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Archive for December, 2007

Christmas Day 2007

new zealand’s christmas tree the pohutukawa

merry christmas 2007

wishing so much joy, love, and cheer to all my loved ones, family, friends, human and other wise…, near and far, those i see and those from which i am separated.

i am truely greatful for the opportunity of spending a time in such a place i could never imagine visiting before. and while i delight in new traditions, scenery, and experiences…

i look forward to another traditional christmas in the nothern hemisphere at least.

just remember…

‘i ll be home for christmas…if only in my dreams’

merry christmas and know how much i love you!

please read the following christmas poem by the scottish writer Moira Andrew:

Letter from Egypt

Dear Miriam,
Just a line
to let you know how things
are with us & of course to
thank you (& your good man)
for all you did for us – &
at your busiest time too
what with the census &
everything. I was quite
exhausted and the baby was
beginning to make himself
felt. If it hadn’t been
for all your help that night
my baby might have died.

Good of you
to put up with all our
visitors – who’d have
thought, six scruffy
shepherds up & leaving
their sheep like that?
& didn’t they ever smell?
Still they were good-
hearted & they meant well.
I hope they brought some
extra trade to the inn.
They looked in need of
a hot drink & a meal.

& what about
those kings, Miriam? Kneeling
there in their rich robes
& all? & me in nothing but
my old blue dress! Joseph
said not to worry, it was
Jesus they’d come to see.
Real gentlemen they were.
But what funny things to
give a baby – gold & myrrh
& frankincense. That’s men
all over! It wouldn’t cross
their minds to bring a shawl!

Sorry we left
so suddenly. No time for
good-byes with king Herod on
the warpath! We had to take
the long way home & I’m so
tired of looking at sand!
Joseph has picked up a few
jobs mending this & that so
we’re managing quite well.
Jesus grows bonnier every
day & thrives on this way
of life, but I can’t wait
to see Nazareth again.

Love to all
at the inn,



7.6 on a sunday

  • Reference Number: 2833367
  • NZDT: Sun, Dec 9 2007 8:28 pm
  • Magnitude: 7.6
  • Depth: 188 km
  • Details: 350 km north of Raoul Island

    hos, mos, and the ‘silly season’

    just a couple of highlights over the last week…where the moto is

    work hard,

    play harder,

    just do it!!!

    *** we are having a fairly strong earthquake as i upload these pics!!!! it’s lasted about 30 seconds so far!!!

    hmm, a ho widda mo??? (party celebrating movember)

    couple of hos, mos, and a mogician!

    HMA representing at a trade sponsored holiday party

    decorations at the resene party

    my 2007 advent wreath

    okay, i’m off, i have laundry and baking to do…

    buon giornata