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DISTANCE FAMILIES NEWS
Mike, the technical guru half of this dynamo grandparent couple, edits in short musical interludes giving listeners moments to reflect. Their podcasts are such an easy listen. Click here for a 24 minute listen.
If you enjoy podcasts there's a bunch of other recordings here - scroll down a little on DistanceFamilies.com
BOOK SERIES NEWS
Anytime I am heading to a different part of Auckland I put a copy of 'Being a Distance Grandparent' in my car. I try and include a stop at a retirement village and donate a copy for the residents' library. The latest stops have been #selwynvillage in Point Chevalier and #LadyAllumVillage in Milford. I love the surprised reactions from the receptionists!
My books are also perfect for public libraries. Recently an American distance grandmother, who is a member of my private ‘Being a Distance Grandparent’ Facebook group reported…
I requested your book from my public library but they did not have it in their collection. Much to my surprise, however, they bought it on Amazon and it was sent directly to me. All I have to do is return it now that I’ve finished reading it and the library will add it to its collection.
News like that makes my day as it’s hard to reach public library decision makers. If you have a public library you regularly visit I would love it if you could bring my books to their attention. Click here for a one page document you may hand them with all the info. If you’ve read one or both of my books your recommendation will be valuable to them.
ON THE HOME FRONT
In last month’s newsletter I mentioned we were off again to Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands. Our last visit was plagued by horrendous weather so we had great hopes for this return sojourn. It wasn’t to be. More rain, flooded roads and gusty winds. We did walk on the beach a couple of times while carefully avoiding possible falling coconuts - but that was it. Our swimming gear and snorkels stayed in our suitcase and the whale watching boat trip was postponed a couple of times and never eventuated. It was still warmer than home which is always nice in winter. And yes, we saw more chickens at the airport. Here’s some pics.
On a different front hubby and I have decided to downsize a little and we’ve signed up for a new-build apartment, 20 minute’s walk from where we currently live. It has lovely water views which was the attraction.
The reason I am sharing all this is that our current 4 brm/2 bathroom, 10 year old house would be perfect for a returning expat or new migrant family. It will be going on the market next year. We have a bunch of appliances and furniture we can’t take with us. These items would be super handy for a newly arrived family. It is very expensive to ship furniture around the world and our bits n pieces would avoid any necessity to ‘camp out’ before the basics were acquired. So if you know any returning NZ expats or potential migrants heading to Auckland next year here’s a link to a Facebook page I've created about the house.
Our new apartment is supposed to be ready August 2024. More of that another time.
Take care until next time
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