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Caro



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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 9:02 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

My first thought would be for Michael Caine's Alfie, too.  But if the child's name was Alfred it would immediately go to King Alfred the Great.  I don't think is a particularly popular name in NZ, but East Enders, while it shows here, doesn't seem to get much media coverage or probably high figures.

Very interesting bits there about Ipswich, thanks.  I will send these bits on to them, if you don't mind.  On another board someone sent me a poem called Holding Henry's Hands about a grandmother helping her grandson with his walking.  Very appropriate for me.  By Ilene Bauer.  

Cheers, Caro.


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Jen M



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations to you and your family, Caro, lovely news!



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Caro



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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have just noticed this thread again, and after more than a month, little Henry received his second name - and it was George!  I don't know if my son knew about George Burley.  Will have to ask.  We are seeing them in the next couple of days.  We are off to visit and take in a few other North Island places (for Castor Boy, Hamilton, especially to see those fabulous gardnes, and the Coromandel where my son and dil are photographing a wedding), and do some babysitting of their two little ones.  Hope we don't lose little Peter who is now 2 years 4 months, and happy to wander out of sight.

We'll be away about a week.


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although we've been to Hamilton visiting friends many times, for some reason we never managed a trip to the gardens. I think we have been spoilt by the gardens and beaches in Auckland. The Coromandel is special. Whitianga, Coromandel township itself, Thames are all attractive and scenic places. The gold mining historic places are special as is the Driving Creek Railway set up by the potter Barry Brickell in 1975. It is New Zealand's only narrow-gauge mountain railway. At the mountain-top terminus is the Eyefull (!) Tower with its panoramic view of the Hauraki Gulf. We bought some of the bricks made on site for our rose garden borders.
Have a great holiday.


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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caro, be sure to take (and then post) photos of the early pumpkins blowing on the Coast of Coromandel, will you?


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With our love of libraries, Caro, I wonder if you had any spare time to visit the library at Coromandel township (I think they would have one as it is slightly bigger than Owaka). In Auckland, of course, we are fortunate in having a good record of refurbishing and building new libraries. Our local one has been changed around to put all the fiction, adult and children, on the ground floor while upstairs is the non-fiction and the IT connections complete with study areas. Last year the library was re-built on Waiheke Island (pop.10,000) with modern architecture designed to complement the stunning scenery of the Waitemata harbour. Now in February the seaside suburb of Devenport has also opened its re-built library at a cost of $7.8 million – a cost fully justified for the stunning job that has resulted. A pleasing addition to the art work inside was the retention of the decorative tiling made by Barry Brickell for the original library when he lived in the suburb in 1979.


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chris-l



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope it fares better than the stunning new library in Birmingham, which cost not much under £200 million only a few years ago. Its opening hours are to be almost halved to 40 hours a week in order to save on running costs.


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the past our council bureaucrats thought library running costs were an easy target for saving money – aside from reducing hours, they even proposed charging for each book borrowed. Those proposals were soon squashed by the elected representatives who responded to the public backlash. If they hadn’t, they’d have lost their seats. Surprise, surprise.


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Caro



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm afraid we only got to Whangamata in the Coromandel, and though it prides itself on its beaches it didn't have all that much else.  So no libraries, no Driving Creek Railway, no photos of pumpkins.  On the very plus side we didn't lose the children or have any disasters.  (Unless you count Gramma stepping on a small toy and finding herself flat on her back, though completely uninjured apart from a bit of a carpet burn on my hand.)  Baby very happy to lie and smile on the floor, so that was easy.

Hamilton Gardens were wonderful, all sort of different elements to them, an Italian room, new Tudor garden, herbal one, Chinese, Japanese tranquillity, Indian one (which was full of colour), English cottage garden, etc.

Some excitement when we were out with friends at a poncy restaurant.  Wonderful food and a warm night meant we were sitting by an open window and the doors were open.  So in dashed two young men, screaming and shouting blue murder at each other; it was quite frightening.  The young chef was very calm and brave, getting them out and standing between the two of them shouting.  Finally one of the waitresses called the police.  We were all given $10 vouchers to make up for this disturbance - which I have dined out on every since!


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Castorboy wrote:
Now in February the seaside suburb of Devenport has also opened its re-built library at a cost of $7.8 million – a cost fully justified for the stunning job that has resulted.

We visited last Tuesday - it really is magnificent and stunning, and here is the video to prove it!



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