Saturday, April 23, 2016

Family Picnic

Family Picnic to celebrate the life of my Mother the Matriach of our family, held indoors because of less than perfect weather, in the Ten Pin Bowling building.  A perfect choice.

 Wonderful spread of the yummyist food followed by some very fun bowling games, I did not distinguish myself but several of the family proved to be really good at this game, so much laughter and noise it was a lovely time together made even better by my Grandson Kayne Schwasscoming over from Nelson on his motor bike to join us, it made my day

. Even baby Harper came along to be the youngest member of the family

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Two Coast Guard boats

There has been a new Coast Guard boat provided for the benefit of Picton boaties. We walked down to get a photo of the new boat, but the 2 boats were just pulling away from their jetty off to assist someone in trouble.

We watched as they raced away past a group of small colourful yachts at full speed they raced of the the rescue, it was interesting to see the new boat which is much bigger was also much faster.

It was a lovely walk home in the sunshine, we decided to take the bush walk home its a bit longer but much nicer.

We will have to walk down again to get a close photo of those boats.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Mystery Flowers

Memorial to a lovely lady who lived in our complex. She has died and we all attended her huge funeral today. She was much loved.
 It was a complete surprise to find the big fire tree covered in red Hibiscus flowers. So pretty she would have loved this. I wonder who did this and where the Hibiscus flowers came from, there are none growing around here. Bye Rona.

Who knows who did this lovely gesture. God Bless.

Sunday, March 27, 2016


Happy Easter to you all

On Easter Friday Morning all the Churches of Picton joined together to carry the Cross through our small town of Picton NZ.
Around 50 people ( sorry I didn't count them and I was in the front group so not sure it could of been many more ) took turns at carrying the big heavy Cross just as Jesus did so long ago for us.
I didn't personally carry it mainly the men did that, I just followed in the procession. I was amazed that there was no jeering or heckling at all, cars stopped for us some of them giving us a friendly toot and people on the street smiled, some young people called out respectfully to ask what we were doing, so some of the many Pastors within the procession went over to them to explain otherwise it was a silent witness.
 At each Church we stopped a few moments to sing a song or have a short reading or as at our Church for a short skit which while funny was serious too.
Photo shows the restart outside our  AOG Church must people are still within the Church I am standing on the doorstop dressed in black.
This made Easter much more touching to us all.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Eagle and the snake

The Eagle does not fight the snake on the ground. It picks it up into the sky and changes the battle ground, and then it releases the snake into the sky. 
The snake has no stamina, no power and no balance in the air. It is useless, weak and vulnerable unlike on the ground where it is powerful wise and deadly.
Take your fight into the spiritual realm by praying and when you are in the spiritual realm God takes over your battles.
Don't fight the enemy in his comfort zone, change the battle grounds like the Eagle and let God take charge through your earnest prayer. You'll be assured of clean victory.
Pray without ceasing.

I published this because I really want to remember it.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Birthday Treat for 4 of us

Four Friends combined their Birthdays so to celebrate together. We had bought a Voucher each for a sea trip to Lockmara Lodge in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, it included a meal in the cafe and a day pass for all the activities.
The day dawned a perfect clear sunny blue sky day after the wind had blown a roaring gale all night.
We enjoyed the sea trip as the sea was smooth and calm. The trip only took about 20 mins.

Judy and Wayne had brought a bottle of wine with them so we found a nice cosy corner and sat in the sun and drank good wine, my favourite way to drink wine, outside in the fresh air and sunshine.
We then wandered round to the cafe and enjoyed very nice food well cooked and presented and I bought another bottle of wine to go with it.

After a nice rest we headed off to help feed the little green parrots, there are two sorts red crested and yellow crested parrots, the yellow ones are very rare and are being bred  We also saw a large Ring Neck Parrot that is just flying free in the bay, he was visiting his feeding station and posed  nicely for us.

 Bush walks were lovely and cool There was a stairway but it didnt go to Heaven we checked!

by the team at Lockmara Lodge with is a kind of a wildlife sanctuary. They also bred Kuni kuni pigs, Alpaca  and eels among other things. Sadly we took too long  eating and drinking to be able to help feed all these animals but we still saw them nibbling on their food.

 There are lots of interesting bush  walks and I think we walked them all over the course of the day!

A highlight was visiting Crumpys cabin, the men liked the rough hut.A very manly place.


We swung in hammocks all around the place and loved the view  sat in concrete and mosaic Settees we found along the way

The last thing we did was to feed the fish and the big Sting Rays in the harbour while we enjoyed restful cup of coffee on the edge of the water, watching other kayak around the bay, we didnt have time to do that ourselves this time.
What a beautiful place.

All in all a perfect day was had by all four of us.
We were very tired by the time we took the return boat trip back to Picton.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Church Picnic at Ngakuta Bay

Today  is Waitangi Day here in New Zealand a public holiday and is also Church Picnic Day.  Our Church and also a Blenheim Church join together for this lovely picnic by the sea at the private home in Ngakuta Bay of one of our members.

 About 50 / 60 people attended, sitting out in the sun on the beach edge, food and coffee seemed to taste so much nicer.

 Good conversation with people we didnt know as well of some we knew well.  Many went out in kayaks some swam while I played Frisbee with a dozen others. the children and some of us adults who are still a bit child-like enjoyed the lolly scramble. They did the scramble by throwing the lollies and hitting them with a badminton bat to send them all over the lawn and a few into the sea.

Then there was a Water Baptism,  Renee, a lady from the Blenheim Church was Baptized in the sea while we all sang and prayed for her. She was very happy if rather wet.

Our Pastor and a young Dutch girl who was just visiting Picton who went with us in our nice red car, lovely to have company.
Our car enjoys the view at Ngakuta Bay.