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Omarama Gazette
Christmas 2020

In this Christmas Issue

A Christmas letter home 
- from Biella, Italy
- from California, United States
- from Muntagin, Wetern Australia

Here comes Santa Claus
Santa makes history
School end-of-year assembly 2020
From the 2020 album
The Noticeboard 
The Community Reports
Christmas and New Year greetings, holiday hours and events
Everything I needed to know about 2020 ...
A Christmas letter home...
Dear friends,

We have all wondered what Christmas 2020 would bring.
Although we in New Zealand are allowed to gather, if we’re careful, we know so many of you who would normally be with us are not as free and won't be able to make it 'home' to Omarama this year.
Our thoughts are with you all.

I asked a few of you if you would like to write a Christmas letter  to your friends and whanau here and let us know a little of what life has been like where you are.
I’m so sorry, it turned out to be a tough ask.
We - should I say I - have become complacent here, somewhat cocooned in our New Zealand ‘bubble’, and have forgotten just how difficult it can be.

“Thanks, but I’ll pass on this one. I envy you all in NZ. Totally opposite here with Covid and nasty politics.”
“Yes, vaccinations have started here but there is a backlog of people to work through (front line health workers then the elderly and clinically vulnerable) before most of us are eligible for it. Then the process is two stage with the two doses a month apart. So there is some way to go yet.
Much of the country is out of lockdown for now though with significant restrictions..
But with the Christmas shopping followed by Xmas itself many of us are expecting there will be another spike of infections followed by a further lockdown in the New Year. I shall try to avoid all the usual activity.”
 
Please know that we care.
This comes to you with our very best wishes for a Merry Christmas.
And our New Year resolution to stay close whatever the distance.
 
Kāti rā
Kia hora te marino,
kia whakapapa pounamu te moana,
kia tere te kārohirohi i mua i tō huarahi.
Tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou
Kia Kaha!
 
May there be pervasive calm,
May the sea glisten like greenstone
and may the shimmer of light guide you on your way.
Greetings one and all, be strong.

Below are three Christmas letters home from our extended Omarama family.
From Biella, Italy
To my dear friends in Omarama,
 
It is with a slightly heavy heart but a strong sense of hope that I am writing this letter to you from my Italian home.
Due to the peculiar circumstances we all are dealing with at present, I will unfortunately not be able to spend the holiday season at Otamatapaio, my home away home, here in Omarama amongst you all, for the first time in thirty years I am not able to come to Otamatapaio. 

     

While the whole word has been dealing with a complex health crisis, Italy has been especially affected, and every one of us has been left a little shaken by the gravity and unpredictability of this year’s events. I do want to reassure you however that I have great faith in our ability to recover and learn from this in order to carry on our path even stronger than before.
 
As you undoubtedly know, New Zealand has always been of prime importance to Reda as a company, and Omarama especially has come to mean a lot to my family. And while we will not get to share this special time of year together, I really want to wish all my dear friends and acquaintances whom I have been following on social media, and everyone in the local community, a very merry Christmas and my best wishes for the coming year.
 
Warmest regards,
Francesco Botto Poala

 
Francesco Botto
Chief Operating Officer
 

Andrea Bocelli: Amazing Grace – Music For Hope (Live From Duomo di Milano)
(apologies for the advertising)
From California, United States
Hi, from sunny California.

Although now we are  having foggy cold mornings  and praying  for  some  rain. 
Northern California  counts  on heavy rain during November  continuing to April that deposits snow in our  mountains.
Since we do not get any rain in late spring and summer, most of our water comes  from the melting  snow. But this year the rains have not come  yet.

     

It gets down to 0C degrees at night  but gets back up to 20C each  day and somehow the rains are avoiding us. Napa only has 5% of the normal rain for this time of year. It will be a very dry summer  if things  do not change.
Besides that the virus is spreading rapidly, California  now  has a curfew from 10 pm  until 5 am for at least the next  month.
And  the  government  is  pleading for all the citizens not  to visit and celebrate the holidays with their families and friends.
How I am missing visiting  your  beautiful town  and sharing a beer  in the pub.
It will only be the second  time since 1995 that I am not able to spend your summers in Omarama, chasing  all the trout  and remembering  to   keep to the left side of the  road.
Many days  I regret leaving New Zealand in late March right before they shut down the airport and highways. But  then Denise would probably  become  very tired of me holed up in her lovely cottage  and  my three kittens  would probably file for "child abandonment" if I stayed over for a year.
Our government is promising to give me the  vaccine by April since I am over 65 and in a high risk group but  that will be too late  for trout  fishing and  our grape  vines will need  some  loving tender care by April providing we get some much needed rain.
Please  think of me while you are enjoying a brew in the  pub and I am holed up in m home going stir crazy.

