Sunday, July 5, 2015

This is an interesting time for the Sydney North Mission as we say goodbye to Pres. and Sis Howes and welcome Pres. and Sis Checketts.  The Howes have been so devoted to the missionaries and such amazing teachers and leaders.  They sweet and humble Aussies and have passed on the mantle with grace.  We also have such a fun group of senior couples serving in this mission.

This month we had another great young man from Japan named Daiki baptized. Allan has been tutoring him in English.

We love our English students.  I have this darling Chinese gal who is married and about 35.  She is so cute, smart and loves to come.  She came by the free English signs the missionaries post around town.  She has begun taking the discussions so we shall see.  I also have 2 Indian women who I adore and several Asians .  All these are non members but I also teach another 6-8 who are members of this Ward and another.  Allan also has some interesting students from Brazil, Japan and other Asians.  

Last weekend we went with 4 other couples to a “shire” about 3 hrs drive to the Scottish Festival.  We drove out Fri. afternoon and saw some beautiful Australian countryside with many kangaroo grazing in the bush.  We stayed in the small shire and had a great dinner together and the next morning went to the festival for the day.  It was a large place with lots of booths selling handmade stuff and all kinds of local food.  The day began with a grand parade of about 20 pipe bands that entered the arena and played together  and separately .  Also throughout the day there were highland strongman games and lots of musical and dancing in various locations.  It was a beautiful sunny and cool day so it turned out to be a great getaway.  The couple in front are the Hendersons who serve with us and the others serve in the mission office and in the legal dept.

 This is one of the timed strongman games where they run down this row of barrels and stones and have to lift the stones on top.  The first stone is 100 lbs and they get progressively heavier.
This event is the sack toss where they toss the 25 lb sack over a bar similar to a high jump bar.  The winner tossed over 125ft.  The next game was the caber toss where they pick up this 165 lb poll and throw it end over end.  Needless to say, I don't think anyone thought these guys were sissys in their kilts!!

Of course Allan and E. Henderson wanted to sport their new hats.

It was certainly a fun filled day with good weather, great friends and lots of entertainment.

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