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    Buzzy-Bee-Thank-you-2A big thank you Bobbity & Kai – I’m so grateful to you both. You both bring this thread to life & make it interesting

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    Waitomo Caves

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    You’re welcome Val, and whoever drew that buzzy bee must love cuteness! have been in the waitomo caves and they are awesome. I “gurgled” my way through them on the boat, most embarrassing. In the lounge at the hotel there, I had gulped down a peppermint liqueur instead of sipping it, because suddenly we had to go to the caves by order… When we got into the boat and started moving on the water a high sounding gurgle sqiggled up into my throat, and it did that all night!!!  My sis and her hubby could hardly contain their mirth. I was 17 at that time.  I’m sure the other occupants didn’t know how to behave  haha… It didn’t stop there though as the little squiggles continued on for a whole year, and then they stopped.  True story. I’m sure we all have embarrassing little stories to tell, and maybe some big ones too. I have a fair few.  🙂

    Very nice scenes on the previous page Kai.  I’m having a hard job finding anything decent to post.  🙂

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    True story. I’m sure we all have embarrassing little stories to tell, and maybe some big ones too. I have a fair few.

    Maybe you should start a new thread for them Like I did. Which reminds me I must have a think………………….

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    The first settlers
    Clementina Burns

    When Clementina was 22 she returned to Scotland to look after the household of her uncle, who was the minister of Monkton in Ayrshire. There she came into contact with Thomas Burns [nephew of Robert Burns], who was serving as minister at nearby Ballantrae. According to Burns’ biographer ‘it was love at first sight.’The couple was married in 1830 and Thomas succeeded Clementina’s uncle in the Monkton manse, one of the best-paid ministerial posts in Scotland.During their years in Monkton Clementina gave birth to five children and Thomas built a new 800-seat church. They were comfortable, prosperous and very happy.

    Mrs Clementina Burns (née Grant)

    They set sail for New Zealand in 1847

    In Otago, Clementina Burns was a notable figure purely by being the Minister’s wife. In fact she was also a strong personality in her own right and widely esteemed by members of his congregation. Thomas was apparently absolutely useless on the domestic front and totally dependent on his wife and children for all practical matters at home. It is recorded that he once stood up to preach at First Church with a bright yellow handkerchief poking out of his breast pocket. All eyes turned to Clementina since everyone knew that she was responsible for laying out his clothes and therefore must have been guilty of this affront to Calvinist sensibilities.

    Clementina survived her husband by seven years. After his death in 1871 she returned for a time to Scotland. She died in Dunedin in 1878, aged 74.

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    Can you imagine having to wear all that gear particularly in the heat we have been having lately?? And the clothing wasn’t made with light weight materials as they are today.

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    She looks like a minister’s wife too Val. No adornments or rougue and the like.  I know that the “ladies” used to keep out of the sun and heat when they could, but maybe she had to be out and about more. They were followers of fashion even back then. Look at the bobbly hat. I wonder what that’s made of. 🙂

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    Maybe you should start a new thread for them Like I did. Which reminds me I must have a think………………….

    I think there’s a thread somewhere for funny little stories and I thought at the time I wrote that, that it’s a tale by a kiwi in NZ so Val may not mind it on her NZ thread.  🙂 Plus I only wrote it because of her post re Waitomo caves.  🙂

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    I think that bobbly effect in her hat, Bobbity, may be from small satin ribbon tied in little bows????

    Thanks Bobbity, for your amusing story. This thread invites human interest stories relating to NZ.  Anything NZ no matter what it may be is my motto lol

     

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    A Magnificent Symbol of NZ.

    We have been there and stood at the base. Absolutely magnificent. It is so tall and majestic that it makes one feel so much in awe.  A great privilege to have been able to touch.. just to be there.

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