Take care
Frank
Frank G. Monaghan
From Muntagin, Western Australia
As we all know 2020 has been a very weird year...

After returning to Aus in December 2019 after what I thought was a year that couldn’t get much worse, who could have guessed what 2020 held in store for us all.
As some will know, after having three months in Aus in the 2017 winter, we had set off in May 2018 to spend a couple of years travelling and working in Australia, but tragedy intervened with Murray becoming ill in March 2019 and us returning to NZ, and him passing a few short months later.

       

It was a tough call to come back to Aus, but Murray had insisted that I carry on with our dream of travelling the entire country, so Lucy ( our Jack Russell) and I headed back to Queensland in December  to house sit for friends on Bribie Island - an hour north of Brisbane for most of January. I then went further north to Hervey Bay and Bundaberg for look around for a couple of weeks and to fill  in some time before another house sit in Burringbar in northern NSW - inland from Byron Bay in the Tweed Valley, which is a very attractive part of the country.

This took me until the end of February and I was about to accept a three to six month position managing a motel in Mt Isa in western Queensland, when I received a call from some very old friends in WA asking me to come over and help with seeding - the planting of their crops. At this time Covid was only just rearing its head, and these guys were having to go to the UK for urgent family business, and as I had done the harvest for them in 2018 and worked for them many years ago I could slot straight into the job. So instead of an 1800 km trip to western Queensland, I set off on the 4500km journey to WA, going via SA and Adelaide to spend a few days with friends, and then up to Lake Bonney on the Murray River with other friends who we had travelled  with up thru the centre to Darwin in the winter of 2017. 

I still wasn’t paying much attention to the Covid situation as I left South Australia for the long drive over the Nullarbor, but in hindsight my timing was fairly tight, as three days after crossing into WA the border was closed, and it has only just reopened in the last few days. I then spent a few days in Esperance and left there the day before it to went into regional lockdown. As we now know it all happened very quickly, but looking back I don’t think I missed any warnings or anything. It all happened so fast it took a lot of people by surprise.

With the national and international border closures my friends were unable to go to the UK but they still wanted me to stay on and with WA being in regional lockdown - split into 5 regions and travel forbidden between the regions, I couldn’t go anywhere anyway. So I spent my lockdown sitting on a 500hp tractor seeding (drilling) around 2500 ha.
Towards the end of June the border restrictions were starting to ease, and friends from Brisbane suggested that we meet up in Darwin, so after catching up with relations and friends in Perth and a quick trip down to Margaret River, I headed north, retracing our steps from our trip down from Darwin in October 2018. The west coast of WA is spectacular and places like Kalbarri, Carnarvon, Exmouth and Broome are well worth visiting - not to mention the amazing Karijini National Park near Tom Price - a very attractive mining town.

We crossed into the NT a day after the border opened, tho I did have to complete a border pass, and travelled on to Katherine and then into Darwin, to catch up with the guys who had travelled up from Brisbane.   This was my fourth time in Darwin - I love the NT and the  plan was to spend a few weeks there before moving on to western Queensland, where apart from a couple of brief stops while flying over it, I have not been to. 

But Covid reared it’s ugly head again with the outbreaks in Melbourne and Sydney and the interstate borders shut again. So a couple of weeks in Darwin turned into six or seven, while I waited to see where and when I could go.  The temperatures were starting to warm up, and the humidity increasing, and an early wet season threatening, so I made a reluctant decision to head back to the west, where I had the offer of a job for harvest.  Tho' the WA border was ‘hard closed’ I was able to apply for, and get an exemption to travel across the border as agricultural worker are classified as essential workers. But I did have to have to quarantine in Kununurra for 14 days. So in mid-September I crossed back into WA and went into quarantine in a caravan park and had a Covid test. It was getting very warm by them - 36c to 38C most days and the humidity was building. I had taken advice from an online page and brought a paddling pool, which was a saviour for both Lucy and I.

So here I am ..... in Muntagin  about 350 km due east of Perth, driving a header, about two thirds of the way thru 10000ha of crop.  It’s been a difficult harvest with rain and thunder storms holding us up at the moment, but long days when we’re going. It doesn’t look as tho' we’ll e finished before the 25th so I know what I’ll be doing for Christmas 😎.

