On Saturday we went on a wee day trip to Hamner.
We had been given a voucher for the hot pools and so we left our house in a mess,
packed a picnic and off we went.
It was amazing. Just what we needed actually.
On the way to Hamner, you pass through the area of Waipara
where there are 1000s of grape vines (there is a point to this story, bear with me!).
It seems just a few years ago that there were sheep here
struggling for feed in the dry valleys.
When grapes where first suggest for this area,
lots of people thought it would never be suitable, but they have been proved well
and truly wrong. The area is thriving, producing good wine.
It made me think how there is always someone happy to tell you that you can't do something.
It's always good to get advice but you do need to be careful
who is giving you the advice and why.
It's tricky isn't it sometimes, deciding which advice is good
and which doesn't have your best interests at heart.
The other thing that made me think was while I was sitting in the hot pools
I was sitting near a group of older women,
they appeared to be well off ladies enjoying an afternoon out.
As I listened to their conversations I was so surprised at what I heard.
They were just very nasty ladies, being extremely judgmental and racist.
I was quite shocked because they looked like they would be nice ladies.
It was actually quite horrid and I moved away from them.
On the way home I was thinking was about those judgmental ladies.
Gosh I really don't want to be like that.
I don't want to be all nice on the outside and seething and nasty on the inside.
The other day I was fossicing in the kitchen drawer
and found an EXTREMELY mouldy sandwich that Reuben had stashed there,
sweet boy! When something upsets me, I don't want to stash it away to fester,
but to deal with it and let it go.
So two things that made me think,
the grape vines that grew where everyone said they would fail
and the ladies who looked nice but really were not.