November 15, 2014

Birthday Mindfulness

I have had a fabulous birthday.
In fact it has been a really great week.
There have been so many wonderful moments with students and other friends and being surrounded by family tonight was a final highlight.
Thank you to all of you who wrote on facebook, sent me flowers, gave me presents and joined me celebrating.  It was all very much appreciated.
There is something special about finding contentment and feeling peaceful.
I guess you can only really begin to understand it when you have had something to compare it to.

This week I explored our Tuatara friends at Peacock Springs with the vet nursing students.

I hope you can see more pictures from many years of visits at this link....

It truly is a magical and beautiful place. 

We had two award ceremonies for our classes of students that are finishing. The second one was at Alva Rados Mexican Cantina.... 

and they gave us lovely things ( the bottle Sam Neill's Two Paddocks Pinot Noir was pretty awesome to get too ) 

Flowers from the night class on Monday night

and the vet nurses gave Poppy a brand new bed for use at she doesn't have to lie on a scrappy blanket in class time. She loved it.... but I think she thought it might really be for the cats!  

I admired the mural visible from outside Venuti's Italian restaurant in Colombo St.

We shared lovely things at work on my birthday - thx Jules for the chocolate truffle cake and Tina for the lovely mud cake. :)

Today I walked the dogs along the lake and enjoyed the sunshine before heading over to celebrate for the evening. It was warm and sunny - bliss.

The family gathered  at my parent's house tonight with lovely presents and champagne. It was truly a privilege to have them all there.  I am never sure each year if all four will make it, between their travels and other commitments, so I savoured the pleasure of it. I am sure there are photos of the night, but I don't have them yet....but I did get one of the beautiful cake that Alex secretly made yesterday and surrounded with sweet peas from our garden....  delicious :)

Tonight my mother rang from England and we had a lovely chat. It's our second birthday together since I found her...

GB, who has been a great support to us over the years through Jaz's surgery and recovery, plus all the other not so pleasant events since,  has to stay in the UK for the whole Scottish winter this year, rather than his usual summer migration to New Zealand, so we were chatting on facebook. He asked me this week how I was.  I was able to honestly say I was happy and contented.
A year older.. much wiser and much happier.
Living for the moment.
And loving it.

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November 1, 2014

Botanic Gardens

It's the first day of November and a beautiful, hot, sunny day here in Christchurch.  We celebrated with a trip to the new visitors centre at the Botanic Gardens. 
That's Phoebe and Jaz waving off the bridge where we arranged to meet, but I didn't realise until after I took the photo...

First stop coffee or beer at the new building. Amazing place and lovely to sit out under the umbrellas. 

An original transport box that brought plants on the ships to New Zealand. 

Molly using the magnifying screen.

My favourite rose.."Peace".

It's a warm evening still so enjoying a fish and chip dinner with the girls.

Our wisteria is finally flowering over the sleep out. 
Cygnets on the river by the house..

Peaceful times. 
Rupert sunbathing....

Had a lovely windy week in Wellington and a wonderful night at the Empire Show. Really worth a look. 

Amazing balancing act.

Lots of visitors... Love having them 

Happy November.  Lots of birthdays happening this month and end of year dinners for our classes. I even got new Xmas lights yesterday so holidays are not far away :)

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October 26, 2014

Is this Christchurch? | Human Travelling

I haven't written much about post earthquake Christchurch for a while. Today I found this article and wanted to share it because it captures the atmosphere here so well. What better way to "see" the city than through the eyes of visitors that have visited before, pre earthquakes.

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October 23, 2014

"The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made"

Go and see this great safety clip at the link above -
As the next Hobbit movie is out soon - the new safety video for Air New Zealand will be used ahead of the movie's release. They have called it "The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made"

I'm heading up to Wellington next week myself so looking forward to seeing Gollum in the airport again. I hope they use it on the plane :)

As The Hobbit trilogy kicked off with An Unexpected Journey, the franchise partnered with Air New Zealand for a safety video in 2012. The airline then debuted a Smaug airplane last year for The Desolation of Smaug. As the trilogy comes to a close this year with The Battle of The Five Armies, director Peter Jackson and star Elijah Wood have teamed up for "The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made".
Clocking in at just over four and a half minutes, this safety video also features cameos from Dean O'Gorman (Fili), Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown) and Weta Workshop co-founder Sir Richard Taylor.
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October 11, 2014

Happy Birthday Phoebe

A beautiful day with lovely people celebrating Phoebe's sixth birthday.... which just feels unbelievable as she really can't be six already!

Getting ready....


Cupcake decorating....
Special hugs with Mum

Nom nom nom
Love you Phoebe xx
 Just a perfect day :)

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