Water as a deterrent?

This week’s headlines have followed the ‘protest’ in Parliament’s grounds. Last night it was hoped that turning on the sprinklers, together with forecast rain, might dampen the protestor’s ardour to the extent they would depart. Diffusing protests with sprinklers sounds great from the point of view of peaceful resolution. However, the protestors covered the sprinklersContinue reading “Water as a deterrent?”

Adult aspirations

I have been somewhat slow posting this week because I have been at music camp in Martinborough. I was so excited that music camp was not Omicronned (interestingly, spell check suggested Omicrobbed as an alternative). Of course, I personally could get Omicronned on my flights (I could be like Jacinda!), or at camp . TravelContinue reading “Adult aspirations”

Ladders, snakes & lakes

I got to go back to the mountains and swim in a few more high lakes (I promise to give you a break from alpine lake pictures after these). Some more stellar summer weather took us up the Wilkin Valley to visit Lakes Lucidus, Castalia and Diana, beneath the stunning peaks of Castor, Pollux andContinue reading “Ladders, snakes & lakes”

Take me back to the mountains

We just got back from four great days in the mountains. Sitting in the Lake Hawea bar, with people around me extolling the virtues of flush toilets, chips and beers, all I could think was “I wish I was still in the mountains and I don’t care about flush toilets, chips or beer.” To beContinue reading “Take me back to the mountains”

Are we still not nearly there?

Over a year ago I wrote a post asking ‘Are we nearly there yet?‘. My conclusion at the time was that we were not nearly anywhere, in relation to COVID-19. I often want to ask whether we are nearly there yet when picking our row of raspberry canes, as it takes around 2 hours toContinue reading “Are we still not nearly there?”

Connections

One of my favourite mental activities is seeing connections between different disciplines and ideas and one of my favourite out-of-my-head activities is seeing connections between people. Our informal New Year party, a mostly annual event, connected some people as well as giving me some connections between ideas. We held the party, despite my concerns aboutContinue reading “Connections”

Valuable rags & rusty nails

Christmas is a traditional time of gift giving in countries influenced by Christianity. Such gift giving has grown out of any proportions that any Jesus Christ that might have existed is likely to approve of. Sarah knitted us ear warmers and dish cloths for Christmas, which is my favourite sort of present – made byContinue reading “Valuable rags & rusty nails”

South American planning

I am inherently predisposed towards planning and preparing well in advance. I was the type of kid who started their homework when they were given it and have turned into the sort of adult who does the same – I have my songwriting class on a Tuesday and I start my homework on a WednesdayContinue reading “South American planning”

Vaccine certificates and choices

Ten days into the traffic light system and I am getting accustomed to scanning my vaccine passport when I go into a variety of venues. I have put my Apple wallet app on the top screen of my phone to prevent the embarrassing hold-up when you are asked for your passport and have to trawlContinue reading “Vaccine certificates and choices”