My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

"I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills," William Wordsworth

A Kiwi hero passes


New Zealanders are in mourning. Today we learned Sir Edmund Hillary died. Like others, I can’t recall life without this great man’s presence. Is there a Kiwi kid who since the 1950s, hasn’t at some stage in their schooling done a project about this great Kiwi bloke? His remark after scaling Mt Everest, “we knocked the bastard off”, is pure laconic Kiwi style. His face has adorned the NZ$5 notes for decades. He made national and international news. He is our national treasure. Humble and compassionate he inspired people to reach out and to conquer their own mountains. We will remember him.

Author: Jenny

A few years ago when I began blogging, I was in awe of the creative, the witty, the informative, the insightful posts by writers on WordPress. I was challenged by my son to write, to set up a blog, to expand my garden diary scribblings. Never did I think from scratching and grubbing in my garden dirt would sprout words of reflection, thoughts about life lived as I know it. My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I do put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. Always, there's something to write or chat about life lived as I know it. I have a certain sense of amazement that my blogging community is expanding. In a previous life, I once was a teacher. A four-walled classroom is an artificial construct. When thirty or so teenagers with diverse learning needs filled the space, the more I listened, the more I observed my students, the more I learned. They had stories to tell, to write of things that interested them. Luckily for me we embarked on amazing journeys of discovery and learned together. Some say a lifestyle block is a no-lifestyle block. We like being able to grow seasonal food, to enjoy fresh air and open space. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older stage of our life together, but family commitments continue. And so it another phase of discovery happens as I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and a menagerie of living creatures who rule the roost.

3 thoughts on “A Kiwi hero passes

  1. I agree – it is a sad loss. He got a lot of coverage and respects paid over here in the UK as well.

    I must apologise – I haven’t visited your blog in a little while, and am just catching up now. I think I forget that while my garden is sleeping, other people’s aren’t!

    Your trip photos look great! I wish I could view them a little bigger.

    Did I ever mention my mum lived in NZ for a couple of years in the late 60s? I think she was near Auckland, although I could be wrong.

  2. I have just heard that this great man is to have a memorial service at Windsor Castle,England…..A great tribute to a Great man ..Jackie

  3. Hi Nezza and Jackie, there’ll be a live broadcast by TVNZ from 10am NZ time on Tuesday (NZ’s about 11 hours ahead of UK time). I read that BBC Sky News and CNN will show the state funeral live from Auckland. It’s unheard of for a private citizen to have a state funeral in this country. It’s amazing the Queen has offered to have a private service in April for the family at St George’s Chapel. Out media is full of tributes and commenorative features about this great man.

    I’ll try to re-post my Rotorua photos in a bigger format, Nezza. In the 1960s, Auckland was a small and less cosmpolitan city – about 600,00 population. Now, over 1 million peoples from all over call it home. Growth brought with it the global problem of congested motorways, pollution and stretched services. Yay! Developers and planners will have jobs for decades to come. Cheers, Jenny.

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