Where to from here you ask ....... well it’s been a tough year for me..... grief catches you out at the most unexpected moments, and I’m sure that if Covid and its border restrictions hadn’t been around I would have probably given up and be home by now. I still haven’t explored western and inland Queensland, but I plan to be home this year - home to Omarama.
It’s a great little town that I hold close to me and have some fantastic supportive friends.

I hope you all have a great and happy Christmas and New Year.
Guy Sanders 

Below: The roads travelled so far; Cable Beach Broome; Quarantine, Kununarra WA; Croc watch - Nightcliff, Darwin; Casuarina, Darwin; Cable Beach, Broome; Karajini National Park, WA; Near Exmouth, WA; Wooramel Station, Pilbara WA; Wooramel Stn; Hole in the rock, Kalbarri NP; Bruce Rock, WA; Wave Rock, WA; Nullarbor; Litchfield NP, Northern Territory. Photos: supplied.
Here comes Santa Claus
HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS,
here comes Santa Claus, …Bells are ringing, children singing,
All is merry and bright at the Omarama Playgroup Christmas party 2020
at the Pink Glider Café.
Santa makes history 
This year Santa made history at the Omarama Volunteer Fire Brigade's Christmas party.
Can you guess why?
We’ve never seen so many blokes queue up for a cuddle.🤣
Some (most) were a little taller than Santa and all had much hairier legs.
And we’re not at all sure that Santa is supposed to play favourites,
but the chief has obviously been very, very good this year!
Merry Christmas everyone and especially to the littlest volunteers,
(and Copper). 😘🥳
School end-of-year assembly 2020
IT WAS A DAY OF GOODBYES
And a day to look forward to great new beginnings.
Farewell to our year 8s – we all are so very proud of you!
This was your day…
Go well; Toby Bochel, Sadie Mason, Ebony Scobie and Cam Smith.
Congratulations to you all on completing an extraordinary year!
And farewell Mr (Bevan) Newlands and Mrs (Melissa) McLellan.
Who will forget 2020?!
A Tribute to our Sunshine Girl
 In memory of Eliza-Jayne Coetzee, who died October 4, 2019
Today, a place to sit and remember Omarama's Sunshine Girl at school was 'opened' by Eliza's mum, Tania, and friends; Cam Smith, Ebony Scobie
and Toby Bochel.
The chair was an idea of her friends, fellow Omarama School pupils, and was crafted by Luke Denton. (Mrs D's husband).
From our 2020 album ...
From the album, Omarama 2020
 
(With thanks to all who contributed photos)
 
These likely lads (above) begin our community album for 2020.
In 2020 we marked 50 years of Wajax – the competition using the portable pump, an integral part of a rural firefighter’s equipment – and which began in Omarama.
In this year like no other, we owe a debt of gratitude to these young men and the others of their time for their vision. Tho’ possibly they were just intent on having a bit of fun.

       

By February organisation was well in hand for the Wajax comps and our team began practicing for the event. Ultimately, by the end of the year that practice has been put to good use on more than one occasion.
And after several years of intensive fundraising the Omarama Community Sports Courts were opened. Scarcely, a day goes past when it is not being put to good use.
This year an Aussie took out the hotly contested hot potato - the Boots & Jandals Hotel Omarama Spud in the Bucket competition. Let’s admit it, it had to happen eventually.
 
We begin to hear of the new Coronavirus which will change our lives, as the cancellation by China of all tours out of that country cause wide-spread cancellation of bookings here.
The invisible and insidious cloud which will soon to blanket the world begins to creep over the country.

In March
The Omarama Collie Dog Club has a new president and young volunteer.
An Omarama identity, Glide Omarama, closes its doors.
There are more job losses as the fallout from the virus hits home.
The Maadi Cup is among the many events cancelled. We are disappointed but stoic. We’re doing the right thing, lives are on the line.

And then…
Overnight, we were introduced Covid-19 alert levels.
We stocked up on loo paper and faced up to life without takeaways.
Everything closed. We stayed home.
We were apart but not alone.
The community wrapped itself around its vulnerable.
Some heroes don’t wear capes - Thank you

The Daily Wire replaced the Omarama Gazette for a while and our Coronavirus diary began. Mostly the contributions came from our pets which suddenly became the centre of our world – Omarama’s dogs have never been so fit!
We stepped outside at 7pm each Wednesday night at the weekly siren call to arms and with our background orchestra of pots and pans, toots and whistles we made a big noise about it!
The international ‘bear hunt’ for bored children took on a uniquely Omarama twist.
We mastered, or didn’t, working and schooling and zooming from home.
 
