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Oct. 28th, 2008

Well, isn't that a creepy LJ topper... I dislike Halloween. It really means nothing in NZ and there's just one house along the road that's now well known for being 'in the spirit' of it all. The rest of us just look on with faint amusement (children adore it - the garden is full of vampires, skeletons, hags, spider webs, a ghoul vomiting in a bucket - now that's rather successful, gravestones with dead people crawling out... you name it, it's in their little front garden!).

Today was busy as usual, a run of four senior classes back to back this morning. My Year 13s are studying the Parable of the Good Samaritan, and we watched Hotel Rwanda to ponder on the incredible kindness of that hotel manager, Paul R. What was amazing to me, and to the girls, was that we watched it all on tv, when those students would have been about three years old. We saw the hundreds of bodies lined along ditches and roadsides, in streets and burnt out buildings. We watched it and we cried and we didn't know what on earth to do. And who is my neighbour, I asked the girls in the best Biblical fashion. Sina, a beautiful, gentle Year 13, looked up, "Everyone."

And a pic from the little lake by the skate park near my mother's house
Photobucket pukeko, not takahe...

and here's an indication that it's going to be a good summer
Photobucket

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vivh
Oct. 28th, 2008 11:02 am (UTC)
I love those photographs - just beautiful!

I have been thinking lots about New Zealand and have so many wonderful memories of the great times we had there and wonderful places we lived and visited and the people...

Thanks for sharing, the harakeke is so beautiful - determined to come back and see it again sometime...

Thanks too for your postcard which arrived this week.
natesmountain
Oct. 29th, 2008 09:50 am (UTC)
HI! You could probably do with a Kiwi summer just now. Although it was a really cold southerly today! Still, we've had some scorchers as well lately. And with the native trees in flower, here's hoping for something spectacular!
*sigh* wish you were still in the Hutt

-Thanks for sharing, the harakeke is so beautiful
I love sharing NZ flora and fauna *g*

OMG I can't believe the postcard took so long! That's terrible! I'll blame Napier.
vivh
Oct. 29th, 2008 10:51 am (UTC)
I miss New Zealand flora and fauna... not that I don't like British flora and fauna - they are just quite different!!

Postal services are really erratic - I don't think postcards are given much priority!! but it was very welcome even if it was a bit delayed!

natesmountain
Oct. 29th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
-I miss New Zealand flora and fauna... not that I don't like British flora and fauna - they are just quite different!!
Yeah, our plants are very distinctive to us, huh. I find Aussie bush so incredibly different, too. Is it different if you travel across a continent, I mean, is there more continuity of 'bush', so to speak? I'm so used to living on an 'island'! And Australia is one too, really *g*

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