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DISTANCE FAMILIES NEWS
Reducing the risk of an accident and ending up in a hospital is a top priority. However, an impending grandson arrival in December is changing those plans. What a nice problem... we’ll need to be super careful.
So what are distance families left with? Perhaps just April & May and September to November depending on where you’re travelling to. Extreme weather definitely affects Distance Families connections.
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ON THE HOME FRONT
You may know one of my interests is singing in a local community choir. It’s a non-audition choir so it's not at the high brow end. The pandemic put a stop to most choir activity and once we re-grouped it took a bit of time to get back in the groove. Finally after a 4 year hiatus we’ve recently performed twice. Below is a photo of us enjoying a stand ovation. I have never had one of those before! I am far right at the front by the pillar. Here's a link to that performanceat this beautiful city church. And a few weeks later we participated in an Auckland-wide cultural choral event in a stunning cathedral. Enjoy.
New Zealand and Australia are currently jointly hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup. It is a big deal. Last night I attended the USA v Portugal match at the normally rugby-famous Eden Park. What a night! The largest NZ crowd ever for a women's sporting event - 42,958 of us. We'd been allocated seats three rows back from the field. The medics were right in front of us and we were surrounded by costume wearing, flag and banner carrying American and Portuguese fans. I am sure I ended up in the background on a telecast somewhere in the world as passionate fans were interviewed and filmed nearby. And be assured, listening to their accents there were many kiwis amongst them supporting the visitors. Up behind us was a huge crowd of flag waving, Portuguese fans including a drummer who played the entire time.
To my American friends commiserations - you didn't expect a 0-0 draw. But be sure, the huge American supporter crowd did you proud. To my Portuguese friends - well done. Your reserves were warming up just a few metres from us - so nimble and fast and their team spirit was obvious. You can be very proud of their performance.
Take care until next time
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