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Do any Dunedin readers know of any tolerant religious Heathens in the Otago area? I have two apple trees on my section from which I have got all but one of the apples. The trees are still green with mistletoe. It seems a shame not to offer it in an inter-religious exchange where it can be put to good use.

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Do any Dunedin readers know of any tolerant religious Heathens in the Otago area? I have two apple trees on my section from which I have got all but one of the apples. The trees are still green with mistletoe. It seems a shame not to offer it in an inter-religious exchange where it can be put to good use.

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I am probably the only person who shouts at the tv “State the nature of the medical emergency!” everytime Tony Ryall comes on the news to talk about pandemics.

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I’m back on the internet, which means I must have all the services I need. I took out a broadband account with Telstra-Clear. I can’t say that they were particularly helpful. First the credit agency lost my information, it was mailed over a long weekend, and I had to send it again. When the phone was connected I asked when the modem for my broadband would arrive. It would take three to five days. I waited until after the weekend. When I rang again they said it hadn’t been initialised, i.e. not sent. So they couriered it out to me. It was delayed a day by Dunedin’s annual winter snowfall. We only get one a year, and everyone stays at home, at least anyone who has any sense as Dunedinites are not accustomed to travelling in the snow. This fitted into the timeframe of the arrival and I picked it up from the postshop. Then I battled with the instructions and my technophobia to install it. Success! I haz the interwebs again! One happy hobbit.

Lots of people helped me move. Pr. Canady turned up twice, the second time bringing a friend with a barrow. I hope her back is better. A friend from church helped with another barrow and a truck. We moved the last of the stuff in the night and the wind because there was going to be a funeral at church for a Danish woman and everything had to be moved forward in schedule. I ended up missing that funeral because I didn’t get the communication for the right times and arrived when the occasion was wrapping up. Cue one annoyed hobbit!

Also my flatmates helped me with their satanic urban vehicle to move smaller stuff. Apart from unpacking stuff I am nearly moved in.

I didn’t miss everything. Yew Tree Woman’s ex-partner unexpectedly took a turn and died. I made sure I attended that funeral. It was fabulously well attended. He would have loved to been there and seen everyone. They even came from Australia and America.

I have bought myself a little tv set (14′) and started watching tv again. The indigenous channel Maori TV is a national treasure. It has amazingly good current affairs. Channel Nine is good for local news. Prime has re-runs of Top Gear. I even watched Man vs. Wild because I had heard about it. I did not realise it was so laughable. I now understand why there are people out there rooting for the Wild. Come on, it worked for Steve Irwin!

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My new telephone provider is being slow in connecting the telephone at my new flat. This could be because my credit rating is impossible to find. I don’t have one. My credit rating doesn’t exist. I sent two pieces of identification to Auckland. No driver’s licence, it’s lapsed; no passport, I’ve never travelled overseas. Who am I? It’s been a short week so that could explain why they are being so remiss. I will call them from work on Monday.

So this could be my last update for a while as I move tomorrow into my unconnected new flat. At least until next week. I will check my computer tomorrow so I will have emails and RSSfeeds to tide me over.

This week has been a high and low of confidence and anxiety. Moving houses has made me so anxious I have loss of appetite. Yes! Me! I love eating. Some of my mealtimes this week have been unhappy times as I have eaten without conviction. The promise of snow tomorrow when I move did not help me sleep when I was told of it. Still the forecast has got milder when I look at it later in the day and my confidence has returned.

I have been crossing the valley taking bags of stuff with me, opening drawers and cupboards, sorting out books and papers and clothing. I found a plastic catbox which I don’t use and left it as a gift for Taniwha. One more thing I didn’t need.

Similarly Tao the wonder cat has watched her world turned upside down. I hope she likes our new house. I certainly do. I have not had this kind of space before.

I am grateful for the support and encouragement of others during this time. People have been magnanimous to me and I love you all for it.

I need to pack the last lot of clothes: old things of which I might get rid, sheets and towels, and perhaps my coats. Then I will go one more time in the dark across the valley. Signing off for now. See you on the other side.

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My new telephone provider is being slow in connecting the telephone at my new flat. This could be because my credit rating is impossible to find. I don’t have one. My credit rating doesn’t exist. I sent two pieces of identification to Auckland. No driver’s licence, it’s lapsed; no passport, I’ve never travelled overseas. Who am I? It’s been a short week so that could explain why they are being so remiss. I will call them from work on Monday.

So this could be my last update for a while as I move tomorrow into my unconnected new flat. At least until next week. I will check my computer tomorrow so I will have emails and RSSfeeds to tide me over.

This week has been a high and low of confidence and anxiety. Moving houses has made me so anxious I have loss of appetite. Yes! Me! I love eating. Some of my mealtimes this week have been unhappy times as I have eaten without conviction. The promise of snow tomorrow when I move did not help me sleep when I was told of it. Still the forecast has got milder when I look at it later in the day and my confidence has returned.

I have been crossing the valley taking bags of stuff with me, opening drawers and cupboards, sorting out books and papers and clothing. I found a plastic catbox which I don’t use and left it as a gift for Taniwha. One more thing I didn’t need.

Similarly Tao the wonder cat has watched her world turned upside down. I hope she likes our new house. I certainly do. I have not had this kind of space before.

I am grateful for the support and encouragement of others during this time. People have been magnanimous to me and I love you all for it.

I need to pack the last lot of clothes: old things of which I might get rid, sheets and towels, and perhaps my coats. Then I will go one more time in the dark across the valley. Signing off for now. See you on the other side.