I’ve been walking to work the last few weeks, mainly because the wind has temporarily abandoned Dunedin. When it’s blasting up the harbour I have no hesitation in catching the bus or taking the car! On Monday I was lucky enough to see two spoonbills having a quick snack in the shallows. I encounter the ducks daily – either sleeping or wandering about – and a family of rabbits are based nearby – they are quick to scatter at my approach.
And the molars! Well they have been controversial and I was totally agin their positioning, preferring them to be outside Dunedin’s Dental School. But as time goes by these six wisdom teeth have settled in nicely and I have to admit I quite like their placement.
There was a heavy mist this morning and as I walked across the park a beam of sunlight hit this house – the house had no lights on. Within seconds the light was gone and the mist enveloped everything again.
And back to Poems in the Waiting Room!
Our postie has been loaded down with poems this week – he’s delivered bundles of them to our place. They’ve arrived from Invercargill, Timaru, Nelson, Christchurch, Napier, New Plymouth, Waiheke Island, Dunedin, Kapiti, Auckland……
A big thank you to all the librarians who have displayed our competition poster in their libraries. Several entries have had accompanying notes saying they saw the competition advertised on their library noticeboard. In the post today a rest home resident sent a delightful letter with her three poems thanking us for our cards and the opportunity to enter the competition.
My role in the competition is the gatherer – the holding point for all the poems, the banker, and scribe-noting down who has sent what, along with addresses. On March 1 I’ll be handing all the poems, minus any distinguishing names or marks, to Emma Neale who will judge them purely on appeal and appropriateness of content for our poetry cards.
There is still plenty of time to send your entry in. So, pen to paper or fingers to keyboard!