#StandAtDawn On Anzac Day our town gathered in the streets below Ladybird Hill to hear the Last Post ring out and as the flag was lowered we remembered at home.
 
As restrictions lifted we nervously opened the door to a changed world.
School reopened with new principal Bevan Newlands.
There was no time for complacency as work and play began again in earnest
Firefighters battled smoke and ice to control a chimney fire at Wrinkly Rams.
Then it was a ground-breaking moment as work began on the Sailors Cutting to Benmore section of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail.
Our juniors were able to go out a huntin’ and a fishin’ once again.
And our Ripper rugby stars and coach excelled themselves in what was to become an award-winning season.
Others got on quietly serving our community behind the scenes.
 
Covid closed our hotels with more out of work.
Then disaster struck Ohau and we were overwhelmed by its ferocity. It was beyond comprehension.
Our close friends and neighbours were safe but lost all.
 
We began to put our world back together again.
The good news stories started coming.
Just like our junior hockey team learned – you fall down seven times and get up eight.
We celebrate a Covid-19 Melbourne Cup in Omarama, and at long last the trail section is complete opening up beautiful new views of our place to us and the world.
 
We end our year celebrating the day with Omarama Legend, 'Wingy'.
It was 'Many Happy Returns' to our laird of Boots and Jandals Hotel’s infamous table at the ‘Dunny Door’ from your Omarama friends and whanau.

Could this be our theme song for 2020?
“So no one told you life was gonna be this way
Your job's a joke, you're broke
Your love life's DOA
It's like you're always stuck in second gear
When it hasn't been your day, your week, your month
Or even your year,
But we’ll be there for you.”

 
Kia Kaha dear friends
Merry Christmas and a Happy 2021
 
#STANDATDAWN Anzac day, Omarama, 2020
A happy ending

Do you remember this?
In December 2017 - three years ago - Sharon Rogers placed this in the Omarama Gazette's classifieds.

"Missing – Taken?
 Would the person who removed the cast iron ‘boot last’ – similar to the ones pictured here -from the garage at 12 Black Peak Rd, Omarama, please return it.
It is of huge sentimental value, my Dad gave it to me years ago.
Please put it back over the fence, no questions asked."


Last week Sharon, who had resigned herself to the fact the boot last had gone for good, was overcome when she discovered it had been returned.
She is so very grateful the person responsible had a  change of heart.


 
The Noticeboard 
To have your community notice included here email: omaramagazette@gmail.com

The Gliding New Zealand Multi-Class National Championships will be at Omarama Airfield, January 1 to January 10.

Kurow Medical Centre  Omarama Clinic at the Omarama Community Centre, is open Tuesdays, 8.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. To make appointments for all clinics, order repeat scripts or make enquiries please contact Kurow Medical Centre 03 436 0760 (Monday to Thursdays). www.kurowmedicalcentre.org.nz

The Omarama Community Library is open 9am to 10am,  Wednesdays and Saturdays, at the Omarama Community Centre. Library hours can change. Contact Yvonne: 027 476 7473.
The library will be closed Boxing Day and Wednesday, December 30, 2020

St Thomas' Omarama Community: Services and communion are held on a regular basis, usually monthly at 10.30am on the Friday of the second weekend of the month at the home of a parishioner. Contact: Kay Verheul 03 438 9538.

The Omarama Golf Club  Saturdays cards in 12.30pm tee-off 1pm.  Club Captain Adrian Tuffley, 027 347 8276. www.omaramagolfclub.co.nz/ 

The Upper Waitaki Young Farmers Club meets at 7.30pm on the first Monday of each month at the ‘Top Pub’ - the Blue and Gold pub, in Kurow. All welcome. Join the Facebook group.

Omarama Playgroup meets at 9.30am each Wednesday during the primary school term at the Omarama Community Centre.  For more information phone president Andrea Aubrey, 03 438 9863; vice president Ruby Milestone, 03 438 9401, secretary Carla Hunter, 03 976 0504 

Bridge Club - The Omarama Bridge Club meets on a regular basis and would welcome new members. If you are interested please phone Sylvia Anderson 438 9784 or Ann Patterson 438 9493.

