This has been a busy, exciting weekend.
On Friday I had been asked to attend the opening of the Art exhibition at the Karori Arts and Crafts Centre to write an article for the local suburban newspaper. I have had some things published in newspapers in the various places I have lived, but have never been asked to provide an article. So that was a first.
The evening started when I arrived at the Centre to be surrounded by 116 artworks, hanging on all the walls. What an amazing sight. The works were to be judged in three categories, Traditional, Contemporary and Drawing. In addition to the major awards, one further piece was given a merit award in each category. I am pleased I didn’t have to judge. The judge was a well known and much admired Wellington artist who had a long involvement with Karori Arts and Crafts.
A fun couple of hours spent mingling with the winners and also many other artists.
Saturday dawned and as my No 3 grandson was home for the weekend, we had brunch at one of my favourite restaurants. Drew, his mother Cate, his girlfriend Alyse and me. I love spending time with my grandsons and listening to their take on life.
Saturday was also General Election Day and what a landslide victory to the incumbent Prime Minister and her Labour Party. If you have any interest in politics in this far-flung part of the world, you might remember that at the last election in 2017 they didn’t win, but with the assistance of a couple of the minor parties, they were able to form a Government. And Jacinda Ardern has proved her worth through three major crises during her three-year term – the Christchurch earthquake, the Christchurch terrorist attacks and of course, Covid. So she and her crew deserve another term. But already people are saying that the Labour-led government didn’t keep all the promises made in 2017, so what will they not do during this three-year term.
In addition to the General Election, we had two referenda on which to vote – he legalisation of cannabis and the End of life choice. We are told that the results will not be available for two or three weeks.
So to Sunday. After the excitement of the last two days, I was happy to stay home, reading and writing and returning a couple of things I purchased yesterday, one of which was a kitchen trolley. This was a flat pack and I know I cannot put things together, no matter how easy I am told they are.
But all is not lost. The kindly gent in the store offered to replace my one in the box for one he had just made up for display. So another good thing to report for this weekend.
And now it’s time to write a memory for our Memory Writing group tomorrow.
For those of you just starting your day, I hope it’s a good one. Take care and remember to be kind to yourself. You’re doing the best you can. And as always, remember too –