Lothlorien wrote: »
Slipping is the word. Comfortable. Good sleep as they find medication balance, slept big sleep. Staff are wonderful.
There is a bushfire at Canterbury Av, Sunbury that is under control.
You may see and smell smoke in the area.
The fire continues to burn within the containment lines that have been established
hope you weren’t worried, [grandbub #3, aged about two months] and I were fast asleep
The November storm missed us completely, by about 5 blocks. Mrs Curly has decided not to go out on a home visit, while her colleague wasn't so lucky - she got held up by fallen trees in front and behind her car.
Counting the days until work finishes on Thursday. Then I'll be home relaxing and preparing for Christmas Day while the rest of the family are busy at church with primary school program and prep for Christmas Eve service.
I am booked into a nice hotel next to Hagley Park, which should make the stay very enjoyable. It’s a bit of a walk from the conference venue, but that will give me the chance to look around too.
I will check in for info on things to see and do nearer the time - not forgetting the location of the ice-cream store with the assistant who gives generous helpings
If on another visit you are driving between Wellington and Auckland and want a break and walk, Cameron, I'm happy to pick you up from the other end of the Manawatū Gorge track -- or annoy you both ways if you want company.
(other, shorter walks available )
Sad news about Lothlorien. We ran into her brother at coffee the other day, and he said that she was slipping away, comfortable because of the medication she's on, but slipping. Being back in the Mountains, even though she's in a palliative care hospital, meant a lot to her.
Praying for you and your family - particularly your Grandchildren.
Thinking of all near fire and fire risk, and continued love to you Loth and your family.
Heading to Albury tomorrow for a few days to catch up with friends -- and see what's changed in a year. Supposed to be rather warm there Friday and Saturday too.
daughter estimating that in his 98 years he probably read from cover to cover about 200 times.
The day looked apocalyptic, with a deep vermilion sun attempting to pierce the smoke, but parishioners, family and friends were uplifted by reflecting on a life of faith and service.
He sounds from your description much like D's uncle Bill, who lied about his age to get into the RAF and won the Distinguished Flying Cross, but rarely said anything about it.
On the train. I always love going through the Hawkesbury on the train...water, trees, hills, bridges, tunnels... Lovely.
I helped a colleague plan her Christmas holiday in Oz with her kids. Thankfully the route seems to have avoided, thus far, the fires. I shall send her a message to check in, and being German, check if she's watched Dinner for One. (I told her it was on SBS, our multicultural broadcaster)
Happy seems the wrong term currently, at least for residents of Oz, so I'll wish all us residing south of the equator, and any welcome visitors from the North, a blessed and peaceful 2020!
And with the Indian Ocean Dipole lessening, if I heard correctly, hopefully 2020 may bring more temperate weather.
I briefly Googled Indian Ocean Dipole, but the site I checked presumed knowledge I don't have, so I'm feeling very uninformed.
It is the difference in sea temperatures between the western and eastern parts of the Indian Ocean. The table at the bottom of this page summarises the impacts. The positive event we had led to effects such as less rainfall over southern Australia and in the Top End.
That NZ hot spot in the Pacific (a million square kilometres!) is interesting. The article I read said it was due to lack of wind and a lot of sun. Amazing what an impact wind can have! Thank you -- I had not heard about it.
which is heartening. In FB Messenger she helpfully added
As there's a shiny new thread for those South of Middle Earth, I'll put this one to bed.
Piglet, AS host