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.


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.

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 :)

October 10, 2014

Relaxation and Restoration, Nelson Style

Its been a brilliant two weeks off...  badly needed and greatly appreciated.

I stocked up the boys...

and headed off to see Libby and Davy in Nelson.

It was the first trip since Rowie left them.... so Ollie did a great job of filling some of the spot.

We filled the days with food, shopping and a lot of fun.

Kaiteriteri Beach

Giant Lamingtons from Motueka Bakery..... 
Between the shopping, we went up to the Motueka Sunday Market and the lamingtons from the bakery, on to Kaiteriteri Beach, and then home via Mapua where we lunched at the Jester House Cafe - a well deserved winner of the NZ Cafe of the year.  As it says on their website
Perfect on a winter's day with steaming a hot bowl of Tasman Bay seafood chowder enjoyed by the blazing open fire to warm you through.
and that is exactly what we did as there was a cool wind despite the sunny clear day.

Lovely old house at Jester House cafe

Feeding the eels at Jester House Cafe - with the help of the resident cat
The Aporo stream is the natural habitat of the New Zealand long finned eel (tuna). The tame eels come every day from September until May to be hand feed.  

We visited Royce Mcglashen Pottery  and had tea at the beautiful and historic Melrose House...

and did i mention the shopping? Luckily the extra 10 kg of weight was easily covered by the large suitcase I took, and the new silver, hard shell, multi wheeled cabin bag, affectionately known as "The Puppy" as it follows you everywhere.

Thinking of puppies, we went to the World of Wearable Arts gallery showing the 2013 entries - some amazing stuff.
I loved the costume made with masses of Qwerty Keys - and it had a little dog to match...

The other costumes were also amazing - 

Photos cant do them justice....

Home to a lovely sunny week and many birthdays to celebrate.  Phoebe is six tomorrow!!!  Party party party.... then family get together for James' birthday on Sunday. Poppy recently turned four too....

Loving the garden springing into life... the blossom is so thick in the driveway and the white wisteria is budding over the sleep out....

Taking time to savour the break and appreciate the good times - an essential part of the self care process. We all need to do it - the last two weeks have been a time of great sadness and loss for the veterinary world as another wonderful vet is taken by depression and suicide.  Dr Sophia Yin's death is a tragedy and a huge loss to the profession - her work on low stress handling has been a breath of fresh air across the world.
Her legacy will continue from her website http://drsophiayin.com/about

Tributes have poured in ....
Dr. Yin's passing has been a cataclysmic event in the animal-training and veterinary community and is sparking some important conversations about the prevalence of depression among those who care for animals (Jessica Dolce wrote a great post on "compassion fatigue"), and specifically among vets. Veterinarians are believed to be four times more likely to commit suicide than people in other professions. One recent study found that two thirds of vets surveyed had suffered from clinical depression; of that group, only a third had sought professional help. 
Some good advice for vets 

You deserve the same level of compassionate care that you give your clients. You do not need to be perfect or give until you are empty in order to earn your self-care. Give to yourself with as much enthusiasm and skill as you give to others.
You can do that by getting help. If you are suffering from compassion fatigue symptoms or you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or anything else: seek professional help. The cruel twist of depression is that its very nature makes reaching out for help difficult. So get help early.

I don’t know what was happening in Dr. Yin’s life, but I am so sorry that she was struggling and felt such despair. She meant so much, to so many. She was making a real difference in the world and she will be missed. My heart goes out to her friends and family. I hope they take some comfort in knowing that Dr. Yin was deeply respected, loved, and treasured by people and their pets around the world.
You made a difference Dr. Yin. Thank you.


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