McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – 30

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – 30

Back Where I Come From

This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From.  There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.

If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge

September 2017 – Day 30

Reflection post: What did you think of this challenge? Did you enjoy it? Do you have any suggestions for 2018’s challenge song?

Thank you, Suzanne, I enjoyed this 30-day challenge it brought back many memories.

I don’t have any suggestions for 2018 except some other subject, not “Back where I came from” would be nice, but what I’m sorry I have no idea. 

As I said on day 22 – At the age of seventeen and a half I spent a month in the hospital which I think was a nervous breakdown, it was never found out what was wrong with me, even after many tests like Lumber Puncture (Spine tap to get fluid for a lab test).

One year later I ran away from home, I will be writing a follow-up about this time in my life very soon, I’m now ready to share it.

Here is the link.

https://ramblingsofawriter2016.com/my-story/

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 29

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 29

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Back Where I Come From

This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From.  There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.

If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge

September 2017 – Day 29

Does your hometown have a newspaper?  Does it come out daily, bi-weekly, weekly, or some other frequency? Does your hometown have its own radio station?

The Stratford Press has a weekly newspaper

https://www.facebook.com/StratfordPress/

http://stratfordpress.communitynews.co.nz/

On day 24 I wrote about Hometown Newspaper, not releasing that Day 29 was going to ask this question, so what do I write about today?

What is a newspaper?

A newspaper is a publication printed on paper and issued regularly
It gives information and opinions about current events and news.
You can buy a newspaper at a store or at a newsstand.
Newspapers can be delivered to one’s home if you subscribe to it.

It gives information and opinions about current events and news.
People like to read them to stay informed about their local city
Newspapers can be delivered to one’s home if you subscribe to it.
After being read, it can be recycled, or used for other useful purposes

People like to read them to stay informed about their local city
You can buy a newspaper at a store or at a newsstand.
After being read, it can be recycled, or used for other useful purposes
A newspaper is a publication printed on paper and issued regularly.

How to write Pantoum Poetry

http://shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/pantoum.html

McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 28

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 28

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Back Where I Come From

This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From.  There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.

If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge

September 2017 – Day 28

Was your hometown like one big family or just a group of strangers?

Stratford is a very friendly place, a great place to live, the heart of Taranaki, just like a large happy family, lots of smiles and laughter.

Here is a quote that helps to make a town one big family.

It’s your Choice

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” 

― Roy T. BennettThe Light in the Heart

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 27

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 27

Back Where I Come From

This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From.  There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.

If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge

September 2017 – Day 27

If there were no restrictions such as money or employment, where would you most like to live?

It still would not matter what restrictions, it still wouldn’t change my mind, I would still be living and farming in Taranaki NZ even if it meant having another income to survive.

You just take on any employment as long as it brings in some income to the home every week, as farming is not like everyone thinks, you do not make a large income with farming, you still need two incomes to survive to pay the  mortgage and all the farm expenses, and especially if you have children, schooling eats into your savings if you can manage to save.

Most farmers live on a borderline unless the farm has been handed down from parents, even then it is still a challenge.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/91231212/what-is-the-future-for-taranakis-family-farms

While searching google, surprise page 1 “Dairy farming in Taranaki NZ”, I’m sharing this with my readers.

https://plus.google.com/104918451000888426128/posts/GBiXFtVhxc6

Please check it out, it was posted for “Write anything Wednesday” March 16, 2016.

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 26

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 26

The photo was taken late winter the lambs were arriving, but the trees still had not broken out in leaf bud.

This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From.  There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.

If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”, Here is the link. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge

September 2017 – Day 26

Does your hometown experience all four seasons? If not, which ones does it skip over?

Conditions vary sharply across Taranaki from extremely wet to very dry summers.

We have not had a Summer since 2016, it has been a flow on of Spring weather for the last eighteen months, so hopefully, January 2018 will bring on the summer days.

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The snow season is from May until early October, though cold snaps can occur through most seasons.

