|Gae and Terry in Sydney at the Opera House|
|Flying Foxes (aka Fruit Bats) in Sydney|
After the conference we had most of a day free, which turned out to be our anniversary, so we drove out of Sydney into the Blue Mountains. We are sure they are lovely mountains, but the whole trip was in a downpour with clouds near ground level so we did not get to see much that was very far from the car. We had a great time with each other anyway.
|Gae on the mail run ferry|
We have accepted an assignment to be the editors for the Ensign and Liahona magazine inserts. There is an eight-page insert in each magazine for ten months each year. We have to produce about 2500 words each month. Terry is writing some of it, but mostly we are organizing a group of people to get photos and write articles for us to edit. The end game is to get it all organized and then turn it over to a local person who will be called (assigned) to be the editor. We have produced two months worth of inserts so far and so far everything has been approved by the Area Presidency. It has been a busy but fun project.
|Gae & Terry in Sydney. It is said to be good luck |
to touch the pig - Gae is going for the gold!
We just finished the first quarter report, which involves us gathering information from each of our countries and organizing it into a spreadsheet. As always, we have a little trouble getting some of them to report, but in the end we got it put together. One of the amazing things was our public affairs councils in Samoa overshot their media placement goal: 141 media exposures vs. a goal of 2. The media team is headed by George Hunt who is constantly working on relationships which allow so many placements.
Our director and his wife, Richard and Laura Hunter, are about to have their fifth son. We are very excited for them. Their son, Charlie, who has three sisters, is very happy that the new arrival will be a brother.
A tornado passed within a mile of our house and did significant damage. One man was killed. We were eating lunch at a restaurant in Birkenhead which was in the tornado’s path only 2 hours before it passed through. Tornados of this magnitude are rare in New Zealand.