Wednesday, 28 October 2009
a) Blocked friends' comments too and
b) there was apparently no reputation to protect.
So please feel free to comment whatever you want, we promise to read each one (unlike the Commentaries in the library). We are now countdown to Christmas holidays on 5th December so if you plan to send us a Christmas card just send it to Finstown in the usual way it is quicker and cheaper.
Monday, 26 October 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
In case you are wondering if we saw a black & white panda the answer is no! The panda was red all over. Google 'red panda' if you want - they are gorgeous. Finally I went in wearing a Westray Rugby Top but thanks to a falling white fern I left sporting an All Blacks strip. Bargain!
Tonight the Hamilton Jazz society celebrated 25 years of great jazz and held a black & white theme party. We have been going along each month - you get a great meal and the dance floor is so huge you only need to accomplish a reverse turn every second verse. Easy as.When we arrived at the Jazz Club they had a poster of all the Jazz greats Jelly Roll Morton, Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Billie Holliday and Belly Roll Cowan sitting at a table - how did that happen?? Have a look..
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Sunday, 4 October 2009
Thankfully some of the visitors expected here have not arrived either so we got a really nice room with a spa bath at a good rate so being holed up with a sea view is not so bad.
PS - they still haven't got the gunman, reckon I will stay in the spa til they do!
The reason we went so far in winter was to attend the Vineyard National Conference and we really enjoyed it. The main speaker was Christy Wimber from the USA - she was as the same conference as us in Edinburgh in the 80s and we ended up right next to her in the down town backpackers hotel - she even beat us to the bar after the evening session.
We had a really good visit to Ann & David Heath (Ann is from Papay) for a coffee which took all day we found so much to chat about we were still there for a lovely evening meal. Thankfully we didn't need to visit Geordie Fergusson who is in charge of the British Embassy in Wellington (John Fergussons cousin).
We are now heading back North and the rain is coming down in buckets thankfully we have wellies in the car - it has been loads of rain all week really even when we nipped out at Taupo to look at Karen Aim's memorial bench in the town centre. She is well remembered by everyone you speak to and they all seem to know where Orkney is. The weather may be attrocious but the welcome is warm and we even got free internet at the last backpackers hostel because we were missionaries!