Rockvale Stone & Garden

Then out came the sun! Easter arrived here with eight little ones and their parents. Numbers swelled when the Rockvale Garden Easter egg hunt began on Sunday morn….there was collecting and carnage when Scruff the dog got over excited and disgraced himself, by disposing of a Bantam – much to Continue Reading

Learning Chinese Can Be Fun!

Around 1 billion people speak Mandarin Chinese around the world. Mandarin Chinese is mostly spoken in China, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Chinese joins English, Arabic, French, Russian, and Spanish as one of the six official UN languages. Mandarin Chinese doesn’t have an alphabet. It is written with symbols. These symbols Continue Reading

Migrants Meet and Share

A new group is being established in Oamaru to meet the needs of the increasing migrant population. Maria Erdody, a member of the Waitaki Multicultural Council, arrived in Oamaru thirteen years ago straight from Uruguay. Maria a trained Psychologist spoke no English and came with her husband and three kids Continue Reading

Windows on a Women’s World

The first 10 Dominican sisters arrived in Dunedin in 1871. The congregation expanded rapidly, establishing schools throughout Otago and Southland, and eventually reaching as far north as Auckland. For most of their first century in New Zealand the Dominican sisters were teaching nuns, living in large enclosed convents cut off Continue Reading

Rockvale Stone & Garden

Rain continues to fall as I write this and Easter almost upon us – we are expecting 8 little egg hunters home with their parents for the great Rockvale garden egg hunt if the weather is kind. Compost will be working well with all this moisture and warmth, generally speaking Continue Reading

Being prepared for a pandemic

Have a plan and be prepared in case you need to stay at home during a pandemic. Think about: working from home who could look after your extended family if they don’t live nearby (eg, who could deliver groceries or meals to sick family members) organising child care (eg, if Continue Reading