Schnauzer dog
blogging, craft

Making a Råtta Dog Toy

Some of you may know that we have a new puppy in our house and like all new puppies they are a bit of work, but bring lots of joy and happiness. And must be amused! The new puppy is not directly mine, but my daughter's. Due to the pandemic, we are frequently required to… Continue reading Making a Råtta Dog Toy

Merino Sheep, Mt Cook
blogging, Photography, Travel

Cromwell and The Lindis Pass

Iceland or New Zealand? New Zealand has often been compared to Norway. In fact, on the way to Kastrup airport in Denmark, I saw one of those massive billboards, illuminated with a photograph of a snow-covered mountain. The caption read, "Norway? No! New Zealand!" Several years ago, I took a bus from Christchurch in the… Continue reading Cromwell and The Lindis Pass

Environment

DIY Beeswax Wraps

They are super expensive in the shops but easy to make by yourself. They help us reduce our plastic use and are way better for the environment. We all want to reduce our plastic use, and cling wrap is pretty lethal as far as plastics goes. It is made of petrochemicals, is actually toxic to… Continue reading DIY Beeswax Wraps

blogging, History & Traditions, Photography

Friendly Friday: The Colour Pink – Guest Post

Vero writes: When Amanda asked me to write a post with the prompt, "Pink," my mind went in many directions first. Then I paused: what’s really my relationship with this girly colour? Let’s be honest, no matter how modern you are on the gender stereotyping theme, it will still take yonks before pink is something… Continue reading Friendly Friday: The Colour Pink – Guest Post

Norwegian hakking
Photography

Friendly Friday Weekly Challenge – The Colour Pink

Young girls are pretty much divided into two camps - generally speaking. You are either a PINK or a PURPLE girl. As each person's eye sees colour, and variations of hue, a little differently and individually to the next, what is one person's dreamy hue might be something another person intensely dislikes. Tassie Tulips Pink… Continue reading Friendly Friday Weekly Challenge – The Colour Pink

Motivational

Playing the Devil’s Advocate

Why do we think negatively when we know better? "If I expect the worst, I am pleasantly surprised when something turns out well." Such an approach to life situations, is modus operandi for some members of my family. I do get why people do get into the habit. I used to do this myself. Some… Continue reading Playing the Devil’s Advocate

swedish design candles
Uncategorized

Friendly Friday – Comfort Food

My resourceful co-host Sandy from The Sandy Chronicles has allocated Comfort Food for the Weekly Prompt for Friendly Friday. Chocolate and raspberries are a match made in heaven. And for me, any kind of berry and a dash of chocolate in any form is comfort food. To save confusion, you can find the link to… Continue reading Friendly Friday – Comfort Food

Mental Health, Motivational, Philosophy

Dissatisfaction

Are You Expecting Too Much? Is it time to evaluate or eliminate unreasonable rules and expectations. When we are feeling a bit dissatisfied with the way life is, we tend to make judgements about other's actions that are somewhat misaligned or skewed. We might miscontrue their intentions, place expectations on others and inadvertantly set up… Continue reading Dissatisfaction

road
Architecture, Australia

Friendly Friday Challenge – Surprise

I am not that fond of social media, but I do use it. Sounds a bit hypocritical, doesn't it? I rather like the Facebook 'Memories' feature. It reminds me of what I was doing on that same date, in previous years. They are always happy memories. (I generally don't post sad ones). Last year at… Continue reading Friendly Friday Challenge – Surprise

shopping centre with consumers
Australia

Post LockDown Possibilities for Retail Centres

Worst-case Scenario I think we all are aware that brands and stores may not survive the financial hiatus resulting from the pandemic. Together with the shift in the popularity of online shopping, the enforced elimination of in-person appointments and alternative home delivery methods, what if shopping malls could become a relic of the past? Already… Continue reading Post LockDown Possibilities for Retail Centres

Australia, blogging, Food, Mental Health, Philosophy

Hollow Online Experiences

When the internet came along, it was suggested that everything would be done online, from shopping to employment and communications. Individuals would not need to leave home to live their consumer lives. The public however, has shown that we are primarily social creatures and are reluctant to embrace a completely virtual lifestyle. Whilst online shopping… Continue reading Hollow Online Experiences

Cakes, cookies, biscuits and Home Bake, Community, Food

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge- Guest Post – Something Different

In addition to our regular posts, the Friendly Friday team at TheSandyChronicles and StPA, are featuring Guest Posts from Bloggers who contribute to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge. Ju-Lyn, a Singaporean blogger, from All Things Bright and Beautiful especially enjoys food and cooking, in addition to making 'purposeful choices, ' and has kindly contributed a… Continue reading Friendly Friday Photo Challenge- Guest Post – Something Different

Mental Health, Motivational, Philosophy

Challenging Thoughts and Reality

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” Marcus Aurelius If you think of yourself as the best thing since sliced bread, that will become your reality. Likewise, if you think you are broken, or a failure, then in all likelihood, you will feel broken and miserable. If you feel you… Continue reading Challenging Thoughts and Reality