November 25, 2013

Seventies Nostalgia - Happy Birthday Jaz

Jaz celebrated her birthday with a 70's party to recognise the decade of her birth. I can say it was fun reliving the years I was a teenager. Those of us from the older generation there found it quite strange to see so many things we had forgotten about and listen to all the music again. Jaz might have been born in that decade but we had the main memories.

Lava lamps and fibre optic lights...

Candlewick covers, crochet rugs, LP's of Kiss, and Suzi Quattro, and Supertramp...
Strange ads in magazines for alcohol and cigarettes
Chocolate Fondue
Orange and brown and patterned plates
Rosie joined in with a Peace bandana..
All the guests got into the swing of it all...

Sandy, as Sandy with "Fred" 

The Boyz


Phoebe seeing the world through rose tinted glasses

The kids got Pinata but we had a pin the 'tache on Tom Selleck competition - so we had some fun with them all afterwards.

It was a lovely night!
Today is Jaz and Mark's wedding anniversary too.
Congratulations to you both.

November 23, 2013

Flowers creating happiness

My week has been filled with beautiful flowers....

Their beautiful colours and heavenly scent always make me feel great. We have vases of of local peonies in the house. The summer roses fill the air with perfume and the sweet peas are in full bloom.
The bath full of sweet peas and roses  to be arranged- beautiful smells!
The students gave us all beautiful bouquets at their recent award dinner..

Flowers everywhere

My friend and colleague, Libby at the final award dinner

The pots are filled with beautiful annual flowers...
Jessie enjoying her bed in the sun
What made you feel good this week?

November 15, 2013

Perfect Day

I guess this is a Thankful Thursday post as well, as I have had a wonderful week and a great birthday yesterday. It helps being Cup and Show Week here in Christchurch so I get to have Friday off and a long weekend to top it all off.

We had a family get together at my parents on Sunday - Kirsty and Nathan made me a "Poppy" Birthday Cake. Kind of weird cutting into it but she tasted great :) Home baked sponge and black icing... nom. Loved the giant jelly bean eyes. Was good to skype my brother in Canada too - he will be here in NZ shortly :)

I got lots of lovely presents - including a copy of Quake Dogs which I have been wanting.

On Tuesday we had our annual lunch with the students before a trip to The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust's Peacock Springs...  they have a Facebook Page now.
I always love this lake, and the swans....

My actual birthday was a lovely day at work with many messages, more amazing presents and lunch out. I had choir rehearsals that night - and they sang me Happy Birthday; the first time I have had it sung to me in four part harmony. Wow.

Beautiful flowers from Libby. They are Michelangelo Roses.

Another special feature for me this year was my first ever birthday card from my birth mother in England. I have thought of my birth parents on my birthday for as long as I can remember - wondering where they live and who they were. I guess wondering who I was too.... it's very special to finally know more of these answers.  Gradually the history is piecing itself together. We had a lovely late chat last night too and again tonight. Thank you.

Anyway - it is Thankful Thursday and I did call this post Perfect Day. Today I am thankful to be surrounded by family and friends, near and far. At choir we are singing the song Perfect Day by Lou Reed in his honour after his recent death. You can hear him singing it here.
I am choosing to put up Susan Boyle's version, that Lou Reed produced with her, because it sounds more like the way we are singing it with the harmonies,
Love it :)

so thanks everyone for the Perfect Day

November 9, 2013

End of year rush, traffic, birthdays and visitors...

I have a love - hate relationship with this time of year.  I am looking forward to the break over Xmas, but the winding up of the academic programmes creates a heavier workload for us all. Final tests and assignments to be marked - practical assessments in a range of skills to timetable.  I know I have to keep checking what I am doing and where I should be and what gear needs setting up or tests printing.  We know it is just as hard for the students doing it all too.  

There is also the sadness associated with finishing the remaining four classes on campus and knowing we are going to lose many wonderful people that we have got to know. We love having the whirlwind of November award dinners, class parties, final field trips and other sweeteners that enrich these final weeks.  Watching the students embark on their new careers is exciting - seeing them leave has often resulted in tears.

On a positive note we get to interview some of the current and returning past students to fill a class for next year - and there are many brand new applicants to meet and select as well for other programmes. Life goes on. I can say my life has been much richer for the fun I have in my teaching career. I didn't start this new phase of my life until I was 40 and it has been everything I hoped it would be.

Two days in Wellington this week to meet up with many other vets and vet nurses who also teach into veterinary nursing and animal care programmes. It was a fun and noisy group, sharing ideas, planning the new programmes, comparing standards, socialising over a Mediterranean dinner at Osteria del Toros.   There were so many people to catch up with !  Actually, a few of them are still up there as Wellington sea fog rolled in yesterday and trapped many overnight. We were one of the lucky few whose plane was able to land ... so we got off- very late, but we got home.

Airlines are hoping to have the backlog of flights cleared by tomorrow after fog disrupted flights at Wellington Airport throughout today.
Thousands of passengers had their travel plans disrupted today, with scores of flights delayed, cancelled, or turned back.
Thick fog rolled in this morning, burned off about 1.30pm, returning about 4.30pm and then on and off through the evening.
Wellington Airport spokeswoman Briarley Kirk said about 5pm that most flights had been grounded but the fog was rolling in and out so they would keep monitoring the situation.
Earlier all flights in and out of Wellington Airport were grounded by the fog, and some managed to get out while the fog was clear, but others didn't.
Passengers were told to re-book for tomorrow if their travel was not urgent.
Wellington Airport is advising travellers to check with their airline or on the airport website for the status of their flights.
A Jetstar spokesman said about 6pm that it had cancelled four Wellington flights and expected to clear the backlog of passengers by the end of Saturday.
An Air New Zealand spokeswoman said that today's weather conditions had caused around 28 return flights to be cancelled, affecting about 3650 passengers.

It was interesting to see that Wellington is experiencing traffic delays due to roadworks too. Probably not on the scale of Christchurch though.
Check out this blog post from Christchurch Daily Photo...

and we have a special app that we can use to work out a route to get anywhere ...

 TomTom has some traffic statistics...

We are still trailing Auckland for congestion but apparently our roadworks will be even worse next year ... and last for three.

Another round of birthdays - my birth mother was on the 4th and we had a lovely chat. My dear friend's daughter has hers today - she is 15, so will go and see them, before a student barbecue tonight and as it is mine this week too I have a few dinners and lunches planned. 
A real cluster of fabulous Scorpios - 

Later in the month it will be Jaz's birthday too so they are planning a party - a 70's theme.  Why have I already got so much of this in my wardrobe? We must be having a revival of this look.... 

Next month we are expecting a pre Xmas visit from my Vancouver based brother Alistair who is visiting Perth for work and will fly home this way with his partner Janka, and then after Xmas both his sons - Blair from Vancouver and Nick from Parisare coming here too. It has been a fair while since we have seen any of them over here so this is a real feast! Lots and lots to look forward to...

November 1, 2013

Optical Illusions....

Love this ad

Nothing is ever as it seems.
People are never as they seem.
Sometimes, life is one big illusion.
All part of learning really. Next time I'll watch the other hand.


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