Yesterday JB told us about Christmas in NZ and the beautiful Pohutukawa and Drinking White Wine in the Sun. Ah, southern climes and the opposite side of the world, a life so different from North of 43.

When we first talked about a joint blog I suggested it be created by her in NZ because it was such an exotic location. ’I don’t think it’s exotic,’ replied she of sun and sea. All about perspective isn’t it?

I posted this way back January 16th of 2012 when our friendship was fairly new: I heard on the radio yesterday that a survey was done to determine the friendliest country in the world and New Zealand was the winner. This does not surprise me in the least – right Judith and Cecilia? – and I was pretty happy for my friends.
I do have an issue with surveys and wonder about the second third and fourth runner ups. (Canada was third, the USA fourth and I think South Africa was second).
I know how friendly Scotland and The Netherlands is, so I would like to know exactly how the survey was compiled. Was every country rated? I’ll bet lots of you know countries that could or should have been top rated.

Then, as now, two of my all-time favourite people, Judith Baxter and Cecilia Mary Gunther are of course of New Zealand. JB imported, and Celi exported. For me it is a land of wonder. I have watched hours of documentaries on flora and fauna, how the islands formed.


Guess which scene is me? Not too far from where I live actually. There is snow on the ground right now but rains are expected and a balmy 5C – currently -1C so we are looking at a green Christmas. At least here in South Western Ontario. Canada is a huge country so north-south-east-west the temperatures and weather varies quite drastically.

JB says their traditional Christmas fare is barbecue and I believe that turkey doesn’t make it to the top of the culinary list. Because of the time difference (next day) this is actually Christmas Day down under. **Say, if they are traditionally referred to as ‘down under’ how are we referred to by them? ’Up above’??

Anyway dearest Judith Baxter MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS from you northern global opposite! Chris

December 24th, 2021 North of 43

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One is about 43 degrees latitude N. and longitude 80 W, The other almost equidistant south latitude and longitude 174 E. Two women, two minds, different personalities and experiences, choosing a life of meaning, continual growth and learning, at the same time negating ageist opinions of exactly what ‘an old lady’ should be.

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