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Ramblings of domestic bliss...

It's been really hot here today, but very windy too, which makes it hard for the children to play outside. Christy went off really early and caught a bus to Napier, along with two friends, to visit some twins they know up there. She'll be gone until Sunday, I think. So I just had the two boys here. They both invited a friend to play, and that made things easy. Mid-afternoon I drove them into town to Waitangi Park to watch the skateboarders, and to play a bit of basketball as there is a hoop there. Then we bought drinks and came home again. In between, I've been doing schoolwork and watching the tennis. I used the Slow Cooker today. I'm getting ready to use it more this year, so things cook while I'm at school, so I decided to practice with the meat we need to use up in the freezer. I did lamb chops and they were so tender tonight that all the meat just fell off the bones! I added things like sesame oil, onions, garlic, ginger and chilli and the children all seemed to enjoy eating it with rice. And last night's lasagne was brilliant. I found it's extra nice if you use a layer of spinach lasagne in the middle. You know, I just realised that we never went out for a single dinner while we were in Australia! We cooked or brought stuff home every night! It's a LOT cheaper, for sure. We shopped in Coles, something that always popped up in the Nick Earls books *g* We had a kitchen after all, and several barbecues to choose from almost right outside the door (two by every pool).

At lunchtime Christy's exam results (exams were in November) arrived in the mail and she texted me to open them (she was still on the bus travelling north). She did really well. We have an odd system here, but basically you need 80 credits (of any rank, achieved, merit or excellence) to get through Level One and she got 159! She has achieved Level One with Merit. We weren't expecting the Merit. You used to just get Achieved but if now you have passed 50 or more credits with merit, then you achieve with merit, 50 or more with excellence, well, you achieve with excellence. Each little aspect of your various subjects (say, creative writing, or geometry of some sort) is worth from 2 to 5 credits (sometimes more in some areas). So it's a lot of things to add up! Obviously, the more subjects you study, the more credits you can get, and some are internally assessed, some by exam. For History, most of the credits came from the exam, for Religious Education they are all internally assessed. English was about half and half, I think. So YaY Christy!

I'm about ready to start some serious planning for my school year tomorrow. Finn is going to play at a friend's house, I'll send Asher somewhere and I might just go to school and WORK uninterrupted, no deadline to have to meet for family matters.

Hone Tuwhare died (that's pronounced 'honnay 2-fuh ree' (like 2-hurry)). He's one of my favourite poets. I know I have quoted him before, maybe back in the Takahe LJ days. Here's my personal favourite of his:


I can hear you making
small holes in the silence

If I were deaf
the pores of my skin
would open to you
and shut

And I should know you
by the lick of you
if I were blind:

the steady drum-roll
sound you make
when the wind drops

the something
special smell of you
when the sun cakes
the ground

But if I should not
smell or feel or see you

you would still
define me
disperse me
wash over me
Hone Tuwhare May he rest in peace
Haere ki Hawaiki, ki Hawaiki nui, ki Hawaiki roa, ki Hawaiki pāmamao.

Depart to Hawaiki, to great Hawaiki, to long Hawaiki, to distant Hawaiki.


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Jan. 17th, 2008 10:53 am (UTC)
What a lovely poem. I have never heard of the writer so perhaps his work hasn't travelled far outside NZ? I've saved the poem. It reminds me very slightly of e.e.cummings, who is one of my favourites.

Congratulations to Christy!!
Jan. 17th, 2008 11:06 am (UTC)
He was a NZ poet laureate. He wrote a really memorable poem, his most well known, called No Ordinary Sun about the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. I used to use it a lot in the '80s with the cold war and the threat of nuclear war. It's sad. So sad.
No Ordinary Sun

Tree let your arms fall:
raise them not sharply in supplication
to the bright enhaloed cloud.
Let your arms lack toughness and
resilience for this is no mere axe
to blunt, nor fire to smother.

Your sap shall not rise again
to the moon's pull.
No more incline a deferential head
to the wind's talk, or stir
to the tickle of coursing rain.

Your former shagginess shall not be
wreathed with the delightful flight
of birds nor shield
nor cool the ardour of unheeding
lovers from the monstrous sun.

Tree let your naked arms fall
nor extend vain entreaties to the radiant ball.
This is no gallant monsoon's flash,
no dashing trade wind's blast.
The fading green of your magic
emanations shall not make pure again
these polluted skies... for this
is no ordinary sun.

O tree
in the shadowless mountains
the white plains and
the drab sea floor
your end at last is written.

Hone Tuwhare

And thanks, for Christy *g*
Jan. 17th, 2008 11:29 am (UTC)
Thanks for that one, too!
Jan. 17th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
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Jan. 17th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Assissotom
Thank you, random Bulgarian...
Jan. 17th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
Many Congratulations to Christy!!

And thanks for sharing those poems, I do recognise the name of course... but I have not really read any of his work...
"No ordinary sun" is so poignant... I could read that many times, it says so much.
Jan. 17th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you from Christy.

-"No ordinary sun" is so poignant... I could read that many times, it says so much.
Yeah. I love his use of language, it's kind of personal, using second person and you have quite complex, advanced vocab, the two merging in a powerful kind of force. To me, it's almost like an honour to the tree, using such phrasing and vocab. And the message is phenomenal.

Jan. 17th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
I used to have a slow cooker, until I broke the crock inside. :( I loved it and found it a gem. Coming home from work to dinner ready. Bliss.

Congratulations to Christy. She has done well, hasn't she? good for her!

And I liked the poem.
Jan. 17th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
-I used to have a slow cooker, until I broke the crock inside. :(
Aw, that'd be annoying. I think ours is made of something more durable... I hope. Maybe not! I felt like that when my pizza stone cracked in half one day, quite spontaneously.

And thank you on behalf of Christy! You are kind. And yeah, she has done well. I don't think she had any idea of how to study, and she certainly wasn't going to listen to me LOL!
Jan. 17th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Well done Christy.
Jan. 17th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
I will say thank you on her behalf, and pass on your kind words!
Jan. 18th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
Congrats to Christy! Twice as many points as was needed, that's amazing.

I like the poem too, it's good.
Jan. 18th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)
Whee, the takahe rejoices in your presence *hugs Cari*
Jan. 18th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
Glad to be back here!
Jan. 19th, 2008 08:14 am (UTC)
Yep, we missed you. Oh and thanks on behalf of Christy. You're kind. We rejoiced in your results not so very long ago, huh, my little genius!
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