The Geisha

Mt. St. Mary’s,
Sun. 4th Oct. ‘70

Dear Mum & Dad,

Thanks very much for the fans. We used them for the Operetta & they added a lot of colour.

“The Geisha” last Monday night went fairly well. The piano playing went well – there were a few word lapses during the play – but all in all it was very enjoyable.

Do you want me to post the fans back? (Can I keep one for summer!? – or do they belong to Debbie, Sonia & Penny?)

I don’t know whether I told you, but I fixed up the turkey pen last week. Cleaned it out & made some nesting boxes. So far about 30 eggs have been laid – so it looks like it’s going to work out all right. I think I’ll let the turkeys hatch them out themselves, because last year they used the incubator & it didn’t work very well. I’m not in charge of the turkeys – Br. Martin (remember the Br. From ‘Highden’ with the hard handshake?) is in charge – [but I’ve taken over!! – just as an interest].

Last Saturday I got the Sabbatine, i.e. having to stand up in front of everyone & be questioned about the week’s work for ¼ of an hour. I managed alright, except Fr. Bonisch who was doing the questioning kept throwing the odd Latin quote in. Of course I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about so I just said “Yes”. He said “That’s right, Brother, that’s right.” Everyone laughed – even Fr, Mannix – because they all know how hopeless I am at Latin!

Last Tuesday, we had a Conge at Puketapu. I almost got around to visiting Margaret Jamison (Cullen) but when you’ve got a day off – especially after the Concert – you don’t feel like doing anything: so I didn’t.

The weather has become fairly hot, & it rains almost every afternoon now.

Did I mention that there was one more Visiting Day before the Xmas holiday? In Labour weekend – Sunday 25th October.

I think I will be coming home for Xmas about the 21st or 22nd of December for 3 weeks, but don’t know the date for certain yet. Certainly I’ll be home for Xmas Day anyway.

It was Tony O’Connor’s 21st Birthday last Friday. We celebrated it by singing Happy Birthday!!! That’s about all you ever do here – which is a good thing because it’s no use getting a lot of things for your 21st if you’re a Religious because you have no use for them!!! So we just sing “Happy Birthday”. Robert Devlin’s 21st is next week I think.

Well, I can’t think of any more news.

Love from

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