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.
|Giant Lamingtons from Motueka Bakery.....|
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 -
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