SweetPea High Tea & Treats!

About a week ago I had the pleasure of being introduced to a wonderful cafe that provides the most amazing cupcakes and treats.  The cupcakes were so good… moist, the icing was yummy and the presentation was stunning.  I took the time to take a few photographs while I was there.

259 Jackson Street, Petone, New Zealand 5012

04 589 7755

When you are next in Petone I invite you to go and try their yummy offerings and come back to let us know what you thought.

Flying In A Tiger Moth…

Today was pretty exciting because my mum went flying in a Tiger Moth.  

Flying isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I knew I was onto a pretty good idea because my mum’s dad used to own a Tiger Moth and take his daughters flying in it.

Since I’m moving away to the city I thought this would be a great opportunity to give mum something that would last in her memory forever.  Not some vase, mug or toaster that can be replaced at a moments notice…  Marketers have done a really good job at convincing us that we need to buy ‘things’ or ‘objects’ to make people happy, when really what people really want is to have an experience; preferably one that is shared as it then holds more value.

I don’t know about you, but as I grow older, I have become acutely aware that life is about relationships and the memories we form with people.  It is not the things we have, but the things we do; like spending our time (which is our most precious commodity) with our loved ones.  Which of course got me thinking, really thinking about  generating a memory that my mum would emotionally enjoy at different levels.  You will have the opportunity to hear first hand what my mum thought of her experience flying in a Tiger Moth again.

I doubt very much if Mum will get around to having another flight in a Tiger Moth so I made sure that I took my iPhone and recorded the event with photos and a series of small videos, which I have put together to make a ‘keep-sake’ for her.  I was really proud of my mum taking up the challenge in her later years as it’s not easy getting in and out of a small cockpit!!

Mum was upbeat and full of energy throughout her experience, a side of my mother I am happy to have inherited – thanks mum!

Come and take a look and feel free to leave comments below:


Have you ever had someone do something for you quite unexpected that had you beaming from ear to ear?  If so I’d love to hear about it so make sure you leave a comment below!

If you would like to go on a Tiger Moth flight and happen to be visiting the Wairarapa District, I can whole heartedly recommend Ace-Aviation.  Make sure you ask for Kerry, a very experienced and thoughtful pilot.

How Safe Are Mobility Scooters?

Love them or hate them mobility scooters are here to stay. For many they play an important part in peoples lives providing independence and freedom the users would not otherwise have. When used safely and competently everyone can travel around in a comfortable manner.

Safety is an important aspect when our loved ones are using a device that can lead to accidents. This is why a reputable company selling scooters provide a safety briefing on how to run a mobility scooter in a manner which will not only keep the new owner safe, but those who share the pathways they will travel on.

What I found fascinating was the fact that the majority of mobility scooter and car collisions happen at intersections. This of course can be reduced by the mobility scooter user making themselves visible to cars, and thoroughly checking there is time to cross the road safely, which will minimize their chance of becoming a statistic.

With this in mind, I was recently underwhelmed by the driving skill of some mobility scooter riders which caused me to take evasive action. This happened 3 times in one month, caused by the poor judgement of the scooter rider.  On one occasion the rider drove out onto a busy round-about behind a car waiting for their turn to go.  The scooter was hidden behind the car due to its height and couldn’t be seen.  Instead of waiting in the medium strip to check if the road was clear, they kept going and zoomed across to the other side….. and there I was coming off the round about driving right into their path!

If I was a driver with slower reactions I believe I would have hit them. This thought was quite distressing, and as this was the third time in the same month where I’d had to take evasive action, I popped into my local police station to find out what my obligations were as a road user; and what I found out both educated and surprised me.

A mobility scooter is not considered a vehicle and therefore they have the same rights as a pedestrian. After some discussion I had to agree.  After all a child on a push scooter is also very mobile, and as a road user I must be looking out for possible issues ahead.  However, the implication of mobility scooter riders being considered a pedestrian was quite sobering.  This means that as a road user, whether driving a car, motorbike or heavy vehicle in the case of an accident, I would be held accountable in the first instance and be charged, irrelevant of the pedestrians actions.

In short, because a mobility scooter is not classed as a vehicle, no legislation is in place to advise users of their safe use.  This had me asking the question… what actions can a mobility scooter rider take to keep themselves and others safe.  So I went online and discovered several sites.  One in particular stood out:  ‘Mobility Scooter Reviews by Glenn Coleman’.  I thought this site articulated the obligations of mobility scooter riders when sharing the road with others.  One particular section relates directly to the ‘safety rules’ highlighting various points, such as:

  • Visibility is an issue. Many scooters are not visible to drivers of cars and trucks.
  • Weaving in and out of parking stalls along the street can be very dangerous.

If you have a loved one who is currently using a mobility scooter, make sure the dealer made time to show them how to operate and keep themselves safe to ensure they can safely cruise the streets!

Art By Deborah Kerly… Using an iPad

Many years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Deborah Kerly whilst living and traveling around Italy.  One of the first things I picked up was Deborah’s flair for the Arts.

Recently Deborah started using an iPad and I have taken the time to squirrel away some of Deborah’s work and wanted to share it with you.  The work you are about to see has been released with Deborah’s approval.