Move over Katniss Everdeen!


A good archer is known not by his arrows but by his aim”– Thomas Fuller

This weekend I tried archery. Turns out I am terrible at it, and I bruised my arm on the release of an arrow, but it was pretty good fun all the same. Continue reading “Move over Katniss Everdeen!”

Learning about Bee Keeping in NZ

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” Albert Einstein (allegedly)

This week’s new thing was an Introductory Course in Beekeeping, held at The Beehive Solutions in Drury. 

Keeping bees is one of those things I’ve been vaguely interested in – like keeping chickens and growing my own vegetables – but something I’ve never really found the time to do much about. But at the same time, bees are something that I believe we have a duty to know about, and to help protect. Bees are responsible for around a third of the world’s food supply. They are vital to pollination of plants and crops, and it’s been said that if bees disappeared tomorrow, life wouldn’t last too longPesticide use and deforestation is responsible for declining bee numbers. Continue reading “Learning about Bee Keeping in NZ”

Where do I come from? And why does it matter?

“..It doesn’t matter where you come from, it matters where you go..” – Frank Turner

So, I’ve decided to do a DNA Test. Not in a ‘Jeremy-Kyle-who’s-the-father’ way, but more to learn a little more about where I come from.

While Frank Turner sings (beautifully I might add) about it not mattering where you come from, to me I find it matters for a couple of reasons.  Continue reading “Where do I come from? And why does it matter?”

#65 Took the MBTI Personality Test

“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes” – Carl Jung

Today I took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Personality Test to determine my psychological type. Personality testing is useful for self awareness, and knowledge around how we interact with others.

The MBTI test was constructed by Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, and is based on Jungian theory – that everyone has a distinct psychological type, that are based on four functions: sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking. Continue reading “#65 Took the MBTI Personality Test”

#58 Went to a ‘TED Style’ Talk

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” – Benjamin Franklin

Last night I attended a ‘TED Style Talk’, held at the Leys Institute Hall in Auckland.

For anyone not in the know, TED itself is a not for profit organisation, set up to share ‘ideas worth spreading’ via short talks, which held all over the world. Originally – when the organisation began in 1984 – TED stood for Technology, Entertainment and Design, however nowadays talks cover a wide range of topics. Binge watching TED Talks online is basically how I spend any spare hours of my day. Continue reading “#58 Went to a ‘TED Style’ Talk”