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Jul. 10th, 2007

This is a view of the town of Taumaranui in the middle of the North Island (the island we live on), from our road trip last holidays. What you see is it pretty much, the whole town. I mean, there are some businesses, factories, plenty of houses, but this is the Main Street, where the only shops are! It's the inspiration behind the town in Breathing Space where Nick lives. The town is buried in the bush really, you can see it ahead in the picture, but really, it's on all sides.
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I spent most of this evening crafting three paragraphs on central North Island bush, for Breathing Space, so my evening was fruitful, despite the freezing cold. I also cooked a roast chicken, caught up with friends and answered some emails. Watched Desperate Housewives, and yeah, season three is a LOT better than season two.

I've been toying with some of the reasoning behind Quaker philosophy the last few days (and reading up on Phil Gulley's stuff, not necessarily the most traditional of Quakers!), and there is a lot to be praised for their attitude to the presence of God. I think I'm doing well though, mixing what I know from that and other faiths with what I accept of Catholicism, and I think I can present a clear message to the students I teach without sounding blasphemous. And it's a message of hope and acceptance and fullness and presence of God that exists in each and every person everywhere, without the absolute need for ritual or sacrifice or sacrament. And that's how I like it.

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greenpizzazz6
Jul. 9th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
I like your view of God. More of a God of grace.

The town looks almost out of place in the midst of the bush.
natesmountain
Jul. 9th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
Well, I guess if you go far enough through the bush, you're gonna reach a town. And the right hand side of the street is all taken up by the railway station - it's a logging town, mostly, so you can load up the trains there. But it still is in the middle of the bush! Look at this link LOL
http://www.middle-of-everywhere.co.nz/map.html

I think God is there for anyone who needs God, be it a saint or sinner, kind or nasty person, selfish or giving, God will still be available. And loving.
vivh
Jul. 10th, 2007 06:51 am (UTC)
I love your picture of Taumaranui, it captures the small town New Zealand feeling so well, it is just how I imagined it would be!

The old car in the foreground reminds me of my Dad, who was fascinated by all the older vehicles on the road when he came to visit us in New Zealand, he loved them all and was constantly pointing them out to us!!
natesmountain
Jul. 10th, 2007 08:17 am (UTC)
-reminds me of my Dad, who was fascinated by all the older vehicles on the road when he came to visit us in New Zealand, he loved them all and was constantly pointing them out to us!!
I grew up in a family of car-noticers!! And Finn is one now!
It was funny about the old car, I had just walked outside our motel room to take a photo and that vintage car drove past! I couldn't believe it! So I leapt to the edge of the footpath and grabbed a pic!
This (below) is where we were staying, an incredibly tired but roomy motel room with beds for about nine in the one apartment, our own carport even - that's my lovely 4WD Forester there! The unit had been decorated in the '70s and never touched again, for certain! There were old brown tiles in the kitchen, a very old microwave, at least three holes in the walls that had been plastered but never painted over, old brown curtains, and despite sleeping nine, there was only a sofa for two! Still, we had fun!
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vivh
Jul. 12th, 2007 08:10 am (UTC)
It does look a bit dilapidated but the decor sounds a bit like parts of my house!!!!
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