Ann & Peter
in New Zealand
Following on from his course in Auckland Peter passed another Microsoft exam. He only has two more to do for his MCSE.The next one he's doing is in January, in Wellington.
Ann had an unwanted visitor - whilst she was sitting watching the tv a bird managed to fly down the chimney and get itself stuck in the flue between the chimney and the fire. A phone call to the fire manufacturer was singularly unhelpful - 'perhaps it'll fly back up the chimney' - which was highly unlikely as the birds wingspan was probably twice that of the diameter of the chimney! With the prospect of dismantling the fire to get it out she decided to wait and see if it could get out. Fortunately it managed to work it's way into the main part of the fire (2 days later) and Ann persuaded it to fly out of the bi-fold doors when she opened the front of the fire!
Some of the birds around here are a bit slow on the uptake, the house has been finished for several months now but they don't seem to remember. We've had a couple fly into the windows recently with a loud thump, leaving a squashed bird impression on the glass and a few feathers behind.
Peter had an early Christmas present from his brother David. He is now Laird Peter Mudie of Lochaber. There is also a Laird David Mudie of Lochaber and Laird John Mudie of Lochaber. These titles all come with the ownership of a piece of land in Scotland. Apparently the Mudie women are now supposed to greet their husbands with deference i.e. on formal occasions 'Laird Peter Mudie of Lochaber' or in private 'Laird Peter' or 'My Laird' - yeh right!!!!
For Christmas Day Dianne, Noel and Sam came over for a barbie. The weather was a little damp but it didn't stop us. After a few growls Jaz and Sam got on really well. Ann even managed to ice a Christmas cake we'd been given.
In a last minute of frustration, Ann managed to delete all of her email contacts just before Christmas. If you normally get a message from Ann and they stop coming, please let her know and she will add you back into her contacts. firstname.lastname@example.org
News from home
Peter's parents had a very enjoyable time at the RNPS Christmas meal. The Guest of Honour, Doug Ellis, spent quite a time chatting to Jean.
Ann's parents are still enjoying their Christmas break in the USA. They managed to get snowed in for three days just before Christmas day but Santa still got through with lots of gifts for eveyone.
Peter's niece, Mel, is thoroughly enjoying her job in the Police. She's lost 2 stone in weight and become much fitter - all because of the patrolling she has to do.