Rakaia and Living Springs

30 May 2005

The weekend before last, I was in Rakaia fundraising for the local golf club. Thanks to Dorothy Knight and Jane for the welcome and invitation. I hope your leg is on the mend Dorothy. We had a wonderful night with several support artists in the Prebyterian Church. In a community like Rakaia everyone knows each other and the event was well attended despite the clash with the Hurricanes and Crusaders Rugby match.

I would like to thank Brian Hanrahan for taking me to and fro from the airport, for the meals and conversation. It was great to meet an old boy from St Bedes and to make common connections. Thanks too, to his wife Monica and the hospitality I received in your home.

I was delighted to spend the night in a beautiful old villa, St Ita's Guesthouse, which is the old Mercy Convent, next to St Ita's Church. If you happen to be heading south of Christchurch and you are  looking for a comfortable stay in a house with country charm and a sense of history,  check it out. You want be disappointed.

Last Saturday, I was with the women from the Dove Fellowship again. This time at Living Springs out of Christchurch not far from Lyttleton. What a beautiful situation with a stunning view of the harbour out to the heads. I seem to be becoming a regular feature.