Tuesday, December 25, 2018


*** apologies for early technical glitch with the videos. Fixed now.

I am going to start today's blog with a song, one that was incredibly popular back when it was released in 1984.

"Poi E" is a New Zealand 1984 number-one hit song by the group Patea Māori Club off the album of the same name. Its popularity was unique in New Zealand as Māori music rarely reaches popular status. Released in 1984, the song was sung entirely in the Māori language and featured a blend of Māori cultural practices in the song and accompanying music video, including Māori chanting, poi dancing, and the wearing of traditional Māori garments.

And next... is another song:

"Aotearoa" is a song by New Zealand recording artist Stan Walker featuring Ria Hall, Troy Kingi and Maisey Rika. It was released as a single through Sony Music Australia on 21 July 2014. "Aotearoa" peaked at number two on the New Zealand Singles Chart.

I've put these songs on today as I feel Christmas is about family AND togetherness... and music is a great way to bring people together.

And well... I love both songs!  *smiles*


I hope you have a happy, fun, special day with friends and family.

We will be opening presents here with the kids and Lacy, then heading off to Auckland for the next couple of days.

I will be blogging.... from me friggin phone, so don't expect miracles!


OH... thought I would show you the 4th House Runner, even though it's not finished yet, I have to put the backing fabric on and top stitch it:

ABOVE:  There's probably a couple more things I will add to it, like a bird or two flying by the tree... but for now it has to stay as it is.  I've got no more time to do anything on it today.


 Safely in Auckland.... and just finished CHRISTMAS lunch. Full as a  bull now.

Enjoying chatting with one of Steve's work mates. Vlad is from Lithuania and very interesting to talk with.

Weather is horrid. Heavy rain showers... but warm.

ABOVE: Dante having 'dessert'....like father like son. *sigh*

9.18 pm: and we've had a rather hilarious evening playing Cards Against Humanity.
A seriously inappropriate card game. 

Time to wrap up this lovely CHRISTMAS Day. 


  1. Wishing you and all your family a very happy Christmas and a healthy happy 2019

  2. Merry Christmas to you and your family! It's still the 24th here.

  3. Merry Christmas to you all from this side of the ditch!!!!! xxxxx Christy

  4. Anonymous12:13 PM

    i really like your most recent house runner - love it! !Merry Christmas from Minnesota (USA) Ranee

  5. Meri Kirihimeti whanau
    Love from us xxx

  6. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I hope that you're having an awesome day

  7. Thanks Chris for those NZ songs. They were just what I needed after a fraught family Xmas. A little bit of home!
    Love to you and your family.
    Lovely to see your Xmas fay

  8. Anonymous11:04 AM

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you Chris.
    Loved the music clips, Stan Walker - a long time fan, an inspirational and genuine man with a fantastic voice.
    Best wishes from our family to yours.
    Kindest, Heather


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