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On the cusp of something big

posted 2 Feb 2012, 02:20 by Sandra Kirby   [ updated 2 Feb 2012, 20:49 ]
As I write this it is just 50 minutes until Mark's birthday in this hemisphere anyway - 12 hours and 50 minutes where Mark lives so I guess he is younger over there!  Breaking one of my rules and am going to share a story I've already told Adrian because it is good.

This morning when I got to work there was a message that I needed to call the organizers of the Carterton Wheelbarrow Race.  Now not only was I so uneducated that I didn't know that Carteron held a wheelbarrow race but I also was totally unaware that this auspicious event is a historical re-enactment.  So that you are no older than your current ages before this part of NZ history is brought to your attention I take it upon myself to educate you.  Around the 1860s the Mr Carter who later gave his name to the town of Carterton was just getting established as a farmer in the newly opened up Wairarapa.   He came over the hills to Wellington to buy some trees for his new farm and put these trees in a wheelbarrow and walked over the Rimutaka Hills - yes walked with wheelbarrow.  This must have been hot and exhausting so our Mr Carter stopped at pub on way and went inside for a beer.  He had  parked his wheelbarrow outside pub.  While he was supping someone came along and took his wheelbarrow with trees.  Carter came out and gave chase - for miles the story goes.  Now you know.

I hope Mark that the package we sent arrived in time for your birthday.  And for Maria and Tim tomorrow marks the move into new house together.  Truly tomorrow is a remarkable day - may it be truly auspicious.

Love Sandra/Mum
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