Well, I guess January really is over, now! This is going to be a really short message (and an apology for being so slow off the mark!); I just wanted to wish all of you all the best for 2008!
Leila, my bosom possum, great to hear from you again! I have to admit, I kind of wish I was in Finland with the snow and the reindeer, as it’s TOO HOT in Sydney just now! Today was the worst kind of day – hot, humid and no fresh air anywhere – yuk! They’ve forecast storms for later so hopefully that will cool everything down a bit … Maybe we could arrange a country-swap for a couple of months each year?! I’m so glad you posted the comment, despite the technical problems – hopefully we might be able to catch up again next year!
Tomo – yes, the fireworks are amazing; every year I think they try to do something bigger and better. I liked the one where they wrote “Eternity” (I think it was 2000) – mainly because of the story behind it.
I’ll give you the short version of the story: for over thirty years, beginning just after the end of the first world war, Eternity was written all over the pavements of Sydney in chalk, always in the same handwriting. (It was copied on the Bridge for the 2000 fireworks). No-one knew who was doing it until one day in 1956 a minister of one of the churches saw a man writing Eternity on the pavement and asked him if he was “Mr Eternity”. And he was! His name was Arthur Stace, and he was a homeless alcoholic who was inspired to write the word 'Eternity' on the streets of Sydney. He wrote it over half a million times – up to fifty times a day. He died in 1967, and has become something of a local hero – if you’d like to know more, try entering “Arthur Stace Eternity” in a search engine, and you’ll get heaps of sites where you can get the whole story. And that’s just given me a brilliant idea for the title of this post!!
Filippo – Good to hear from you; how’s it going? Thanks for your reassurances about nursery school; it made me feel a lot better! I actually can't remember my first days at nursery, so I guess it can't have been that bad!
Pary – Happy New Year to you too! I’m so glad you left a comment; I was hoping I might hear from you! How’s your cheeky monkey? Does he know any really irritating phrases like “time is money”? (If not, I'm sure we could come up with come suggestions for you!) Please give him a hug from Oz!!
Erika – Thank you so much for your comment; nice to hear from you again! Here’s one more picture for you; our boy with his favourite Christmas present (a cricket bat, of course!!)
I’ve really enjoyed hearing from all of you (James, loved the photos of the toilets!!); I hope you’ll all continue to be inspired to keep reading and posting comments. And (to pinch an expression from Jo) – maybe this blogfest can indeed become a regular thing!
Best wishes to all of you,
Rachel H (and the cheeky monkeys!!)
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