World Milk Day

June 2, 2015

It’s a day late here but it is still June 1st which is World Milk Day in other parts of the world:

Since the first World Milk Day was held in 2001, many countries spread throughout the world have participated in the celebrations and the number is growing each year.

Why hold a World Milk Day? The Day provides an opportunity to focus attention on milk and to publicise activities connected with milk and the milk industry. The fact that many countries choose to do this on the same day lends additional importance to individual national celebrations and shows that milk is a global food.

Where did it begin? FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) was asked to propose a specific day on which all aspects of milk could be celebrated.

Why 1st June? This date was chosen because a number of countries were already celebrating a national milk day on or around this time. Late May was originally proposed, but some countries, for example China, felt they already had too many celebrations in that month. While most countries hold their celebrations on 1st June, some choose to hold them a week or so before or after this date.

June 1 is the start of the new dairy season for New Zealand farmers but most herds are dried off.

Only those providing winter milk or town supply are still milking.

Steampunk NZ festival

May 28, 2015

New Zealand’s steampunk capital, Oamaru, is hosting the Steampunk New Zealand festival this weekend.

Clicking on the link will take you to a list of what’s one, where and when.

A highlight will be tomorrow’s Fire and Steam Festival:
Oamaru's Victorian Precinct's photo.

This is a good introduction to steampunk:

You can find out more on Facebook.

World Laughter Day

May 3, 2015

Today is World Laughter Day.

World Laughter Day was created in 1998 by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement. The celebration of World Laughter Day is a positive manifestation for world peace and is intended to build up a global consciousness of brotherhood and friendship through laughter. Its popularity has grown exponentially with that of the Laughter Yoga movement now counting thousands of Laughter Clubs in more than 100 countries. . . .

It’s also the 20th anniversary of the Laughter Yoga:


It’s a girl . . .

May 3, 2015

The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge have a daughter – and her gift from New Zealand is wool:

. . . New Zealand’s official gift to the Royal couple will be a selection of woollen baby items from Hutt Valley company, Stansborough, including a pelt teddy bear.

“I wish Prince William, Catherine, Prince George and the Royal Family all the very best,” says Mr Key.

A 21 gun salute will be fired from Point Jerningham, Wellington to celebrate the birth.

Note to Editors:

Stansborough produce textiles from their flock of Stansborough Greys, a unique wool breed developed by Cheryl and Barry Eldridge.  The company produces a range of accessories, home interiors, and baby wear. The Stansborough yarn was also used to costume many of the main characters appearing in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.

The Rose

February 14, 2015

Sole Mio for Valentine’s Day:


Never lamb alone

January 15, 2015

We Love Our Lamb’s contribution to Australia Day:

A good New Year

January 1, 2015

Plans for a quiet New Year’s Eve were derailed by an invitation to dinner with friends.

It turned into a very enjoyable evening with delicious food, stimulating conversation, lots of laughter, a little singing (Auld Lang Syne at midnight) but not quite enough sleep.

I’m resolving to have more of the first four and less of the fifth in the year ahead.

Whatever your resolutions I wish you well with them and a very happy 2015.


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