Week one done

One week down in the new job. A pretty long week; the usual getting-set-up, reading-all-the-policies and trying-to-get-your-head-around-things as well as two days in Wellington meeting all the team from across the country. It's been a good week though. A REALLY good week. Everything is so professional, my workmates are fab, and seem to work really … Continue reading Week one done

A year in moments – the end

2020 has gone which also means my Year in moments project has come to an end. Safe to say this one wasn't as successful as Year in people, with only 23 posts published compared to the 99 I'd done in 2019. Why? Mainly, COVID. Doesn't really need much more explanation than that eh? Tales from … Continue reading A year in moments – the end

Mercy tea, yoga and Pat Butcher

I'm still making my morning cup of tea when Dylan comes on screen, and it's less than a minute before he's promising to send me a mercy parcel of Yorkshire Tea, shocked at the barbaric tea conditions this Brit has to endure here in New Zealand. I laugh and ask him how lockdown's going. 'Weirdly … Continue reading Mercy tea, yoga and Pat Butcher

Bacon fries and Nicky Campbell

“I started lockdown a week or so before everybody else, because I knew what was coming. I kind of risk assessed myself, as you do.” Lily anticipated she would be in the shielded category. “In the UK, they categorise people who are at risk. There’s ‘vulnerable’, who’s anyone over 70 or anyone with an underlying … Continue reading Bacon fries and Nicky Campbell

Dr Sam, patron saint of bikes

The screen comes into life as Sam joins the call and I immediately start laughing. His hair is all stuck up in different directions and looks crazy wild. “What the hell is going on with your hair?” I laugh. “I’ve just got out the shower, this is what it looks like,” he replies, in his … Continue reading Dr Sam, patron saint of bikes

A walking juxtaposition

“My glasses are dirty, hang on,” Lis says as she takes them off, “I was going to clean them while I was upstairs having a nervous wee but I forgot.”  She cleans them with her t-shirt, making small talk about how the glasses she’s wearing are at least 3 prescriptions old, before putting them back … Continue reading A walking juxtaposition