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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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blue_leaf
Oct. 28th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
Yay for your summer coming! We have cold and rain. What kind of bird is that? He/she is magnificent. Is that the same kind as your icon? I am full of questions LOL, glad to see you on my friends page.
natesmountain
Oct. 29th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
-What kind of bird is that? He/she is magnificent. Is that the same kind as your icon?
It's like a takahe but taller and much more common, a LOT more! It's called a pukeko (poo kek oh). Because so many introduced species eat birds' eggs, our many flightless native birds have really suffered. Pukeko have huge feet, like giant prehistoric claws!

-glad to see you on my friends page.
Thanks xxx!! I've been soooooooooo busy... I'm glad to be around when I can.

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