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My parent’s advice

When I was a child growing up in New Zealand my parents always said that “if you are in need then ask a Policeman.” (Not so many Policewomen back then)
Today was one of those spring days in Wellington when it is brutally cold, relentlessly wet and the wind is a gale coming straight off the Antarctic ice shelf. Not much of a day for venturing out. But an appointment this morning saw me head off rugged up.

I knew that I would have some difficulty in the gusty strong wind to hold the car door open as I got in and out of the car. Car parks are notoriously narrow and it is easy to damage another car if the door swings wildly in the wind. I declined an offer of help from a family member saying I would ask a passer-by for help if I needed it.

As I returned to my car I could see that the gap was narrow to the next car and the wind was still buffeting everything in its path. I determined to seek help and who should stride past me but a policeman!!!!

Challenge solved as I asked him for help. He was more than happy to hold the door for me and would have backed the car out of the car park for me had it been necessary. We laughed about “parental advice” to ask a Policeman/Woman and after I thanked him again off he went on his beat.
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Saturday Tip: From a circa 1950’s Cookbook: Tui’s Third commonsense Cookery

Table Etiquette.
“There is actually no right or wrong way to serve a meal. The only requisites are good table manners, cleanliness and orderliness. However, a few suggestions might help the busy housewife in arranging for smoother and brighter family meals.
The children can help. As soon as they are able, children should take the responsibility of setting and waiting on the family table. This not only saves Mother many steps, but instills good habits of discipline and unselfishness. Boys as well as girls should share the work, and this also applies to washing and drying the dishes.

Making the Meal Table Attractive.
Whether you use d’oyles or a real damask linen table cloth, the chief essential is cleanliness, freshness and neatness. Knives, forks, spoons, water glasses and table napkins, should be neatly set. Flowers brighten the meal, but should be low enough to look over. Table napkins at left of fork or in plate space between knife and fork. Serve and remove everything excepting tea or drinks, from the left of your guests. Move quietly.”
“Tui”, Lady Editor, N.Z Dairy Exporter.