The Omarama Model Aircraft Club meets on Saturdays from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon at its flying ground at the Omarama airfield. All welcome - Contact Don Selbie on 027 435 5516.

FENZ Omarama Volunteer Fire Brigade meets 7pm each Wednesday and has its meeting at 7:30pm on the third Wednesday of the month. New members welcome.

A gentle exercises and social afternoon group meets at the Otematata District Club at 1.30pm  Thursday afternoons. Gold coin donation and a cuppa after the exercises.

Learn to play Bridge Otematata, 7pm Thursdays at the Otematata District Club.
We have several persons learning at the present time. people can just sit in and watch to begin with if they prefer.  Contact Ethel Gray 03  438 7764 or just arrive. Non members of the club will need to be signed in by an existing member.

Plunket Line: 0800 933 922
Omarama Plunket Committee: phone Petrina Paton 027 345 6192 
Thank you to all who share your stories and contribute in other ways to the Gazette.
We all really appreciate what you do.

If you find anything amiss in the Omarama Gazette
please contact Ruth Grundy, 021 294 8002 or email omaragazette@gmail.com
and I will do my very best to put it right.
 
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The Community Reports
Upper Waitaki Police news
Well that’s it, another year done 'n' dusted.
I don’t have a lot more to report since my last article so I thought I’d summarise the incidents that will make 2020 more memorable than most.
 
COVID 19 – Lockdown was a trying time for me in a policing perspective.  It’s hard to police something like that without upsetting people. In all honesty we were lucky that the majority of the country was invested. What I did like was the way the community rallied around those that were alone or elderly. I’d also have to say that without the community’s cooperation my job would’ve been a lot harder. Bloody glad that we didn’t have to go back into a second lockdown all the same, and those COVID 19 adverts, I know they’re important but to actually pay someone to work out what the most annoying sound is on earth and then use that sound as the prelude to a COVID 19 safety message is either brilliant or mad….hhhmmm I better say no more or I’ll get myself into trouble again.

     
 
Lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau fires. When I helped with the Lake Pukaki fire I took some videos thinking that it was likely a once in a lifetime event and I’d never see anything like that again. Needless to say that when I arrived at Ohau village I was well and truly wrong. Words can’t express the apocalyptic views that greeted me. Once again the Omarama fire brigade impressed me with the way in which they handled themselves. The professionalism and expertise they exhibited even under fairly stressful conditions was amazing. I know it’s wrong for me to only pick out the Omarama Brigade but they were the ones I saw in action as I stayed with them so they could save my butt if things turned pear shaped, which when we had fire coming at us from both sides and nowhere for us to go I was pretty happy about!   I know all of the attending brigades from around the area did an outstanding job and congratulate them as well.
 
There was also a couple of Ohau village locals who went above and beyond. I’m hoping that their brave efforts will be recognised appropriately in the new year. I’d also congratulate the Ohau community who evacuated so quickly and effectively. The pre-planning for such an event no doubt saved lives that night.
 
Those 3 incidents would be the ones that stick in my mind for 2020....hopefully that’s it.
 
I’d also like to acknowledge the support that I’ve received over the last 12 months from within the community. Sometimes policing can be tough, and your messages and support were/are very much appreciated.
 
Anyhoo that’s it from me, Ange, and the kids, wish all of you a safe Xmas, look out for each other and roll on 2021!

Constable Nayland Smith, Omarama Police.
021 191 4808 or email nayland.smith@police.govt.nz


FENZ Omarama Volunteer Fire Brigade
Howdy everyone,

To our community
On behalf of the Omarama Volunteer Fire Brigade I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year.
Thanks for your support at our big calls, at our Golf Tournament and at the raffles at Boots and Jandels Hotel.
Remember we are available 24 hrs a day dial 111 and ask for the service you require.

- Stay Safe, Chief Fire Officer Greg Harper
 
FENZ Omarama Volunteer Fire Brigade meets 7pm each Wednesday and has its meeting at 7:30pm on the third Wednesday of the month.
You may need to turn the sound down for this!😆
On behalf of the Oamaru Combined Churches Foodbank

I would like to thank Omarama, Otematata, Kurow, Duntroon and surrounding areas for your generous donations of food.
We were overwhelmed with the support we received and our shelves are now very well stocked.
Your donations are very much appreciated and enable us to continue our work in the community.
Wishing you all a Very Happy Christmas.
Kind regards,

Jill Wilson
Secretary/Treasurer.
Omarama Golf Club
By Christine Bowman.

