Sunday, April 28, 2019

Biking the Central Otago Rail Trail - exploring Ophir

After a day on the bikes we settled in to Omakau hotel and awaited our pick up from the Pitches store courtesy coach. 

We were able to have an hour exploring Ophir before dinner. What a stunning little town.  

First photo is of the post and telegraph office which is still an operational post office. 

Next door is the Peace Memorial Hall. 

The jail was pretty cute too, as was our prisoner Becky!

Across the street was my favourite building of them all, 'The Old Drapery Shop'. I was intrigued  mainly because I would love to know what my Mum's store in Roslyn looked like. She had Ms Kean's Seamstress Shop. What I would give to find records of this or see photos of this. Anyway, back to this store, it is well worth a visit and take time peering in the windows.

The next photo is of Pitches Store, where we were to shortly return for dinner. 

I loved the door on the next building. It is great to see how original it is. 

Next photo is of the bank which is now accommodation. 

I had to reach up high to get a photo of this cutie over the fence. 

This stone creekway is intriguing. It reminds me of the efforts that are being made to restore the old stone pavements in Naseby. We really do owe so much to our early pioneers. 

I have visited this building many times. It is often open as a craft and second hand store. 

This building also used to be open as a second hand store, but now has been converted back to accomodation. 

These cute little cottages are delightful. 

I do have a fascination with doors and these two are quite special. 

As the sun set we headed back to Pitches Store for a stunning dinner. The lampshades are stunning as are many of the decorations and additions to the Store. The bottles and glass retrieved from the Pit are displayed in front of the counter. 

Although I found the presentation bizarre, my Salmon was delicious. 

A stunning dessert wine and lemon meringue pie rounded off a simply awesome dining experience. I can thoroughly recommend a meal at Pitches Store. 

It is not surprising at all that they proudly display a number of awards. 

Back in the courtesy coach across to Omakau for a much needed early night, and a great sleep indeed. 

A stunning day indeed thanks Becky and Martin. Looking forward to more again tomorrow. 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Biking the Central Otago Rail Trail with Becky and Martin

For the longest time I have tagged Becky in posts about the Rail Trail and finally the day arrived, when Becky and Martin came to Naseby and we headed off on the trail. 

Colin Faulkner from 219 e-bike picked us up from Naseby and off we went in the glorious autumn sunshine. 

He dropped us at Oturehua and we explored the little town. I was fascinated to explore Gilchrist's store as I have never stopped there. What a treasure trove and what a blast from the past. 

Onto our bikes and away we went to our first coffee stop at Hayes Engineering, and a jolly good coffee it was too! 

Back on the bikes and off we went down the Ida Valley heading for Auripo. We past the Ida Burn dam, and stopped for multiple photos along the way. We loved the information in all the railway sheds. I especially liked learning the story of the beautiful apple trees all the way along the trail, grown from passengers cast offs, out the window as they travelled by rail all those years ago. Martin kindly picked us delicious heritage apples - YUM!

At Auripo we saw many families stopped for picnic lunches. We took the opportunity for photos on the hill beside the track. Becky, you sure do take great photos. 

Looking through the photos I am reminded yet again of the transformation that F45 has been. I thoroughly enjoyed the biking and felt fit and healthy biking even on the inclines. I have to say I was exceedingly grateful to be biking the downhill leg though. 

The weather was exceptional. I biked in a singlet top and truly got a little bit of autumn sun on my skin. The cloud formations were spectacular and we felt truly grateful for the sites, sounds and weather. 

The Otago Central Interplanetary Cycle Trail was another true photo opportunity bonus. We sure did have fun with the shadow on this one eh Becky. Not quite on target but a lot of fun nevertheless. 

From Auripo we continued on down the Poolburn gorge, through the two tunnels, continuing into the Ida Valley and over the Poolburn viaduct. 

I can't say that I enjoyed cycling over the viaducts, but they are pretty stunning. 

I remembered a head torch this time so the tunnels were no challenge at all. 

All too soon we were at Lauder and it was time for a delicious toasted sandwich for lunch. A few photos in the town and we were off on the final leg for the day. 

