Monthly Archives: March 2012

I got a new job

I previously wrote that I edit articles for International Man (IM).  Well, now I do more than that for them. International Man is a mostly-free website with resources and information about moving to a different country, diversifying one’s assets, and such … Continue reading

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Handel’s Messiah Comes to Thames

This evening, Andrew and I attended a performance of Handel’s Messiah at St. George’s Anglican Church, and it was amazing.  I think I’ve never heard all of Messiah, and the one time I tried listening to it, was on a … Continue reading

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Andrew Makes His Drama Debut at the Thames Citizen Band Performance

One of the many activities during the Thames Heritage Week is a performance by the Thames Citizen Band, a performance which included an historical play that showed how the Thames Citizen Band came to be.  Andrew had a role in … Continue reading

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Thames Heritage Week

Each year, our little town of Thames (population 6,756 at the 2006 census) celebrates its roots with a week of activities.  Thames Heritage Week is an opportunity to learn more about the town and area in a fun and interesting … Continue reading

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You Can’t Get That Here

There are many things that are simply not available here in New Zealand, things that are so common back in California that you can often buy it for a dollar at one of the dollar stores (Dollar Tree, 99¢ Store, … Continue reading

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Like a Good Neighbor

Our farmer neighbor, David, seems like a very nice man.  He shares with us and is considerate to us.  His farm encircles our place on three sides, and it is nice to look out and see green grasses and cows and sheep … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Me!

My birthday passed quite enjoyably a couple weeks ago.  I relaxed much of the day and then played (worked?) in the gardens awhile, two of my favorite things.  When Andrew got home, he had brought us each a chocolate muffin … Continue reading

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Thames Baptist Church at Kauaeranga Valley Christian Camp

  Our church, Thames Baptist, spent the weekend at the Kauaeranga Valley Christian Camp (pronounced kah-wah-eh-RAHNG-ah) this past weekend.  Andrew and I joined about three dozen people for Saturday.  Some people stayed both Friday and Saturday nights, but we and a dozen … Continue reading

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Karangahake Gorge Rail Trail Bike Ride

Yesterday, a group bike ride along the Karangahake Gorge section of the new Hauraki Rail Trail was sponsored by Bike Wise, and Andrew joined the large group peddling the seven kilometres (4 1/3 miles) from the old Karangahake (pronounced kah-rahng-ah-HAH-keh) Hall to Waikino’s … Continue reading

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