Friday, 6 April 2012

The Reunion and photos

Hi everyone.  The Reunion was just brilliant, the weather was hot and the rain stayed away.  It was amazing to meet some many new people all related by blood whether they be Bonds, Ridleys or Taylors.

WE all chatted and talked, looked at each others history, Of course I was the researcher and not blood related and trying to explain who was connected to who and how was .......well a huge challenge.  One gorjus lady was  a niece of my husbands great grandmother, she ran for cover, she didnt look much older than us, which shows how generations can go in different lines.  She was really funny and lovely, we where told alot about Pauls great gran, alot that we didnt know, it was nice to learn, yet sad too.

There were around 120 people atteneded from aged 86yrs to 12mths.  Claudia who had turned 18 a few days earlier, was given a birthday cake, and we all sang happy birthday to her.

There were a few families from Australia who also came over, it was lovely to meet Nathan and his fiancee, and Billhis dad.  It was great to meet Debbie and her adult children.  It was a joy to see all the children playing aroudn the gardens with some of the older children looking after them.

I still only have a few photos that I will put on here, it be a few more days yet as i am still hoping that someone of the family will email me more photos.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Book is Finished

Well the book is finally finished, after a full on day on Sunday and very early Monday morning.  Dropped book off at 10am Monday..............yay.  been bouncing ever since, even the price change cant dim me.

Apparently i was so absorbed in doing the book, that ihave been missing in action fromthe family for about two months.  OPPPSSS.  So now having a 10 day break. 

The reunion is in 10 days looking forward to meeting everyone.

Cya soon


Thursday, 9 February 2012

The book is finally coming together

Hello folk

Not been here for a while now.  Busy at the beginning of the year to say the least. 

I have had a couple of new contacts with the Taylor line, they have been great.  Thanks Ngarie and Ruth for the updates. 

Marlene has also been on a roll, giving me more info and making sure I am kept up to date, apparently we have just had a family wedding and a new baby this year.  You will have to read the book to find out who, what, where and when.

Noela has also been keeping me on my toes, my family and I went over to her house a few weeks back, what a gorjus place she has, it is going to be great for the Reunion, i am so lookign forward to meeting everyone.

The Alfuth & Ridley lines are now done, just need to format the document.  The Bond line is coming along nicely and the Taylors I hope to start next week.

Any last minute stories?  Never mind I think we will call it a day.

Thank you all for your time, and memories, cya soon

Monday, 2 January 2012

Happy New Year & a long over due Update

Happy New Year everyone, I hope 2012 is very good to you all.

Well havent I been a bit slack with my updates.  Sorry about that.  New info came in at a rapid pace again.  I have had a couple of phone calls from Kevin and emails from down South Island from the Neil line.  Noela has been to visit several times, giving me info from Kevin, oh Kevin sent an email to, so thanks :-)

Everything is comign together now.,  We have a deposit system for the books of $10 each or more preferable you can pay in full $25 each.  The deposit is for printing costs.  I am hoping to do one  print run for everyone so please get your orders in.  It would be lovely to be able to hand them out at the reunion.

If there is not many on order then the printing will be done after the Reunion and that also means there will be a  postal charge too on top of the $25.  Those of you in Australia I will make sure there are copies for yout o take home.  I can manage a short print run by doing this myself rather than at the printers.

So far we have Orders for 28 books........which to say the least is wonderful.  Thank you to those who have paid or are in the process of paying.  Thank you to those who have paid deposits, dont forget to bring the money on the day.

Look forward to meeting you all.

Oh yes news just in............had an order from Nathan Ridley in OZ.  He recently got engaged, though that story will be in the book.......well the anouncement anyway.......

Bye for now