Creative Chaos

Creative Chaos

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

around the place

We've been to London and St Albans in the UK; to Zug, Zurich, Engleberg, Lucerne, Basel in Switzerland; to Munich, Horst and Frankfurt in Germany; to Salzburg in Austria and to Taipei in Taiwan.
WHEW!
2 of the older "kids" took themselves off to Salzburg, Vienna and Dublin by themselves.

Now we're all back here and it's back to reality, as school starts again tomorrow!

Just a *wee* snapshot of photos from all over the place....









 ^Salzburg
 ^Salzburg
 ^my old suburb!
 ^Salzburg
 ^ Munich
 ^Munich

 ^^ with the bro who lives in Switzerland

 ^Zurich
 ^ Zurich

 ^Zurich



 ^Lucerne
 ^Lucerne
 ^Lucerne
 ^Lucerne
 Christmas (only ME with self bought gifts) - everyone else went gift- less through choice!








 ^Basel
 ^Basel
^Basel

Sunday, 3 November 2019

this is the other part of New Zealand

this breaks my heart - a 5 year old not being present for 2.5 months already in his first year of school.
This shows a country where there IS poverty; families who are struggling to rent; struggling to have one million dollars to buy a damn ordinary house in the biggest city in the country; families who can not afford basic health care/ a visit to the doctor; families with little support; families with little money to buy a school uniform or lunches; families who actually work full time, but can't afford basics.
The answer might be to move out of the big smoke, go to a smaller town, but will they get a job, away from family support, go to schools who have language weeks, have another student in their school who speaks their heritage language etc etc.
I don't know how to help at all,; this is impossible to keep a student where they need to be academically and socially. It's a NZ wide issue, but i still think most kiwis are in la-la land over poverty/costs in the expensive parts of NZ for just daily things!
It's far from an equal society or even a society which offers the same equitable experience!
Things ARE improving with the government in power, but i also see daily battles and too many needing help, and there is not enough help...

teachers take the brunt for too much, as do little 5 year olds who have no say in being put in a postion out of their control.....

Monday, 21 October 2019

Long weekend in Wellington

My school board kindly gives us all a 3 day weekend once a year. I flew the hour down to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, to meet up with a friend from Christchurch (an hour south again). This dear friend actually used to be a penfriend of mine from Boston, MA, USA and we first met at my wedding 23.6 years ago! We've met in Boston, the UK and Australia over the years and she has now lived in NZ for 12 or so years.
This was the view from our air b'n'b - right on Cuba Street - the best location!





 I was so delighted to go and visit NISA - it's underwear made by former refugees in Wellington and I own quite  a few items of theirs. Such a good cause. https://nisa.co.nz/  Perfect for Christmas gifts - I've bought underwear for the entire family. Quite neat to see where they sew everything! I was part of their crowd fundraising event to get special machinery to enable them to be able to sew men's underwear.




 my favourite tea shop... TLeaf  Another great place for Christmas gifts...
 We went here for dinner... i'll psot photos of that another time... WOW !
 Nisa underwear i bought... all made here in Godzone.
 Wellington city... on a harbour - a fab walking city. Can't beat the cafes .













LOVE the city - i lived there while at Library School in the 1990s. It was SO fab to catch up with my friend April - another post to come! New Zealand travel is so goo d- my 3rd trip this year around my own country.