A short sharp ride down the slope and we arrived at Omakau, our destination for the night. 


 We were very pleasantly surprised with our accomodation for the night at Omakau Hotel

A delicious soak in the bath in the setting sun was an added bonus. And so ends the chapter of day one of biking. More to come, including the night tour of Ophir and dinner at Pitches store. Check back tomorrow for the next instalment.... 

Friday, April 26, 2019

F45 - C22 here I come...

So, Monday the 29th of April sees the beginning of F45 eight week challenge known as C22. I have now completed C20 and C21 and I was considering giving this one a miss, but NO. So I thought it was time to commit my WHY. Actually my WHY is very clear. I want to be fit, healthy and active. I want to enjoy an active life with family and friends. I love transformation I have achieved and I want to continue this. 

Reasons for taking part in C22 include:

  • I am loving being fit and healthy and want to give it yet another nudge. 
  • I want to build more muscle and decrease my % body fat.
  • I want to maintain the decrease of heart rate.
  • I have noticed a significant decrease in muscle pain and tiredness and want to maintain this. 
  • I love the workouts and am keen to commit to 5+ sessions a week.
  • I want to continue to develop my running fitness, and find this will develop well alongside F45 workouts. 
  • I am keen to be part of the fun that is the 8wc. 
  • I actually love the food.
  • I am committing to this being my new way of life, my norm. 
  • I am noticing I have far better posture.
  • I know how much better I feel and I am definitely keen to maintain this. 
I was not around for the information evening so I am feeling a little out of it, and I will also miss the starting scans. But, I will catch up with Adain next week for the scan, and hopefully I will hear all about the info evening. 

Bring on C22...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Room 4 Circus 2009

WOW, so sad Wikispaces is closing, but so delighted to find these treasures. Way, way back in 2009, our whole class was fully blended - working both face to face and online. Perhaps the best example of this was when we fully lived the circus dream, from planning, to auditioning, to acting out and reflecting on our performance. 
So glad I got the chance to copy this out.
Just the other day I ran into one of these amazing clowns and we shared many a fond memory about our learning journey together...  VERY special.... 

-Circus Reflection...
I felt...
- nervous because there was a big crowd said Kyle
- less shy because I remembered not to be shy, said Will
- excited because it was my first time performing in a circus said Matthew
- glad to perform in the room 4 circus again said Sinead 

- glad to perform in front of my parish Buddy and make her laugh said Jemma
- I felt scared walking on my stilts and I felt great honking my horn said Shannon
- I felt happy performing in front of my parish buddy said Courtland
- I felt nervous at the start then near the end I felt really happy said Olivia
- I felt very, very nervous performing in front of the whole school said Kymberlee
- So proud and exciting to be in a circus said Charlotte
I wondered...
- How many people were watching me said Kyle
- Who my Parish buddy was while I was performing said Sinead
- How many old people came to watch our funny act said Jemma
- If my Parish buddy was watching said Olivia
- I wondered if my parish buddys were coming said Kymberlee
- I wondered if my cousin came said luke
-I wondered if we did well said shannon
I tried...
- New things that I have never done before said Kyle
- New ways to try to make our act shorter said Sinead
- New things that would make people laugh in my act said Jemma
- To get things right said Harry
- I tried to add new things to the puppet act said Olivia
- I tried to get ideas for my act said Kymberlee
- To get things right and to do my best and make it short said Charlotte

I learned...
- it’s hard to cut down time from our circus to save time said Kyle
- Parish buddies don't like too much noise said Jemma
- it is hard to perform to heaps of people said Sean
- don't turn your back to the audience said Braydon
- that you have to make your act interesting said Sinead
- that you have to come to the front of the stage so the audience can hear you said Olivia
-that our our parish buddys don't like to much noise said Kymberlee
-I learned that performing in front of an ordince is fun said shannon
- To get thing ready on time said Charlotte
I used...
- all my talents to make new acts said Kyle
- my spare time to practice my acts said Jemma
- my skills said Harry
- some talents I didn't know I had said Olivia
- all my talents and teamwork said Kymberlee
- all my thingking t
- all my skills and talents said Sinead
- My best skills said Charlotte

You can only imagine how proud I am of you all. What an amazing performance today!!! You are all sensational. You were very entertaining. I can't wait to share the photos and video with you all on Monday...

