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Yesterday I went to the dentist(again) and they were all feeling very unhappy about the the new NHS contract they have had to sign, in order to keep on offering National Health Service dentistry. It demands that they see far more patients than they currently do,and it is already a very busy clinic. They were one of the very few clinics which managed to achieve current targets and yet they seem to be being hit particularly heavily with the new demands. If the demands continue to be so unreasonable I suspect the practice will end up having to abandon NHS dentistry, as many others have already done, which would be a great shame!

In the afternoon Ian and I went to Focus, by Asda to do a bit of shopping, and also to think about what we want to do with our bathroom and toilet, which need replacing. When we got home, we got a phone call from a guy called Bob who works for the Ark Proect which is setting up two houses. We had decided that we would donate our spare fridge-freezer which was stored in the garage and a little later he came and picked it up.

Chris was home from school early because they had a "merit half" (no afternoon school because they've been good!)and Matthew spent the evening trying to learn javascript, while David is trying to do something with the church's youth website.

We watched an episode of Cracker, and while we we watching I made some Easter/spring cards







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takahe
Apr. 4th, 2006 11:17 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness, those Easter/spring cards are absolutely gorgeous. How inspiring! It seems to be a UK kind of thing, cards for that season. Our friends here who are Scottish, get a whole heap of cards at Easter, but it's definitely not a tradition here.
I just love them.
I hope your teeth are doing okay. I have to go in May. I'm starting to fret already LOL!
vivh
Apr. 4th, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
The fact that Easter is in springtime here, and we are surrounded by signs of new life springing from the apparent deadness of winter, somehow is so much more fitting to Easter sentiment than autumn time when everything is fading and dying! It's as if the Christian message of new life in Christ is echoed all around in nature, and after the long darkness of Winter here, the longer sunny days, the snowdrops, bluebells, primroses and the blossoms on the trees are something to celebrate in themselves. (Though it is still pretty cold!)

As for my teeth, they are okay, just okay.*g*
takahe
Apr. 4th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
I love your descirption of that. It does sound great, meaningful. Thanks.

I bet if Easter had started down here, it would have had a whole different kind of imagery *g*

vivh
Apr. 4th, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC)
I bet if Easter had started down here, it would have had a whole different kind of imagery *g*

Yeah most of ours, apart from the religious stuff, were Pagan fertilty symbols, rabbits, eggs, flowers.. all part of Beltane which was the ceremony where summer defeated winter, and they lit fires all over the place to celebrate the change of season! Of course Christianity has adopted these symbols and made them its own!

I wonder what symbols would have been used in NZ? We have the pohutakawa for Christmas, what about Easter? Something Maori maybe? Or maybe something to do with the sea? Or...
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