Thursday, 28 April 2016

MEN ARE FROM MARS ....


NOT THIS


NOT HIM



BUT THIS JOKER



I'm going to be looking for Mars tonight through my telescope.
Apaprently the conditions at present are perfect for seeing Mars as close as you are ever likely to see it.

SKY WATCHER 700mm


I bought a really good telescope when in Toronto and it has just arrived back in NZ with the Old Girl's furniture.
Living on the 16th floor apartment of a condominium meant that a telescope was esential.


NOT FOR THIS


BUT FOR THIS


In Toronto there was a really good diner just arround the corner.








I'm looking forward to setting the telescope up on the deck at midnight. Hope the weather stays good.


HOW SHELLEY COPES WHEN RICHARD IS ON HOLIDAY

"OK, OK, enough already. I'll make you a bloody coffee"

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

WE DIDN'T FORGET

Yesterday I went to the 2pm Remembrance Service at the local club.
This is a neat little members club servicing the local community here.
Richard (of RBB) should note that it allows women into the club and even lets them be members so he doesn't have to go on a crusade should he ever come up here to live.

The club has stunning outlooks - back up to the looming Mount Manaia and out over the bay. (neither of these photographs from the club's website do the view justice - the reality is better.

View over carpark to Mt. Manaia



View from deck over McLeod Bay


"The Service of remembrance 101 Years On" was pretty well executed for a small community club.
The whole thing was conducted in about 40 minutes and featured hymns, prayers, reflections, laying of wreaths, ANZAC dedication, The Last Post, The Reveille, NZ National anthem etc. all to a packed venue.



We even had a piper who played during the laying of the wreaths.



It made me feel proud to be a New Zealander and part of this community.

At the end the club management put a 40oz bottle of Captain Morgan rum on the bar for whoever wanted to have a traditional shot.
I had one as I remember doing this with my dad from an early age at Wellington's railway station (in coffee) back in a non PC age.

COFFEE AND CAKE


Sunday, 24 April 2016

REMEMBERING




Well it's ANZAC Day tomorrow and for one of the very few times in the last half a century I won't be going to the Dawn Parade.

I'm not in Auckland this weekend and up here where I live there isn't a dawn ceremony.

Richard (of RBB) said that he's playing bugle (well trumpet really) at three events tomorrow playing the Last Post and Reveille. It's nice that he does this.

In Auckland my sister will be at the Dawn Parade as part of a Scottish Pipe Band. She's a drummer.
Good on her. I'm sorry that I'll miss seeing her playing.



It's a great thing in this country that people remember those who died in these appalling conflicts and people like Richard and my sister Kathy help make the events memorable.

The local club up here will have some kind of service in the mid-afternoon which I'll go to. I like to remember my father and my great-uncles when I attend these. My great-uncles were killed in the First World War - one at Gallipoli and the other in France. My father served in the Second World War and was wounded in Italy.

I've written posts about them.

See below:



IN THE NAME OF THE GREAT UNCLE



26 SEPTEMBER 1944