I watched these boys on the news last night, chugging cheerfully across the Cook Straight between our South and North Islands in a van. They were two Aeronautic Machinists – Adam Turnball and Dan Melling, and they’d converted their Toyota Van – known as ‘Roofliss’ – into an amphibian vessel. They were very much your ‘she’ll be right’ sorts of blokes, remaining calm despite running over a few unknown objects. They left the Waikawa marina at six in the morning and made it to the North Island by four pm, enjoying the company of a few dolphins along the way. Responding to earlier doubters, the Marlborough Express reported that they said “until you do, you don’t know do you?”. That’s just it, you don’t know, until you gather up the courage to give it a go. Personally, I’m an organiser, I believe the more organised you are, the better things will go. It’s possible to prepare for life’s challenges in all manner of interesting ways – simply by using a little forward thinking and visualisation it’s possible to steer life in your preferred direction. This means that once the adventures underway, and you hit a few unknown objects, your plans are robust enough that your vessel remains afloat and the journey continues. Check out the article in the Marlborough Express.
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Sometimes you’ve just gotta honour your passions, and this elderly couple are a great example of following your bliss. They’ve won a top gardening award and claim that they’re incapable of driving past gardening centres without pulling in. They tried taking up golf, but were both lured back to gardening (Taranaki Daily News).
Still on the subject of gardening, eight year old Josh Marshall has excelled in the same competition. He’s been dubbed ‘a little boy with a big heart’ because his neighbours say he’s often on their doorstep with his fresh grown veggies and a huge smile (Marlborough Express).
Do you think they’ll allow their hearts to shine tomorrow? The Hour of Kindness in Parliament, which has appearing in the national newspapers and radio, is due to take place tomorrow during Questions in the House in the NZ Parliament.
Onto another form of house – calling all blokes and blokettes! A new shed has been constructed in Dunedin with the purpose of helping the community. For an annual membership fee of ten dollars, people are welcome to spend time working on projects in the shed, using thousands of dollars worth of donated tools (Otago Daily Times).
From blokes, to fathers, more from first time Dad Theron
Burgess this week – and this time it’s an exploration into ways his relationship with his wahine (woman) changed after the birth of their first child – read this article for insight into sleep, intimacy and change.
Here’s another intelligent male with knowledge to share – this time it’s Happyzine’s positive news Maori writer – Jason W. – has written delightful piece on ‘Gratitude‘ for his people, though his words of wisdom are applicable to all of us.
How inspiring is this blog? Kevin Roberts, self confessed ‘radical optimist’ introduces his followers to world renowned Graffiti Artist Tony Quam. Tony continues to leave his creative mark despite being bed ridden, he now works using only his eyes.
Onto positive environmental news – Here’s a young person who is leading the environmental youth movement in New Zealand and she needs your help! Green teen Brittany Packer has been selected to go to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, she urgently needs sponsorship.
They call her the Permaculture Queen. If you’d like to work with world class environmental educator Robina McCurdy whilst learning practical skills about rural living, earth building and permaculture, check out the course information here.
Finally, fancy a little eco-fashion? Look down, we’re talking green shoes here. Check out inhabitat.com’s top seven sustainably produced woman’s shoes.
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