We have to leave this lovely house and garden in February. We’ve had a good run—6 years. Our longest stop ever. The owners are coming back from Oman to retire here. They bought the house just over six years ago, cleaned it and then unexpectedly had an opportunity to work at a school in Muscat. It’s almost like they bought it for us. And we’ve loved living here in this, the original kauri farm house on Coopers Beach.

The good news is that we only have to shift around the corner. And, as with any move, it’s a great opportunity to go through your things and determine what needs to stay, what needs to be thrown our or recycled and what needs to be given away to friends or second-hand stores.

I’ve been going through my papers and came across this You may have read it before . . . or not. Enjoy!

‘Cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.

The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt … ‘


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