Are you getting ready?

Check out the programme and let me know if there are any changes please!

Circus Personnel 

Stage Managers: Olivia, Cayden, Charlotte 

Music: Mrs K 

Backstage Manager: 

Lighting Controller: Wilson, Ryan 

Props: Will, Kymberlee 

Front of House: Callum, Kymberlee, Connor 

Circus Programme: Shannon, Luke 

Today you will see:
Ringmaster 1 Harry 
Ringmaster 2 Sinead 
Ringmaster 3 Rylee 
Ringmaster 4 Maddy 
Photographer – Kyle 
Water clown – Jorge 
Noisy – Shannon 
Buzzy –Charlotte 
Sounds Alive Circus 
Madison, Braydon, Cayden, Ryan, Connor, Bradley 
The circus is in town 
Room 4 
Rag doll 
Callum, Harry, Braydon, Wilson, 
Jolly jugglers 
Rylee and Will 
Bradley and Ryan 
Tom and Cayden 
Sean and Courtland 
Tappityy tap tap – Mrs K and Mrs F 
Fun land 
Sinead, Kymberlee, Rylee 
Callum – harmonica 
Olivia – recorder 
Harry – guitar 
Rylee – guitar 
I’m tricky the clown 
Sean, Sinead, Callum, Harry 
You think you are so good 
Wilson, Will, Kyle 
Biker boys 
Ryan, Jorge, Kyle 
Hula hoopers 
Jorge, Madison, Connor 
Tumbling down 
Wilson, Courtland, Will, Tom 
The human puppet 
Olivia and Jemma 
Squeaky pow 
Bradley, Connor, Madison 
Snake charmers 
Maddy, Jemma, Jorge, Braydon 
Scaredy pies bubblelicious 
Cayden, Luke, Shannon, Madison 
Party poopers 
Sinead, Rylee, Maddy, 
Fizzy pop 
Kymberlee, Charlotte, Matthew 
Pyramid paradise 
Magic stuff 
Courtland, Kyle, Luke, Tom 
Who will let the clowns out? 
Tom, Harry, Sean 
High walkers 
Shannon, Sean, Luke 
No breaking allowed 
Kyle and Will 
Wonky donkey 
Whole school 
Thank you for coming to our amazing, extraordinary Circus. 
What have we got?
Cool Circus music!
Tricky the clown lip synch
Tightrope walkers - Maddy, Rylee, Sinead
Bubble blowing clown - Cayden, Luke, Madison
Photography - Kyle
Water clown - Jorge
Gymnast clowns Sort out acts
Puppeteer/puppet - Jemma, Olivia
Stilts Stilt walker
Guitar - Sinead More circus instruments
Rubber hammer - Connor Act
Pie throwers - Luke and Shannon - Story?
Poem recital - Courtland Actors
Clowns in boxes routine Actors
Headstands - Will and Wilson Act
Fizzy treat - Kymberlee and Charlotte Tray, lemonade, food colouring
Balancing - Maddy More balancers??
Jugglers - Bradley, Ryan, Braydon,
Hulahoop dancers - girls
Magicians - Harry and Kyle
Magic tricks
Tricycle race
Balloon bursting
Trick handshakes
Table tricks
Feather duster tickles
Invisible dog - Charlotte

We need:
Stage Manager
Music Manager
Backstage Manager
Front of house - welcoming
Ringmasters - one boy one girl
Programme creator
Mime coach

Click on this link to check out what you can do for our circus. Add your name to any of the acts you can do. Remember to think about your talents and choose what you would really like to do.

I am extremely impressed with the effort you have put into preparation for our circus.
We now need to make sure we all have acts we are working on in groups.
There is no I in team!!!
We need to research clowns and acts to make sure we fully understand our role.
When will you practise?
What props will you need?

What do we need in our rubric?
Who will be ringmaster?
Who will be prompt? director?
Who will write the programme?
Who will make the poster to advertise our circus?

How will we plan for our Parish Buddy circus?