While in Russell in the Bay of Islands and in need of something to occupy myself for a spell, I decided to visit the Pompallier Missionary and Printery. It’s funny how sometimes you find a real treat by doing something that ordinarily you might not consider. Included in the ticket price was a croissant and coffee and a guided tour of the printery and tannery on site.
Originally set up as a French catholic missionary (which caused much consternation with the English who had moved into NZ), this is a fascinating history and also an amazing history of how much trouble people went to in preparing leather and indeed books. So great to learn and you even get to make an impression using one of the original printers shown in the image below!
If you are ever there, do give it a try!
I occasionally read blogs or meet people who like to talk about their bucket lists. Things they want to do before they die. They are generally (and quite rightly) very selfish. Some lists are ridiculously long, some seem acheivably short. Often the contents include travel or jumping out of means of travel.
I was wondering what would happen to these bucket lists if the human race proceeds along its irresponsible current path of destruction and pillage. I then thought how there ought to be a Bucket List for the World. Here are some things that it might be nice to have on there…
- Significant population reduction of the human species
- Stop the use of damaging pesticides and chemicals in the environment
- Large reduction in number of species in danger of extinction
- Greater quality of life for all living species
- Greater quantity of preserved habitat for non-humans
- Clean oceans and rivers
- Wholesale improvement (i.e. reduction) in the man-made impact on climate change
- No need for fossil fuels
- Stop logging from unsustainable sources
- Responsibly questioning our manufacturing to not produce the next day’s waste
- 100% recycling, 0% waste
- No weapons of mass destruction
- No ignorant bigotry based on race, religion, gender, sexual preference, disability etc
- All countries working together for mutual benefit and advancement rather than for their own power and interests
Does anyone have any others they’d like to see? Wouldn’t it be great if we could somehow make them a reality? If only…
We Have Just One World – We Need to Look After It
I was rather surprised recently, on consuming a can of Lion Red beer, to note a list of nutritional information, I couldn’t recall seeing such a thing on beer before.
I felt fairly certain that beer is widely regarded as being bad for you, and yet here we have the proud declaration that the beer is 99% free of sugar!
Closer inspection reveals 1.3g of dietary fibre and 1g of protein and quite low in fat! Lower in sodium than 7up too!
So the questions are these…why does the drinking of beer result in the beer belly? Why isn’t it hailed as the latest in health supplements? Why aren’t we all supping for the good of our constitution?
Why indeed…I dare say we can all think of many reasons…particularly to do with knowing when to say no. 🙂
I do not have children, nor do I really want them, but during my trip to the UK I found that for the first two weeks I was staying in places where children of various ages were part of the scenery, from 18 months to 9 years old.
You might think that this would be a concern but it was great fun! Interacting with the kids, playing games and being a little part of their lives was great. They are often natural comedians and do things that we, as inhibited adults, would never do. They seem to have so few cares and you can only wish that life stayed that way. I even met my two-year-old niece for the first time which was brilliant!
To those who thought that the answer to every “I Spy” clue was “cake”, to those who would have me trampoline whether I won or lost at a family game of croquet (trampolining sure takes it toll on your knees, by the way!), to those who spontaneously started pole dancing at the age of two, I give thanks. These experiences are ones to be treasured and really helped make the UK trip a fabulous time that will be long-remembered.
Returning to the UK, I was a little concerned of how it might feel to meet up with friends for the first time in over three years. In some cases, keeping in touch has not been easy, and I was concerned as to how the relationship might stand up to time.
I either stayed with (some for the first time) or met up with numerous friends while in the country and I must say that without exception it felt like I hadn’t been away. It was a total joy for me and pointed to the fact that these were friends that in many cases would indeed last for a long time. What a relief!
In every case, the first few minutes reflected on the past before we started to create a few new memories to take into the future.
And for those friends (and family) with whom I stayed, it really was a very humbling experience to see how much they went out of their way to help with the trip and in ensuring that a good time was had by all. Most of our hosts were even happy to drive us to places despite our having a car which was fab also. To them (they know who they are) I say a massive THANK YOU.