Hana & Will back in the country – literally!

Hana & Will at Lindisfarne

Hana & Will at Lindisfarne

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Will

Will

Hana

Hana

Anne & Hana - gumboot brigade

Anne & Hana – gumboot brigade

We welcomed Hana & Will back by getting them into the countryside – a nostalgia trip for me after 30 years away at Lindisfarne in the upper Pareora River area…

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eye-eye

eye-eye

eye-eye

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Can you guess what this photo is of?  No prizes but use your imagination!!!  All guesses welcomed and not mocked!
A friend Michelle guessed correctly – the sole of my son’s shoe – worn out by skateboarding! Probably some of his skin in the eye of the eye!

name the prince

baby prince
I have just started a competition at our church at St Stephen’s – to name the royal baby – chocolate prizes for those who get it right!  I have kick-started with my sure-pick winner… Mervyn – His Royal Highness Prince Merv.  I am onto something, I am sure.  While there are no online contribution prizes for all my friends out there, why not pitch in with your suggestions and I will keep a poll.  Go Merv!

the phoenix foundation

phoenix foundation fandango
Anne and I enjoyed a lovely evening with Hana & Will and Sam & Ash listening to Wellington band The Phoenix Foundation live at the Bedford in Christchurch on Friday night.  We had seen them once before some years back when they opened for Split Enz but we are relatively new to their music.  The concert was more spacy-sonic stuff than what I expected and some of it was a bit less than riveting but the musicianship was fantastic and there were some particularly splendid moments – Buffalo and for me Morning Riff off the new Fandango album.  The new album is well worth a listen to – some catchy tunes and some experimental stuff.

Malcolm Gordon at The Gathering

Malcolm leading the crowd

Malcolm leading the crowd

Malcs warming up!

Malcs warming up!

It was great having Malcolm playing at our breakfast Gathering on Sunday morning.  We had a full hall with many people joining alongside the usual group.  Malcolm was witty, thoughtful, and moving and he played and sang well.  Awesome!

Rainbow at St Stephen's

Rainbow at St Stephen’s

There was even a rainbow to greet the concert-goers!

Malcolm in our Lounge

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What great fun to have Malcolm Gordon singing in our Lounge with a few colleagues along.  Nice to have Vanessa and Sam along with him.  Mostly we yarned, ate Vietnamese food and cupcakes baked by my daughter Hana… but Malcs was awesome in this intimate setting!  Great to have him around this weekend.