Way way over due for update of 365 photos. Here are days 331 to 337
331|365 Old School – Even driving into St Paul’s feels prestigious, feels old school, feels old money.
332|365 Weeds – Sometimes love means weeding gardens without being asked.
333|365 Miracles – Talia doing the dishes and smiling. A miracle? ☺
334|365 Inboxes – Have learnt over the last year to have as few inboxes as possible and keeping them clear dramatically improves productivity.
335|365 Millennium Development Goals – Went to Auckland Uni to hear Helen Clarke talk on the UN MDGs. Quote of the day “If you have a world that suffers injustices as much as ours does, it cant be at peace with itself”. Her point we need to reduce injustice to get peace.
336|365 Red in the Morning – Shepherds warning, and yes it did rain!
337|365 Grandma – My Mum and Dad are over to look after the kids while we head to Sydney.
Met, know and have heard of bundles of people, lately who are not themselves. Thy feel flat, down and maybe a little bit empty. Much of it I’m sure is the winter blues.
Well, if you are one of those people I have a solution. At this time of year the playgrounds are practically empty. No kids, particularly during the day.
So head down to the park, why not take a friend. Then forget that you’re meant to ‘behave’ like a grown up and jump on a swing.
It will be the wackiest thing you have done in ages, but I guarantee some of the winter emptiness will disappear.
Picture a day without colour
No colour in buildings or things we wear
No colour in paint for art to smear
No colour in the sun or sky above
No colour in stuff we love
Picture a day without colour
And rejoice that today
Is filled with colour!
[329|365 – I love how colourful schools have become]
Just over the summit of the Kaimai Ranges,
as you’re headed to Hamilton from Tauranga, is a small almost unnoticed
lay-area that conceals a natural fresh water spring. With the road on one side
and native New Zealand bush on the other, a pipe is linked to the ground and
from it fresh water flows.
There has been substantial rainfall
recently and the pipe can’t contain the volume of water coming from this
natural purifier and it bubbles up from the rocks around it.
Beautiful crisp, cold, clear water.
Uncaptured, it runs off to join a stream
and make its way to the ocean.
Meanwhile almost a 1000 million people
worldwide have no access to clean-water.
How lucky I am to have been born in
this beautiful, abundant country.
This whole school and education thing seems to work. Jayden basically start school in June and has progressed from reading one work, his name, to reading little books. He is really proud of his achievements and I’m really proud of him.
In the initial stages of learning something new we make huge progress, really quickly. As time progresses’ learning gets harder, more complex and takes more discipline. Then it requires huge amounts of brainpower, and before long most adults quit learning altogether.
Maybe it’s time to return to the basics of learning. Find something new, something completely different and explore it. To make huge progress really quickly. To enjoy learning again.
I love spring because the days are growing longer.
I love spring because the rain will
I love spring because of the vivid colours.
I love spring because of the new growth.
Spring is almost here because the birds
have returned to our trees and our first trees are in blossom.
Bring on spring I say.
The good.trust is well on its way to building
its first clean.water well!
Last week was a big week for the trust.
Jim celebrated his birthday raised $3,200 and Luke Thompson started recording a song called ‘water’ that he has gifted to the trust to sell and raise funds for clean.water.
Follow the good.trust
319 | 365 Torch Lighting
Every night at 6pm there was a torch lighting ceremony.
320 | 365 – Tree of Life
The girls climb the Fijian Tree of Life. Talia is pictured up a coconut tree.
321 | 365 Path of Fire
Took this photo using a 15 second shutter speed. It is a photo of the torch bearer walking past our room towards the main area of the resort.
322 | 365 South Sea Island
Took the kids on a half day trip called "Finding Nemo" to south sea island. One very small island, and yet half a day was not long enough.
323 | 365 Last Sunset
Picture of the kids doing random poses as the sun sets on our last day in Fiji.
324 | 365 Boarding call
Making our way out to the plane to fly back to Auckland. Notice the kids all have jeans on in preparation for the New Zealand cold weather.
This is Aneil. When my family and I met him in his 6ft x 8ft corrugated tin house with a curtain for a door, he looked unwell. Naively I asked him if he was really sick, he responded “No, no I am just really tired as I haven’t eaten in 4 days”.
I admit that I was caught off guard by his answer. I would feel and look unwell if I hadn’t eaten in 4 days. Hours earlier we had a beautiful breakfast in our resort in Nadi, then drove to Suva, now we sat in the slum house of a man who hasn’t eaten in 4 days.
As I sat with him all I could think of was the verses in James that say, “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough."
Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.” I will write more on Fiji in a later more detailed post.
311 | 365 Home made clothes
Karina has been hard at work making dress for herself and the girls before we head to Fiji. What a very talented and creative wife I have!
312 | 365 Dinner with the Grandparents
Dinner with Keith and Leonie. Youngest snuggle up on the floor and watch the cartoon network. My grandparents never had sky TV and the cartoon network.
313 | 365 Pedestrian Crossing
On Holiday and the best I could come up with was a late afternoon photo of the pedestrian crossing.
314 | 365 Homework
"When I was growing up we had to research countless books to study". My kids have Wifi, Laptops and the internet. Jealous, I'm sure I would have been a heaps better student if I grew up now.
315 | 365 Packing
Suitcases packed, ready to get the family up at 3:45am to get going.
316 | 365 Fun in the Sun
Arrived in Nadi (29 degrees) and off to the Resort to check in and have a swin.
317 | 365 My Beautiful Girls
Karina and the girls (who are wearing the dresses Karina made them), while we wait for the Bula bus.