First post in awhile

It’s been a pretty busy few months!
 

This is my first post for a couple of months. I’ve been busy, and then really sick with that flu that has been going around and then really busy again.

I put together a bit of a video of spur of the moment footage I took at the Mana Whaikaha Expo and Information day. (I will transcribe as soon as I get a chance!) The footage nor the editing is flash but I wanted to show people what we are up to.

Find the video here: https://youtu.be/HB-of_aLQY4

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Part Two of the February trip

We’ve been on a learning curve
Part 2 February 2018 Trip
 

This blog and video has taken a wee bit longer to get out than we anticipated, we’ve got a new laptop and a new video editing program so we’ve been on a bit of a learning curve in how the new program works.

This is “Part Two February 2018 Trip” and you can find the video at: https://youtu.be/EBQbrqFcY0g
Transcript can be found below the blog.
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How did I end up here??

Once again I was busy last week!
 
Last week was jam packed full! One of the busiest weeks I have had in awhile.

On Monday the 12th March we ended up needing to take ADNZ Ben to the vet, he’d been limping a little at the end of the week before and through the weekend. Turns out it was a suspected sprain or sublaxation of one of his toes. At that point he was prescribed anti-inflammatory meds and “crate rest” for a week, with a reassessment on Monday the 19th of March. This was a concern for me as I was flying to Wellington on Wednesday morning, returning on Thursday and I haven’t traveled without ADNZ Ben in the 5 years that I have had him. ADNZ Ben being off duty and my hand still recovering from “minor surgery” the week before meant I would be rolling for this trip rather than using my crutches.
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Never a dull moment.

Been another interesting week
On Friday the 3rd of March I went and checked out the Show Your Ability expo. It was really good to see the advances in technology and equipment available and if I had the money I’d  invest in one of the handcrank mountain bikes. I did a bit of filming and when we edited it together I discovered that the sound quality was a bit crap, so I have since ordered an external mic for my phone for future recording. I’ve also learnt to slow down when I pan around an area etc.  We still edited together what we had, I transcribed the audio and posted it here: https://www.antnzventures.co.nz/2018/03/03/show-your-ability-2018/ on Sunday evening.

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Show Your Ability 2018

Equipment to Thrive
 
Yesterday I went down to the Show Your Ability Expo held in the Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North. One of the biggest disability expos in New Zealand definitely had equipment there for people to thrive rather than just survive!

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Trying to get back into my “normal” routines

Rejoining the “rat race”
 
So I was AWOL last week, and for good reason I say.  The place we were staying has little stable mobile reception; that and I needed a proper break away from the hustle and bustle of constant phone calls, emails, blogs etc etc etc.  In all honesty it was a good break away and the trip we took, although hectic and energy consuming was exactly what I needed.

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We were hoping for a quiet couple of days away

Kumeti, 1 Feb 2018
 
 
 
After having a pretty icky January I was hanging out to get away and have a quiet couple of days away in the bush. I’d found a reasonably close (1 hr drive) DOC (Dept of Conservation) campground. It was a nice campsite, but alas the trip didn’t quiet go as planned as you will see in the Trip Vlog.

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Assumptions about New Zealand Rivers.

Putting on my Outdoor Instruction Hat…
One of my long term goals is to “section” walk Te Araroa, New Zealand’s “thru-hike” that runs the length of New Zealand, from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Te Araroa take walker through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular landscapes and I will probably be not be attempting this in one go, and some parts I will be doing supported. Te Araroa is drawing more and more international visitors every year, it is newly developed as far as “thru-hikes” go and at this time it sometimes feels like there are more tourists on the trail than New Zealanders.

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An interesting end to last week

An interesting end to the week last week…

I’ve been keeping a pretty low profile this week as I’m still getting my health sorted out.

I did however have an appointment on Friday to meet with our electorate MP, Iain Lees-Galloway to have a bit of a chat about tertiary level education for students with impairments. I was supporting a friend as she met with his PA last week to address an issue my friend was having, I got a little cheeky and asked for some time with Iain.

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