Margaret & Terry Alve reflect on 2023 with Christmas and New Year greetings to family & friends
A Brief Resume of the year 2023
Margaret continues working as a counsellor with Te Omanga Hospice in Lower Hutt two days weekly. She does individual clinical supervision and counselling from our home office and via zoom, etc. She takes her professional development seriously and is always open to new learnings especially in the fields of grief, loss, bereavement and change.
Terry continues as Priest of Porirua Anglicans. This year has seen us leave the earthquake prone St Anne's and begin meeting at te Whare Karakia in Mungavin Avenue, Ranui where we had been operating a foodbank. We began doing church services there from 1 May. We have enjoyed newcomers joining us this year and feel very positive about church life as the year ends and 2024 arrives.
In April we travelled to Rolleston, Canterbury to be with Jonathan, Jen and girls to see their new restaurant and bar at Kirwee. While there and in St Martin's Spreydon we launched the biography of Don Milne, Margaret's father. Upon returning to Wellington we had another two launch events at te Whare Karakia and at Summerset Aotea. As 2023 ends another book is about to be published in preparation for an Alve descendant reunion at Pahiatua in February. This will be entitled Valentine's Day 1874: a Ruhr Valley Romance. It tells the story of Terry's great grandparents Theresia & Carl Alve who married that Day in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
In October dear family relative and friend Peter Alve died in Palmerston North after a long battle with cancer. We joined a large group of relatives and friends for Peter's funeral in Palmerston North and burial at Kelvin Grove cemetery.
Terry did a few interesting tramps this year with friends and alone. One of them was an overnighter to the Akiwhakatu Hut near Mt Holdsworth in Wairarapa. We had a good photographer with us and he was alerted by friend David Pearson who is eagle- (perhaps we should say owl-) eyed, and we got this photo of the year of a Ruru.