This will be a bitsy post – feeling sort of prickly and not quite together today.
And I thought working in a call centre was bad..
Imagine what it must be like to be one of the people who direct the remote control planes (drones) that drop bombs on people in Afganistan and Pakistan. Robert Sapolsky, in his TED talk yesterday, said that the rate of mental illness among these workers is unprecedented. Funny that.
The crocheted necklace is coming on slowly, the clear fishing line is difficult to see, which means I need good light and not to be tired. It is looking good though and I can’t wait to finish it.
The next few days are going to be busy, what with the dressing of the Greytown school bell on Friday afternoon, the craft market Saturday and on Sunday some of my birth family and myself are gathering together to attend a ceremony celebrating the centenary of the Hosking Baths/Sunken Gardens in Masterton. Dr William Hosking ( link leads to more in-depth information) came from Cornwall and is my Great Great Grandfather. Here is a bit about him from the Masterton District Council website. I particularly like the bit about the hedgehogs and toads.
The Hosking Garden
William Henry Hosking or “Old Doctor Hosking” was a familiar figure in the rutted and dusty streets of the small Masterton township of the 1890’s. He was small, dapper, bearded and wore a top hat. He was reportedly always in a hurry.
Superintendent of Masterton Hospital for 20 years, Dr Hosking was ahead of his time using hypnosis on his patients and he had an x-ray machine in his home. He bought radium to use on his patients, made his own serum for injections and did his own research. He is reported to have been one of the first doctors in New Zealand to introduce x-ray apparatus and perhaps not surprisingly he died of radium poisoning at the age of 76.
The most famous anecdote about Dr Hosking was that in the centre of his top hat he carried his stethoscope or plant cuttings or specimens from patients insides to be analysed at home.
He was keenly interested in horticulture and was responsible for the introduction of hedgehogs and toads to the Masterton District.
Today’s sunken garden was originally the Christina and Alice Hosking Baths (commonly known as the C and A baths) which in 1910 were given to the women of Masterton by Doctor Hosking. The baths were named after his wife and daughter.
The baths were a grand affair with changing rooms while the baths themselves were 75 feet long and 40 feet wide. There was also installed a seat in one corner of the building where a woman was employed to sit to “supervise the behaviour of the swimmers.” It was the doctor’s daughter Christina who completed the opening festivities of the day by being the first to dive into the pool.
The baths however, were badly damaged in the 1942 earthquake but it was not until 1967 that the council of the time listened to their Superintendent of Parks, Colin Pugh and agreed to have a sunken garden built, using the original foundation from the pool.
The gardens were opened by Miss Christina Hosking.
In between all this we still need to catch up with my friend Alice and her family who are leaving to live in Whangarei on Saturday.
We are selling a lot of our unwanted stuff on Trade Me at the moment. And I thought I would show you one item that I bought in my early twenties that makes me wonder just who the hell I was back then. This duck has been following me around on my many moves – for years, and I can’t quite figure out why. It’s completely cutesy blah and has spent the last twenty or so years in a cupboard. What was I thinking back in the early 80’s paying forty (forty!!) dollars for it? And really, can you imagine what sort of room it would actually suit?