November 8, 2015

November already!

Shocked how fast this year has gone... but it has been such a busy few months I guess it is not surprising. Work hard, play hard philosophy keeps me on the go, but balancing it with quiet times has made all the difference to adding contentment.

Lunch with friends - at a gorgeous house overlooking the estuary...

and been watching a little rugby lately... the 4 am semi final game was a killer. Cooked breakfast and front row seats at the big screen at the casino helped, although the tension was almost more than we could bear.  We went back there for the 5 am final game and it was pure pleasure... we cracked the bubbles after a fantastic breakfast - and then went home to catch up on some sleep.
There were 10 players from our local Crusaders team in the All Black squad - so we are a very happy region.. and of course  Dan Carter got the World Rugby Player of the Year award and Richie McCaw collected the award for World Rugby Team of the Year on behalf of the All Blacks.

We will miss these two very much. Dan is off to France and Richie will possibly retire... he hasn't decided. 

I didn't get to the parade - but congratulations to them all.

Last week we had the annual student trip to Peacock Springs
Just search my blog for pervious posts on our trips - always a lovely day. I loved the beautiful female NZ gecko from Northland.
You can read more at this link and see better pictures- including her red tongue that I couldn't capture...

The view down the lake - there are swans nesting next to it. So peaceful...

Went to the fireworks at the pier for Guy Fawkes.. we wined and dined at the restaurant Salt on the Pier and watched the fireworks from there.. a decadent and fun evening, and warm and cosy, sheltered from the cold wind... I took this picture as we waited for the show to start - set to the music of Back to the Future.

Kirsty watched them from up on the hills.. lovely view of the city by night. 

and yes - I would like the sale of fireworks to the public banned - we can plan for one night of preparing the animals, shutting up stock, but it is annoying that the damage and fires and fears have to go on for so many weeks.

On Friday I met Jaz and Mark at the food trucks -we tried the spring potatoes. Loved them...

The girls checked out the furniture...

Went to a lovely welcome to summer barbecue last night after a hot sunny day, and wound up the evening at a 21st - congratulations Nicole, it has been a pleasure to watch you grow up xxxx

and now its the countdown to my birthday - at least I will get the day off as it is Show Day here. And yes, its another Friday the 13th birthday...

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October 18, 2015

Liberation of Spring

Spring is my favourite season... and I have taken time to appreciate it everywhere I have gone this month.
Home is full of little things to appreciate... daffodils, hyacinths, rhododendrons, sweet peas popping up everywhere and the white wisteria in bud.

But the thing that has amused me the most is the view from my bedroom window.
It is full of the most spectacular pink blossom... the best year ever.

For many years the blossom was almost smothered by the white climbing rose growing beneath it. The rose grew up into the branches and dominated the tree...
The resident man of the house would not let the rose be trimmed - so it continued to overtake the pink blossoms.
It wasn't all bad - the white rose was pretty ... but I worried about the tree dying beneath it, and the mass of the rose swamped the driveway...

So when the man left three years ago and his vile nature was exposed, we threw off the rules we had lived by and rescued the tree, The white rose was cut back and the tree was spindly and sparse.....

But we have all grown and recovered. This year the pink blossom has finally been truly spectacular - and the roses peek out along the driveway fence where they belong.
I look out of the window and my heart sings.  
Liberation for us all.

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October 9, 2015

Every practice needs great vet nurses.... so today we celebrate their role.
It has been a pleasure to work with them for 35 years - in practice for 17 years, and teaching them for the last 18 years... many of my friends are vet nurses.
Have a great day all of you ....

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