Congratulations to both Joan Costello and Deirdre Marbeck - they recently had their 50th birthday celebrations. Well done and welcome to the club! Joan has also just gained a headship back in Blighty (why's it called that?) so it's a double celebration to her!! Deirge celebrated with this great picture of the Marbeck whanau (some sadness involved here though in that the big hairy Chewbacca like beast in the picture - Guinness - is no longer around. I'll miss the slight feeling of terror I had in the pit of my stomach whenever I pulled up to the Marbeck door and then when he padded around, once I'd been accepted, I felt safe as houses):
Good to chat last night with Tina who, as you know, has her wedding in April this year. Speaking of weddings in April - the big one for us this year is our 25th wedding anniversary. Yes - it was 25 years ago that Jacky and I fronted up to St Joseph's in New Plymouth. A surprising number of you gentle readers were actually there - off the top of my head - Ross, Brian, dad, Sallie, Margo and Clay, Michelle, Pat, Roger and Deirdre, and maybe Biddie even. It was a great day - I remember it well.
I told Tina I'd steal a good photo off her facebook and here tis (took me a while to find one without beer being in the frame in some way):
Irene Purdy sent me a fantastic email (I hope she doesn't mind if I share it). Regarding the Obama inauguration she wrote -
Hi Warren, I was glued to the T.V. for the inaugeration of Obama and was weeping in sympathy with the millions of black people who hailed a new dawn. I remember the Klu Klux Klan and the horrific acts they were responsible for. I remember Little Rock and the pictures of the handful of terrified teen-agers being escorted into a white school who were having to be protected by the National Guard. We have come a long way in the past 50years but there is still a long way to go. Love and hope from Irene.
Currently grooving to a Dutch band of the 70's - Focus. One of Keegan's albums that I'm looking after is Focus 3. It's good! I always liked their song - Sylvia - which is on that album but the rest is pleasant prog rock with a lot of noodling going on -just the way I like it.
Love and peace - W