Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Frank asked for a playlist ... here's version 1

Sky Waka Journey

Thanks to my awesome Mum I spent much of Sunday on a train trip to National Park then a fantastic ride on the Sky Waka before lunch in the clouds. What a cool trip! Here's a sped up clip from up the Sky Waka. Woo hoo!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

I just sent a letter to the government ...

Asking for MPI (Ministry for Primary Industries) to conduct an immediate review into Tegel's negligence. 

SAFE link

Scroll down to learn how terribly these innocent intelligent creatures are treated. There are so many delicious alternatives so why support this horrific and cruel practice? 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Writer traveller and bro

Kia ora dear readers ... my bro just updated his site and I reckon it looks great. He gets back from an amazing 6 week trip away tomorrow. I can't wait to hear some stories!

In the mean time check him out HERE ... Sean Monaghan

Happy Labour Weekend to all you hard workers out there. xx

Blast from the past ... Pako Pehu is back again!!

Pako Pehu wooing from imajane on Vimeo.

Same same on YouTube

And below a wee portrait of our beautiful Pako Pehu, it was always such a blessing to have him in our presence.

This beautiful tui visited us for nearly three years. He would sit on the ponga frond outside the ranch slider window and warble and tweet away his beautiful song often fluffing himself up which made him appear rather plump! He had a female flitting around him on several occassions. Sometimes she would sit near him. She was so sleek and slim. One time they flew away together in perfect sync down through the trees into the valley. So in tune it appeared to me. Makes me so happy to have nature so close.

Tui have two voice boxes which allows them to create these amazing songs that seem to include chords because they kinda do. Does 2 notes count as a chord?

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Opening night slideshow share

Stoked to have the opportunity to take photos at the opening of Mockingbird. And pretty happy they shared the slideshow on their page :)

I have much to learn about indoor event photography! I had some help here from the vibrant and talented Mohamad - 13 of the photos at the end of the slide show are his - thanks dude! Mohamad's approach reminded me that when you're bold you get great reactions which makes for great interactive photos. A big reminder I must to step outside my comfort zone if I want to take great photos of people.

Looking forward to visiting the bar again and checking out the rooftop bar and more of the delicious food. The dumpling was super delicious!

Link to Mockingbird opening night slideshow on Youtube

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

I visited the Vegan Expo at the Southward Car Museum last weekend. What a cool place, friendly atmosphere and lots of  innovative products on show including many mouth watering treats. I had my first custard square in many, many moons and was in heaven for a short time! Went back for another for Ron but they were sold out! Doh. 

Met some lovely people including Marcela who runs the Underground Soapery We got chatting and she invited me to take photos, yay! I like her style. She uses repurposed paper to wrap soaps in, stamped recycled paper for business cards and no plastic. All while smelling fabulous and being reasonably priced. Pretty stoked that she lives just around the corner in Stokes Valley :)

Reminder to self to visit the observatory

What's in space ...

Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Arcades Project


Tapuae-o-Uenuku the "footprint of the rainbow"
Looking south from Owhiro Bay at the top.
Under it the view looking north from the plane about to arrive in Christchurch. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

OHM ... loop on Instagram ... you will need to hit the triangle to make it play.

This is rather powerful if I'm in the mood to sit and let time pass for a bit and attempt to practice mindfulness. 

Sniper to vegan ... everyone has an opportunity to change

Danny Mander - Tedtalk on YouTube

Warning this has dramatic stories but the transformation is excellent and engaging, I hope he will inspire you too.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Leaf colour challenge

Such pretty leaves the cherry blossom drops each Autumn. 
Colours so vibrant against teal coloured paper.
Happy Friday everyone!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Sunshine Vegetable Daze

Aw bless, I just found this in the archive and it made me smile so thought it best I share.

These are veggies from the vege coop, thought it would be fun to photograph the veggies each week but only did it twice. 

Happy new year everyone! It's scorching hot here in the Hutt Valley. I send you all some sun rays!! Best wishes from Aotearoa and our long white cloud xx

Friday, November 9, 2018

AMAZING entertaining, enlightening and inspirational play

Link to Committed
Written and performed by Clarissa Chandrahasen.

WOW Clarissa blew my mind with her one woman play about her experiences of being bi-polar. She did a fabulous job of giving us some insight as to what it is like to be as high as a kite loving life and thinking that everything is perfectly shaped just for you to succeed to the low of not being able to move off the couch for 3 months and thinking of dying every single conscious second.

Hat's off to the amazing Clarissa for being so warm and encompassing as well as a brilliant comic - her timing is spot on. I had belly laughs in entirely unexpected places. Really clever use of simple but well thought out props helped heighten the experience. The lighting and sound team also did an amazing job with perfect continuity.

Bravo Clarissa and team, I really hope you are able to share this story far and wide and to help break down some of the barriers and prejudices around mental illness.