My daughter chose two whakatauki, traditional Maori proverbs, to use on the label which carried all her hopes for her friend.
He toka tu moana, ara he toa rongonui
Your strength is like a rock that stands in raging water - this affirms an individual's strength and courage.
He taru kahika
Walk on, as it is only summer rain falling - It is only a small adversity, so don't let it be a hindrance.
I think she picked particularly well, but I will admit that I am a rather biased mother, as we all tend to be.
My annual activity has been reaching fever pitch - I've been making my yearly Christmas decorations for friends. I know we all do it, but I do wonder why I don't start these earlier - one of the great imponderables. Even with the best intentions I'm sure I'll repeat the exercise again next year.
Four years ago I made black hands - it was not long after my dear friend Denys had died and I had no cheery words that year to embroider on decorations so I chose hands instead. One of my friends gave them the nick name "the hands of death" so this year I decided it was time to make some more with a more cheery disposition to keep them company.
I'm really keen on them - especially the one's with tatting and linen buttons on them. I will be making sure that I keep one of these back for myself. They are of course part of my continuing series of 101 things to do with an old doiley!
So the Christmas tree is up, most of the presents have been wrapped and work has finally ceased for the year. I'm starting to feel that the end of year wind down is almost upon us.
Best wishes to you all for a peaceful and happy time this holiday season, full of joy and hope.