The last report for 2020 but we are not resting yet. Plans are well underway for our annual New Year Tournament on the 2nd January 2021.  Now we need the weather gods to deliver a warm, windless day!! Poster is below if you or your friends would like to enter. It's filling up fast, so it will be a great day.
 
Our annual AGM was held last weekend and the following is our new committee:
President                            Greg Harper
Vic President                     Paul Bowman
Secretary                             Christine Bowman
Treasurer                            Adrienne Harper
Club Captain                       James Moynihan
Course Convenor             Johnny Anderson
Committee Members    Ant Ford, Peter Trusler and Aaron Ferguson
 
We wish to acknowledge Adrian Tuffley for the great job he has done as Club Captain over the last several years.  Without his efforts the club wouldn’t be in such a strong position we are now.
 
The Runholders tournament was held the first week of December, with the normal friendly rivalry to win the three-person ambrose tournament.  Dalrachney Station came out this year’s winner, the team being Ed Audrey, Andy Moore and Carla Hunter (pic below).  A big thank you to Peter Walsh & Associates for sponsoring the event.
 
Omarama Rodeo Club
Omarama Community Library



The library will be open as usual over the holiday break
EXCEPT Boxing Day and December 30 when it will be closed

The Omarama Community Library  is open  
9am to 10am,  Wednesdays and Saturdays,
 at the Omarama Community Centre.
Please Note: Team size is up to 10 players maximum, six on the field. Mixed grade must have a minimum of two women on the field at all times. 'Mum, Dad, and Kids' must have a minimum of three under 12 yearson the field at all times. All players and spectators are to note that this is a very social Touch Rugby competition.
‘The Community Reports' is
dedicated to news
from clubs, groups and sports teams.

Contributions are welcome 
Email: omaramagazette@gmail.com
Otematata Golf Club

In Breaking News... 

The  Otematata Golf Club is to take up the Cancer Society's challenge and will hold a 72-hole longest day relay, to raise money for cancer support, on Saturday, January 16.
We shall have teams of four, each member will tee off at different times, probably starting at 6am then 9am, 12noon and 2pm. Each person of the team will play 18 holes.
All participants will get as many sponsors as they can, although there will be a main sponsorship pool.
Entry will be free, no prizes for first home, all funds will go to cancer.
Details are to be finalised but there is likely to be a raffle and a sausage sizzle with sale of sausages in bread etc. Maybe all team members will complete in last couple of holes to enable a group celebration at completion of massive task.
If there are any persons who would like to enter please email ethel.gray@xtra.co.nz
Funds may be deposited to SBS Bank account number 03-1355-0737778-00 stating 7-longest day as reference.
Tea and coffee and some nibbles will be available on the day.
The stipulation is for the 72 holes to be played in one day any time between  December 1 to January 31.

- Ethel Gray
All I needed to know about 2020 ...

All I needed to know about 2020 I learnt from my puppy
 
  1. Start every morning with a hug, a big long stretch and a run (walk).
  2. Give it everything you’ve got and then rest. Naps are necessary.
  3. Always welcome your people home with great joy. You've missed them and you don’t know where they’ve had to go in their day.
  4. Sometimes there are no answers, it makes no sense - you shake it off and start again.
  5. You maybe cute (?) and just want to play but not everyone wants to play right now, and not everyone likes dogs, and that’s okay.
  6. It’s really, really, really  hard to learn to sit and stay and wait.
  7. Who cares about tomorrow, let’s enjoy now.
  8. If you have a bad day, got stung by a bee or baled up by the chooks, learn the lesson and move on.
  9. You maybe short but you can take on the world for those you care about.
  10. The best way to deal with a face mask is not to eat it – that means a trip to the vet!

Love your people because they matter most.
Keep faith, always hope and love …with boundless, bounding JOY!
There’s one more thing… I say it every year - it's still true
Thank you for your contributions,  thank you for sharing.
It is a privilege to put the Gazette together and I enjoy every moment.
Truly, I could not do this without you. 
 
We live in a truly beautiful part of the world and among a community that cares.
Let's celebrate our place.

A world of good wishes to you all ...The Gazette is back February 3, 2021.

- Ruth Grundy, editor.
 
Omarama Gazette
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Email: omaramagazette@gmail.com

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