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Have I Got News For You?

Posted by NanaMacsPlace on September 9, 2014 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello folks.  I have some exciting news to share with you.  At the ripe old age of 60 I have decided to do something new with my life and I don't mean retire!

I've written a book. It's called BUMBLING ALONG and tells the story of a cricket hating woman who marries a cricketer.  When kids are added into the mix, chaos ensues.  It's partly autobiographical and explains the role cricket has played in my life, from people I've met to weird and wonderful exper...

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The Joy of Daffodils.

Posted by NanaMacsPlace on March 22, 2014 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Growing up I had 2 younger sisters and Dad cleared a patch of garden for each of us.  We planted every kind of vegetable you could imagine.  We'd compare our successes with each other and revel in our crops.  One day, that changed.

I wanted to branch out and grow flowers.  My parents warned that some flowers are harder to grow than carrots or potatoes. I was undeterred.  I bought 3 daffodil bulbs. Eventually I saw them poke through the ground.  ...

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Love, Life & Knitting Needles.

Posted by NanaMacsPlace on February 28, 2014 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Recently I had a conversation with a friend about knitting needles.  It activated that part of my brain that often lets me down.  My memory.  The more I thought about knitting needles, the more I was remembering.  I'm referring to time spent with my paternal grandmother.  I miss her very much.

She was always knitting and, as a child, I often wore garments made by her. When I was quite young, she taught me how to cast on and how to knit the first row....

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Saying No to Cyber Bullying.

Posted by NanaMacsPlace on February 25, 2014 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Recent news has brought to the forefront the insidious and cruel nature of cyber bullying.  We've all heard of it but, sadly, it has taken the death of someone in the public eye to get us off our backsides and talking about it.

TVNZ made a video of their well known and, for the most part, respected staff reading aloud some of the taunts that were thrown at them.  They were personal attacks directed by nameless, faceless cowards.  I was shocked and saddened by ...

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October 21

Posted by NanaMacsPlace on October 21, 2013 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

What does October 21 mean to you?  It is a significant date for me and here's why.

In 1976 on October 21 I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl. I was on top of the world.  I was living my dream.  I had the hubby, our own home and now a child to complete the picture.  3 months later we were shattered when our darling daughter became a victim of cot death.

Every year on October 21 we indulge ourselves, doing whatever we damn well ...

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Hubby Has Been in the Kitchen

Posted by NanaMacsPlace on October 8, 2013 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

My hubby decided to cook me a meal, bless him.  He is not an experienced chef, by any means, but he is full of good intentions.

I tasted the meal and found it to be delicious except for one small problem.  It was hot and when I say hot I mean HOT.  I asked him what was in it.  He said it was only pepper and that he'd put a little extra in as he knows I love hot and spicy food.

I'm not an expert chef but I knew a little extra pepper wasn'...

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'Muddle Up'

Posted by NanaMacsPlace on October 5, 2013 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

If the kids get bored in the holidays or the weather makes playing outside unappetising, you might want to try this game with them.

All you need is an exercise book, as many pens as there are willing participants and healthy imaginations.  If they are older an unhealthy imagination can be fun too.

Write a paragraph and pass the exercise book to the next person.  Each of you write a paragraph of what will probably end up as an interesting and, ofte...

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The Pot Hole

Posted by NanaMacsPlace on September 26, 2013 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I'd like to share with you an experience I had when I stood as a Local Body candidate many years ago.  It involves an amazing lady I'll call Mary and a small, seemingly insignifcant, pot hole.

Mary asked me, at a public meeting, when the council was fixing the pothole near her home.  She had already written to me about it and I had chased it up.  This is a condensed version of the problem.

One bright sunny day Mary set out for the shops and s...

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Local Body Elections

Posted by NanaMacsPlace on September 25, 2013 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello folks,

Just a reminder that it's time to vote !! If you haven't received your papers yet or need any assistance in any way call 0508 440 020.

Votes must be in by 12 MIDDAY SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER 2013.  It's really easy, you just fill in the form and mail it away.  It must be in the post no later than WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER 2013.

Some of the candidates may be unfamiliar to you but you can change that by taking time to attend ...

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Chapter 1

Posted by NanaMacsPlace on July 1, 2012 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (2)

Chapter 1.



In the beginning I was alone but two and a half years later I was joined by a younger sister.  Three and a half years after that,  yet another sister joined the family.  (When I was almost 20 we were joined by a brother but as this chapter deals mainly with my childhood, this is possibly the only time I'll mention him. Sorry kiddo, nothing personal).

From then on, my poor father was beseeched by that dreaded comment f...

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