Happy Easter ev­ery­one

Isis Town and Country - - OPINION -

I HAVE been very busy here in New Jersey since Christ­mas. For starters I have been do­ing some col­lege cour­ses – one on dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy and one about Ni­a­gara Falls. The dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy one is awe­some. I have been learn­ing how to take dif­fer­ent styles of pho­tos and get dif­fer­ent ef­fects. I am re­ally en­joy­ing it. The Ni­a­gara Falls one went for three week­ends and I learnt a lot about the his­tory of the area. We are go­ing on a trip to the falls in June to fin­ish off the course. I can’t wait. The weather through win­ter was very cold. For about two months we didn’t get over zero de­grees. Most of the time it was be­tween –5C and –15C, al­though when the Arc­tic freeze was on it was about –25C. Thank

Ni­cole Harney (The Amer­i­cans) are learn­ing to ap­pre­ci­ate ‘Aus­tralian food’

good­ness for cen­tral heat­ing (al­though some days it didn’t cope). We had lots of snow, which is very pretty, es­pe­cially when it is fresh and ev­ery­thing is sparkly and white. We also had some deer come through our yard. I have been on some trips on my long week­ends. I went to New York with some friends for New Year’s Eve and saw the ball in Times Square. It was freez­ing cold and so crowded, but fun. I went to Philadel­phia and Lan­caster County in Jan­uary and saw how the Amish people live. I wouldn’t be able to man­age with­out elec­tric­ity, es­pe­cially in the cold weather, but they are very friendly and happy. I went for a buggy (horse-drawn car­riage) ride and tried some of their home cook­ing. I also saw the Lib­erty Bell, Ben Franklin Park­way (which has flags from ev­ery coun­try) and climbed the stairs Sylvester Stal­lone climbed in the Rocky movie. In Fe­bru­ary, I went out to Los Angeles to visit Josh and Nate. We went to a bas­ket­ball game at the Sta­ples Cen­tre, which was amaz­ing. The at­mos­phere was so elec­tric. The Lak­ers beat Bos­ton too, so that was ex­cit­ing. I also helped Josh and Nate with prepa­ra­tions for Nate’s play, Hold­ing the Man. At that stage, they were fundrais­ing so I helped deliver fly­ers and put up signs. In March, I spent the weekend with Ian and Lisa Webb (Ian is Mrs Betty Webb’s son) in Con­necti­cut, and for Easter I am go­ing back to Cincin­nati to visit my god­mother and her fam­ily. Next month, mum is com­ing out here to visit me – I can’t wait. We are go­ing to see Nate in his play, go to Las Ve­gas, the Grand Canyon and Hous­ton, as well as spend some time here with my host fam­ily. They are all well and send their best wishes to ev­ery­one in Childers. They are learn­ing to ap­pre­ci­ate “Aus­tralian food” – they love Tim Tams and I made them a meat pie and pavlova for Aus­tralia Day. Over here they only have sweet pies, not savoury. I hope you all have a lovely time with fam­ily and friends over the Easter break, and that prepa­ra­tions are go­ing well for the show. Good luck to the show girl en­trants. NI­COLE HARNEY

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