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.

ING New York Marathon 2011…

Over 47 thousand people would cross this bridge.... but not all would make it to the finish line...

Back in 2011 on Sunday the 6th of November I joined over 47,000 other runners in the ING New York Marathon.

Those that kept up with my training blogs and videos watched me go through the many ups, and then downs from injuries, which in the end meant my training all but stopped 5 weeks out from the actual marathon.  Not ideal, but that’s how it rolls, so we just get on with it.

New York is an exciting place to be!

So here I was in New York, the city that never sleeps, a very exciting place to be, as it turns out too exciting!  I realize now that the night before the race is not the time to have too much fun.

Unfortunately, upon our return to the hotel we popped into the lounge bar.  I of course, with a race to run the next day was to  have a non-alcoholic drink.  Everyone knows that drinking before a race is not advised as it certainly won’t help you run the next day.   But alas I spied what looked like a rather scrummy cocktail called  the ‘Stress Reliever’.  Fantastic I thought, I’ll only have one; famous last words!

I ran along the bottom section of the bridge, a lot less people!

The next morning when I awoke at 5.15 am I certainly didn’t feel like getting up (for obvious reasons).  But this was not a day to lounge in bed, it was a day to run a marathon.  However, I did make a note to self… never drink before a race again!

I grabbed my gear and made my way down to the lobby where a group of us walked a short distance to catch the buses which would take us out to the starting point.

So many people!

The bus ride seemed to take forever and lurch over every bump…. but maybe that was just me in my fragile state.  Once we were cruising over the Brooklyn Bridge I knew it wouldn’t be long before we got to see where the start line would be.

After the bus dropped us off, it was a short walk to the entrance point.  Once we were cleared by the security officers we we made our way to the designated start areas.   The officials had erected a big TV screen so as we waited we would be able to see our wave come up to tell us when to make our way to the starting pens.

The officials had everything running like clockwork and I thought the needs of the runners were catered for extremely well.  There were loads of portaloos and due to the nature of the day, people were happy to talk to complete strangers as they waited in the coolness of the morning.

To combat the morning chills I had popped out the night before and bought two bright yellow towels and I utilized the plastic poncho from home.  They did their job and were very easy to dispose of later on.  It’s good to note that if you are a first time runner you have to hand your bag to the trucks quite early on, so the articles of clothing you are left wearing you either run in, or leave by the side of the road.

I had a quiet wait as I sat there contemplating what was ahead of me.  I had decided the night before that I wouldn’t wear my iPod and I am so pleased I made that decision.  The bands and people around the course were amazing and I would have been disappointed to have missed the energy they created.

Here we come....

Before I knew it, I was standing on the Brooklyn side of the bridge ready to go.  My fragile physical state aside, I was excited about the prospect of seeing so many boroughs of New York.

As we began our run, they played ‘New York, New York!’ an excellent motivator for what was to lay ahead…..

Hold On To Your Dreams

It is so important to Hold On To Your Dreams and tonight I was reminded once again how the support of loved ones makes it easier to work towards making our dreams a reality.

Now I am not generally one for keeping cards but as I tidied my room (which is always a rather epic event), I found birthday cards from my mum given to me over the past two years.

As I sat and reread them I was filled with love because the cards and written sentiments clearly demonstrated to me that my mum gets me.  It was one of those moments where I really appreciated having a mother that after everything we have been through is still there, who accepts and encourages me.  Pretty special.

I asked my mum if I could share these two cards with you and she was okay with it – thanks mum 🙂


"Don't go through life.... grow through it."


I had to giggle when I took in both pictures… mum managed to find cards that represented the way I used to interact with her.  I was very prickly and difficult or loving and friendly.  The choice of cards were unique to our relationship, where she found them I’ll never know as I haven’t seen them in any bookstores or shops I’ve been to.



Whether it is your mum. dad, family member or good friend, they know and should support you in a way that builds a strong self worth.  We need to have a stable self esteem with all the choices that come along each and every day.  How we feel about ourselves will often dictate what decision we will make.

Hold on to your dreams, trust yourself because you have everything inside you right now to succeed…. and remember to begin…. we all start somewhere.

ING New York Marathon Results 2011

Here are my ING New York Marathon Results 2011

I’m pleased to report I did in fact finish the marathon held in New York on the 6th November 2012.  It was a rather long slog around the course, with lots of bridges to cross.  The crowd was amazing and I would highly recommend anyone thinking of completing a marathon to put this on your to do list.  The crowd are so supportive and help motivate you around the course.

I have included some photographs taken by a friend who came over to enjoy the marathon festivities without actually having to run it – a very wise woman indeed!

The end is only 250 yards away... I can almost taste it...
So close.... and so ready for it to be over...
A celebration dinner at the end of the day.... I could still walk... just!

If you find the pictures below too hard to read then click on the photo and it should take you to the original URL source.

ING New York Marathon Results 2011

Full Race Breakdown
Run Summary

Breadcraft Wairarapa Schools Art Exhibition….

It’s that time again where Breadcraft Wairarapa Schools Art Exhibition is on show at the Aratoi Wairarapa Museum in Masterton.  It runs from the 10th September right through to the 9th October 2011.

I was fortunate enough to go along with my mother after enjoying a lovely coffee in the adjacent cafe.  I must admit I wasn’t sure what to expect as it was my first time, but I absolutely loved it!

There were 455 artworks on display from the various schools around the district and every single piece had something special to offer.  I can only hope that the students that put their artwork into this exhibition will be back next year.

Below is a few pieces that I particularly enjoyed…… my top 20!

Sean Percy – Wainuioru School


Shaeya McPhee – Carterton School


Robert Spite – Opaki School


Nicole Smith – St Matthew’s Collegiate


Matthew Wilson – Rathkeale College


Marlle McDougall – Wairarapa College


Lucy Hayes – St. Matthew’s Intermediate


Lily Burgin-Penlington – Montessori School


Keegan Weeks – Rathkeale College


Katie Renall – St Matthews Collegiate


Jordy Luff – Lakeview School


Jemma McKenzie, Ally Nelson & Natalia Nauer – St. Patricks School


James Graham – St. Patricks School


Holly Crombie – Gladstone School


Erica Webster – Pirinoa School


Emma Sims – Mauriceville School


Dalton Maxwell – Makoura College


Anna Robbie – Alfredton School


Amelia Percy – Alfredton School


Will Find Out Who The Artist Was…..