Category Archives: Awards

A little bit of history

Yesterday, I received some real mail in my real mail box. So rare is real mail these days, I feel I should declare real mail days as red-letter days  (  The mail,  from my maternal aunt,  included a  home-made card, a handwritten note and an article cut out from the Mid Canterbury Herald. The article gave me the greatest delight because it featured a photograph of my grandfather that I hadn’t seen before.P1020506My grandfather is seated with his ‘cobbers’ (friends)  outside the Ashburton Soldiers Club. I don’t know when the photo was taken but it was  probably either towards the end, or shortly after the end, of World War One.

My grandfather left New Zealand for the war in Europe on 5 February 1916. He was a Rifleman in the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 3rd Battalion.  We know very little about his war service and experiences but he was in Egypt and then France . At some stage,in France, he was a batman for an officer. We don’t know what action he saw in France but he was there through the last half of 1916 and some of 1917. But by March 1917 he was an invalid in Codford, England. By July 1917 he was on his way home to New Zealand. Here is an account of what my grandfather may have experienced along with thousands of other New Zealand soldiers in the First World War

Whatever scars my grandfather brought home with him, they didn’t deter him from becoming a member of a gun club and a prize-winning member at that. He won many prizes but his greatest achievement was in 1922 when he won the Miniature Rifle Championship of New Zealand.

As a child, I had no idea that my grandfather was an excellent shot, or knew anything at all about guns. They were never mentioned in my hearing. He was kind and gentle mannered and couldn’t bear to watch even the mildest of gun battles on television. It amazed me that even the mere sight of a gun in a Western was enough to make him leave the room.

Reading my mail and looking at the photo of my grandfather in his young days, reminded me of another red-letter day. In 1969, my grandfather and I went to our city’s main bookstore, Whitcombe and Tombs so that I could choose, and my grandfather could buy me, a Bible.  It was my first year at high school and boarding school and I think we were required to have a Bible as part of our school kit.  I remember my grandfather patiently waiting, whilst I looked through the large selection of Bibles, and finally chose this oneThe Gift I don’t believe I chose the most expensive Bible in the shop but I am sure my good, dear grandfather had to stop himself from blanching at my choice. He was not a wealthy man and led a very frugal lifestyle.   However, I think I made a good choice and I count this small Bible as one of my greatest treasures. To this day, I love the India paper, the Crystal print, the gold edges, the Morocco binding and the words within.  Always near to me, it is a constant reminder of a champion grandfather.

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Let the Sunshine Out

Quite a few days ago, Miss Marzipan nominated me for The Sunshine Award. I was surprised and delighted. Before I could respond, I received another Sunshine nomination from Sofia Ängsved Photos & Art

I am not sure if I am supposed to accept two Sunshine awards at once, but I am going to because I want to acknowledge the support, kindness and encouragement given to me by  Miss Marzipan and Creative Garden. I am looking forward to reading about Miss Marzipan’s Blessingway and Advent preparations. They are bound to be special events. I am equally looking forward to more beautiful photos and creative posts from Sofia/Creative Garden.

The Sunshine Award is symbolised by a flower that one blogger can give to other “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”.

As with most awards the Sunshine Award comes with a few simple rules:

  1. Acknowledge the person who gave this award in a blog post.
  2. Do the Q&A below.
  3. Pass on the award to 10 deserving and inspiring bloggers, inform them and link to their blogs.

Questions and Answers

Who is your favorite philosopher?

I don’t have one.  I do like the Dalai Lama’s words of wisdom.

What is your favorite number?

It changes all the time. At the moment, I favour combinations of 5 and 6 e.g.  65 or 565 or 655

What is your favorite animal?

My miniature schnauzer 🙂 , then hedgehogs; both are cute and prickly.

What is your favorite time of day?

Twilight in the summer.

What are your Facebook and Twitter?

I don’t have a Twitter account and my Facebook is private for now.

What is your favorite holiday?

Lately, it’s been Diwali because it brings back some wonderful childhood memories.

What is your physical favorite activity?

Walking, walking and walking.

What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?

Cranberry juice.

What is your passion?

Kindness and the practice thereof

What is your favorite flower?


My nominees:


The world according to a 20-something, op-shop loving, dumpling eating, finger nail biting, bracelet making maniac.

The blog that introduced me to the blog world.

If today is Tuesday, this must be . .

 Although this Travelling Kiwi is temporarily grounded, I can’t wait till she takes off again and writes about libraries and churches she encounters on her travels.


 A poet and reader of poetry and a translator.  I love her translations of Psyche and Cupid.


 I enjoy her accounts of life in a different part of our lovely New Zealand.


Beautiful photographs and an inspirational look at “loving kindness”

Emily Cooks Vegan

I enjoy her fresh and vibrant approach to cooking.


I admire the creative activities that Mtetar shares with her grandchild.


The photos on this blog are truly delightful.


My musical education is being revitalised by Leaping Tracks wonderful posts on music.


Sufey’s brings a smile to my face and like all my other nominees brings plenty of warm sunshine.