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 25

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 25
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Back Where I Come From
This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From.  There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.
If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”, Here is the link. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge

September 2017 – Day 25
What is your hometown known for? In other words, what makes it special?

Yes – Stratford Clock Tower Glockenspiel.

Here is a little information about Stratford

On 3 December 1877, the name Stratford-upon-Patea was adopted, on the motion of William Crompton of the Taranaki Waste Lands Board.
The supposed similarity of the Patea River to the River Avon in England led to the adoption of this name, and Crompton was known to have a literary turn of mind.
There was a trend at the time to name towns after the birthplace of prominent British men.
The William Shakespeare ‘connection’ led to the naming of 67 streets after Shakespearian characters from 27 of his plays.
Today New Zealand’s only glockenspiel clock tower plays the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet three times a day.
The spoken words are provided via external loudspeakers – there is no carillon (multiple bells) as would be more typical for glockenspiels in towers.

Stratford is the Gateway to the Stratford Mountain House.

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http://www.stratfordmountainhouse.co.nz/

 

McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 24

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 24

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Back Where I Come From

This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From.  There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.

If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”, Here is the link. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge

September 2017 – Day 24

Does your hometown have a website? Please share the link.

Yes, my Ex hometown Stratford and also a weekly paper – the Stratford Press you can read it online.

http://stratfordpress.communitynews.co.nz/

Here is the Website – http://www.stratford.govt.nz/

Where we live now  – New Plymouth

http://visitnewplymouth.nz/Activities/categoryid/138

I just had to share this beautiful photo with you.

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Photo Credit View of the New Plymouth shoreline. The city is to the left and in the distance is Ngamotu and Sugar Loaf Islands, scene of the first European settlement.

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 23 Photo Credit

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 23

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Back Where I Come From

This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From.  There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.

If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”, Here is the link. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge

September 2017 – Day 23

Are you ever homesick for your hometown?

No, as I only lived in Palmerston North for one year.

Photo Credit – Bridge across the Waikato River at Huntly – Taupiri, in the three years living in Taupiri just south of Huntly we drive over this bridge many times, two of my children were born in Huntly

We lived six years in the Waikato, where we farmed starting on wages, then share milking, leasing dairy land, then returned back to Taranaki where we brought our farm at Midhirst in 1968 for Thirty-five Thousand Dollars.

I have lived in Taranaki NZ for seventy years, so I never had time to ever get homesick, as there were only seven busy years away from my hometown.

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 22

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 22

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Back Where I Come From

This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From.  There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.

If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”, Here is the link. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge

September 2017 Day 22

Did you have chores when you were a kid? What were they? What did you think about having chores? What was your least favorite chore? Is it still?

Yes, I was brought up with work (Chores) as long as I can remember.

At the age of 12, I was helping my father doing housework, like the washing and cleaning and cooking in the house, as my mother was in Palmerston North hospital for six weeks in 1952, when she came home she didn’t do much work. I still never found out why she was there other than having treatment for a goiter.

Work never worried me I was quite happy doing anything as I never could sit still for very long, as the years went by I realized as long as I was working I didn’t get growl at for being lazy.

At the age of seventeen and a half, I spent a month in the hospital which I think was a nervous breakdown, it was never found out what was wrong with me, even after many tests like Lumber Puncture (Spine tap to get fluid for a lab test).

One year later I ran away from home, I will be writing a follow-up about this time in my life very soon, I’m now ready to share it.

McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 21

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 21

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Back Where I Come From

This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From.  There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.

If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”, Here is the link. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge

September 2017 – Day 21

Were there any flowers growing in your yard back home? What kind? Were you or your parent’s good gardeners?.

We did have flowers, mostly perennials, lilies, dahlias, carnations, chrysanthemums, and a beautiful wisteria which I always enjoyed in the spring, but it was another story when autumn came and we had the prune and clean up the mess.

My father was the gardener, he had a vegetable garden every year we never needed to buy vegetables, our garden had everything even veggies in the winter.