Nov. 11th, 2007 08:32 am (UTC)
-What a wonderful view to have.I would love to live near a lake.
This is no lake, this is the entrance to our harbour. Where the boats come in.
Although my favourite place is Lake Taupo, up north.
ringbark
Nov. 11th, 2007 08:38 am (UTC)
That's no lake...it's a harbour.
natesmountain
Nov. 11th, 2007 08:43 am (UTC)
You can see the rocks where the Wahine went down in the top pic.
moth2fic
Nov. 11th, 2007 10:02 am (UTC)
What a lovely way to spend a day - and in such an inspiring place! I bet the marking went really quickly!

She isn't the only retired person with enthusiasm...
natesmountain
Nov. 11th, 2007 10:13 am (UTC)
-She isn't the only retired person with enthusiasm...
No, she most certainly is not! You are indeed an inspiration also, because I know that ultimately, when all the teaching is done, I can write, as you do, for as long in the day as I wish (other constraints notwithstanding). To write for as long in the day as one could wish... and OMG doesn't that sound delightful *g*
moth2fic
Nov. 11th, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)
Yes! And at least the other constraints are under my control - I can decided when we eat, when I do household tasks, etc, and there is time for everything.

I am filled with admiration for you. I could never have written sustained novel length stories when I was working full time.
natesmountain
Nov. 13th, 2007 10:11 am (UTC)
Well, thanks but OMG first you say don't publish with that guy then you say I'm writing novel length stories. Aaaaaaaaaah, Liz, bit by bit you're destroying my secret career hopes.

*sniff*

At least I have a good day job now *g*

Steve met a woman today who is setting up an online e-bookbuying system. Sounds like a good way to just put something out there, huh.
moth2fic
Nov. 13th, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC)
An example of reading what our secret fears make us think we're reading...

I said don't publish with anyone who wants you to pay them - you're worth more than that and NZ is not different from the rest of the world.

I said 'novel length' as opposed to 'novella length' or 'short stories', the last of which I could and did just about manage while working.

Some e-publishers will pay for your work and will then do POD (print on demand) if it proves popular. Just research the ones you intend to submit to carefully. It might well be the way to go.

You deserve the career - but it might not make you rich enough to give up the day job just yet. When you are rich and famous, look back on this comment and grin!!!
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