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‘Georgie Gorgeous’

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Georgina  Annie  Sharpe
1925 — 2015

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“O soul at peace!
Return to your Lord,
You well pleased with God,
God well pleased with You.
Enter in my servants
And enter My heavenly garden”

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IN  MEMORY:

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An animated clip of this image which I’ve

uploaded to my YouTube channel:

Georgie Gorgeous

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Love notes (6)

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“. . . my woman, my wife, my love, my life . . .”

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COMMENT:

In an earlier post I wrote about sitting at cafés with the Gelfling as being one of the little pleasures in my life, and how we rarely speak — quite content with the silence in each other’s company, she pictured here, quietly reading a magazine, me fiddling with my cameras or simply watching the world go by . . .
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Lunch with the Gelfling

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No posts today — am taking time out with the Gelfling, pictured here checking a menu outside some street-side cafe. As you can see, food is a serious business for Gelflings.
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Love notes (5)

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On love (8)

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“. . . The sweetest of all sounds is that
of the voice of the woman we love . . .”

Jean de la Bruyère  ~
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Coffee & Cake:

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Coffee and cake with the Gelfling . . .

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My Two Sons:

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Image: 1990 – Tahuna Beach, New Zealand

Yes, travellers also get to join the dance-of-life.

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– Little –

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‘Jorja’

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I met her yesterday afternoon ... 
she calls the Gelfling . . . grandma .
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Love notes (4)

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The ‘garage sale’

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Various projects and assignments have me coming off the road for more than a month at any one time, taking up temporary residence in a house or apartment for the duration. Here’s a recent example with the Gelfling pictured kneeling on her sleeping pad after moving into a new loft. We have become experts in an arcane art — the garage sale — selling off our accumulations from a stay, prior to moving on.

A successful garage sale is when everything on offer is sold. The secret to that success is pricing. Label every item with a price tag which you’ve arrived at by estimating the second-hand value of that item, and then halving it. This is your starting price. If items are not snapped up immediately when your punters arrive, then halve the price again.

Think of it like this: people are paying you to take away your junk.

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South Pacific Island Sojourn
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Mother’s Day

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Image: 1990 – Tahuna Beach, New Zealand

To the Gelfling — thank you for being the mother of my children.
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Love notes (3)

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Cypher Key:  BCRA-FRFNZR ~ ROT-13
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On prayer (4)

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My prayer beads

A rosary in Irish horn and meditation beads
of ancient wood — gifts from the Gelfling.
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Happy St Patrick’s Day

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“Fáilte . . .”

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  Shamrock

Hand made bobbin lace — a gift from the Gelfling on St Patrick’s Day — created using Mettler-60 pure cotton thread with 50 pairs of bobbins, and a Perle-8 gimp thread with one pair of bobbins.
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Love Notes (2)

An anniversary  . . .

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Patrick’s Angel

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Image: 1993 – Raumati Beach, New Zealand

This is the Gelfling . . . the love of my life!
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Life’s little pleasures

Copyright 2011 © Patrick O’Brien

In an earlier post from a South Pacific Island Sojourn, I wrote of stopping off at a local outdoor café, and where, once a week, I’d read the papers and catch up on local gossip over coffee. Interestingly, I don’t particularly like coffee. Tea is my preferred drink — plain, black-leaf tea, served boiling hot with lots of sugar.

Not to mind; sitting at a café is one of the little pleasures in my life, especially when accompanied by the Gelfling. We rarely speak, quite content with the silence in each other’s company, she pictured here, quietly reading a magazine, me fiddling with my cameras or simply watching the world go by . . .
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Monument to Love

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African stone — a gift from the Gelfling
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Christmas Tree

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~ This is the gelfling’s Christmas tree ~
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Love Notes (1)

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Hitchhike New Zealand

Hitchhiking in the snowCopyright 2011 © Succat

New Zealand is an easy country to hitchhike around – even in winter, with the Gelfling pictured here following a fresh fall of snow. However, as with any country, getting through cities poses a unique set of problems for the hitchhiker and so, in this, the first of a series, the writer’s alter-ego offers some of his well-practiced methods on exiting each of the four major metropolitan centres in New Zealand:

Exiting New Zealand Cities
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‘Footsteps’

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Licking the Bowl

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The gelfling baked a Christmas cake today. I got to lick the bowl. Here’s her recipe . . .

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THE GELFLING’S CHRISTMAS CAKE

• Measure into large pan:
◦ 1 cup brown sugar
◦ 1 cup cold water
◦ 125 gm butter
◦ 1 tbsp golden syrup
◦ 1/2 tsp nutmeg
◦ 1/2 tsp all spice
◦ 1 tsp mixed spice
◦ 1 tsp baking soda
◦ 1 kg mixed fruit

• Bring to boil and simmer 10 minutes with lid off. Then cool.
When cold, add:
◦ 2 eggs, one at a time
◦ 2 cups flour
◦ 1 tsp baking powder
◦ 1/3 cup brandy

• Bake at 150° (300°F) for 3 hours in a papered, covered tin.
Pour over more brandy while still hot. Cool in pan overnight.


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From an Angel

Copyright 2011 © Patrick O’Brien

A gift — hand made bobbin lace from the Gelfling:

“Bedfordshire” Bobbin Lace, created using Mettler 60 pure cotton thread
with 33 pairs of bobbins and a fine gold gimp thread with 16 pairs of bobbins
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21 Years

Copyright 2011 © Patrick O’Brien

October 10, 1990  —  October 10, 2011

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, – I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! – and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

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Highway Number One

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In 2003 I commenced a short hitchhiking tour of New Zealand, touching the country, meeting her people and sampling the mood. Pictured here, standing beside State Highway One which traverses the length of New Zealand from North Cape to Bluff, I travelled this land for seven years. Here are my hitchhiking logs which record the distance covered, a journey farther than travelling twice around the Earth’s equator . . .
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The gelfling

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The gelfling
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