Midsummer’s Evening of Music by Candlelight

Saturday evening came in softly and still – not a breath of wind! The perfect balmy evening for a midsummer’s music by candlelight on our front lawn – a fundraiser for Katie and Ellie who are both off on a mission’s trip next week. (And the perfect evening for me to indulge in my passion for candles and lanterns. 🙂

 We spent the morning mowing lawns, setting out flares and chairs and candles, and baking slices for the supper. I did a huge apricot slice, only to realise that in my haste I had forgotten to put the flour in! Unbelievable. never mind – the chickens thought they’d died and gone to heaven. I remade the slice and this time, it worked!

We moved the piano out onto the front porch and set up a sound system. Guests started arriving at 7.30 – and to my delight and surprise my dear friends Celia and Roddy came all the way up from Hamilton; Chris Bovill and her four girls came from Matamata; my friends Kerry and Angela came up from Auckland with three van loads of students from their missions school!

The girls sang for two hours – a mix of classical, jazz, folk and contemporary songs. They did it mostly all themselves and accompanied each other on the piano and guitar.

Josiah did a couple of duets with Ellie – one of them called The Scientist, the other All I Ask Of You from Phantom of the Opera. It really suited the candlelight!!

I helped out in a couple of songs




All in all a magical evening. I just sat back and enjoyed it all – it wasa like a feast to my soul. 🙂 And the wonderful thing was they raised over $2000 for their missions trip! A huge thank you to all who came and gave.

Rosie ~ 23/1/12

Print, Share or Bookmark:
  • Print
  • Email to a friend
  • Bookmark this page
  • share on Facebook
  • share with Twitter

10 responses to “Midsummer’s Evening of Music by Candlelight”:

  1. What a beautiful evening you all enjoyed. Thanks for showing the photos and telling about it. Well done, Katie and Ellie, and family! May God use you in many ways on your missions trip. with love, Ruth and Brian Young

  2. Beautiful – wish I could have been there….so pleased it all went well

  3. How fantastic! What a lovely atmosphere – beautiful. Where are the girls going on their missions trip?

  4. To Mount Hope in Kalimantan – just across the border from East Malaysia where I was as a missionary.

  5. They are going to Mount Hope in Kalimantan – just across the border from where I was working in Kucjhing, Borneo. 🙂

  6. I live in Matamata and it would be a very long time to get to Whangarei but I would of jumped at the chance to go!!! Well done on raising two thousand dollars!!! I’m sure it will go to good use on the mission trip!! 🙂

  7. Sounds and looks like a wonderful evening!

  8. It sounds just wonderful & your pictures are beautiful! You did a great job on the house ( I’ve just finished re-reading your books where you started the house).
    Have to say after reading them I felt inspired to do more fun things with the children so I took them on a camping trip to end the summer holidays & we had so much fun. As we floated down the river on air beds over submerged logs we were talking about how you guys were pulling logs out of your river!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Sounds like fun Renata! Wish I could have been there. 🙂

  10. Mount Hope in Kalimantan? Where on earth is that?
    I bet you’ll are going to miss them! 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

Leave a comment:

See more articles in News, Home and Family