We have had a mixed year.
Here is the video tribute that was put together by Emil
Philip and Bev
|We are having a wedding in the family!
Philip, Margaret's son, was recently engaged to his girlfriend, Bev.
They will be married in the English summer. Margaret and Michelle will travel to England to attend.
|Philip’s daughter, our grand daughter, Hayley, will be going to Africa with her church soon, to assist people in poverty including helping out in soup kitchens, youth groups, fitting solar lights in township and visiting a hospice|
The rest of the grandkids are successfully progressing their education from year 12 to year 8. Our second oldest, Cameron, has just started a glazing apprenticeship.
We continue to be actively involved in the life of our Village, attending and sometimes assisting with the organisation of many events.
One continuing tradition is Carol Singing before Christmas. For the last five or six years, our son-in-law, Mark, has organised a musical ensemble to accompany the music. This is greatly appreciated in the Village.
Here is a video of the most recent Carols in the Village event:
Lunches are also a thing...
... as are dances
The highlight of our travel this year was a trip to South Africa, Zambia and Botswana.
|        Cape Town
In Cape Town we saw Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.
The photo to the right shows his cell.
Cape Town from Robben Island
Colored houses in Bo-Kapp area
We also spent some time in two National Parks – Kruger (South Africa) and Chobe (Botswana).
|        Kruger National Park
It is truly an amazing experience to be 20 to 30 metres away from wild lions feeding on a rhino carcass.
|         Chobe National Park
In northern Botswana, Chobe, has one of the highest concentrations of animals in Africa.
We have planned a six week trip to New Zealand early next year. We will travel with our good friends and neighbours, Les and Jenni. The trip will encompass both Islands, and we will spend some time with Dawn and Brian, who we met on the Africa trip. Dawn and Brian live in Oamaru.
Wishing you a great Christmas, and all the best for 2016,
from Margaret and Stephen