I am not big
on decluttering my house and storage shed, but after my sister’s recent experience
in doing just that, perhaps I should change my mind. Over the years she has ‘collected’
quite a bit of ‘this and that,’ leading to quite an interesting look. Books and
bric-a- brac were in abundance and Perdy just loved visiting her house of
dear sister just decided that getting rid of a few things would be a good move.
Once she had started it was all on. You wouldn’t believe the things she found
and how much local hospices and church shops have benefited. Yeah, we tried to
sell a few things on ‘Trade me’ but everyone wants something for virtually
nothing and the ‘effort’ is not worth the gain, so the ‘give away’ mode ended
up as being the most suitable for her decluttering exercise.
quite wonderful is happening. I’m not talking about the lovely old oak tea trolley
she gave me, but I am indeed thankful for it as it fits with other ‘real wood’ items
in my humble abode. My sister made a discovery that will give us pleasure until
the last drop.
some wine (10 bottles) she had ‘stored’ some time ago. On making this fabulous
find, she decided that we would open one each time she visited for one of our
famous dinners (while I still can—pre bariatric surgery). The first offering
was a vintage (1997) Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve Champagne. Now I know that
for some of you that’s probably ho-hum and nothing to call home about, but we
are not snobs and we really appreciate something just that bit ‘up there.’
We opened the
wine, wondering if it would just give a little puff, rather than a full blown
pop of the real thing. We were not disappointed and although we love our NZ
bubblies, we were most satisfied with this French offering. Next on the list is
a great NZ red from the Colerain (Te Mata ) wineries. We can’t wait to see if
it has weathered the years.
must be looking over his shoulders and be wondering just what he can do to head
off the rising fortunes of the opposition parties. Those parties associated
with his Government are in crisis and risk being lost off the political field altogether.
His own ministers are also shooting themselves in the foot too. This is often
the fate of second term Governments, no matter what the colour of their flags, so
it is not surprising that he is looking around for new initiatives; ones that the
opposition parties have been proposing for ages.
and apprenticeship schemes for example; have not the two main opposition
parties been putting out sensible polices; ones that the electorate seems quite
happy to support? Key can only say, ‘us too,’ but in a much watered down form.
He even seems to have moved away from strictly austerity type’ policies in an attempt
to turn the polls.
(if he lasts that long) will be interesting. In a sense it is ’be careful time’
for Labour and the Greens. It is easy to shove out policy, but that act must be
matched by a ‘balancing’ so that we are not clutching at political chaff. How often
have we heard opposition policies announced and then have them shoot way above
what is possible and make promises that are nothing short of lies? Labour may
think that they will benefit from the possible demise of the Maori Party, but
they should not discount the flow on that Hone and Mana may have amongst former
Maori Party supporters.
needs good advice over the next 18 months and learns from past mistakes. We do
not want a Labour green coalition that is bereft of real answers to the
problems facing us as a nation. The ebbs and flows of political fortunes are
something that needs to take into account the reality of the world New Zealand
now lives in. Anyone can make brash promises, but not everyone can follow through.
Think before you offer please, Mr Shearer and your newly found friend, Mr